We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“One for a short visit”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nathrop
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 28, 2013

This resort is more YMCA family summer camp than a resort. It is a ok choice for a night or two passing through the area but probably not for a longer stay, unless you have tons of kids who are fine anywhere as long as there is a pool nearby. We stayed in a cliff side unit, which is the second most expensive room choice after the individual cabins. It was clean and large, nothing fancy, but comfortable and had an outdoor table and nice views. If you are a couple, I would suggest these units and not the inexpensive hillside units, which look like an old 1950's motel and tend to be jammed with families.

The resort is very spread out and you have to take the car to get around for the most part. The hillside units are near the family pool, but all other pools are a drive down and then also have a 50 step climb down the hill once you drive to the parking lot near the pools. There is an adults only relaxation pool but that requires walking though the original bathhouse, around the back of the building (narrow dirt pathway next to the creek below), up metal stairs at the back of the bathhouse, across a foot bridge built over the creek, and then you are there at the adults pool and club! No issue for fit people, but if you are coming to the hot springs because you feel it will be helpful for physical ailments, accessibility to the pools, except again the family pool with tons of kids and a water slide, is a issue to consider. The hot springs are not mineral springs, as are the ones in Pagosa Springs or Ouray, but there are enjoyable and would have been more so if the air temperature had not been 94 as it was when we were there.

There is only restaurant and because of Trip Advisor reviews about poor service and high prices, we brought food in from Salida and used the microwave and refrigerator in our unit. You can drive into Buena Vista for meals, but it is a 30 min round trip drive. So, I suggest bringing in food to eat and make sure you rent a unit with some cooking or reheating possibilities.
There is a country store on the property but not a good choice for meal items unless you want chips or frozen ice cream treats.

Again, this resort is an acceptable choice if passing though for a night or two, as we were on our way back from Durango to Denver, but I would have been disappointed if I had planned this as a vacation destination. The resort is always packed in the summer, and you should make reservations months in advance.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
2  Thank denverretiree
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (1,654)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

1,366 - 1,372 of 1,654 reviews

Reviewed June 27, 2013

My friends were married at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort recently, in fact I helped with many of the arrangements during the weekend and had a chance to interact with (read: ask for emergency help from) several staff members at the resort. In every case, the staff went the extra mile to help us out. I really cannot exaggerate the care with which many people there helped us. We did not go to the pools, I cannot comment on those, but the rooms were very pleasant and clean, and did I mention the amazing staff? 8-) Anyway, we were very impressed, and plan to come back later this summer for a quiet weekend of soaking and hiking.

Room Tip: Cliffside and hillside rooms are a significant distance away, and significantly uphill, plan to driv...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Michael P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 26, 2013

This property didn't quite live up to its website. Rather than a luxury resort it seemed like a nice campground with spacious, fairly clean rustic feeling rooms. We were a bit disappointed that we needed to get in our car and drive from our room to the hot springs pool/front desk and restaurant. The pools were very nice and the creek was freezing. The staff was good. No cell service and the television had to be re booted upon arrival. Having said that if you want to get far away from it all and want to be near the geographical center of the Rocky Mountains then this is a great choice. Near many outdoor activities including horseback riding and white water rafting.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank PhilliesFan097
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stayed here to attend the wedding of a friend and enjoyed our time at the resort. The numerous pools and leisure options gave us ample ways to spend free time. However, to come on our own in the future is not likely.
The drive to Mt. Princeton from Denver is scenic, but very long. And don't speed on the way there--the cops are thick! :-)
Others here have mentioned the Cliffside rooms; we concur--they were probably not worth the additional charge, as these hotel rooms placed us significantly farther away from any of the resort's leisure options (we had to drive to everything we did at the resort). Though the views of the resort/valley below were nice, they did not justify the additional cost. Choose the hillside room option and save the extra costs, as well as gas in your car!
The housekeeping crew seemed disorganized as to whether our room needed servicing on their "lists"; we simplified things for them by asking for just towels and garbage service. That was not a problem.
The restaurant was also problematic for us (as others have reported). Getting a chicken breast "to go" order took 45 minutes. Maybe this is nitpicky, but ordering an entrée from the kids' menu should offer a vegetable option other than butter-fried onions, peppers, and zucchini. I don't know many *adults* who would eat that mix as a side dish, let alone kids. Many others in our party regularly experienced extremely long wait times (45+ mins.) in the restaurant as well. Most nights, we preferred to drive to town and support the local restaurants and then have leftovers the next day.
The pools were awesome! The hot pools are really hot! The waterslide was a blast and there are tennis and basketball courts on site for you as well.
Bottom line, if there is a compelling reason for you to come to Mt. Princeton (i.e. the hot pools), then you may want to check it out. Like I said, we enjoyed our time there. But determine if the value proposition is in your favor before you decide to come on your own.

Room Tip: Choose hillside hotel rooms over Cliffside, unless you are willing to pay more and be farther away f...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank champguy1981
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Good prices and relaxing hot springs are why I have been here three times in the past year. Service however in the restaurant can be sub-par. The bartender working during our most recent stay was the most rude and stressed out I have ever seen, she lacked even the most superficial manors and failed to make drinks as ordered. This place has potential but they need some help polishing the customer experience.

