Accommodation Review: Chico Hot Springs Hotel

We finally arrived at Chico Hot Springs hotel just in time for dinner. This is an old historic lodge our room is tiny and three floors up with no lift – a bit exhausting hauling the bags up all those creaky stairs.
Yellowstone Chico Hot Springs Hotel
Chico Hot Springs Hotel
Chico Hot Springs Hotel Pool
Chico Hot Springs Hotel Pool
Chico Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room
Chico Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room
Chico Hot Springs Hotel Bathers c. 1930
Chico Hot Springs Hotel Bathers c. 1930
Chico Hot Springs Hotel Bedroom
Chico Hot Springs Hotel Bedroom
Chico Hot Springs Hotel Bathroom
Chico Hot Springs Hotel Bathroom

Foodie Firsts

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!

Chico Hot Springs Hotel House Rules
Chico's House Rules
Chico Hot Springs Hotel Piano
Chico's Piano

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:

  1. 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.
  2. There is no lift – it was hard to carry all our bags up 3 floors and several flights of stairs.
  3. The room was very small, with a creaky bed and no tea/coffee making facilities.
  4. The shower was poor – scalding hot, freezing cold and everything in between – unpredictably 
  5. 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.
  6. 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!).
  7. 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.