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“Dated charm”
Review of Symes Hot Springs

Symes Hot Springs
Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

Mom and I on a whim decided to go to Hotsprings for a night. After driving around trying to find someplace open and with pools we found this piece of history. Service is friendly though the place is terribly understaffed. The last remodel was clearly done sometime in the 1950's. Which is kind of charming, kind of not. The rooms are sparse with very worn furniture. The place has such potential. I wish I had millions of dollars and could take it over. The pools are lovely and they even have stalls inside the hotel with big claw foot tubs for private soaks. The sulfur smell of the hot springs is everywhere (like bad eggs) so that takes getting used to but it's a hot springs so to expect differently would be silly. There are no televisions, or cell phone service on the property and only wifi in the downstairs lobby and upstairs sitting area. Bring a book. All in all I kind of love it. It's a funky friendly time capsule. I can't believe people are complaining about a room for $70. That is very affordable for lodging and access to Hot springs. I'm a travel agent. I know. The restaurant has uncomfortable seating and indifferent (on the verge of bad) overpriced food. However there are other options within walking distance. In general the town is on the verge of ghost town. It's very laid back. Go to soak but don't expect much else.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

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!

1  Thank Amy K
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Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

I've gone here many times and always enjoyed it. The cabins are better to stay in than the hotel, in my opinion. Yes it's rustic and your phones won't work. If no tv in your room is a huge deal, don't stay here. I've read many reviews of ppl who think television is the most important part of a trip...

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Reviewed 31 January 2014

My husband & I were born & raised in Montana, have lived in big cities during our careers, but prefer smallish Montana towns now that we're retired. Hot Springs is a very small town with a lot of personality if you keep your eyes & ears open. The historic Symes Hotel and Hot Springs (don't confuse this with Wild Horse hot springs, also in the area) are in the process of being renovated. . . keep in mind a "hang loose" attitude (check out their website). We've stayed there several times over the past 20 years and always have a relaxed, good time. The natural hot springs pools draw more people than the hotel apparently because people expect "modern" accommodations (their loss). Put on your walking shoes or broken-in cowboy boots, a pair of worn-out jeans, and come prepared to let time stand still for a while. You'll meet lots of friendly folks at the hotel, the bars & cafe, the Wall Street Art Gallery (yes!), and have a great time if you leave your cushy expectations and 21st century attitude at home. I've also stayed at the hotel while on business (to give a presentation at the Wall Street Art Gallery) and caught a great evening of musical entertainment (think Old West) at the hotel.

1  Thank Lectio
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Don't expect too many mod cons; do expect an invigorating soak in a range of pools of different temperatures. Choose from private tubs or the public baths. We went for a day trip, so didn't try the hotel, and it was a great day out. The resort is old but is quite well kept and has a good atmosphere. The staff were all very friendly and helpful.

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