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Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa
Reviewed 5 November 2013

We booked a night at the resort because we needed a place to stay on our road trip and we thought a hot springs resort would be a nice break from camping. We hasn't read the reviews until the day we drove over and they certainly scared us.

But a few reviewers have commented that the bad reviews seem to be a result of misguided expectations. I think that is exactly the case. This is NOT a true "resort". You are not waited on hand and foot, you don't get complimentary drinks or robes or even fresh towels outside every pool. This is an old-world motel build near hot springs. If you come with that mindset, it is okay. Not great; just okay.

It wasn't as smelly as we expected; after showering, we didn't notice our skin smelling of sulphur. The pools have natural algae growing on the rocks and some mineral deposits inside the pools, but it is all natural and not off-putting. Maybe others thought this was dirty slime from lack of cleaning but that is not the case. Unfiltered and untreated water creates these kinds of deposits. If anything, it's proof that these aren't just outdoor jacuzzis.

The set up of the pools isn't exactly relaxing or spa-like. The walk from one pool to another can be VERY uncomfortable. We were at the spa on a 10-15degree evening after a snowfall a couple days prior. The paths were covered in salt crystals (OUCH) and slippery. There is no shelter from the wind on the paths. The small towels they provide aren't very absorbent. In the end, we had to jog as quickly as possible to the next pool before our feet went numb. Bring flip flops if you don't want to get hurt from the salt.

On a positive note, the water was as hot as we hoped it would be! One of the upper pools hit 112degrees and felt awesome. And we arrived on an evening with almost no guests. We had every pool to ourselves when we wanted it.

Our biggest issue was with the room and indoor facilities. The room had no door on the bathroom, just a folding "curtain" that didn't close all the way. The heater was loud. There isn't any wifi in the room. Also, there is an intimidating sign inside that warns of high fines if you cook/bring pets/smoke in the room. We didn't intend to do any of those things, but it made us think twice about snacking on crackers inside which seems ridiculous in retrospect.

The changing rooms are dark, damp, and feel dirty. The carpeted floors seem to be perpetually soggy. And one little thing: no pegs in the bathrooms to hang your towel/clothes/purse. Annoying when you just want to use the stalls to change instead of the poorly curtained booths they have set up.

The staff was friendly and helpful. They offered conversation and assistance finding dinner in the town.

Overall, a lackluster and expensive visit to a hot spring that could be so much better. With some renovations and additions (a cafe maybe?!) it could be lovely. But for now... We would recommend going elsewhere.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

After driving for a long time we were very disappointment because of the following reasons:
First, the locker rooms/ shower rooms were SO disgusting, so dirty, ugly and old. Second of all the pools are so small and EXTREMELY DIRTY. Front desk personal is RUDE. Over all the place is not well maintained and it smells like rotten egg BIG TIME.
If you have other options other than this one I highly recommend you NOT to go there.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Rosie O
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

My wife and I were very hesitate to go to the springs with all the negative reviews. We decided to do a day trip (did not sleep in rooms) and took the plunge no pun intended haha. Facility was great! Great locker room/shower area to wash off when done in the springs. The various sulphur springs were soooo fun to try. Our favorite was the secluded one by the railroad tracks that had a gorgeous view of the mountains and pond. We will for sure go back!

P.s. If you go after 8pm the price drops.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank flightkid
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

We rented the little apartment right in the middle of the hot springs resort. Yes this resort is rather old and it is so difficult to maintain all that natural water flowing everywhere. We had a blast and went to almost all the different pools. The little apartment was very clean and comfortable. The bathroom was tiny no shower so we used the shower in the locker room which had great water pressure. We were not bothered by the train coming by often, they do provide ear plugs for sleeping. There were 3 decent restraunts within walking distance. We had a wondrful time. We will go back again.

Room Tip: There is no alchohol allowed.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank campmomm
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

I read the reviews before going - there were many unimpressed reviews, but we decided to go to Hot Sulphur Springs (1.5 hrs from Vail) instead of Glenwood Springs because of the variety of pools. (We did not stay in the hotel - just went to the hot springs for the afternoon). We had a great time! The weather was a cool 40-ish and later in the afternoon, it snowed, so it was very nice in the hot springs! There were so many pools to choose from and there were only a handful of people, so we could try all of the pools out. We did splurge for the 1 hour private pool, which was nice, but too hot/humid for us to enjoy the whole hour - would not do that again. We really enjoyed the outdoor pools.

Room Tip: Did not stay - just used the hot springs.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank mastersonpa
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

Ok, the changing rooms are not spotlessly clean (at least the men's), but overall it was fine. Other than the price, which does not include a towel, I didn't have a problem with it. I only stayed a short time, because between the warm water and the sun it was a bit much for me, but it was very relaxing nonetheless. I would go back.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

We had an amazing experience at Hot Sulphur Springs. With more than a dozen pools nestled against the mountain, our stay was very relaxing & enjoyable. We rented the apartment and had access to pools overnight... Only challenge was the train that passed 7 times during the middle of the night. We were unable to sleep, which made the next day rough.

Overall, a nice experience!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank MeditrinaDenver
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Additional Information about Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa

Address: 5609 Rte 20, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451
Region: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Hot Sulphur Springs
Amenities:
Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Hot Sulphur Springs
Number of rooms: 18
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Offers fifteen baths for guests to enjoy. ... more   less 
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