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“Somewhat underwhelming but still an ok experience”

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Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa
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13 reviews
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“Somewhat underwhelming but still an ok experience”
Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

We were looking forward to hitting the hot springs after two days of skiing and a day of snowmobiling in the Winter Park area.

Hot Sulpher Springs Resort is fairly easy to find and parking was simple. We checked in and paid for four visitors. Reasonable at $18.50 each plus towel if needed. I'd recommend bringing your own towel.

Changing rooms were organized with lockers available.

The issue we had was with the baths themselves. They were very spread out on multiple levels and it was not clear where the various temp baths were located. Additionally, although marked with the average temperatures at each, we found the actual temperatures to be significantly below what was stated. For example, we tried four or five tubs/pools posted at 102-105 degrees and we estimated that they were all at the highest 95 degrees. This was a challenge as the outside temp was quite low at 7 degrees and the distance between the baths was quite far.

We finally found one tub that we could actually call hot (108 degrees although the sign indicated 110-112 degrees) and we were able to shoehorn our group of four in with five people already there, but to do so we were literally squeezed in side by side. Picture a backgammon board.

I'd hope that if we visit again, which we would only do if we couldn't make the trip to a better hot springs like Strawberry close to Steamboat, that the baths would be more clearly marked and that them temp regulation would be a bit more accurate.

Once we found the hot tub that was actually hot, we had a great time talking with other visitors while we relaxed and we left the resort much more relaxed than when we arrived, but just can't give the place an above average review due to the challenges noted above.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Thornton, Colorado
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

We've been to Winter Park several times & always wondered about the Hot Sulphur Springs located outside of Granby. We decided to make the 45 minute drive to check it out. We were drawn by the history and geology of the region which is fantastic, but that's where the appeal of the resort ends.

Of course, we expected the sulfur smell and murky water from the hot springs, but what we didn't expect was how run down the facilities would be. The photos on their website make it look spa-like but the photos are deceiving. The locker rooms were smelly and old with very small lockers for your belongings (especially if you go in winter and have coats/boots to store). The pools are dirty and all need updating. There are a few pools that look "natural" with rocks/stone around them but several are just standard small fiberglass hot tubs...gross.

For the $18.95 adult entry fee, it would be nice if they would include a towel and/or locker storage (both cost extra). Even better, they should throw in a cheap pair of spa flip-flops to walk up and down the stairs in between pools. Many of the pools were closed for the winter so the ones that were open were crowded. There are "Quiet Zone" signs here and there but the groups in some areas were very loud and no one from the spa monitored the resort...they just sat at the front desk.

If you're interested in the healing power or history of the hot sulfur springs, this might be the place for you, but if you're looking for a spa or resort, keep looking.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Travellers are raving about these Hot Sulphur Springs hotels

Lakewood, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Hot Sulphur Springs used to be a favorite weekend get-away for my husband and I. Unfortunately, the pools, locker rooms, and buildings have progressed from run-down to downright dangerous. On our last visit, we decided that it just wasn't safe to visit the hot springs anymore.

1. MOLD. In black, and green, and pink, and white. The indoor pools and locker rooms are absolutely full of it. It's in the walls, the ceilings, the carpet, the showers... the owners have repeatedly covered up the moldy walls and ceilings with new drywall or wood rather than removing the mold. There is basically no ventilation at all for the indoor pools or bathrooms (sometimes they leave the doors open, or run a box fan). We avoided the indoor pools on our last visit because both of us got headaches within just a few minutes.

2. FILTHY. The locker room often sports niceties such as used tampons, diapers, and toilet paper on the floor or on benches in the changing rooms. The pools are not filtered and often have items like hair and bandaids floating in them. SIDE NOTE: Privacy is a major issue in the womens' locker room. Do not change by the window- you can be seen clearly from two of the pools. There is a door between the showers and the changing area that the owners often prop open- that door opens to the hall from the men's locker room to the pools. Surprise!

3. UNSAFE: The walkways throughout the property have numerous "Patches" where people have fallen through the decking. The new cover on the Backyard Pool flaps in the wind, and is unstable, because it is not properly built. The Cliffhanger pool is just that- the posts that should be supporting is are leaning precariously. When the paths are icy, the ice melt that is spread all over the walkways and even into the pools is not safe for skin contact.

This place should be shut down. The water itself is wonderful, and if it ever came under new ownership and was maintained well, we would be back in a heartbeat! I hope that the county intervenes before someone is seriously hurt.

Room Tip: I stayed at the hotel once- what a mistake! The hotel room was tiny, outdated, and smelled like mold...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fairfax, Virginia
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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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Denver, Colorado
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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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Texas
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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
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Kansas
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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Property: 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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