Hi, sorry this is long, but I wanted to fill in some gaps on the other review Ive read.
We wanted to get away, Idaho Springs is about 45-min -1hour from Denver, and has hot springs mineral pool and baths. We booked the 89.00 special. The other reviews are correct in that the place needs a major renovation. Dumpy is a good word. We stayed in the "lodge" the room was very clean, but the heat was off so it was cold, there is a coffee maker and shower. TIP- no hairdryer. It's next to the Inn & across the street from the main check-in area. Check in was easy, and staff polite & helpful. It's not clear, but there is a breakfast in the morning next to the gift shop until 10:00am. Cereal patries etc. We went to the caves first- TIP- they don't have signs on what is the hottest etc. as you walk in, there are small pools, the end one is the least hot the first one by the door is the hottest. The Caves are also clothing optional. It's very dimly lit, there are tiled benches to sit next to the pools. We then tried the mud room (our favorite experience here) the room is bright, but old & barren, the mud is ankle deep and cold. We've never done a mud bath before so this was new. there are white plastic lounge chairs to sit relax on. TIP: there is only 1 small heater hanging on the wall, its not adjustable, get the chairs directly across from the heater, and though you can't feel it, it helps to dry within an hour. ALSO: Its not clear how to get to the mud room. You can see the mud room & a door as you enter the pool area, but you must walk up through the main entrance by checkin & over to the other side with the caves. The mud was a great experience, my skin was soft, but the surprise was my hair! It was SO soft, bouncy and looked fantastic. Take the time to let the mud dry, it's worth it! We tried the pool next. The pool area is worn down just like the rest of the areas,It's basically an atrium. There are tropical plants,HUGE banana, rubber and palm trees. It's very tropical feeling. the pool is a large L shape. it's a mineral pool so it was green and cloudy like it should be. It was also very crowded for a Friday midday. The water is not that warm, almost annoyingly between cold and warm. there is a large spicket that pours HOT water into the pool with a sign that says please share the hot water. we didn't stay that long, and we didn't go back. We then tried the personal private pool. this was VERY hot. a hot tub will in general run at 104 when it's hot enough for complaints, this was easily 108.You can get a refund if you go to the desk within 15min of going into the room. It's a medium room with a large raised tile tub, hooks and a bench for clothes, and a shower. We stayed since it was free, private -you can lock the door. These are the INDOOR private pools. they are also on the way to the caves. I swear there was chlorine in the water, I could smell it, and the water was clear like a regular pool. but the flyers say it's hot springs mineral water.
My husband got a massage, he said it was a good massage, but the room was very small and again dumpy and old. The special of $89.00 is a good one. there is a $25.00 voucher to a few places in town to eat, We had lunch at Tommyknockers- good food- and dinner at Beu Jo's Great service and great food. Using the voucher, dinner only cost us $15.00 including tip. The historic downtown is 2 blocks long, and a small little historic mining town. There is a drive thru starbucks on the right as you enter town from I-70 and a Safeway on the left.
All in all, we loved the mud, and would have loved to do it again. But it's not worth a trip back. While the price was right,the people friendly, it was just too run down and in need of a serious lift. I would pay more and go back if it were updated even just some. The decor spans between 70s-80s & 90s, the carpet is dark geen and worn very thin in several places.
I looked but didnt see any algae, mold etc. as one other review did. If you are looking for a resort, this isn't it. They offer spa services at a expensive price. but a motel 8, travelodge is more updated. TIP- there are lockers in the locker rooms, they cost 2 tokens- .50c- you must get these at the checkin desk. This has so much potential, hopefully something will come along soon to help them bring this back to life. TIP: bring your own robes & maybe towels if you like bigger ones.
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