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Review of Mono Hot Springs Resort

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venice, california
1 review
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“great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

The is the high Sierras people. The cabins are a step up from camping. (except for the honeymoon cabin) Rustic, but totally adequate. Hot running water, indoor bathroom, nice beds. Those "raggedy," people playing music in front of the store? My husband might well have been one of them. Shaving and dressing well is not high on his list when on vacation in the woods. We have been coming here for over 25 years and would not miss it for anything. Our reservation for next year is already made. Hot tubs, incredible views, fishing, swimming and great hikes abound and if critters, dust, mud, insects and banjos bother you, then go somewhere else. We love this place.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
Auburn, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012 via mobile

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!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

I read everyone's reviews and after a few good chuckles here is my reticent review. Reticent yes because the l personally would like to keep the place a secret but for the sake of perspective my two cents follows. I have both camped (3-4 times) many years back and now stay with my family in the cabins and have been for the last 9 years.

The resort is located in the High Sierras and once you drive up the challenging one lane Southern California Edison "maintained" one lane bidirectional road, you should have a better appreciation of getting supplies there and back ( in response to the strewn equipment reviews).

The resort and cabins are great for a family vacation, a family that can handle a camping like atmosphere, wildlife, amazing scenery, hikes that you may encounter 1-2 people if any, and a fun and fantastic river . When my husband first brought me there I could not believe the beauty and amazing solitude that are the John Muir wilderness and Ansel Adams wilderness.

This resort is a gem and many of the people who vacation there are second or third generation visitors.

If you like adventure, hiking, the mountains and can handle to rough it a bit, you have found paradise. If you don't like dirt, wildlife and require hotel like accommodations, move on this place is
not for you.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

I wouldn't put the Taliban up in this place. The tent cabins had holes and rips in them, no screens and the mattresses were moldy. Everything about this place is run down and in disarray. We got there toward the end of the day saw the accommodations and promptly turned around and headed out. As we were fleeing this disaster, I swore I heard banjos. Oh yes, the scenery is incredible; we just never got the chance to enjoy it.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Hollywood, CA
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Beautiful scenery! Friendly staff that makes you feel at home! This place is very rustic so go there to relax and get away from modern annoyances, OK, don't miss them when you get there. The open air hot springs are wonderful and they also have a bathhouse with many private tubs. The river next to the camp grounds are warm enough to swim in and people are catching trout close by. Swimming and fishing lakes are an easy hike away. We cooked over an open fire every night and loved it! Don't expect 4 star accommodations, just 4 star experiences!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fresno, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

I went here with friends last weekend at the recommendation of other close friends. The location is wonderful, the road in, while slightly perilous, has great views. We enjoyed the hikes to Doris Lake and Devil's Bathtub and were grateful for showers at the end of the day. However, I was startled by how shabby it is. I love rustic resorts, but this was just plain disheveled. It is easy to see that with just a little effort how much more beautiful it could be, if there was an equipment yard and a place to hide the trash. Garbage was strewn everywhere, tools and equipment strung all over. The cabin and tent outdoor furniture looked like discarded office chairs. I didn't expect luxury, but I think that anyone lucky enough to have a private holding in the back country should be respectful enough to maintain the beauty. I plan to check in next year and see if there have been any improvements because I really want this place to be better. The people who registered us said that they were seriously understaffed and this may have accounted for the mess.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Villa Park, California, United States
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Our family of 10 wanted to spend a couple of days at the "resort" relaxing and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. What a disappointment when we arrived. Rustic doesn't have to mean trashy. The resort was very "ramshackled" in appearance--junk lying around, chairs around the campfires that looked like they were dug out of a dumpster, disgusting mattresses, etc. Beyond that, the first words out of one of the staff persons was a story of how a bear totaled a guests car two weeks earlier because they left food in the car. I understand caution and use of storage boxes for food to reduce the risk of bears searching it out, but he totally freaked out my family members. The resort had the storage boxes for food positioned right next to our tent so no one felt safe. We bagged our stay and headed out immediately. Think twice before making this your destination.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mono Hot Springs, CA
Location: United States > California > Mono Hot Springs
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Mono Hot Springs
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Number of rooms: 21
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