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Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carson
Reviewed 11 June 2012

I visited the spa for a soak, wrap, and massage. I am not a day spa person so I have no basis for comparison, except I saw no glass tiles and smelled no spacial spa fragrances. What I did have was two very relaxing, rejuvenating hours in a basic, natural, and relaxed place. The staff was welcoming, and easy going, directing me to my own huge antique tub. I soaked to my neck in mineral water as hot as I wanted for half and hour, left alone in the quiet, simple, historic bath room. After, my attendant Bernice directed me to the wrap beds and covered me comfortably in cotton, flannel, and wool, warm enough to allow me to sweat well for another half hour. It was a simple and natural room; quiet, clean, and peaceful. My massage was preceded by a quick rinse off shower. The massage was for relaxation. I did not ask for any therapeutic treatment so I don't know if that is an option. I had a little soreness from vacation activity that was worked out by the end of the hour long massage. Overall It was just the kind of experience that I find relaxing: time alone in a natural environment with no pretense or expectation. If your needs are also simple, then you will find this rustic experience enjoyable

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

April 4 2012 - Brought a friend from Alaska out to Carson HS for a soak and a wrap. I had a gift certificate that was still valid (according to the date) however I was told I could not use it because of a change in ownership. We decided to stay because we were there and had made the drive from Vancouver. When we entered the bathouse there was no one there to greet us. The attendant did come in a few minutes and showed us to our baths and then said she would be back in 25 minutes to do our wraps. Having been there several years ago myself I knew what to expect but the bathouse did not appear as clean and even more delapitated. The attendant never checked on us nor did she return. We got out -long after the 25minutes, we waited & waited finally a massage therapist happened to be walking thru so I stopped her and asked is she could find our attendant. Instead, the front office receptionist came in and said she would do our wraps....by this time we were cooled off, one of the cots looked like they still had used blankets on it and the other had sheets that looked liked they had been shredded in a wringer wash machine...we opted out of the wrap - got dressed and left.
.......Bonneville's clean and upscale spa is only $5 more for a soak and wrap.......

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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13  Thank TC205
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

If you're looking for a therapeutic, rustic and relaxing experience, you'll be in the right place. The linens were new, clean and comfortable. The tubs were the same old clawfoots with room to spare and the hottest water you could want. Comments concerning the faucets don't take into account that the water is full of minerals including sulpher which isn't kind to chrome (or silver jewelry). The rust on the tub and the faucets doesn't make the water any less therapeutic. The womens side of the baths has windows that let in diffused light while you rest in your wrap. This is done either, loose, medium or tight - your choice. None of the men who went with us chose to do the baths so I can't tell you how it is on that side.The sauna and shower after your soak was a nice finish. The tubs are separated by shower curtains hung on old (probably original) painted pipes attached to the ceiling which creates a little room for you to relax in. The walls have old bead board and the ceiling has new pine boards that give you something to let your mind wander over while you're soaking. The new owner is working on improving and repairing the site but I hope they keep much of the current site as it's so full of character.

Bringing a pair of pool slippers/thongs will keep your feet off the cement floor and can be used in the shower. They have plenty of towels so you can leave yours at home if you wish. The little dressing room is cozy with bins to put your clothing in. There are no lockers so leave your personal items somewhere safe. There is a hairdryer provided but bring your own shower supplies (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel/soap) and deodorant. The baths are segregated into women and men so you aren't together during the soak/wrap if you're there as a couple. Cost is $20 plus WA tax. Be sure and bring some extra cash to tip your bath attendant. She's the one that will fill your tub and wrap you for your rest. Of course she then cleans up after you too.

