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“A welcome surprise--excellent bathing!” 4 of 5 stars
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5609 Rte 20, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451   |  
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San Antonio, TX
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“A welcome surprise--excellent bathing!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

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.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Iowa City, Iowa
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

We almost didn't go based on the many bad reviews here, but we only wanted to soak in the pools and many of the complaints seemed to be aimed at the hotel. The admission to the pools is a bit pricey, but that seems fairly typical for this type of place. There was a wide variety of pools to choose from and we had a great time soaking in the warm waters. There were some aspects of the place that could use a bit of updating, but everything was clean and in good working order. We enjoyed our soak and would definitely recommend it for others just wanting to have a soak.

I suspect that the complaints about the trains are justified, the tracks are REALLY close to the property. I would go back for another soak, but I would never book a night there.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2011

I have stayed at Hot Sulphur about a dozen times over the last 10 years. Quirky and unconventional yes, luxury no. However the place (and the town) is all about the awesome hot springs that have been attracting visitors for 150 years. The current owners appear to riding the place down, down into the ground. They are not doing any maintenance, the rooms have multiple issues and the bathroom door was missing in our tiny little room, pretty embarassing when you have to ____ and I did. Small computer monitors have been added to the rooms attached the satellite tv, we don't go to watch TV but it came in handy when I had to ____.

The biggest shame is apparently due to the fact the owners aren't taking care of the place several of the pools we usually go in were cold and about 8 of them are shut down entirely, including our favorite, the private one looking out at the river. Shame on you owners for letting a Colorado state treasure slip so badly, please turn it over to someone who will take proper care of the place!!!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

When Charles was running the place it was nice and clean ,it's really bad not clean , not friendly and nobody care .

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Hanover, New Hampshire
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2011

My fiance and I rented the cabin on the hill. We were intrigued by the fireplace and thought the complementary Champagne might be a nice post-soak treat.

When we checked in, we were greeted by one of the rudest women imaginable. She treated us like garbage, despite the fact that we were renting the most expensive room the hotel had to offer. After this terribly unpleasant check-in, we went up to the cabin to get settled.

To be fair, the cabin was quite clean. However, the Champagne turned out to be a complete joke: two half-litre bottles of no-name sparkling wine. There were also several small, but important, details of the cabin that were overlooked. For example, the lighter they provided to start the fire was out of fluid and the bed was made such that the tags on the corner of the duvet were at the face instead of the feet. How hard could it be to get these details sorted? In addition to these small things, the cabin creaked and moaned all night long, which, in addition to the train going by, made for a terrible night's sleep.

The pools themselves were alright, but the locker rooms were disgusting, with slimy and moldy floors. Despite this, the hotel charges extra for sandals - even if you're renting a room. Ridiculous.

The town shuts down at 9pm and even before then it has very little to offer. We ordered dinner from "The Depot," which turned out to be of extremely low quality, although we were served by one of the kindest meth-heads I've ever met, so that was a plus. Kind of.

All in all, this is the worst place I've ever stayed. And I've stayed in some bad places. Like, bad for 3rd-world countries bad. And this place is worse. Do not, for any reason, patronize this establishment.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Littleton, Colorado
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2010

Just visited for the hot springs experience. After receiving a "I could care less attitude" from the aloof receptionist, discovered that all the disgusting pools have a high quantity of either dead bugs or feathers floating around in them. By the way, some capitalist minded person should open up a 24 hour 7-11 type store in this town. Besides the crappy hot springs, everything else seems to shut down at dusk.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2010

Oh my, an hour or two in the wonderful theraputic pools will make you feel (and supposedly heal) so much better. It is what it is. A place to nap in between the sensual warm feeling of hot mineral water. The place to nap or stay over is like one of those low end motels your parents took you to on a long drive trip. I kept looking out the window for the zombie people to walk by, wanting to eat my blood like a creepy movie. Ooh is that the Psycho movies mom in that window over there? Are employees looking through my two way mirror in the bathroom? Perhaps bringing Smith and Wesson along on this trip will make you feel safer. The amazing pools are worth the risk is you don't mind a little danger.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5609 Rte 20, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451
Location: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Hot Sulphur Springs
Amenities:
Free Parking Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Hot Sulphur Springs
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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