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255 East Portneuf Street 255 East Main Street, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246-7723
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#3 of 6 hotels in Lava Hot Springs
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4.4
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4.2
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3.6
The Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa is a historic, full service adult boutique hotel, spa, restaurant & lounge located in downtown Lava Hot Springs, ID. Features: 18 guest rooms, onsite hot mineral springs & massage therapy by reservation, the acclaimed Portneuf Grille & Lounge (reservations highly recommended with only 36 seats). The Portneuf Grille & Lounge is open nightly with Happy Hour from 4:30-5:30pm, dinner nightly from 5-9pm with Late Night on Fri & Sat from 9-11pm featuring desserts, shared plates, cocktails, wine & beer. The Lounge is open nightly featuring a full bar selection. Also located on the lobby level is Cafe & A'more open daily from 7-11am serving baked goods and espresso. Dinner, breakfast and all desserts and pastries are prepared by our professional culinary staff. Available for small meetings. All stays include onsite hot mineral springs soaking, free wifi & complimentary breakfast vouchers for our onsite Café & A'more. The Riverside features 24 hour staffing and service. The hotel features our on private onsite hot mineral springs in addition to our location downtown which is within 2 blocks of the Foundation hot mineral soaking facilities. Listed on the Registry of Historic Places with the National Park Service. Our value added services include 30 minute complimentary private hot minerals springs soaking, 24 hour service, complimentary room amenities, complimentary onsite parking and each paid guest receives a $12 value breakfast voucher at Cafe & A'more. Add it up and compare our prices. We are a full service, adult hotel which features quiet and relaxing stays. Give us a call and ask us about our great savings by booking our packages which include lodging, dining and massage therapy.
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Mark S wrote a review Jul 2022
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Good service at dinner but room was 90 degrees and cooled down to 85 at midnight after opening the windows. Window mount ac unit did not work only ran for 5 minutes before shutting off. Could not sleep all night. Called front desk with no answer. Do not recommend during summer time
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded 4 weeks ago
Sorry for the inconvenience Mark. We've been trying our hardest to keep up with the 90 plus degree weather that has been hitting us every day for a few weeks now, which is a bit uncommon for this long of a time period. Years ago, our hotel rooms did not have air-conditioning (being a 108 year old building on the National Register of Historic Places). Over the years, we've been able to provide each room with their individual units. Unfortunately in this heat, it gets a bit hard to keep up at times. I recommend coming in the Fall or Winter when it cools off a bit. I apologize that you received no answer at our front desk as we have 24 hour staffing available in person, phone and via voicemail. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Manager
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Glenn W wrote a review Jul 2022
Boyertown, Pennsylvania25 contributions8 helpful votes
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We stayed one night at Riverside Inn, a wonderfully quaint hotel in Lava Hot Springs. Portneuf Restaurant on-site was great. Modern bath in the room, comfy beds, but everything else was original traditional decor. Beautiful woodwork. Three hot tubs to choose from, tiled and attractive, robes provided, water was very hot. Great breakfast included. Staff were as friendly as could be. Lots of tubing sites in town.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your kind words and feedback, I appreciate it very much. Yes, we try to keep up with modern times in this historical beauty, but we also try to preserve the original woodwork and traditional decor. I am glad to hear you speak so highly of our staff as guest customer service is truly our top priority. I hope you come visit us again in the future. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Manager
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Amanda B wrote a review Jul 2022
Phoenix, Arizona136 contributions99 helpful votes
There were no major chains nearby and the Riverside Inn looked like it was in a lovely location on the Portneuf River (IT IS!!) I was so glad i had reserved the Riverside Inn as it was the nicest place by far in the town to stay, and VERY reasonably priced! The hotel has three private thermal pools you can reserve and soak in! Cathy at the front desk was fantastic when we arrived. She gave us 50% off coupons to tube down the river (it was hot), and showed us where the robes and towels were for the mineral pools. She also helped us to get the best rate, including a $35 credit to the onsite restaurant at Portneuf Grill: an absolutely incredible restaurant, and almost too good to believe!! The hotel is historic and charming, if in need of a little updating, but clean and so very comfortable! We had a nice size room with a king bed that was so comfy! A nice clean bathroom with lovely amenities. . There was ice available as well as ice cold water and coffee all day. Our room was on the third floor overlooking the river. At the top of the stairs was a very charming library with super comfortable chairs and ottomans. Besides books, there were also games to borrow! Breakfast was served by the kind and helpful Barrista who made wonderful coffees (they have regular non espresso available too) This was included in our reasonable room price (not the cappuccinos). This hotel could teach a course on "extreme hospitality"!!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded 4 weeks ago
