We attended a friend's 50th birthday celebration here at the resort. We stayed Saturday through Tuesday. Even with the reviews on the site I didn't quite know what to expect. We had a wonderful time.
Here are the details of our stay:
Check in was easy and the staff friendly. We found this to be true of all the folks we dealt with at the resort. Friendly faces and nice people.
We stayed in the Fishermans Lodge - room 806. This room has two queen beds and an old style hotel bathroom set up. Sink and clothes outside the shower/toilet area. We were told it was recently renovated. It may have been updated in some respects but it still has some budget hotel features - like the vinyl flooring in the entry and bathroom. Don't let this sway your opinion of the place however. Remember you are in a resort that started back in 1900. The room was very clean and very comfortable. Furniture showed some of its wear - but in line with the old lodge atmosphere. There are no TVs or phones in these rooms. Keys are old style with the plastic key ring with the number on it. Note the water pressure in the shower is very hard - but keeping hot water takes continued turning of the knob. Never ran out - but you have to keep bumping up the temp. In the sink however it is hot hot hot. I just found this odd. Plenty of pillows and the beds are comfortable. Quiet up in the lodge as there are only a few rooms and it is up the hill from the main lodge. Very easy walk to pool and dining down the steps and through the garden. 5 minutes max.
One of our group was in Villa 601. Nice loft cabin with a kitchen and living room. Nice set up for a family but further up the hill. Longer walk to lodge/pool.
We had an organized dinner in the Wine Cellar on the first night. Lovely venue for a private party. We crowded 16 people in around the table and had dedicated staff to take care of us. Those two guys had their work cut out for them. I didn't care so much for my escargot stuffed mushrooms. This may just be a seasoning thing. My husband had the blue point oysters and they were very good. I ordered the risotto for dinner and that was quite pleasant. My husband had prime rib and it was cooked nicely -however he would have liked it a bit pinker. They have a signature desset - give it a try if you like orange, ice cream and chocolate. Overall the comments on dinner were positive.
The breakfast buffet at the main lodge is very nice. We had Sunday buffet (more elaborate) and Monday buffet (more basic). Food was very good on both days. Its country fair with eggs, meat, pancakes or french toast and assorted yogurts, muffins, etc on weekdays. All made on site. Sunday they add the traditional salmon, omelet station, lamb to the options. You are quite isolated out here so if you aren't in a cabin or villa the lodge dining is your only choice. Keep that in mind. Last seating is at 9:00 - so no late night feasts here. The grille at the Saloon closes at 9:00 also. Plan accordingly.
You have to have a wrist band and towel for the hot spring pools. Nice area. Bar and Grille right there. Plenty of room. "Hot tub" (hotter than main pool which is already hot) part of the pool is covered so you can get out of the sun. Pool is hot and there is a ledge all around for sitting in the water. Rafts and toys are allowed. Kid especially like the pool since it is so warm.
We also visited the Saloon in the evening with our group. Very lively on Saturday and Sunday evening. Great place for drinks, playing pool and some video games. Band was playing Saturday.
They have a banquet room which we used on Sunday for a private party. Bar service and food was exceptional. Spills out on to a large deck and the lawn area. It was nice enough to have appetizers and drinks on the deck with picnic tables on the lawn. Staff was super in accomodating our party and again friendly folks.
On the grounds there offer horse back riding and river floats. Paradise Adventure has an office right there to book trips. We did a float on the Yellowstone Sunday morning. Well worth it and super easy since they pick you up and drop you off right there.
There resort is 30 miles from the North entrance of Yellowstone. You can easily take day trips to the park from here.
We didn't use any of the spa services - but many in our group did and all had great things to say about it.
I was pleasantly surprised at this place. It is an old place and they keep that charm. Do not expect fancy resort appearances. Its comfortable, clean and a wonderful little place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located close to Yellowstone National Park, this lodge offers mineral springs to enjoy. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chico Hot Springs Hotel Pray
- Chico Hot Springs Resort Montana/Pray