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Lava Spa Motel & RV Park
Lava Hot Springs, Idaho
1 review
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

So admittedly there are no nice motels in Lava Hot Springs from what I can tell (here right now), but this place is the worst motel I have ever stayed in. And I am cheap, not used to fancy, but economy travel. There are holes in the walls, no phone in the room (which would come in hand when you need things they forgot to stock all day long), no usable outlet in the bathroom, shower pressure might as well be a trickle out of a leaking faucet. We booked the room for 4 people (told them we had 4 people coming and asked for a roll away bed as there was only a king bed left) and came in to towels, cups, hangers etc for 2 (meaning 2 each of everything). Had to ask for more and they asked if we were going to use the "extras" for the pools. Um no, we would each like our own bath towel please. The price for this place should be $40 or $50 at most per night. You can hear the train all night long and there are not enough parking spaces for all of the guests. It's too bad because the people managing the place are friendly and you can tell they are doing their best, and the most important thing, the bed is comfortable. Other than that you will wish you had found a Motel 6 in Pocatello or Soda Springs instead.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Meridian, Idaho
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

This is not a fancy place, but it is very nice, quiet, clean and the staff is so friendly!! It was just what my husband and I needed. It is just across the street from the hot pools, which is so nice. The river running past the motel is so nice to listen to at night. The restraunts was close and it was very nice to be able to just walk from the motel to the downtown area and spend the day. The prices are great and as I mentioned before, the room were very clean and the room was very nicely decorated and updated. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

Room Tip: We have stayed in a few of their rooms and they both have been great, one is along side the river, t...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Blackfoot, Idaho, United States
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

My wife and I love to visit Lava and have done for many years. We have tried almost every hotel/motel there is... LAVA SPA is our favorite. Close to the hot pools. It is always quiet clean and friendly. The walls are good because you cannot hear your neighbors . The owners are very accomodating and friendly... We always book the room with the indoor hot tub ! We like that you can park close to your rooom. It is always VERY CLEAN ! For out past ten visits to Lava,... always here at LAVA SPA.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Idaho Falls, ID
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

My family frequents Lava many times a year. We (me, my husband and 2 young children) love this town and it's fun and unique charm and small town qualities. However...we booked this motel as it was one of the only vacanies left in town. Now I see why. First, the smell...stale cigarette smoke and musty old building (we all know it). Gross stained carpet, a built in broken desk ( peeling laminate) and cigarette melted blankets (yes a non smoking room.). The bathroom is semi-upgraded, and it did have a fridge, microwave and flat screen tv. No plugs ins in bathroom or by one of the beds) Our outside doorknob wouldn't lock so we chain locked it with a chair in front of it.
Please still visit Lava as it is an amazing town! Go to all of the pools and float the river! Just stay elsewhere. (Auro Soma Lava is our favorite!). Have a great time!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Bozeman, Montana
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

This is an older motel in Lava, but it is extremely comfortable and very reasonable for price....King-size beds, big-screen TV, VERY clean, and most importantly, pet friendly! The staff is friendly, eager to please, and it is wonderfully quiet, even though it's right in town....It is on the river, and I found it so easy to relax and enjoy the stay here..the big hot pools are right across the street, any variety of dining is within 2 blocks, and so it's hard to beat the location..it's just plain nice.....not fancy, but the comfort and the WOW air conditioning just can't be beat..

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

We stayed in a spot that was right next to the river. There was plenty of shade and the RV hookups worked great. The staff was friendly and the site was clean.

The hot pool is just across the street and the cold pool is not that long of a walk. Very nice stay and where we will stay next time we are in town.

Room Tip: Get an RV spot along the River, otherwise the site is more like a parking lot.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Whitefish, Montana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2012

Great quiet site. The ones next to the river are the best, but the others are nice too. No showers or bathrooms. It is right across from the Hot springs.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lava Spa Motel & RV Park
Address: 359 East Main, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246
Location: United States > Idaho > Lava Hot Springs
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Lava Hot Springs
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Hotel Class:2 star — Lava Spa Motel & RV Park 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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