Accommodation Review: Chico Hot Springs Hotel
The food was absolutely fantastic and a reason alone for going there even if you had no other.
Dinner was fabulous. The food on the trip so far hasn’t been anything to write home about really – standard American menus. Chico Hot Springs Hotel was different though. On the first nigh, we dined on Beef Wellington for two carved at the table. We washed it down with a bottle of The Crusher Merlot – a Californian Merlot which tasted.absolutely wonderful despite it’s less than romantic name! No room for dessert, sadly.
On the last night, I succumbed to the Flambéed Orange that had been looking enticingly at me from the sweet trolley on the two previous nights. It had chocolate inside and ice cream, with a meringue top. when it was flambéed, the chocolate melted into the ice cream – I was advised to squash the orange slightly to crack the chocolate – yummy!
Tips for Future Travellers
Overall, this was a great place to stay and I would definitely recommend it. It was such an interesting place that it gets it’s own entry, which says a lot about it – but – if we are going to be picky – there were a number of frustrating things about it:
- It is situated 30 miles from Yellowstone – you have to do that distance both ways and that’s before you do any driving in the Park,itself, which is enormous.
- There is no lift – it was hard to carry all our bags up 3 floors and several flights of stairs.
- The room was very small, with a creaky bed and no tea/coffee making facilities.
- The shower was poor – scalding hot, freezing cold and everything in between – unpredictably
- The towels were too small to wrap around you and stay done up – and – despite the fact this is a spa hotel – there were no robes.
- Parking was very difficult – particularly in Red Elvis night. No priority was given to hotel guests.We had pre-booked a table at 8 on our first night – but it wasn’t ready – we had to wait 20 minutes (and we were very hungry!).
- The pool was decidedly tired – missing tiles etc. – lockers cost 50 cents and we hadn’t got the right change.Our door was left unlocked by the cleaner one day and shampoo wasn’t replaced.
Having said all that, it was a rgreat place to stay, overall and I was really glad we chose it. There was a lovely selection of pictures on the walls and lots of old world charm.