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“If you like hot tubs in a rustic setting, this is the place!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mercey Hot Springs

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Mercey Hot Springs
Los Angeles, California
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117 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“If you like hot tubs in a rustic setting, this is the place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2011

We stayed here for the first time and found it to be a gem. It is just off the beaten track (I-5), to feel like a real getaway. This place is NOT a polished resort, more like a half-step up from RV camping, but the hot spring baths and spas definitely make up for any "rustic" facilities. There are also several cabins with minimal services, no TV or radios, internet, etc... There is electricity... almost like "glamping" Bathrooms are public/shared, and the cabins do not have sinks. This place is for getting away from the noise and getting unplugged, no music or other noise sources are allowed, except personal items like iPods, etc... Certain baths are clothing optional for those who like a more natural condition. It was wonderful to be in the therapeutic bath and just looking up at the stars. I was out there 2+ hours by myself just enjoying creation. Definitely a special place :o)

Room Tip: Check the website... the cabins are not all the same.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Cruz, California
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107 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2011

This is a real find for anybody who loves low key but comfortable relaxation in California backroads. I am only sorry that our family did not discover this place earlier. We came here on a weekend and spent one night camping with our pre-teen daughters. We used the pool a lot and spent some time in the outdoor hot tubs. The latter were particularly nice at night when we could admire the wonderful night sky without light pollution. In spite of the fact that we were there on the weekend, and the camping and cabins were full, the pool and hot tubs did not get crowded. All facilities were clean and esthetic. One can see that Mercey Hot Springs are still being renovated from a less polished state but the owners have already done a great job. The place is full of solar panels and solar collectors. Lights are of the efficient LED kind. In the main office one can buy raw milk and ice cream. As a bonus, we saw a huge California condor flying next to the road when we were leaving Mercey Hot Springs. Overall, a superb, memorable experience, even for our often cranky pre-teens who want to go back soon.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Cruz, California
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2011

My wife and I spent 2 nights in a cabin (with ktchen) and had a comfortable and memorable experience. As others have said, "Mercey Hot Springs resort is not for everyone", but with the proper amount of preparation it can be a wonderful place to relax and de-stress. Some things to consider: (1) Location is quite remote, and there are no restaurants within a 30-45 minutes drive. As a result you must bring your own food (as if you were camping). The resort office sells a few snacks, but nothing one might consider to be a real meal. A cafe is being planned, but as of Sept 2011 only the building was finished. (2) Only one of the cabins has a kitchen, and it is the most expensive one (about $130/night). (3) The cabins are simple and small, but generally clean and well-maintained. The bathrooms are in separate but nearby buildings that are shared with other guests (and they are clean, modern and plentiful -- so not having a toilet and shower on our cabin was not a big deal). (4) There is one medium-sized swimming pool with mineral water that is basically luke-warm (good for day-use, especially during the hot summer months). There are also several more private bathtub areas where you can control the temperature to your liking (two outdoor areas with several tubs to choose from, and one indoor area with 3 tubs). (5) Not much to do at night except star-gaze and watch the many long-eared rabbits that graze the resort. (An occasional coyote can be heard howling in the early evening). Take along a book and/or a portable video player if you're not used to such solitude. (6) Perhaps the best feature of the resort (besides the hot springs) is the free wireless internet connection. No heavy data downloads are allowed, but reading e-mail with attachments and newslinks was not a problem. (7) The owner has plans to gradually upgrade the resort. It's adequate right now, and has the long-term potential match the quality standards found at the more established hot spring resorts in Calistoga and the San Luis Obispo area.

We live a few hours away from Mercey and certainly look forward to another visit within the next few months.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank Sunseeker600
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Lemoore, CA
Level Contributor
65 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

Mercey Hot Springs resort is not for everyone, but it was for us. I scheduled an anniversary stay in March with my wife and then returned in June with my wife and 16 yo daughter. There are 6 rustic cabins, each with its own, unique design. There are also campsites available for those with tents and campers. The big draw for Mercey Hot Springs is the natural hot spring tubs and swimming pool. As a family, we enjoyed the warm pool and soaking in the family friendly hot tub area. Later in the evening, my wife and I enjoyed some private time in the clothing optional hot tub area, in the buff, of course. It just seemed right. We're in the foothills, 13 miles from the nearest highway, which allows for a very, very, quiet and relaxing experience. There is even some frisbee golf on the property with frisbees available for free checkout. However, I would recommend bringing you own, if you have any. We had brought out boat to the resort and spent the morning fishing at a local reservoir, which made the afternoon soaking in the hot tub that much more welcome. Don't expect anything fancy, as this is a "green" resort, and the nearest place for food is Subway, located about 13 miles away. But, if you want a quiet and relaxing time, this may be the place for you.