What an awesome review! Thank you for the kind words and appreciation! I am happy to hear you enjoyed your overall stay and appreciated the comfiness and cleanliness. I will share with Kathy your comments - she will love to hear it! We take great pride in our customer service and want each of our guests to have the most relaxing and enjoyable time they possibly can at the Riverside. I hope to see you again in the future. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Manager
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msschlesinger wrote a review Jul 2022
Chandler, Arizona32 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed here for 2 nights in the middle of June and room was available when we arrived. Room 302 is a queen bed and most likely would go with a king next time. Keep in mind that this is a older hotel but was been well kept. The woman at the front desk (name I cannot remember) changed our reservation to a senior package and offered us a 35.00 voucher to use for dinner, which we had planned to do the second night. Also vouchers for breakfast were appreciated but the food options were not basic enough. If the order item says coffee cake, I would expect something you can eat for breakfast and not chocolate lava cake. (my only negative item.) The sign up list to use the spa rooms is a great idea and we had no issued to use their spa facilities when we wanted as this makes it private without anyone sharing your spa room and you are allowed 30 minutes. Thanks for a great stay and enjoyable dinner for our birthday celebration.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your great review and feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your overall stay and hope you come see us again in the future. I apologize if our Cafe ran out of the coffee cake item and replaced it with the chocolate lava cake at that time. I am glad you had a memorable birthday celebration. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Manager
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EliKenoah wrote a review Dec 2021
Bowling Green, Ohio30 contributions4 helpful votes
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Lava Hot Springs is a “must” stop on our trips from Ohio to visit our family in Oregon, and, after trying several other lodgings, the Riverside Inn & Spa is our Lava home. The rooms are cozy and well-appointed, and the great room and common areas, welcoming. In the years since purchasing the Riverside Inn, Gail Palen’s renovations have brought a quiet elegance to the historic hotel. The private soaking rooms on the lower level have been transformed from dingy, dated hot tubs to beautifully tiled, intimate retreats for guests. The Inn offers full relaxation massages, and though we have not availed ourselves of these opportunities, I am planning “The Works” on our next visit. We highly recommend the Portneuf Grille & Lounge, also on the lower level, which offers gourmet fare along with live music on certain evenings. My review wouldn’t be complete without commending the staff, who over the years have become like family. Whether it is your first visit or your twenty-first, you will feel welcomed to the warmth of this Lava Hot Springs landmark.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded Jan 3, 2022
Thank you very much for the kind words and for your continued business with us at The Riverside. It is always nice to see you. The hotel has come a long way with it's restorations, continuing to have the historic feel and charm of the 1914 hotel. Yes, definitely try "The Works" next time, you will LOVE it! Wishing you a Happy New Yea and looking forward to seeing you again. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Manager
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Michelle D wrote a review Aug 2021
Hollywood, Maryland87 contributions29 helpful votes
We are currently living on the east coast and loved the old west charm of this historic hotel. It was very convenient having the mineral baths available right at the hotel. The tubs were spacious, clean and easy to reserve at the desk. The cafe for breakfast was amazing. Plenty of food and it was delicious; specialty coffees and mimosas were available. The restaurant downstairs was very good too with an upscale menu, great wine selection and specialty cocktails. Most of the staff was pleasant and helpful. It was also walking distance from everything in town and a lovely setting right on the river. We enjoyed sitting on the back porch just reading or having a glass of wine; listening to the river and watching the train in the distance.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded Aug 16, 2021
Dear Michelle, Thank you for your review and for your feedback. I am glad you choose our hotel to stay at for your vacation and you enjoyed the Western charm and the charm of our hotel. I sincerely appreciate your business and hope to see you again when you make your way back out West. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Operations Manager
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Valentina wrote a review Jul 2021
