Stayed in the Manzanita cabin for three nights with wife and daughter, and can only speak for it. Sleepless because room was full of bugs--I'm an entomologist: mosquitoes, midges, mayflies, deer flies, house flies and no-see-ums; some biting, some not. All irritating when they buzz you or fly into your ear when you're trying to get to sleep.
Room was also nightmarishly hot, because there is no screen on the door, and you can't leave it open for cool night air. A few small windows are screened, but the big one is not, and the few that are have screens that don't fit, so bugs can waltz in at will. If management would screen the door and the big window, it would be possible to turn on the ceiling fan and exchange hot inside air for cool outside air.
The hot springs are clean and pleasant and when we were there, the right hot temperatures for soaking. The staff is friendly and pleasant, but you're going to encounter problems here, and they are not going to solve them for you. Following are ways you'd better be prepared to solve them yourselves. It took me about three hours of fixing up the Manzanita cabin after that first sleepless night, after which we were comfortable there.
1. Take a small bedside fan, to cool yourself down at night.
2. Take a fat roll of duct tape, or wide masking tape, to tape the gaps between the window screens and windows. I spent a couple of hours doing this, and it worked, but I suspect the duct tape I applied will have been removed before you arrive: it's an unsightly admission of failure to do their own repairs.
3. Take 2-3 rolls of paper towels. Wet them down, and use them as pads to capture all the ambient bugs that will be there to greet you when you arrive. You're going to have to make a clean sweep of the place before you go to bed, because keeping insects out is not sufficient when the place comes abundantly supplied with them in advance.
4. Take a minimum of two fly swatters, one to leave on front and back window sills. You'll apply them constantly. It can become an enjoyment.
5. Take all the toilet paper you think you will need for the length of your stay. There will likely be a part of a roll in the bathroom when you arrive, but it won't last long, and it won't be replaced. If you need tissue, take tissue. None is supplied.
6. Take a mouse trap. We heard one scratching every night at the kitchen, but when it finally manifested itself by crawling out from under the counters, it was the biggest beetle I've ever seen, and I've seen beetles from Patagonia to Vietnam. If it wasn't two inches long, the fingers with which I held it up to show my wife and daughter, to their horror, are stubs. But mice are reported in other reviews, so you should be prepared.
7. Take two oversized black garbage bags, or a 4'x6' sheet of 3-mil black plastic. The door is not screened, it has cottage windows, and it opens inward. Moths, midges, and many other insects are phototrophic: they're attracted to light. When you turn on the inside lights at night, they shine through the cottage windows, and that door gets pre-loaded with from 10 to 100 moths and midges and other pleasantries. Every time you open the door, you automatically sweep them inside the cabin. Use your duct tape to tape your garbage bags or plastic sheeting over the cottage door windows, to black them out. The bugs are then attracted to the light shining through the windows where you've already duct-taped the screens, rather than loading up on the door windows to get delivered into the cabin.
8. As soon as you arrive at this cabin, remove the curtain and rod from the long east window, and jam it into the door frame, on the outside. It fits, unless they somehow change it to defeat this defense--it wouldn't surprise me. Do what you need to do to rig an outside make-shift screen door. Then when you open the door, you sweep this aside, and it shifts the bugs into the outside air rather than delivering them into the cabin.
9. I was told the big window will be screened, making it possible to open it when the air outside cools down at the end of the day. This will permit exchange of air, rather than re-circulation of hot inside air. I doubt it will be screened when you get there. If I were ever to stay in this cabin again--you're beginning to assess the probability of that!--I would bring a 6'x10' roll of window screening. I'd use my duct tape to fix it over the outside of that big east window. It would diminish the view of the new cabin being constructed next door, but it would let me sleep cool at night, which wasn't a problem I was able to solve while we were there. If I did screen that window, I'd take the screening with me when I left, so it wouldn't be there for you...sorry; bring your own.
10. You're on your own here at Summer Lake Hot Springs. You'll love the managers, but only if you're prepared to do for yourself what they should do for you. For example, the shower curtains in the public showers--there was no shower or bath in the cabin--fell down each time my wife or daughter used them. It took me two pieces of tape, and about one minute each, to fix the curtain rods. I had to wonder: How long have those been falling down every time somebody takes a shower, and yet, nobody ever bothered to simply fix them?
11. If you have a portable tool kit, bring it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offers campgrounds and trailers for lodging. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Summer Lake Hot Springs Hotel Paisley