If you've ever seen the Great Muppet Caper, Symes reminds me a lot of the Happiness Hotel. That being said, here are a few helpful hints to enjoying your stay at the old hotel IMO. Bring your own extra blankets and an air bed if you stay in one of the larger rooms. The beds are mostly not of this century. Apparently we are giants these days. I bring extra towels from home, sometimes the housekeeping staff seems to forget they are supposed to provide these. Also if you are staying in a room with a kitchenette, beware the toasters, bring a picnic pack with some of your own special things. My point is that the amenities at Symes leave a lot to be desired, considering how much the rooms cost. Bring whatever you need for comfort to make your stay more enjoyable.
On the flip side the water is very relaxing, the geographic setting is beautiful especially on a clear night, the personalities that you encounter here are such to inspire an indie film, and mostly I love the fact you can park your car the whole stay and just walk around town to shop and eat. Also recommended, visit these local businesses on your "walkabout" town:
In the hotel, there is a rock and gem shop/thrift store run by a sweet fella named Antonio. He's fun to chat with.
Fergies Pub and Grill-Great food and a vintage shuffleboard table
Camas Organic Market- Health food store and Bakery, great local made kimchi sold here!
The Coffee Hound in the Wall Street Place- Good coffee, plus locally made gifts
Also on the way into town there is a video game/movie rental place that makes awesome pizza, maybe called Six Shooter pizza
Hot Springs is a fun low cost get away for a day trip or one night stay if you live in the Flathead Valley area. Just take away what you will from the experience!
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