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.
- 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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