Saturday, January 28, 2017
Kalaloch Lodge. Happily, they have a restaurant, so we wouldn't have to find a grocery store, or a cooler, or starve.
So I'm not sure how I feel about this place. It was the first time I'd ever stayed at a National Park lodge/hotel. It's situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which is fabulous. It would have been more fabulous if it hadn't been so rainy and windy and cold. As for accessible lodging, there are 2 wheelchair accessible cabins. When we first entered our cabin, I was hit my a very strong smell of industrial strength, lemon scented cleaner. My allergies acted up within seconds and I felt stuffy & nauseous. I couldn't wait to get out & go for a walk and started wondering how the heck I was going to be able to sleep.
It's a pretty big cabin. Kitchen, which we didn't need for just one night. Sitting area with wood burning fireplace, but we didn't light a fire because by the time we got back to our cabin after dinner, it was pretty much time for bed since we were getting up early the next day. Bedroom with two full (or maybe queen) beds. A large bathroom that looked like it hadn't been updated since the 1960's and that also was incredibly dimly lit. It was, honestly, kind of creepy. We discovered that the cabin floors were pretty dirty when SP's white socks turned dark gray. But for a night, it was manageable.
We had dinner at their Creekside Restaurant. We tried to take a walk before dinner but the rain & wind defeated us so we went to the lobby/gift shop area and sat in front of a fantastic, giant fireplace, drying out and warming up.
We were seated right away, but not at a table with a view of the ocean, so that was a bummer. I remember it took a really long time for our server to come take our drink order. In fact, service all night was really, really slow. That's why even though we were seated at 5:30, we didn't get back to our cabin until around 8 pm.
The entire dinner experience was disappointing to us. The lack of a seat with a view (which might have been because there were steps down inside but there was an outside side door to the lower area). The incredibly slow service. The very pricey food (which, yes, isolated area, hard/expensive to get food delivered) versus the quality/quantity of what was on our plates. The best part of the meal was the hot tea.
Even worse, when we got back to the cabin, my stomach was immediately upset and I spent a very long time in the bathroom before just going to bed. Definitely not a romantic cabin experience.
The next day, SP went to breakfast to use our free breakfast vouchers. I stayed in the cabin, afraid to eat. He was gone a long time (slow service again) and he said his order, when he was served, was wrong, but he didn't say anything because we needed to set off early. He used our other voucher to bring me back a bagel, cream cheese, and bacon, I slowly munched on that food in the car for the next 5-6 hours, praying I wouldn't get an upset stomach again.
So, I'm not much of a fan of Kalaloch Lodge and their restaurant. The employees were very nice ad friendly and helpful. It's a beautiful area. But restaurant service was way too slow and the food was expensive for the quality/quantity.