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“Historic Charm that needs a Facelift” 3 of 5 stars
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302 Soda Creek Road, Idaho Springs, CO 80452   |  
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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5 hotel reviews
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“Historic Charm that needs a Facelift”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

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.

Rooms:
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.

Spa
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.

Pool
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.

Breakfast
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.

Extras
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...

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Woodstock, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The inn seemed clean to us, and the price was good for what you get. They even had a military discount. The main resort rooms are very basic because it was built in the 1800s. You'll get a bed, a sink, and a toilet; no shower, but they are upfront about that when you check in. If you want a shower, which we did, you can use the ones that are by the pool and mud room. Perfectly adequate. I don't remember there being an air conditioner, but it wouldn't have been needed as the nights were cool and we were on the side facing the stream; we got a nice breeze through the window as well as the soundtrack of the running water, which made for a pleasant night's sleep. I also don't remember if there was a tv...sorry for lack of detail there (we stayed in a lot of hotels over a the course of a 3 week road trip), but we were traveling with our laptop and used the free wifi to watch a show on that. The internet connection was good. If you want more, go for the inn rooms or the cabins I guess, which we were told had more modern conveniences. If you're okay with less and have a tent, then you can even do a campsite (which is what we would have done if it wasn't raining). I really liked the history of the place: Walt Whitman and Jesse James both stayed here. And the price of the main resort room includes unlimited access to the heated pool which is filled with the naturally heated spring water. Usually the pool costs something like $10 a person if you're not staying in one of the rooms, so it is part of what made the main resort room a great value. We didn't try the other spa services or the private baths, though I believe we would have gotten a small discount on the baths if we'd done them as part of staying in the main building, but the pool was really neat. It was actually the reason we chose this place over others. Nice and warm and surrounded by beautiful tropical plants. We had a lot of fun, plus we found the staff to be very friendly. Sure, some details like the bed linens and the pool liner could use updating, but it's not a Hilton or a Sheraton and you're not paying those prices either. And you are getting hot springs and history. Overall we were very happy with our experience.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wheat Ridge, Colorado
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The Inn was small for my husband, my two children and I. The sheet on one bed was stained with god knows what, and the same with the bedspread. The room had a funky smell to it which our cat at home thought so, too. The pool was in its own way nice but was dirty and had floaties in the water. Not to mention the floors in the hall leading to the pool were dingy and just plain gross. My oldest daughter broke out in a rash after visitng the pool twice, still unknown what it was. Expected more for what we paid for sure. Because of "swimsuit optional" rules in the caves, the kids werent allowed with good reason. Overall very disappointing, dont think we'll be going back. Got a better deal with a better room at the argo across the street which just so happens to be their "sister property". Everything needs an upgrade and a DEEP DEEP clean!!!! Those sheets were nasty.....ewwwww..........

Room Tip: I would avoid the Inn rooms, and maybe the whole hotel. I havent heard good things about the other r...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Copalis Beach, Washington, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This place is a dump. our room was so small and we did not have a shower or a place to put our suitcases. There was a pipe in the bathroom that was so hot you could get a bad burn if you touched it. Way over priced, they say you have access to a shower and the pool, we looked at the pool, it was green, and lots of kids and babies in the pool. In the morning I guess they turn on the water or heat, the whole room shook with noise. we were there during the time change and no one was there in the morning to make the coffee, the housekeepers that were there just stood around not doing a thing, I guess they were there at the wrong time. What a horrible stay!
Way over priced !!

Room Tip: do not stay in the resort part if you have to stay there.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We liked this place alot. We were looking for another historical hotel to stay in. As one would expect, this place is not state of the art, but our room across the street at the Inn was clean and accomodations were fine, We had their package deal, King Room, Private Hot Springs and 25.00 toward dinner .( a cold continental breakfast is added for Sat and Sun mornings) Remember you are in rustic hot springs motels that catered to people in the late 1800"s - GO. ENJOY!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This stay was horrible, the hotel is very different from the website. Hotel staff is hit or miss if they are friendly or not, and be prepared to wait if you need anything from the front desk as there is always at least 2-3 people in line. There are mineral baths which in theory is a neat idea but it needed a LOT of updating, it was kind of dark and dungeon-like. The cave baths are separated by gender, and swimsuits optional.
While in town, we had stopped at the local business. We told them where we were staying, and sadly, they stated "we wish that place would burn down so they could start fresh and put a beautiful spa/resort in there" as well as "every time we have to go in there, we feel like we need to shower when we leave" it was really disappointing that even the local businesses felt it was not up to sanitary standards, which was one of the concerns we had when we walked in the room. For example, the carpet was permanently dirty and stained (not saying that it wasnt vacuumed) as well as bunched up in the center, the tv was disgustingly dirty, there was an exposed dimmer in the bathroom with no wall plate covering it, which not only is extremely unsafe but most likely is not a code standard and could lead to be a big citation if that was reported, and the sheets were stained with burn marks. It was also extremely tacky that the plastic was still on the lamp shades!! In addition, the bed was caved in the middle and I woke up with an extremely sore back.
We didnt even go in the pool which was a main reason we were attracted to the hotel, but didnt feel comfortable going in it based on how things were kept up around the hotel. Had I drove up to the hotel without a reservation, I would have left immediately. The only reason we stayed is because we had a reservation and most likely there would have been a cancellation fee (as 99% of hotels have).

Room Tip: The Lodge is the newest, not attached to the main hotel/pools/etc and the second floor is stairs onl...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Fairbanks, AK
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We stayed two nights in a lodge king room. The room and bathroom were generous in size and very comfortable. The private tubs and pool area provide an enjoyable, uniquely Colorado mountain spa experience.

From the other reviews, I was concerned about staying here. Not sure what you can expect with a room rate and mineral pool access together for around $100. If you are looking for the Ritz or a chain hotel experience this is not the place for you, but if you want a relaxing atmosphere to soak up some history, then try it, you might just unwind a bit!

Room Tip: The Lodge has large rooms with a table chairs and love seat.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Indian Springs Resort

Address: 302 Soda Creek Road, Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Location: United States > Colorado > Idaho Springs
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Idaho Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 62
Also Known As:
Indian Springs Hotel Idaho Springs

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