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We recommend the hotel if you like historic places with charm, like we do. Gayle the owner is super friendly & accommodating. Perfect location on the river, the restaurant is excellent (but overpriced) & the morning breakfast cafe serves just enough. It is nice to have private hot pools, just a step away from our room. Staff seems confused & most are not friendly. Lots of miscommunication from making our reservation to our departure. If we ever went to Lava Hot Springs again, we would stay here because it seems the best in town, but it is not our kind of town so we would
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded Jul 12, 2021
Greetings. Thank you again for staying with us. It was great having you as guests. July and August are very busy months and not the normal atmosphere for Lava Hot Springs. Hope you come back during the real Lava months. Thanks again. Gail
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James B wrote a review Jun 2021
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The room was clean but they don't have central air, so they put in these window mounts in some rooms. Our room had one that sits on the floor and a dryer tubing runs the hot air outside. It was cracked so unless you were right in front of the cooler it was hot and miserable. Portneuf restaurant downstairs was good but overpriced. I would steer clear of this place overpriced and hot yeah made our vacation suck, besides I wasn't impressed at all with Lava hot springs, alot of the stuff we wanted to do we couldn't. First and last time I ever go there!!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded Jul 2, 2021
Dear James, We apologize for your dissatisfaction, but feel it is appropriate to address a few of your claims in your review. The hotel was built in 1914 and is on the National Historic Register, originally built without air conditioners, without fireplaces, with out TV's and without private bathrooms. Since then, we've remodeled 16 out of 18 rooms, have all private bathrooms, electric fireplaces (to go along with our geothermal heating), individual A/C units (that use A/C venting, not dryer vents) and TV's. However, it is still a 107 year old building which we do our best in to accommodate modern expectations. I am not sure what you mean about "alot of stuff we wanted to do we couldn't" in Lava Hot Springs as it is our peak season with plenty of activities going on: river tubing, hot springs, Olympic pool, various stores and restaurants open, hiking, biking, four-wheeling and zip-lining. We are sorry to hear that you were not impressed with Lava Hot Springs, which is visited by thousands and many repeat people, but hope that in the future you find a resort town that better fits your expectations. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Manager
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Heather M wrote a review May 2021
Hawaii124 contributions73 helpful votes
We checked in early with an upgrade Lovely clean and spacious room Bed comfortable and good linens ....a head board for the bed would have been nice .. A few amenities in the bathroom ...green so good The halls and stairs could have been cleaner ..but in all a nice hotel Staff very friendly and helpful They provide robes and towels to use in the hot pools ... They gave us a $10 dollar voucher for dinner We had dinner in the dining room but we were disappointed in the food and it was expensive But breakfast was beyond five stars and we really enjoyed We would stay again but eat dinner elsewhere
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded May 20, 2021
Thank you for your review and for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your upgrade and your breakfast. We are sorry to hear about your dining experience and will be sure to share your review with our restaurant manager. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Manager
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Taylor wrote a review Apr 2021
Bozeman, Montana259 contributions171 helpful votes
Had a wonderful time at the Riverside from the very start! We spent the night in one room upstairs and then discovered that our dog has acrophobia, and we were given a room up a short flight of stairs so she was more comfortable. Gail and everyone else went out of their way to make us comfortable and our dogs as well. The desk staff, the breakfast staff, and everyone on duty in the hotel were terrific. The bar manager was the only difficult bump in our stay, but a quick word with management took care of that. The rooms were very clean, and quiet, and our relaxation was quality. The food was excellent, and the bar serves honest drinks. Kudos to the entire staff for being so friendly and attentive. I have a great love for Lava Hot Springs and try to go as often as possible, and the idea of a stay at the Riverside is excellent incentive.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded Apr 28, 2021
Thank you very much for your review and for your support. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your overall stay, our staff and that your "difficult bump" was corrected so you could continue to enjoy your stay. It was great having you stay with us and I look forward to seeing you again in the future. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Manager
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$149 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesIdahoLava Hot Springs
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Lava Hot Springs (0.1 miles), Olympic Swimming Complex (0.3 miles), and Sunken Gardens (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include 78 Main Street Eatery, Portneuf Grille & Lounge, and Chuck Wagon Restaurant.
Is Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Lava Hot Springs.
Are pets allowed at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Chesterfield Townsite (9.8 miles).
Does Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.