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Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa

255 East Portneuf Street 255 East Main Street, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246-7723
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Updated 21-04-18


#3 of 6 hotels in Lava Hot Springs
Travellers' Choice
The Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa is a historic, full service adult boutique hotel, spa, restaurant & lounge located in downtown Lava Hot Springs, ID. Features: 18 guest rooms, onsite hot mineral springs & massage therapy by reservation, the acclaimed Portneuf Grille & Lounge (reservations highly recommended with only 36 seats). The Portneuf Grille & Lounge is open nightly with Happy Hour from 4-6pm, dinner nightly from 5-9pm. The Lounge is open nightly featuring a full bar selection. Also located on the lobby level is Cafe & A'more open daily from 7-11am serving baked goods and espresso. Dinner, breakfast and all desserts and pastries are prepared by our professional culinary staff. Available for small meetings. All stays include onsite hot mineral springs soaking, free wifi & complimentary breakfast vouchers for our onsite Café & A'more. The Riverside features 24 hour staffing and service. The hotel features our on private onsite hot mineral springs in addition to our location downtown which is within 2 blocks of the Foundation hot mineral soaking facilities. Listed on the Registry of Historic Places with the National Park Service. Our value added services include 30 minute complimentary private hot minerals springs soaking, 24 hour service, complimentary room amenities, complimentary onsite parking and each paid guest receives a $10 breakfast voucher at Cafe & A'more. Add it up and compare our prices. We are a full service, adult hotel which features quiet and relaxing stays. Give us a call and ask us about our great savings by booking our packages which include lodging, dining and massage therapy.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Secured parking
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Full body massage
Hot spring bath
Adults only
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Private bathrooms
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
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Michelle D wrote a review Aug. 2021
Hollywood, Maryland87 contributions29 helpful votes
We are currently living on the east coast and loved the old west charm of this historic hotel. It was very convenient having the mineral baths available right at the hotel. The tubs were spacious, clean and easy to reserve at the desk. The cafe for breakfast was amazing. Plenty of food and it was delicious; specialty coffees and mimosas were available. The restaurant downstairs was very good too with an upscale menu, great wine selection and specialty cocktails. Most of the staff was pleasant and helpful. It was also walking distance from everything in town and a lovely setting right on the river. We enjoyed sitting on the back porch just reading or having a glass of wine; listening to the river and watching the train in the distance.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded Aug. 16, 2021
Dear Michelle, Thank you for your review and for your feedback. I am glad you choose our hotel to stay at for your vacation and you enjoyed the Western charm and the charm of our hotel. I sincerely appreciate your business and hope to see you again when you make your way back out West. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Operations Manager
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Valentina wrote a review Jul. 2021
3 contributions2 helpful votes
We recommend the hotel if you like historic places with charm, like we do. Gayle the owner is super friendly & accommodating. Perfect location on the river, the restaurant is excellent (but overpriced) & the morning breakfast cafe serves just enough. It is nice to have private hot pools, just a step away from our room. Staff seems confused & most are not friendly. Lots of miscommunication from making our reservation to our departure. If we ever went to Lava Hot Springs again, we would stay here because it seems the best in town, but it is not our kind of town so we would
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded Jul. 12, 2021
Greetings. Thank you again for staying with us. It was great having you as guests. July and August are very busy months and not the normal atmosphere for Lava Hot Springs. Hope you come back during the real Lava months. Thanks again. Gail
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James B wrote a review Jun. 2021
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The room was clean but they don't have central air, so they put in these window mounts in some rooms. Our room had one that sits on the floor and a dryer tubing runs the hot air outside. It was cracked so unless you were right in front of the cooler it was hot and miserable. Portneuf restaurant downstairs was good but overpriced. I would steer clear of this place overpriced and hot yeah made our vacation suck, besides I wasn't impressed at all with Lava hot springs, alot of the stuff we wanted to do we couldn't. First and last time I ever go there!!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded Jul. 2, 2021
Dear James, We apologize for your dissatisfaction, but feel it is appropriate to address a few of your claims in your review. The hotel was built in 1914 and is on the National Historic Register, originally built without air conditioners, without fireplaces, with out TV's and without private bathrooms. Since then, we've remodeled 16 out of 18 rooms, have all private bathrooms, electric fireplaces (to go along with our geothermal heating), individual A/C units (that use A/C venting, not dryer vents) and TV's. However, it is still a 107 year old building which we do our best in to accommodate modern expectations. I am not sure what you mean about "alot of stuff we wanted to do we couldn't" in Lava Hot Springs as it is our peak season with plenty of activities going on: river tubing, hot springs, Olympic pool, various stores and restaurants open, hiking, biking, four-wheeling and zip-lining. We are sorry to hear that you were not impressed with Lava Hot Springs, which is visited by thousands and many repeat people, but hope that in the future you find a resort town that better fits your expectations. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Manager
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Heather M wrote a review May 2021
Hawaii121 contributions70 helpful votes
We checked in early with an upgrade Lovely clean and spacious room Bed comfortable and good linens ....a head board for the bed would have been nice .. A few amenities in the bathroom ...green so good The halls and stairs could have been cleaner ..but in all a nice hotel Staff very friendly and helpful They provide robes and towels to use in the hot pools ... They gave us a $10 dollar voucher for dinner We had dinner in the dining room but we were disappointed in the food and it was expensive But breakfast was beyond five stars and we really enjoyed We would stay again but eat dinner elsewhere
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded May 20, 2021
Thank you for your review and for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your upgrade and your breakfast. We are sorry to hear about your dining experience and will be sure to share your review with our restaurant manager. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Manager
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Taylor wrote a review Apr. 2021
Bozeman, Montana238 contributions139 helpful votes
Had a wonderful time at the Riverside from the very start! We spent the night in one room upstairs and then discovered that our dog has acrophobia, and we were given a room up a short flight of stairs so she was more comfortable. Gail and everyone else went out of their way to make us comfortable and our dogs as well. The desk staff, the breakfast staff, and everyone on duty in the hotel were terrific. The bar manager was the only difficult bump in our stay, but a quick word with management took care of that. The rooms were very clean, and quiet, and our relaxation was quality. The food was excellent, and the bar serves honest drinks. Kudos to the entire staff for being so friendly and attentive. I have a great love for Lava Hot Springs and try to go as often as possible, and the idea of a stay at the Riverside is excellent incentive.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
Response from Gail Palen, Owner at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Responded Apr. 28, 2021
Thank you very much for your review and for your support. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your overall stay, our staff and that your "difficult bump" was corrected so you could continue to enjoy your stay. It was great having you stay with us and I look forward to seeing you again in the future. Sincerely, Elizabeth Tuttle, Hotel Manager
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US$109 - US$157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesIdahoLava Hot Springs
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Frequently Asked Questions about Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Lava Hot Springs (0.2 km), Olympic Swimming Complex (0.5 km), and Sunken Gardens (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Portneuf Grille & Lounge, 78 Main, and Chuck Wagon Restaurant.
Is Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Lava Hot Springs.
Are pets allowed at Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Chesterfield Townsite (15.7 km).
Does Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.