I went with my sister to Vichy Hot Springs in August 2005...and I should point out that we went to use a voucher that'd been given to her to compensate for the horrible stay she'd had previously. (A large group had taken over the place and were loud, etc.) If I'd gone with my husband, I'd have been even more disappointed - it's not a romantic, quiet type of place, but more of a family-oriented spot. Mark Twain allegedly bathed in the tubs and it looks like they haven't been replaced since - rusted over and crated from mineral deposits. And yes, the water is cooler than body temperature. (Sit in your tub at home and pour seltzer on yourself and you'll get a similar experience. I'm serious.)
There were two families with loud kids who made it harder for everyone to relax, since it's such a small place and sound carries easily. I heard all about one teenager's pot-addled adventures in San Francisco while sitting/swimming at the pool and got treated to a couple of tantrums in the breakfast room while the harried parents did nothing.
Breakfast was good - lots of fresh fruit. The rooms were serviceable - shower stall instead of a tub, no TV.
The grounds are nice and the town of Ukiah itself is worth a visit, but Vichy can be skipped.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vichy Springs is the best of two worlds a country inn and a hot springs resort. Rooms and cottages for overnight stays include full use of the naturally warm and carbonated Vichy mineral baths, hot soaking pool, Olympic size pool in summer and 700 private acre reserve to walk and explore. Breakfast is included in the morning, WIFI and telephone. Massage, facials and hot stone massage are available from 8am to 8pm daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vichy Springs Hotel Ukiah
- Vichy Hot Springs