I was so looking forward to staying here. The website looked great. The location interesting/spiritual and the philosphy of "green building" engaging.
I was kind of shocked when I showed up. What appeared to be a rustic spiritual resort in the desert turned out to be a rundown trailer park in the middle of nowhere. Everything was shabby, grimmy and in disrepair.
It was like the website was created years ago when the place was a going concern and now the place has fallen apart. It was kind of sad really, because with a little TLC the place could be nice. What has happened to the owner's plans? Has he fallen on hard times in the economy? He seems like a nice man, with his 3-legged cat, who has lost his way with his dream.
The communal bathroom looked like it hadn't been cleaned in weeks or months: dirty toilet, splattered mirrors. To clean it daily would take so little effort.
The "green concept" was a bunch of overflowing bins with bottles, plastic, etc that looked like a dump run hadn't taken place in weeks. Duane's plans for this Utopian resort seem not to have materialized. I was looking forward to a hot springs soak but was so grossed out by the dirtiness of the place that I never checked out the springs.
I stayed in the Airstream trailer which is a bargan at $25. However, I spent the next 4 days scratching bites on my ankles. Was this from sand fleas that bit my ankles when I sat out and viewed the lake until 10:00 pm? Or bed bugs/fleas from the gross bed I slept on in the Airstream trailer. The trailer that had little or no operating windows, had beds made up with rumpled linens that looked like they had been hastily remade after the last guest stayed there. I will never know what caused my myriad of ankle bites and will never stay there again to find out.
The location IS beautiful. I showed up at dusk to rolling fields which included multiple varieties of sage brush in full green bloom. The hills were warm brown basalt with yellow grasses growing in between ridges. The lake was beautiful blue with the white alkali rim showing around the perimeter of the lake. I have never seen a desert scenery so beautiful, especially in July. I can see why Duane thought it was spirtual. I just can't stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offers campgrounds and trailers for lodging. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Summer Lake Hot Springs Hotel Paisley