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Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort (Colorado, USA)

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Resort in Colorado, USA complete with hot springs.

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      16.10.2011 11:40
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      A great place to enjoy the hot springs and reasonable rate of accommodation too

      Mount Princeton Hot Springs, Nathrop, Colorado

      We stayed at this resort on our way down from Rapid City through to Las Vegas. We wanted to visit the hot springs that are famous in Colorado and when we discovered you could stay at this one and it wasn't too far out of our way we decided to book a night there. The night before this we stayed in Fort Collins, Colorado which was not too far away as we wanted to make use of the hot springs. The resort is between Denver and Colorado Springs in the state of Colorado.

      This was one of the places where we chose to be economical and share a room with my daughter and her partner. It is easy in the States as they always give you two big queen beds in each room and you pay the same for the room no matter if there are two or four people in the room. If breakfast is included then you all get breakfast too, not the same over in the UK we discovered but we did take advantage when we were on our trip as it saved quite a bit of money and none of us minded. The room cost us £51 for all four of us which we thought was a great deal.

      In order to get to the resort we had to go right into the Rocky Mountains and through some stunning scenery. There was still quite a lot of snow on the tops of the mountains but all the roads were clear. On the way to the resort the snow was only seen on the caps but the day we left we drove over the top of the Great Divide and there was snow piled high either side of the main highway.

      ARRIVING
      We found the place reasonably easily despite the fact that our satnav didn't recognise Nathrop. When we arrived it is always my job to go and check in with our booking reference. They were expecting us and our room was ready. She gave me a map and scribbled over it to point me in the direction of our "Cliffside room". It looked more complicated than it was but it meant driving up quite a steep hill as we were "Cliffside". We had no breakfast included but there was a restaurant and bar next to the Reception which was open and offered basic meals and snacks. We were not so bothered about breakfast as we were leaving really early in the morning to get to Mesa Verde and it was a longish drive.

      THE ROOM
      It was on the Cliffside and as I said up quite a steep hill to get to it. We were able to park outside the room, motel style. The door opened with a normal key and as we entered we ignored the room and looked straight out onto the view which was of the resort below and beyond to the Rockies.

      As you entered the room there was a hall area with two tables or shelves on either wall one had a coffee maker and bits to make tea and coffee. The other had a pile of fluffy white towels and a set of toiletries wrapped in a face cloth, a huge mirror was above it and a power pint for using a hair dryer or the like. To the right was a wardrobe with plenty of hanging space and a set of drawers there was also an extra electric heater but it wasn't that cold so we didn't feel the need to test it. There no safe that I can remember. To the left at the end of the two long wall shelf/ tables was the door to the bathroom. This was clean and a decent size with a toilet, sink and shower over a low bath. It was okay nicely decorated in neutral colours and tiled tastefully too.

      As you pass through this entrance area you come to the main room which was huge so that the two queen beds looked quite small in the room. Along the left side of the room was a luggage storage place and a long low TV stand with drawers underneath with power points .There was also a small round table and a strange looking low chair with a wooden back and cushions on the seats. It wasn't terribly comfortable but looked quite good.

      We all walked across the room to the large sliding doors out onto our patio area. We all noticed that the floor sloped in quite a disconcerting way. It made you feel like you were being pulled towards the door. We all walked across then all commented - initially we had all thought it was us feeling a bit travel weary! It was strangest sensation and equally strange in that you had to walk 'uphill' the other way.

      The two beds were both queen sized and made up with fresh crisp white cotton bedding and there were plenty of comfortable pillows - three big but soft ones on each bed. Each bed had a duvet and with the air conditioning on we did need these. We all had a very comfortable nights' sleep so the beds are to be recommended.

      OUTSIDE
      We had a table and chairs on a long shared patio. We sat out and enjoyed the sunshine for a while and I believe we had bought some food and we ate it sitting admiring the view before we headed down to enjoy the hot springs. We were almost the only people in the Cliffside rooms but i would think it could get quite cosy of all the rooms were occupied as it was just one long patio with a number of tables and chairs, in fact we 'borrowed ' some from down the way as we only had two to start with.

      THE HOT SPRINGS

      This is why we chose to stay so we headed down the hill with our costumes tucked under our arms as we were told towels were provided. Our pool visit was included in our room price but it is possible to just come here to use the hot spring pools.

      The changing rooms were not that easy to find as the place was being refurbished and we had to get around a small digger and a lot of plastic fencing but once we arrived we soon found the appropriate rooms and where to get towels from and we were set.

      Once again it was not as easy as just finding a pool and hopping in. There was one large pool just near the changing rooms but if you wanted the quieter 2 Relaxation Pool" which was only available to overnight guests then this was quite a challenge. I suspect when the work was finished that you could access this by a wooden bridge from the building but as the work was taking place we had to walk barefooted across a very narrow stony path across a bridge and over to these pools. Now i was brought up walking barefooted so I have pretty tough feet but my husband has very sensitive feet and he really struggled so I had to go back and collect shoes to make the journey!!

      Finally we made it and there were only two other people in the pool area. It was sunny but not really hot enough to swim in a normal pool so getting in to a nice warm pool was lovely. We floated around in the large pool for quite some time and then decided it was time to explore the other smaller pools in this area. Getting out was very chilly so we wrapped the towels around us and ran as fast as the stony path would allow down to the smaller pools.
      These were at varying temperatures depending on how close they were to the spring. One was far too hot for me to stay in for longer than "I am in, now I'm getting out". The others were also pretty warm and really they suggest that you shouldn't stay too long in any of the hot springs as you could dehydrate. We managed to take a few photos of us enjoying the springs and in total I would think we were in the pool area for about an hour.

      We hobbled back across the stony path and to the main pool. We had a quick did in that just to check what it was like. It was warmish but not as lovely and bath like as the relaxation pools had been. We soon hopped out and went and got changed back into our clothes.

      There was a water cooler in the changing rooms and we made good use of that to top up our fluids. There were showers and shampoo available as well as fresh towels. When you finished with your towels you left them in a basket. All in all it was very easy and a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon and it was all part of our room rate deal.

      FOOD

      We returned to our room to relax for a while before we headed back down the hill to have something to eat. As we hadn't had much of a lunch we chose to eat a little early and so we were the only people eating. We chose the sit outside as it was still very pleasant temperature wise. We had a table on a wooden deck and the lady in the bar brought us our drinks then took our food order. We chose burgers which were proper homemade ones and really quite tasty. The service was pleasant and the food perfectly satisfactory, nothing special but okay. We enjoyed sitting out on the deck with our drinks and then walked back up the hill to our room. As we walked back up the sky was beautifully clear and as we were miles from anywhere the stars shone brightly. It was a perfect end to a really nice day.

      We enjoyed our stay at Mount Princeton Hot Springs. I understand that this is a popular resort in the summer for people from the States; there were tennis courts and play areas for children as well as a second pool area plus of course walks and trails through the Rockies. I think it is also somewhere where people come as a base for skiing as well as using the springs in winter but we were obviously in the low season as there were not many people staying at all.

      We left early in the morning and I had asked whether we would be able to settle our account and leave the key early in the morning, they said there would be someone there from 6.30am but sadly it was only the cleaner there when I went in and she couldn't settle things for me. She did say the person with the keys would be here any moment, about ten minutes later this person did show, I was told we owed nothing so I handed in the key and off we went.

      I would certainly recommend this as a place to stay and experience the benefits of the Hot Springs. The maintenance should be finished now as they only had a couple of weeks to go when we were there. No doubt it was all ready for the summer season.

      Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
      ©Catsholiday

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