Overall, this place is worth the drive up the beautiful Columbia Gorge. If you drive I-84 on the Oregon side and take the Bridge of the Gods (toll bridge $1 each way) and can get there in about 45 minutes depending on traffic. The drive on the Washington side (Hwy 14) is a beautiful, winding drive which was a great way to view the Oregon side of the gorge as well as stunning visitas of trees and mountains right next to the road. We stopped at Skaminia Lodge to have an outstanding lunch to make this a day of indulgence.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

The Hotel rooms are new, rather dark despite the window and kind of stuffy, unless you use the very loud fan hooked up on the "radiator." More importantly there are no refrigerators. They started at $75 which is a pretty normal price but still seemed overpriced to us. There wasn't a soul there (Mon and Tues) but they should at least include one visit to the tubs with the room price. The hotel layout makes you walk the length of the building to go down to the parking lot

The Baths are open 9-4 and since it's summer, we would have preferred to take a hot mineral bath at night. Men and Woman are in separate bath houses, and each house has an, "attendant." For a 20 buck visit, The attendant puts you in an individual tub surrounded by a curtain, and reminds you not to talk. They also time the amount of time you stay in the bathtub soaking. You are asked to get out after 25 minutes, then they wrap you in a towel and give you 25 minutes to sweat. We felt pretty good after the sweat, but there's no freedom in the set up. You are more or less ushered out in less than an hour, which is not what I think most people want in a Spa Experience, even if it is cheap.

The whole ambiance is not really, "bath friendly,' or at all social. We went with friends, so we at least wanted to chat quietly while soaking. I think they need to change their set up if they want to draw more people in.

1. The baths have to be open at night.

2. People need to be able to stay in the tubs as long as they like.

3. The rooms are kind of depressing and dark. NO refrigerators, nothing on the wall

4. At least one bath needs to be included with the price of the room

All in all, it Carson is in a nice area of the Columbia River Gorge, but if given the choice, we would prefer Hood River, or somewhere else.

5. Going for just the baths is not worth it.

Room Tip: Ask for the large room on the end of the second floor.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 May 2011

Fortunately, the new owners are in bankruptcy to save you from visiting this filthy establishment. The golf course closed and kept the money of it's members. The bath house is a good place to come away with some type of of bacteria that could cause you an expensive trip to the doctor. Wear gloves in the reception area and do not sit down. CK Vancouver, WA

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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17  Thank moretravelmorefun50
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Reviewed 2 April 2011

It is a great cozy place to stay and the spa. massage and food are great. The cabins are small but clean and neat. They even smell clean. This place cares about their customers. They have Fantastic food. We stayed the night and had a massage and went to their bath spa. I have horrible arthritis. But did not feel any pain that night. And the minerals in the water kept the pain at bay for about three days. I would highly recommend this place as a great stop for the end of your trip to begin it. Cant miss with this one.

  • Stayed: May 2010
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8  Thank jaxdia
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Reviewed 4 December 2010

My husband and I had a wonderful experience at Carson Mineral Hot Springs Resort. This is an authentic early American Bathhouse, distinctively original, and quite delightful.

The Bathhouse is separated with Men on one side and Women on the other. After undressing, I was escorted, wrapped in a towel, to one of the old 6ft long claw foot bath tubs for a wonderfully relaxing 25 minute soak.

The attendant quietly woke me and ushered me to another room where I was wrapped in a gauze like material, exactly like a mummy (assuming to sweat out toxins) and promptly fell asleep again.

The attendant again gently awoke me again and guided me into a quiet back room for an incredible hour-long massage. If you like, you can also partake of the Sauna room (I don’t think they have one of these on the Men’s side).

The newer hotel room where we stayed was clean, quiet and very comfortable. We had a very restful sleep.

As stated before, a foofoo spa this is not! But if you are looking for a genuine Bathhouse experience and don’t mind being briefly nude in front of others, I would highly recommend this quaint facility to those smart enough to accept it for what it is, a gem!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 372 St Martins Springs Rd, Carson, WA 98610-3185
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Region: United States > Washington > Carson
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carson
Price Range: £94 - £102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Carson Hot Springs where you will find a fabulous vintage vacation! Enjoy our lobby which is located in the original St. Martin's Hotel, or the rustic simplicity of our 1920's Bath House, or maybe hot tubs filled with our therapeutic mineral water on the balcony of your bedroom! Our rustic retreat is perfect for those who want to unwind, unplug and get away from it all. Activities for the outdoor enthusiast include: rafting, fishing, hiking and biking right out our front door. The newly renovated golf course, Elk Ridge, features amazing views from every hole! Most golfer's have it on their "must play" list and we offer Stay and Play Packages. The Clubhouse serves breakfast, lunch and dinner service to satisfy the hungry traveler. Runaway to Rustic! ... more   less 
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