Room Tip: cliffside rooms have patio but are furthest walk from hot springs, hillside is closer but no patio...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank benny3030
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Very pricey for quality of room. The air conditioner didn't work upon arrival. Maintenance guy came & cleaned it out and then it it worked. Seems like that should be a routine service they would perform. Room had an old, musty, dank smell. Could not take a shower the last morning - no hot water or pressure. When checking out, I mentioned the shower problem and the desk clerk ignored the comment. I asked for a small $18 credit on the $518 bill for the inconvenience and again, she said nothing and handed me the bill. No customer service skills whatsoever. Not even an apology for the problem.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank Anita C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Mount Princeton Hot Springs has a shiny exterior with a great mountain view. The hot spring pools are plentiful and well kept. The cabin we stayed in by the river had that wonderful pine smell, was rustic and well furnished and very scenic. The problem with this resort is that the cabin cost $450 a night but for what? No maid or cleaning service came to make our beds or tidy up the kitchen. In fact, when we arrived the dishwasher had not been emptied from the previous guest. Instead of coming each day and checking our supplies, the housekeepers piled in shampoo, soap and conditioner and left us with 6 wash clothes but no extra towels.

When we checked in the front desk person could not provide us information for nearby attractions or hikes. Since it was after 5 pm he suggested we come back at 9 am to speak with the concierge. There was no binder of information for places to eat, hike or raft in the nearby town of Buena Vista and surrounding area. These are easy to provide and even Best Western and Super 8 hotels in the mountains provide this service.

The big disappointment was the restaurant. The first night we were there my mom, dad and I had dinner. We waited 45 minutes for our salads to be delivered. My mom had ordered the cup of soup and salad. When her salad came it was the wrong one. There are only 2 salads on the menu. My father and I had ordered the dinner salad but were served side salad. We alerted the waitress after we noticed our salads were all the same size. None of us bothered sending them back in fear of waiting for another 1/2 hour for the mistakes to be corrected.

We went back again for dinner the second night. Fool me twice shame on you! We ordered 2 steaks and a prime rib. My dad ordered the prime rib. 45 minutes later the waitress advised him that they were out. We still hadn't received our salads. My dad ordered a steak medium well. After another 45 minutes the steaks were served and non of them were cooked how we had ordered them. My dad could not eat his, it was rare. Luckily the waitress did not charge him for it after he showed it to her. We made reservations for dinner at 6:30. It makes no sense that our food was not served until after 8!

We spent over $2000 for 3 nights including our food, and for what? Yes, the water was nice but I expect more for that price.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
3  Thank Mountaintoots
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
MtPrincetonMngmt, Manager at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

We would like to begin by thanking you for your feedback. I apologize that your stay did not meet your expectations.

Unfortunately, housekeeping is not always able to return to cabins before check-in to empty the dishwasher after running the cleaning cycle. We are sorry you were inconvenienced by this. We do a full-service clean in each stay-over unless guests request otherwise or post a Do Not Disturb sign. We will address our housekeeping staff on insuring that guests receive adequate service.

Our Concierge is available each day during normal business hours to assist with planning unique activities in the area. Though the concierge program is new to the resort, our staff should have made a better effort to assist you.

I also would like to apologize for your unsatisfactory experiences in our restaurant. Your server was very sorry about the issues with your salad and chose to supply you with a complimentary desert. There seems to have been some sort of miscommunication which is unacceptable. It is disconcerting that your service time was long and meals were incorrectly prepared. Our staff aims to remedy any problems brought to their attention promptly. We strive to provide the best service for our guests and are disappointed to have fallen short during your visit. We hope you will give Mt. Princeton a second chance to surpass your expectations in the future.

Best Wishes,

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort Management

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Nathrop
16.6 mi away
Salida Inn & Monarch Suites
8.1 mi away
Best Western Vista Inn
Best Western Vista Inn
#1 of 3 in Buena Vista
497 reviews
14.4 mi away
Monarch Mountain Lodge
Monarch Mountain Lodge
#1 of 1 in Monarch
105 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
17.1 mi away
Hampton Inn & Suites Salida
7.9 mi away
Surf Chateau
Surf Chateau
#1 of 8 in Buena Vista
207 reviews
12.8 mi away
Mountain Goat Lodge
Mountain Goat Lodge
#1 of 6 in Salida
327 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Address: 15870 County Road 162, Nathrop, CO 81236-9703
Location: United States > Colorado > Nathrop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nathrop
Price Range: $143 - $431 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A gorgeous natural oasis surrounded by towering peaks. Your perfect getaway, with every amenity. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is where you can do it all. Satisfy your quest for adventure, experience the healing powers of Colorado hot springs, and indulge in pampering spa treatments. Unlimited outdoor recreation alternatives for every interest, in every season, at every level. Gourmet meals, choice lodging, and our welcoming staff await you. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Orbitz and Hotwire so you can book your Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Hotel Nathrop

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing