On a recent trip to Colorado, we'd planned a stop in Glenwood Springs, but after out motorcycle developed mechanical problems, we felt we couldn't risk leaving the population centers and motorcyle shops behind. A woman in Grand Lake suggested Hot Sulphur Springs, 25 miles away. We were skeptical, but decided to give it a try and we're happy we did. The springs are marvelous. The 22 pools vary in size, temperature, and mineral content (two were close while were were there). Most are outdoors and a few afford beautiful views of the Rockies. The facilities are older, yet they seem well maintained, and the age and lack of slickness only added to the charm of the place. While not fancy, the rooms were clean and spacious, and having only a small TV and no telephone didn't bother us in the least. (We went for the hot mineral springs, not to talk on the phone or watch TV). The help was friendly and not pushy. On the downside, a railroad does run through the property, but the earplugs provided by the hotel prevented the train from disturbing our sleep.
I grew up in Colorado and have visited many hot springs there and I believe this is my favorite. True, the town isn't much--a dying Colorado resort town with semi-paved streets. If you're going for the town or night life, go to Glenwood. If you're going for the mineral baths, then go to Hot Sulphur Springs.
Before fininishing I'd like to make a few suggestions and address some of the other reviews here, which which almost all recount negative experiences. First, the closing time is a bit early, particularly in the summer when the days are long. Some more nighttime bathing--particularly in the altitude where it's easy to sunburn--would be desirable. And leaving the coffee and tea out longer in the morning would be nice, especially given the paltry availability in town of food and drink. Perhaps the prices could be a bit lower, but having grown up in Colorado, I'm used to things in the mountainous areas costing more. The negative reviews surprise me, but not having been there I don't want to discount the experiences of others; I'm confident they're honestly describing what happened here. But we had such a grand time there on the last weekend of July, 2011. Perhaps some recent changes in personnel and have improved things and that explains the difference between our experiences. We look forward to another visit, hopefully in winter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offers fifteen baths for guests to enjoy. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hot Sulphur Springs Hotel Hot Sulphur Springs
- Hot Sulphur Springs Resort And Spa