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“Laid back and rustic- not for 5 star hotel and spa types.”

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Sierra Hot Springs Resort & Retreat Center
Grass Valley, California
2 reviews
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“Laid back and rustic- not for 5 star hotel and spa types.”
Reviewed 20 April 2011

I have been visiting Sierra Hot Springs for roughly 20 years, since before the Globe Hotel was open and the place was called Campbell Hot Springs. So be warned: this review is not exactly an unbiased one. My husband and I are relatively local to the area (about 50 miles away) and have a soft spot in our hearts for Sierraville and Sierra Hot Springs. The bottom line is: this is a bit of a crunchy granola hippie spot. If you are looking for a sparkling clean, modern spa and resort you should probably head on by and go to Reno. This is not the place for you. I do not eat crunchy granola, smoke pot, have dreadlocks or wear patchouli. I love the Hot Springs anyway. The springs have been maintained insofar as they have built a changing room, pool and hot tub which are regularly cleaned. The hot spring water is unfiltered, untreated, and only as clean as the people who soak in it. Many of whom are naked. The Lodge and Globe Hotel are historic and rustic. There is a strong hippie vibe at the Lodge while the Globe has been restored (on a budget) with a Victorian style. I wouldn't call either place filthy by any stretch of the imagination. The rooms are tiny and simple. There is no TV but there is wi-fi strong enough to stream Netflix on a laptop. The Sierra Valley is right outside the window. If you want to watch TV, this is not the place. The bathrooms are shared but clean. There is an excellent breakfast cafe and and excellent family run Mexican restaurant across the st from the Globe. Or you can make your own food in the full kitchens at either place you choose to stay. The Hot Springs are all about peace, relaxation, and sanctuary. This is the country. If you can handle the country, you will love the springs. If not, don't waste your time.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 24 March 2011

We stayed here in the off season at the main lodge. Plus other times we have stayed in the Globe hotel, which is not bad but it's quite a distance from the hot springs. We now understand why it was so reasonably priced in the off-seasons, because the weather was snowing and icy cold. This is a hippie resort and the sister resort to this place is Harbin Hot Springs. We like staying at the main lodge because you are at walking distance to the hot springs, and the guests have 24 hour access to it. It's not a five star hotel, maybe a two or three star, and all about the granola crunchy, homemade soaps, funky tie-dyes, sage sticks, and dream catchers. What I like about this place is that the in-house restaurant is reasonably priced, the food is fresh, healthy, organic, and delicious; the chef was friendly and had a funky style. If you like to make your own food, there is a big, well-equipped communal kitchen accessible to guests. Most of the rooms you rent there have communal bathrooms (it's reasonably clean but not anally clean); there is no a/c, the wi-fi is not strong, no TV, clothing optional, and the central heater needs help, so bring your own portable heater and blankets. If the weather permits it, you can camp out in their land. You can make an appiontment with one of their many talented masseuses or a chiropractor. The resort has a long and interesting history, and a lot of character; it's not as crowded as Harbin HS, it's laid back and relaxed. I love going to their hot springs. The hottest springs are the big ones on the hilltop, they also have singular private ones, which are secluded but not as hot (80*-90* F). I like coming here because it is affordable, friendly, rustic, and down-to-earth.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Northern California
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Reviewed 21 March 2010

Most of the common areas of the lodge were literally filthy (see pictures). During our 3 night stay it didn't seem as if anyone cleans anything but the rooms on a regular basis (partly as evidenced by crumbs the were on at least one table for the entire stay). The couches and upholstered chairs were so filthy that I couldn't bring myself to sit in them. With what they charge per night for indiv rooms, you'd think they could at least afford slipcovers and more cleaning help. I don't mind rustic or funky (I've stayed in plenty of hostels and hotels and like to camp), but this was just gross. Our room and the spring facilities themselves were in an acceptable condition. My boyfriend stayed there over ten years ago, so we were very disappointed. Bottom line is, anyone charging people for lodging should maintain some minimum level of cleanliness.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Nevada City, California
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Reviewed 16 September 2009

We've been to Sierra Hot Springs a half-dozen times, and wish the place would live up to it's potential . We really like the hot and warm springs, changing room and sauna. But the big hot tub under the copper dome can we wonderful or nasty depending on how close you are to its cleaning day. The changing rooms are well maintained, as is the sauna and outside warm pool. The one thing that always bugs us is that there are signs posted in the lobby and at the hot springs that say the soaking areas are supposed to be silent or quiet areas, which would be great. But almost every time we are there a group of young drunken adults shows up and makes a huge ruckus and the staff never monitors the pools. It totally wrecks the peaceful atmosphere -- and the peaceful atmosphere is one really good thing about this place. You get the feeling that the staff is pretty "checked out" most of the time.

The "lodge" and their sister "hotel" (The Globe) are very grubby and run-down at the heels and the Globe has terribly uncomfortable beds and tiny rooms (no TV by the way, and shared bathrooms down the hall). We also found the Victorian furniture at the Globe kind of creepy and very uncomfortable, and totally out of context for the "hippie"' spa vibe down at the actual hot springs. (The hotel would be a lot better if they'd get rid of the antiques and clean up the hotel and create a nice, calm, clean vibration at both places). If you are looking for a "spa" experience this isn't it. If you just want a place to take an inexpensive soak, this is it. Be forewarned -- there are only 4 places to eat. The Hot Springs Lodge has a cafe that seems to be frequently closed, a Mexican restaurant (okay), a pizza joint (haven't tried) and a little coffee shop across the street from the Globe Hotel where you can get a heck of a breakfast (we give the coffee shop 4.5 stars).

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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NYC
Level 2 Contributor
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2008

Although owned by Harbin Hot Springs of Middletown California, Sierra Hot Springs is far more laid back, a bit friendlier, and far more rustic than its more “hip” cousin. They offer both hotel/lodge accommodations, as well as camping. It’s about an hour from Reno and relatively easy to find.
My experience was wonderful, it was my first time camping. I’ll post some pictures, as I wish I’d had the opportunity to view similar photos when planning my trip. If you’re interested in Sierra Hot Springs, check their website at www.sierrahotsprings.org

  • Stayed July 2007, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Sierra Hot Springs Resort & Retreat Center

Property: Sierra Hot Springs Resort & Retreat Center
Address: 521 Campbell Hot Springs Rd, Sierraville, CA 96126-1000
Region: United States > California > Sierraville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Sierraville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sierra Hot Springs is a non-profit retreat and workshop center located at the cusp of an enchanted forest and a beautiful alpine valley. Here, it is impossible to resist the overwhelming sense of tranquility. The natural spring water is as smooth as silk, and the pools are a true experience. For centuries, Native Americans have regarded this land as a sacred healing place. Now we invite you to discover its incredible powers for yourself. ... more   less 
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Sierra Hot Springs Resort And Retreat Center

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