This is definitely not the accommodations that the word "resort" brings to mind. However, the fact that it is a historic building built around a bath house that was constructed in the mid-1800's, the overall charm is a reasonable counter for the lack of overall amenities. A sign in the lobby "Don't attempt to light your lamps... they are Edison Electric" indicates that the resort was at one time cutting edge, but after a visit to the room, you might be glad for the warning.
Small, but no worse than the Waldorf in terms of size, and the space is actually well used, with a hanging rack for clothes in the recess. There is only a WATER CLOSET. For those who don't recognize this term, this means there is NO TUB or SHOWER, only a sink and toilet. The sink is probably the first model they installed when running water came around, with a faucet for hot and a faucet for cold. I had forgotten how amazing the mixing faucet truly was. Not that it mattered because the hot water faucet didn't function, ironic at a "hot springs' resort. There is NO AIR CONDITIONING. Not a huge issue as mountain temperatures are pretty mild, but it was a little stuffy (a fan would have made it just fine) and it appears that their winter heat option is an old school radiator (the highlight, it is truly an amazing old antique and I wonder if the resort could sell them and raise money to make some minor updates.) The bed is a double, that has seen a few decades itself. The only other furnishing is a couple of chairs that are 1960 era, a bi rickety. Our room had a window that would not close. No screen, just an open window. The rooms do use an old fashioned key lock entry, which was actually a plus in my eyes. The carpet is 1960-ish as well, gold and well you can imagine how carpet that old looks. Cleanliness it gets a 4 out of 5, all things considered with the age of the building, it was surface clean, but not deep clean, with dust in the crevices of the doors, etc. You probably guessed by now there's no flat screens, but there is a small TV mounted above the clothes rack and there were an impressive number of channels available, though some stations indicated their subscription had lapsed -- there were not movie channels. There is also no coffee pot, but there is an old school clock radio. There is a rather sarcastic sign posting the prices of the items in the room, if the traveler might want to purchase them from housekeeping, but I thought it was a funny way to deal with theft of these less than cutting edge accessories like pillows, bedspreads and clocks, The walls are also very thin... I could hear the person in the next room snoring. Coupled with the open window... hope you are a sound sleeper, though the sound of the creek was relaxing.
I guess by now you figured out... there's no INTERNET access, but even the always plugged in gal I am, I left my electronic devices at home for this adventure.
Reservations were a snap to get, we booked our rooms late in the day the day we arrived.
The massage services were a bit pricey, even by the usually more expensive resort standard, so I didn't choose to try them out, but they have adequate staff and it appears that appointments are readily available.
The hot springs feeds a community pool that is housed under a dome, so it's available no matter the weather. The temp of the pool is maybe 90 degrees, as the heat dissipates quickly with such a large surface area, so there's no worries that it's too hot for most people, it's not as hot as my outdoor pool in summer. There was a variety of folks in the pool and a friendly pool volleyball game was going on at both ends, with beach balls and no net. There are picnic tables on the edge, if you don't want to get wet and a gazebo that was part of the original structure back in the day. You can also buy a pass to just use the pool, in case the room situation isn't in your wheelhouse.
There are hotter "baths" available for an upcharge -- they have both indoor and outdoor jacuzzi tubs filled with the water from the spring.that's about 120 degrees where it starts, but it cools quite a bit before it ever gets where it's going through the pipe system. I didn't try any of these services either, but the outdoor bath facility is newer and visually attractive. There is a picnic table at the back of the property under some old cottonwoods, very nice to sit there and enjoy the outdoors.
A cold continental that's average, there was hot oatmeal, coffee, orange juice, three cold cereal choices, fruit, and there were some bread items that were pretty close to gone by the last half hour of service. The space is adequate with lots of tables.
They give you a VIP pass good for a discount to the cave baths in the area and the restaurants, as well as the gold mine.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience, but fair warning, it's not plush. The picture below sort of says it all...
- Also Known As:
- Indian Springs Hotel Idaho Springs