My sweetheart and I, along with my 16 year old daughter headed to the springs to have a fun birthday weekend. We stayed in the 1840s cabin, which we really enjoyed. The place does not look 1840s on the inside, but is super clean and well maintained (minus drippy kitchenette sink and phone jack with no cover) and decorated with rustic log furniture. The fireplace adds a nice ambience- make sure you open the flue before you light the logs they provide. We had the complimentary champagne and OJ in the morning. :-) This cabin is a great choice for a romantic weekend away! Catch the sunrise and sunet on the porch...so peaceful. And you can bring dinner back to the cabin and eat at the cozy little table with the fancy plates and glasses they set it with.
The pools are what you would expect from a natural, historic hot springs. Varying levels of heat dependent on which pool you are in. There was a nice variety of types of pools. Some of the pools are outdoors and some are inside the solarium area. Some are stone and very pleasant and natural looking and some are plastic and smooth. We enjoyed each. I especially liked the plastic ones for napping...they're easy on the arms when you lean back. Obviously, as the name would imply, there is a sulphur smell to the water/steam. This added to the natural experience (it smelled nothing like a harsh chlorine pool). And there are floating algea in many of the pools, which also goes along with the natural-ness of it. I found the locker room and pool areas to be VERY clean - that said, mineral rich water leaves minerals behind...maybe that is what other reviewers have interpreted as dirty?
The staff was nice to us, smiled, answered our questions, etc. Lots of signs about what not to do and 2, yes 2, places to leave tips (tips for doing what?).
Not much for kids under 12 to do here.
If you stay in the cabin and it's during cooler than summer weather, bring fuzzy boots, sweats, t-shirt and sweatshirt to wear to and from the pools. You can change in the locker room there. It's a short walk between the cabin and pools, but long enough to get cold again!
The towels they provide look small and thin, might want to bring your own beach towels.
Lodging seems to be overpriced. There is a campground right next to this place called Pioneer. I didn't see any tents, but there were several small RVs.
All in all, I'll definitely be going back knowing that this is NOT a "resort", but a natural, historic, hot springs that hasn't been spoiled by a corporation yet. :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offers fifteen baths for guests to enjoy. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hot Sulphur Springs Hotel Hot Sulphur Springs
- Hot Sulphur Springs Resort And Spa