The resort is dated and worn-out looking. There is nothing special whatsoever about the look of the building or the rooms which have dated carpet, curtains and bedding. There is only one pool and the hot springs caves - the pool was disappointingly small, perhaps two times the size of a backyard pool and crammed with both hotel guests and locals (the public has access to the hot springs almost all the same hours as hotel guests). The change rooms, like everything else, look worn out and not much different from those available at a local rec centre. The caves were a small horseshoe (150 ft) of hot water fed directly by the springs. These were unusual and interesting, but crowded by and endless parade of people walking through them (not peaceful or relaxing)! I should point out there were many families (and children) making this not as much a nice relaxing spot for adults but a loud place with tons of rambunctious kids. Overall I was surprised how small and beaten up this "resort" was.
The staff were all very friendly and the food was very good (a good thing, because unless you drive to Nelson or Kaslo there is almost next to nothing around for miles). However the one restaurant on site is fairly expensive (14-25$ an entree for dinner).
I was fairly disappointed and did not think it was worth the price - I would not return at all in fact.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort is a four season destination featuring 40 newly renovated guest rooms, the Ktunaxa Grill, Nasookin Room, and a well-stocked Retail/Gift Shop. This property offers a unique cave experience where soothing, hot mineral water surfaces from the earth creating a natural steam bath. Stalactites form in abundance inside the caves. The hot water flows into our main pool and is cooled to a comfortable body temperature, suitable for your whole family. Spring, Fall, Summer and Winter bring guests from around the world to enjoy the pleasures of the crisp, clean air and the calming mineral waters of the Ainsworth Hot Springs. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ainsworth Hot Springs Hotel Ainsworth Hot Springs