Mono Hot Springs has such a wonderful location- it is an amazing spot in the Sierras.
We made our reservation in March 2012 for August after viewing the resort website. We requested a " modern" cabin that was made of rock and complete with kitchen/ bath. We hoped for one along the river but the man on the phone said it was not available however a lovely cabin conveniently located near the store and bathhouse was available. We booked it- especially since they also permitted dogs!
The drive here is long, windy and spectacular. When we arrived the resort was bustling with activity. Outside the general store where we were to check in- were several raggedy men smoking. My 8 year old daughter had to walk through that to get in the store.
The check in process was easy but not thorough - we received little information about the resort or area. That would have been a simple and welcoming nicety.
Our supposed "great & convenient" cabin was directly across from the general store where everyone went to smoke; on another side were the resort dumpsters; and on the other side day parking and a popular place for smokers. We also had a public garbage can placed in our "front yard" so always people trepsing through if they decided to use a garbage can.
The entrance to the cabin was raked but on the perimeter dotted with cigarette butts, small wrappers and food debris. There was a fire pit with charred wood still in it and grates lying in the dirt next to the stoop.
The cabin was not "rustic"- it was disgusting and run down.
The screen door did not open very well and was not flush so flies from the dumpsters liked to visit.
The cabin stunk - we figured out from the black fire place that someone had tried to cook in there which did not go well.
The surfaces were all totally filthy from ceiling to walls to tables to floor. My daughter immediately starting sweeping it was so gross.
The bedroom carpet was filthy. Three beds crammed into the room. The bigger bed has some style with a cool wood head board. The rest is junk from a garage sale. There are holes in the walls, cobwebs and no light fixtures- just strings hanging from the ceiling. The sheets had stains on them so we used our own pillows and sleeping bags.
The living room had a rocker chair and futon couch. Every time one of us sat on the couch or chair a cloud of dust plumed into the air.
The dining table was huge and blocked the way to the bathroom and kitchen. One chair had to be kept in the bathroom and one against a living room wall. Our dog cleaned the floor under the table which meant it had not been swept or mopped.
The fridge was clean inside. The stove top was clean but we dared not use the oven.
The dishes were on filthy shelves. All the dishes and flatware were greasy and had food on them. We had to wash everything. The plastic green plates were chipped & broken. There were for mismatched coffee cups that were chipped. No glasses. Silverware that was plastic and metal- easily bendable and not enough of each for a family of four. There were hot pads that wre burnt and seemed to have not been washed. No kitchen towels but did request them.
The garbage can had never seen a cleaning and we had to keep requesting bags. The sink was filthy and stained on top of that. I got some cleanser to disinfect but it did not change the appearance. There is no where to hang kitchen towels.
The bathroom is an add on - shabbily crafted- a sink crammed next to the toilet so you can barely sit on the toilet. Linens are provided- small white towels but no where to hang them. Boards piecing the place together and insulation oozing out of the ceiling.
The bathhouse is run down. The baths are stained. The floors nasty. The walls dirty. One bath would not fill up completely- a leak. One bathroom had the hooks fall down for towels and not put back up. Although the claw foot runs could be charming- they are so stained and the room so filthy- hard to enjoy.
The showers are not clean. Filled with hair and for a whole week the same blobs isms others' shampoo stuck on the walls. The faucets are rusty and not clean as well.
There is one gated in hot spring - very small and stained. We had no idea that there were naturally occurring springs across the river. It would have been simple to give us info upon arrival.
The log across the river is dangerous. Someone put mesh screen on it to be helpful yet now it is torn up- I saw a lady fall and get vey hurt. We did not use the log instead swam across. The hot springs were murky and kind of gross compared to others in the Sierras.
Overall this place is not quaint or rustic- it is run down and disgusting. We would never recommend this resort to anyone. There are plenty of fabulous camp sites nearby that would be cleaner!
- Also Known As:
- Mono Hot Springs Hotel Mono Hot Springs