The setting is wonderful (next to the river so you can hear the water), water temperature is great (2 pools, different temps for variety), and the changing room is a plus (although I would prefer doors on the toilet stalls). The bad thing is that there is algae growing throughout both pools! Lots of it! In the hotter pool the algae is about 1/2-3/4 inch thick on all the benches, walls and anywhere that is not gravel. Steps and ramps into the pools are treacherous with slippery algae. Algae floats around in the water. BIG clumps! When back at the hotel and taking off swim suits, algae stuck to our skin! I have been to hot springs all over the west -- NEVER have I seen this problem in any spring facility. Occasionally you get algae in a "hippie dip" -- an undeveloped spring out in the boonies -- but NEVER have I seen this slimy, slippery green algae -- and this quantity! -- in any developed public spring. It makes me wonder if they've ever cleaned it. The flow of most springs eliminates the need for frequent cleaning and eliminates the need for any kind of germ-killing additives like chlorine -- that's one big plus to a hot spring. If the flow is so slow as to allow this kind of algae growth, what ELSE is growing in there?!? Won't be back!
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