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“Quirky Old Hotel with Excellent Restaurant” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa

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Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jackson, Wyoming
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39 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Quirky Old Hotel with Excellent Restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

I stayed here this summer for a ski patrol event and was impressed. It is an old hotel that is actually having it's 100th anniversary this year. It was nice and clean with some quirks, mainly due to the age of the structure. No elevator (but it only had three floors), no central a/c (definitely needed in Lava Hot Springs in early August) but with individual a/c units in each room, no phones in the room, no desks in the room (but several large tables on the main floor and one medium library on the second floor), and an odd water heating scheme (they use heat from the hot springs to heat their bath water and if the hotel is full, you might have a cold shower). There are full bathrooms in each room, and the beds are very good. There is also nor real front entryway as the old entryway is now the bar and a back door serving as the front entrance. The front desk people were very nice (except for the time we asked for a second room key; the front desk guy acted a bit put of place by our normal request). The bar was cozy but comfortable and had great service. Each morning we got a seven dollar chit for the restaurant for breakfast and it was a proper sit-down breakfast with good hot food, not the normal cold cereal, crap coffee, and oatmeal that passes for "complementary continental breakfast" at most hotels. The restaurant was excellent where I had the best New York Strip steak I have ever had: perfectly cooked, lightly seasoned, and super tender. I would actually drive back to this hotel for another steak like that (and I live three hours away). The one bad thing about the dinner was the wine was served too warm, like coffee-cup-out-of-the-dishwasher warm. It made the wine almost undrinkable, and really cut down on the niceness of the meal. A refrigerator for wine is a must for this place. The exterior of the hotel and the surrounding grounds also need some attention. The hotel is right next to the Portneuf River and could really use this to it's advantage with outdoor seating in the summer if they could somehow spruce the old entryway area up. As of now it is more of a back alley. Despite all of the minuses this is an excellent hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bill F
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HistoricRiversideInn, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thank you Bill for your detailed review of our hotel, restaurant and service. All of your comments are greatly appreciated and are important to us! We are continuously striving to make improve our fondly named "Quirky Hotel", that is celebrating her 100th birthday in 2014.

As you mentioned, both the building and the bath water is heated with hot geothermal water. We are really proud of taking every step we can in “staying green”. Our hot water system is complex, and interesting to say the least. Our thanks to our consulting engineer who has skillfully assisted us with resolving the hot water issue that we incurred. It is not always easy to be green, but we are proud of our efforts.

Thank you to all of our loyal customers for your understanding and support.
We look forward to seeing you again!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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chicago area
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

We were driving from Boise to Grand Teton National Park and were looking for a place to stay about halfway in between. We checked Trip Advisor and based on the reviews called for a reservation. Gail was very friendly and helpful. Our room was ready when we got there and it was absolutely charming. The bed was extremely comfortable and everything was spotless. It is really like a lovely B&B. We went downstairs to the restaurant and had an amazing dinner! After dinner we found fluffy robes and towels on the bed, ready for us to use for our mineral soak. The private soaking rooms are downstairs. Some of the rooms are undergoing renovation, but ours was perfect. We had a delicious breakfast by the river in the morning, followed by another soak before we headed on our way. We highly recommend this Inn.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

the hotel is right at the middle point of Grand Tetons National Park and Salt Lack City. It's about the same price as staying in campsite of the park (electrical site + shower) but with much more to offer.

It's more like a bed and breakfast than a motel, really friendly environment.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank emilyyi
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

I just stayed at Riverside Hot Springs Inn and I thought it was the cutest place ever! The historic building is amazing and in wonderful condition. the little quirks of a historic building are there but with modern fixings so that you are always comfortable. the private mineral bath is wonderful! i felt like heaven afterwards. but what will really make me come back to this hotel is the people. Kristine, the guest specialist, was so sweet and inviting. the servers were wonderful and full of knowledge about the location. and even when i saw the staff on the streets in town, they remembered me and told me things to do in the cute little town. what a pleasant stay. i will def be coming back!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 438Benji27
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West Valley City, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

The hotel is full of old world charm and has a lot of history and class. The food in the restaurant was to die for.....mmm the coconut prawns. The hotel staff were pleasant, helpful, informative and very professional. Our room was quaint, comfortable and made us feel right at home. The bed was soooo comfortable. And the best thing was the soothing, relaxing mineral waters in a private room. We were given very nice robes and towels. We both slept like babies. I would highly recommend this hotel to all my friends, family and co-workers.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Janet W
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

The ambience and charm of this inn,will wow you,from the check in to check out. It is quiet,and relaxing.Time spent on patio next to river is well worth...private mineral baths were awesome,as was breakfast voucher.Will definatly stay here again for years to come.....

Room Tip: private bath is great, King suite is awesome.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Daniel B
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

This grand old dame might need a bit more upkeep but is a fantastic place to stay!! The beds (we had two rooms) are really comfy and antiques abound. The hot pools are terrific and included in the price and the continental breakfast was lavish. The personnel could not be nicer and the Portneuf Grille restaurant is fantastic!! What a wonderful getaway for a weekend worth of rejuvenation! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Amsterdamadventurers
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Additional Information about Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa

Property: Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Address: 255 East Portneuf, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246
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Region: United States > Idaho > Lava Hot Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Lava Hot Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa is a historic, full service, boutique hotel, spa, restaurant & lounge located in downtown Lava Hot Springs. Featuring 18 guest rooms, onsite hot mineral springs & massage therapy, the acclaimed Portneuf Grille & Lounge which is open nightly for dinner, meeting facilities, free wifi & complimentary Continental breakfast. The Riverside features 24 hour staffing and service. The hotel is located within 2 blocks of the Foundation hot mineral soaking facilities. ... more   less 
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