It is what it is. What you read isn't trying to trick you into thinking this place is something it's not like some other places do. It's a fine place to strip down, soak in some water that comes out of the earth and then sweat yourself silly. All this set in a beautiful valley with towering trees and rain-foresty ferns and moss around you.
What this isn't is an upscale resort. It's not even an upscale hot springs facility. It's not an upscale day spa, and it's not an upscale campground. It's more like an oversized turnout in the road with a couple of pools, a few cabins and some lawn seed thrown down. A nice turnout though, probably the nicest turnout you've ever been to.
As for the pools, they are pretty small. Even though I saw the pictures of a couple of them pushed up against a building I thought there must be more than that.... nope. A couple of pools about 2' deep that might accomodate 6 people without touching each other. They are well kept pools, pretty even, but not big at all. Then there are 6 rooms with private clawfoot tubs in them. The water is continually flowing into these tubs and after you're done with your tub you're supposed to pull the drain stopper and scrub the tub. I did exactly that, but I'm not sure the 27,894 people before me did. There is a definite film/funk in the tubs that wouldn't be touched by the scrub brushes that are provided. Not a deal killer, but curious nonetheless.
There are 2 saunas, one a dry sauna and the other a wet sauna. I never made it into the dry sauna, but I spent some time in the wet one. Nice, not big with a window and view of the large pool that is stream fed, so it's the cold one. I would say the sauna would sit maybe 8-10 people without sticking to each other. We all sat there silently as a couple of the attendees were sitting indian style in some sort of trance. I enjoyed attempting to decipher the body ink.
There are two tubs on an upper deck that are open to the sun and sky. THESE are the cat's meow. Still with the tub funk mentioned above, but you're in your own tub with hot water flowing over you constantly with the sights and sounds of the forest around you. Too bad that there are only 2, as they are the most popular and seem to attract the people that get there early to make a day of it. While the private rooms can get a little dark and cramped feeling, these outside deck tubs are the complete opposite.
As for the staff, they treated us very well and were very nice and welcoming. The other patrons were for the most part to themselves, there wasn't really ever an opportunity to strike up conversation, but I didn't put out that vibe and didn't sense anybody else wanting to chat either. Most were nude, but there were a couple in bathing suits. Seems to be a hit with the younger, dreadlocked, pierced and tatted, veggie eating, alternative lifestyle 420 crowd....at least for the 6 hours we were there.
Not sorry we went, had a fun time with my spouse, enjoyed the drive there and back, relaxed in the hot water, breathed the clean air. Won't make the effort to go back, but not because of what Orr Hot Springs is, it is what they say it is. What did we expect?