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Hot Lake Springs Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 5 La Grande B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 2, 2012

This hotel exceeded my expectations. What an awesome place to stay at any time of the year. I can't wait to go back. It is a complete feeling you get when you walk in. First of all it's gorgeous and second it has so much crazy history. You all know what I'm talking about. Yes it's creepy, in a good way. Everyone that works there is very helpful and full of information. Be prepared for the unknown. Like music being played outside all night long.....we had our windows open as it was hot in July. The music totally added to the stay. Loved the fact that we were able to roam the building and all the rooms at anytime of the day or night. Being alone in those hallways with an infared camera is something to tell your grandchildren about. Yes, GO and stay at the Hot Lake Springs Hotel.

Room Tip: There is no pool but the grounds are full of hot tubs. There is also a hot tub hut, very cool. Al r...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 1, 2011

We stayed here for a weekend and really enjoyed the relaxing hot mineral springs, both inside and outside. The hotel itself is somewhat isolated but with a car, you can reach the city of LaGrande, OR in about 10 mins where you can find all of the usual stores. The owners and staff are very friendly, there is a nightwatchman on site so the property is secure. With many rooms to choose from and prices ranging from $125-245, there is a great variety of accomodations. Each room price also includes a free print of a David Manuel bronze, unlimited mineral soaks in a guest only area, evening tea, and admission to their Native American/Military museum. You also receive breakfast of course, which is much more than just pastries and coffee. I would recommend this highly!

Room Tip: If you are flying in on private plane, there are 3 courtesy cars available to use and we were able t...
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank peacocka1
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

Turn of the century hotel. Updated and functional rooms with a bit of history with each room. Staff is engaging and personable. A little spendy. The grounds are alcohol free and there's a definite religious vibe. The worst part of our experience was the food. It was a set menu with prime rib and unlimited pasta. The pasta was heaped with fresh veggies which didn't mix well. The meat wasn't even a full cut. It was a slice of prime rib which was possible re- heated. It's never good when the best part of the meal is the horseradish. The pasta was unlimited but wasn't offered more and didn't want more. The meat had canned mushrooms on it and tasted like a rubber shoe sole. The breakfast was lack luster. Hard biscuits and precooked omlet with a starter of you guessed it, canned peaches. For us it's all about the water. The tubs are jacuzzi style with no jets. Our first soak, the water was 104. On our next soak, asked for warmer and it was much better almost too hot for the wife at 110. The building has 5 tubs and communal. The ceiling needs some artwork or maybe just some paint. The following day the lady at the gift shop suggested we try the outside natural tub on the lake. This spot was a bit more private and the temp was 108. The gift shop workers are your bath attendant and they set you up with towels and water. She even made us cut fruit. This kind of service is what will bring us back. There are several out door pools one with natural look to it that will make the soaking more enjoyable but aren't up for use as of yet. They need to give you a small towel to rest your head on. The Italian restaurant needs more consistent food. If setting menu for 25 bucks a person, start with anti-pasta to 1st then second course. Instead of the pseudo wine(juice) offer wine on the side. The dessert must be brought in because it was really good. Hopefully this hotel will find the splendor of the old days. The service and rooms are great. The soaking arrangement and use of the water and mostly the food need a bit of refinement. Great place to stop at when heading from Boise to Portland or vise versa.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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4  Thank Mraschio
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

This is an awesome place to stay. The history is amazing. The rooms comfortable, but by no means luxury. It's all about the history and soaking. The restoration project is inspiring and beyond my comprehension. The rooms could use more hooks, etc. to hang wet suits and less music in the halls at night, sort of nerve wracking. I would not recommend dinner, if it isn't included in your package, overpriced and nothing special at all, except for the location. I love Hot Lake Springs and can't wait to visit again. Kudos to the Manual's for all of their hard work and vision.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank oregontraveler72
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

This was a real mixed bag. The tours of the museum, the bronze works, and the visit with the artist, were great. The accomodations were not so great. We were led to believe that these were luxury accomodations. Our room was stuffy because the windows were painted shut, even though we were told that we could open them when we were shown the room. The shower was too scary to use and the sofa smelled really bad. Our room was dark and drab, not designed with comfort in mind. There was no place to put your items in the bathroom. It would have been nice to have a shelf or table so that you didn't have to try to balance things on the rim of the ancient sink.

The whole place was rather spooky and sad. Tacky electric fireplace greeted you when you came in the front door of the B&B. It would have been better to have nothing that that sad looking replica. The breakfast was good and served on the enclosed sunporch which was very bright and cheery. There were peacock and goose droppings everywhere. The baths were not very clean, and certainly, weren't hot enough. The tub we were in felt slimy when we got in. There was no place to get water or ice and there were two paper cups in our room. It would have been nice to have some water available for drinking, as the tap water didn't taste too good.

There was a tour of the place and one room was the operating room or surgery. It didn't bother me, but weirded out my companions. The price was way too much for the accomodations but I do recommend the tours.

People were very nice and the visit with David (the bronze sculptor) was a real treat. This place has a lot of potential and I hope it can improved.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank emmalea3
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

I recently stayed at this property and had a fun time. The history of this place is amazing and it sits on the old Oregon Trail. The hotel/bnb occupies the 2nd floor and the 3rd floor houses 2 museums while the first is reception, restaurant and gift shop. The yard has amazing life size sculptures on the way to the hot tubs. 5 tubs are indoors, if the weather is inclement and 3 more are outside by the lake. The grounds need some work but the setting is very nice with the lake, mountains and grassy plains nearby. The rooms are eclectic with donated furniture in theme rooms. Most are well done but all very unique. It is a work in progress, but is worth a stay. The $250 overnight package is a bit pricey but the unbundled rooms are worthwhile. The restaurant food was just so-so but the service was friendly and efficient.

Room Tip: Look at the photos on the website to see what type of room fits your style.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank taoofken
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We enjoyed our room (comfortable) and appreciated that we could use one of the empty sitting rooms for our meetings during our 2 day stay. But the whole experience left us feeling kind of weirded out and disappointed-- the staff was overly friendly but not really ready to live up to their promises of hospitality, the expensive dinners and breakfasts which came in our package deal were cheap and poor tasting, and even the soaking tubs were sporadically prepared and maintained. The tone of the place was just... off. We'd maybe come back for an overnight to soak in the tubs, but staying too long in this place doesn't seem like a good idea.

Room Tip: All the rooms seem nice in their own way.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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8  Thank electrickp
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Address: 66172 Highway 203, PO Box 1043, La Grande, OR 97850-5230
Location: United States > Oregon > La Grande
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in La Grande
Number of rooms: 20

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