Room Tip: Pay a little extra for the cabin with a small kitchen, or choose the cabin with the privacy deck.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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happytrailzCA
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2011

Is it a private home, or a resort? Is it a Harbin/Vichy/Esalan-style hot springs or is it a BLM/State campground? (I've camped and stayed at all of the above, so I know the drill in the different environments.) I was thrilled to give this place a try, because I'm constantly on the lookout for QUIET places where amplified music isn't allowed and where dogs either aren't allowed or have to be on-leash as ALL times. According to Mercey's website, no amplified music is allowed, and dogs have to be leashed while in the "village area." Even though the tent camping is within 100 feet of the main pool & tubs & registration office, apparently it's not considered the "village" because the OWNER was letting her dog run wild and tear up bird nests and snap at birds along Little Panoche creek immediately outside what had been my campsite the previous night. (I found out she was one of the owners when I went to the intercom at the office to report her.) I don't like being played for a fool, folks. One way you show respect for your guests is by OBEYING YOUR OWN RULES. And, what's with all the signs and the rules if they're that weird and bureaucratic? Your dog gets to attack birds (the birds you mention in all your advertising as being one of the draws to the place), but no one else's does? Unless they're camping? Or, unless they're camping in the tent sites, but not in the RV sites (forty feet away) because they're "in" the village? Water's so-so (very sulphury,) hills are gorgeous, but ambiance is weird - to- sucky. Everybody -- owners and the various guests -- are all on different pages. I wanted Vichy/Harbin, the owners want a private home, the people next to me wanted a State park, and the folks at the pool with the yelling kid wanted a Motel 6. I won't be back, specifically because I don't think management gets it. They talk the talk -- ad copy language like organic food for the new restaurant, etc., -- but it's all just superficial. If they really wanted people to know not to play music, for instance, they'd tell them when they make reservations, not just say so in the "fine print" on their website. (Campers who want noise don't have any right to complain -- they already have all the State Parks in the area, and all the dispersed camping on the surrounding BLM land, and the Pinnacles campground to choose from.) Most people assume the place is either a standard motel or a state-park style noise fest. It looks like management is trying to go the way of Esalen/Harbin/Vichy, but from what I saw, deep down, they really don't want anyone there and they want it to be ALL private space. Maybe they need to sell out to people who sincerely want to run a resort.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank happytrailzCA
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Sebastopol, California
Level Contributor
22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2011

We stayed two nights at Mercey Hot Springs. The cabins are best described as: shabby chic meets 70s California woody meets "still under construction." It is being renovated and alot of the materials are re-use. It works. The tubs are really nice, really hot, with many different bathing options: clothes, no clothes, private, public. You may have to develop a tolerance for the sulphur smell of the water, but it is clean, hot and fresh.

It is a bit pricey, considering none of the cabins have bathrooms and all but one cabin are without kitchens. Cooking is done via camp stove on a picnic table. But there are many private bathrooms and showers on the property, so it seems manageable.

An added bonus is the resident long eared owls roosting during the day in the trees. Birdlife is abundant and in the right season, the hills are covered with unparalleled displays of wildflowers. Some cool back roads are nearby, lots of BLM land to walk freely for exploration.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Mabbott
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San Jose, California
Level Contributor
262 reviews
99 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2011

This place is improving every time we visit. They now offer for sale a limited selection of packaged snacks (eg muesli bars), a cup of coffee/tea, and ice cream at reception.

Mercey Hotsprings is partly rustic and partly elegant. Where else can you soak in hot mineral water, piped from the ground, with stars above and barely a person around? Bedding in the cabins overall is excellent, while some may desire the mattress to be firmer. Facilities with very clean, tiled showers are in two separate buildings very close to the cabins. Bring a cooler of food (OJ, water, bread, salad, cheese, wine, crackers,...) for dinner and breakfast the next morning. Cabins have electricity for a kettle and a toaster, which you could take along. If you are the kind of person to insist on a hot meal for dinner, then this might not be your ideal place (unless you have dinner before you get here.) If you happen to run into anyone, they'll probably be laid back and quiet. This is not a place for noisy parties.
Depending on the time of year expect to see: lots of stars, birds (meadowlark, quail, owls, killdeer,...) coyote, wild flowers,...

If you go during the week, it's quite possible that you are the only guest. If you forget water, you can drink the spring water but the taste takes getting used to.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank usuallyhappytravels
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Additional Information about Mercey Hot Springs

Property: Mercey Hot Springs
Address: 62964 Little Panoche Rd, Firebaugh, CA 93622-9599
Location: United States > California > Firebaugh
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Firebaugh
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Mercey Hot Springs Hotel Firebaugh

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