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“Disappointing....needs work.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Casa Blanca Hot Spring

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Casa Blanca Hot Spring
41301 Indian School, Tonopah, AZ 85354   |  
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“Disappointing....needs work.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Casa Blanca Hot Spring is a natural hot spring place with a few small overnight rooms for rent. It also has tent camping and RV parking. It is located right next door to El Dorado Hot Springs on Indian School in Tonopah, Arizona. The owners of Casa Blanca were the former owners of El Dorado Hot Springs, but sold that property and opened Casa Blanca just on the other side of the fence from El Dorado.

The good news: the natural hot water is the same quality as the water at El Dorado. It is hot, clean, odorless and has a silky smooth feel to it.

The not so good news: Casa Blanca is a sad cousin to El Dorado. I had been to El Dorado a few times in the past, so decided to see what Casa Blanca was all about. Casa Blanca doesn't tout itself as a luxury place....if fact, they tell you it is rustic and basic. But here is what you get.

1) The communal soaking tub is an old hot tub that can seat about 4 people comfortably. It is located near a nice palm tree and has a carpeted area with a table and a few chairs. You can adjust the temperature of the water by getting out of the tub and opening a valve to drain the cool water. Then you open the hot water valve connected to a garden hose to fill the tub up with hot water. When we were there, there was a make-shift tent/plastic-covered shack located right next to the hot tub. Apparently, some guy lives in this tent year-round.

2) Our room was small. It had a standard-sized bed that took up most of the room. The sink and toilet were located in the corner in an area that was open to the room....there is no door to the toilet area. There was a floor space heater in the room. Towels were provided. The room rented for $75 per night and was part of what looked to be an old house partitioned into 3-4 overnight rooms.

3) The overall ambiance of the place was something I'd call "old hippe junkyard". Along the fence near the rooms was parked a large dump truck. The entrance to the place is not marked and has signs on the entrance that say "Keep Out". We actually drove by it a few times before we decided that we were at the right place. And...besides the two of us, we never saw anyone else. The people in the parked RV came out once, looked at us soaking in the hot tub, then went back into the RV. While right across the fence at El Dorado, there were 7-8 cars parked.

I will say that the owner did a nice job getting the tub filled with hot water before we got there and checked on us once during our stay. However, if you are in Tonopah, go to El Dorado Hot Springs.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CasaBlancaHotSpring, Owner at Casa Blanca Hot Spring, responded to this review, March 17, 2012
Hello Everyone,

We're writing to correct the several inaccuracies in the first post about our home, Casa
Blanca Hot Spring in Tonopah, Arizona. Casa Blanca Hot Spring is not a place of business,
which is stated in our introductory letter. We know who the reviewer is, even though the person didn't sign their name.

The unsigned reviewer wrote:
> Casa Blanca Hot Spring is a natural hot spring place with a few small overnight rooms
> for rent.

We have one overnight room for rent. We also have a furnished one bedroom home and a brand new Spiritual Retreat Cabin with a private soak for rent.

The reviewer wrote:
> The owners of Casa Blanca were the former owners of El Dorado Hot Springs, but sold that
> property and opened Casa Blanca just on the other side of the fence from El Dorado.

When we sold El Dorado in 2005, we kept the westerly 1.2 acres, the stone labyrinth, two
houses and one hot spring. We didn't open anything because everything was already here.

The reviewer wrote:
>The good news: the natural hot water is the same quality as the water at El Dorado. It is
>hot, clean, odorless and has a silky smooth feel to it.

Actually, it's the other way around because El Dorado started offering soaking in 1996 while Casa Blanca has been here since 1950 and has had soaking since then. Yes, it's the Cadillac of hot spring water, free of sulphur and iron and with a high pH.

The reviewer wrote:
> The not so good news: Casa Blanca is a sad cousin to El Dorado. I had been to El Dorado
> a few times in the past, so decided to see what Casa Blanca was all about. Casa Blanca
> doesn't tout itself as a luxury place....if fact, they tell you it is rustic and basic.

That's called being honest. Further, we're cleaner and less rustic than the place we built
from scratch next door, beginning in 1995.

The reviewer wrote:
> 1) The communal soaking tub is an old hot tub that can seat about 4 people comfortably.

It's sparkling clean and can seat six comfortably in nice deep water.

The reviewer wrote:
> You can adjust the temperature of the water by getting out of the tub and opening a
> valve to drain the cool water. Then you open the hot water valve connected to a garden
> hose to fill the tub up with hot water.

There is no cool water in Tonopah. The temperature of the tub is adjusted by opening a 100
year old brass valve while seated in the tub. A garden hose is not used and leaving the tub is never necessary.

The reviewer wrote:
> When we were there, there was a make-shift tent/plastic-covered shack located right next
> to the hot tub. Apparently, some guy lives in this tent year-round.

Yes, our Caretaker lives there. Is there anything wrong with having a year 'round resident? He's one of the best Caretakers we've ever had.

The reviewer wrote:
> 2) Our room was small. It had a standard-sized bed that took up most of the room. The
> sink and toilet were located in the corner in an area that was open to the room....there
> is no door to the toilet area.

The toilet is around a corner and completely out of sight of the room.

The reviewer wrote:
> There was a floor space heater in the room.

Which does an excellent job of warming the room. The home the room is in is older and
never had central heat.

The reviewer wrote:
> Towels were provided. The room rented for $75 per night and was part of what looked to
> be an old house partitioned into 3-4 overnight rooms.

There is only one overnight room in the house. The rest is a furnished one bedroom home
for rent, which we told the reviewer by email.

The reviewer wrote:
> 3) The overall ambiance of the place was something I'd call "old hippe junkyard". Along
> the fence near the rooms was parked a large dump truck.

Yes, our pride and joy Kenworth and it's paid for!

The reviewer wrote:
> The entrance to the place is not marked and has signs on the entrance that say "Keep
> Out". We actually drove by it a few times before we decided that we were at the right
> place.

That's because we're not a place of business; we're a private residence. We sold the
business in '05. People who know how to follow the accurate directions we provide have no
trouble finding us.

The reviewer wrote:
> And...besides the two of us, we never saw anyone else. The people in the parked RV came
> out once, looked at us soaking in the hot tub, then went back into the RV.

People came out of the RV and you looked at them, but you never saw anyone else? And actually only one person lives in that RV, so "people" didn't come out.

We don't supply company. We supply the hot water and the room. If you want company, bring
your own.

The reviewer wrote:
> While right across the fence at El Dorado, there were 7-8 cars parked.

That's because El Dorado is a place of business, but there are virtually never 7 - 8 cars over there.

The reviewer wrote:
>I will say that the owner did a nice job getting the tub filled with hot water before we
>got there and checked on us once during our stay.

But you never saw anyone else?

The reviewer wrote:
> However, if you are in Tonopah, go to El Dorado Hot Springs.

Yes. We always say, try them all out and decide for yourself what you like. If you want a
clean, quiet natural soak, free of clothing and free of cigarette smoke hanging in the
air, email CasaBlancaHotSpring@mindspring.com

The reviewer forgot to mention that all common areas at El Dorado are clothing required and that Casa Blanca Hot Spring has no clothing required areas except at the entrance where the road can be seen.

We're happy to sign our names to what we write.

Naturally,
Camilla & Bill VanPenn
Casa Blanca Hot Spring
Tonopah, Arizona
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Address: 41301 Indian School, Tonopah, AZ 85354
Location: United States > Arizona > Tonopah
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Tonopah

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