If you read some of the previous reviews you will undoubtedly have noticed that this is by no means a plush resort. It is perfect to get away, think, enjoy solitude or strike up interesting conversations. This review is really about three different things, but all are listed as one address and destination.
1. The hot springs: natural hot water with slight sulfur content is collected in two soakable locations, each ~0.5 miles from the Lodge between them. The Meditation pool is a small, delightfully designed saok area with stone tiles and sand bottom. In the warmer months, an outdoor shower is nearby, however if there is not enough sun, this shower is off. Bring towels, enjoy the solitude (often only two people in the water), open 24h, very little light so take flash light along with towels.
The Dome is the other (more popular) soaking area, consisting of a larger rectangular open-air pool ~99F, a covered smaller sandbottom hot tub ~108F and a sauna (which does not get very hot). Just towels needed here, as there is a changing room with showers, light, sundeck. All soaking areas require a bit of walking from the parking area (more so for the dome, but could be dropped off right in front for those who are challenged). All soaking areas were quiet and very relaxing. Excellent Watsu sessions can be reserved.
2. The Lodge hotel is in certain aspects similar to a mix between a youth hostel and a hotel. There is a restaurant (Philosopher's Cafe, creative mostly organic compositions) downstairs, a kitchen for everyone to use (you can bring food to cook, tea, coffee; fridge and storage space available), fire place, piano, a few sofas, library of books and games. The rooms are upstairs, some with hardwood floor, and all somewhat creaky. Shared bathrooms. Quiet hours start at 10pm, room a little dark, bed was comfortable, small dresser and cabinet to hang clothes. Breakfast not included in rate (nice omelette OK to share for two at moderate appetite) but 24h soaking is.
Towels provided. Occasional scheduled concerts / events / readings in the evening, and you might catch an impromptu piano composition performance during the day.
3. The Globe hotel is 1.8miles from the Lodge hotel in the center of Sierraville, right on the intersection of highways 49 and 89. This old building with character (reminiscent of hundred years ago) again has a parlor room downstairs, with piano, a guitar, several tables, computer and wireless internet (faster and more reliable than at the Lodge) as well as a large kitchen with guest fridge and cooking utensils. The Globe is much quieter, seems to be less often chosen, although the parking lot was full overnight, there were very few other guests seen or heard. The room was carpeted, bed quite comfortable, overall sleep quality better than in Lodge. Very clean, shared bathrooms. However, no soaking in walking distance. Lodge and Globe appear to be same price, lower during the week (Sunday-Thursday), and in demand (+~30$) on weekend (Friday+Saturday) nights.
4. Camping is available around the Lodge, and appears to be popular: combine a tent with the soaking and facilities of the Dome, onsite restaurant (however food only at breakfast and at dinner, mainly on weekends only, or on demand if there are enough guests), a very small onsite store for emergency supplies (crackers, tea, comfort food, sunscreen).
Day visits and reduced late night rates are also possible. Check their website. In winter, 4 wheel drive and snow chains may be necessary / recommended to get to this place. Beautiful drive from any direction.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Sierra Hot Springs Resort & Retreat Hotel Sierraville
- Sierra Hot Springs Resort And Retreat Center