I spent my honeymoon at Mt. Princeton 30 years ago, so it's hard for me to review it without remembering how it used to be. The "new" Mt. Princeton is aspiring to be a top of the line spa experience for folks that spend the night. Maybe that attracts some prissy, picky folks, but for us the great view, comfortable beds, laid back, helpful staff, and natural hot springs pools down by the creek still make this an outstanding way to spend a few days. The new amenities are beautiful and functional. There are some free yoga and pilates classes and lots of pricey massages for those that want them.
It's good to know if you are not among the wealthy: you can go to the hot springs for the day and enjoy the natural pools for $12- $20, depending on your age and the day of the week. The pools with more selections on the other side of the creek and posher dressing rooms are available for free the day of your overnight stay and the day after. We always deduct this expense from our overnight rate and find it worth the stay to be all in one place. The bigger your family, the bigger the savings here.
The Cliffside rooms are huge and have an outdoor table and chairs along with fridge and microwave, so if you are down-homers like us, you can make yourself at home and skip the restaurant except when you really want to go. There are cabins for rent as well which are new and comfy. The lodge rooms are smaller but closer to the pools.
We love this place and hope it will not be spoiled by its new glitz and customers. No more flopping pool cover but it still has nice customers and staff and lots of natural, flowing hot water to sit and relax in.