I loved the setting: Buddhist statuary, hummingbirds; the mountains & river along the hot spring pools as well as one of water lilies. Yes, there was algae in the soaking pools, which I scooped out. But I loved being alone outside, in peace & nature. I chose one of the dorm rooms, which I was able to lock. Contrary to what I had imagined, I had the bedroom to myself. I had new, fluffy towels, including an extra one for after soaking. The showers were at the end of the row of rooms. I felt comfortable & had the space I needed. The food at both dinner & breakfast was delicious. I appreciated everyone who were there, as they made me feel welcomed, considering they are busy with their own schedule. Vice-Abbess Hosen personally extended her welcome, later inviting us to see the interior of the temple- impressive. We visited Valles Caldera National Preserve from there; also found Highway Four, a coffee house/eatery nearby to also be a good find. I wish I could have stayed there longer. One thing which took me by surprise is that they only accept cash or check.