1862 David Walley's Hot Springs Resort and Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews 1862 David Walley's Hot Springs Resort and Spa Genoa
True Piece of Americana - Enjoy, Relax
Walley'sIts wonderful - its away from the world, but still close to so many things.....Lots of fun.First, the spa. First, they are mineral baths (natural). The swimming pool is wonderful and warm. Very nice and fun. Families were having fun here; adults could sit in the mineral baths and soak away their troubles. The greatest thing is looking up at the High Sierra Mountains - what a view. It is wonderful, relaxing, and truly beautiful spot. Some of the reviews have complained about the "spa" - its because they cannot bare to look up and see the beautiful mountains; the wonderful view of the valley; and the wonderful cheerfulness of the place. Its great.In terms of the rooms - they're nice condo style with a nice fireplace; nice porches; and nice beds. The best thing is the large jet tub where you can relax again after a wonderful day of gambling, mountain biking, crusing Lake Tahoe, hiking, skiiing, mountain biking; and about anything else you can think of.The greatest thing about Walleys' is you can bring your "refreshments" to your condo and have a very luxurious but inexpensive vacation. If you decide however to take advantage of the wonderful buffets, lunches, brunches, etc - then you can dine on site or take a very short drive to the Lake Tahoe area, Carson City, or for an hour drive Reno. Wonderful location...quiet to get away from it, but within a short drive to all the action.Its also historic - which brings a lot of enchantment to this vacation.
My wife and I stayed here for a week in July 2003. When we arrived we realized there was a wedding that weekend. Staff seemed frantic and unorganized. When we finally got our room, it was a little dissapointing. There was obvious wear and tear. I was there on a time share exchange, we have a 5 star time share, this was deifnitely not comparable. In July it is over 100 degrees everyday day and still fairly warm at night. Two nights the air conditioning went out in the whole building, once for about 4 hours. Also the hot springs seemed old and in need of some touch up. These may be some random occurances, but by the sound of the other reviews this resort needs some work. Proceed with caution. The nicest facet we experienced was the restaurant. The food was superb. As far as the surrounding area, your only hope is Lake Tahoe which is a solid 25 minute drive over the mountain. A little sketchy after dark.
Have spent several weeks, Summer, Spring, and Fall and truly love this place. Warm water pools most relaxing but if you want some action Tahoe only 20 minutes away, or Carson City. And there's workout places on site. Sitting on the deck and watching the wildlife and birds passing by in the Carson River Valley Reserve is so great. Very nice room with great tubs. Not crazy about DW's Restaurant, only negative. Nearby golf courses are excellent. Enjoyable drive there on Hwy 88.
Save Your Money and Don't Go
Terrible Terrible TerribleI had gone to South Lake Tahoe for a little R&R and found that over the mountains (in the Nevada valley) there were a variety of locations with mineral waters for soaking also offering spa services (massages, facials, etc.). I'd picked up a variety of brochures and called around and was told by David Walley's they were "five star" with an excellent facility. The brochure looked excellent.
However, the facility was huge disappointment. $20 for a "day pass" to soak in the tubs is a joke. All other facilities (Carson Hot Springs and Steamboat Villa Hot Springs) are much less for access to the mineral pools. In addition, the other facilities have private rooms for individual soaking. I've stayed at some "five star" resorts with spa services - Walley's is, at best, a one or two star facility. First, they are NOT ADA compliant... so if you are in anyway disabled (walker, wheelchair, etc.), this is not the place to be. Second, the design is horrible... the shower, steam and sauna rooms are found right outside the doors to the general desk, so if the door is opened and timing is perfect, everyone will see you sans clothing. The lockers are small, the dressing area a joke, and they only provide you with one towel and a cheap robe. The massage was marginal.I would rather use the more "public" facilities than return to Walley's.
Lights, Signs and Mirrors
We vacationed at Walley's the week of August 23, 2003. There are no signs to indicate "this is the place". Nor are there any lights at night to show you the road into the complex. Believe me it is dark out there around the mountains. Once we drove into the complex we had no idea where the check-in ofice was. We had to ask some people walking down on the sidewalk. The first room we got (for 4 people) was nice but the sofa bed was unbelievably flat and uncomfortable. However we did complain to the manager and she got us into another building. It still had a sofa bed but it was much more comfortable. It was beautiful and quite cozy. Our balcony was long and able to hold all four of us. Our view was the mountains and the wet lands. A babbling brook ran past our balcony but then on the third day everything shut down for repairs. The brook dried up and algea appeared. The restaurant was great but we had to give up our first born to pay for the meal. It was very, very, expensive. Bring a mirror with you because if one person is using the bathroom there is no mirror in the other portion of the apartment.
Also, it was surprising that there was no hair dryer in the bathroom.
Luckily we brought our own. The pools were very relaxing (no fighting for lounge chairs) and the water just the right temperature. Bring cards to play because other than gambling in town there is nothing going on at night But that was OK with us. It sounds like things were really bad but we actually had a relaxing time. They just need to wake up to some needs. Let me ad that the manager did all she could to accomodate us.
Time Share Tour a Hoax
My boyfriend and I went for a timeshare tour and our accomodations ended up being in a motel instead of the reserved hotel, the spa services advertised in the pamphlet they sent us were not available and there was a lack of usable assistance from the booking company.
A classic case of "you get what you pay for" or in this case not pay for.
After a 4 hour drive we were more than dissapointed on our Labor Day Vacation.
We visited Walley's on June 21 2003. What was to be my surprise birthday present was something less than enjoyable at Walley's. My girlfriend scheduled a 1pm massage and a 3pm facial massage for me with Walley's staff. When we arrived, there were alot of timeshares sales persons driving clients all over the property in golf carts. The hotsprings was packed with potential clients and guests. The atmosphere was something like a "cattle-car loading operation". The check-in desk told me to be upstairs in only a little white robe at 1pm for my massage. I did so, and sat there for a half hour until someone figured out that Walley's had changed my massage to 2pm ! It was grerat sitting there for the half hour -with only the little white robe on for nothing. We then attempted to obtain something to eat at their Deli cafe. There too, throngs of people and timeshare clients were overwheling the cafe staff. We received our meal 45 minutes after ordering, not allowing time for my 2pm massage. Just proir to eating I went to the desk and asked for a refund for the massages. The front desk ckerk denied the refund and any wrongdoing with our scheduled massage time. I insisted to speak with the manager - and she kindly refunded our reservations in full. Ok, it ruined our day and we got over it. We won't go back because Walley's has become too impersonalized - and too much like a cattle- herding operation for it's timeshare business. We heard other guests complaining of the same.
It was our second visit and the hot springs pools are as wonderful as the last time. I wish they would have stayed the way they were before, though. They used to have four cottages that could accomidate six partys and it made it very comfortable. Now in addition to the cottages, there are two LARGE hotels on property and it seemes busy now. Our cottage was wonderful and right across from the pools. Which, actually was the best place on the property. We will make sure to stay there again on our next visit.
Walley's Hot Springs - Where the Entire Family Can Have an Exceptional Vacation
The moon rises over the Sierras. You turn to your wife who is relaxing in the hot tub next to you. Your children are swimming in the 80 degree swimming pool. You tell your wife: Its a wonderful night. All is well here at Walley's in Nevada.
Its a first rate spa in the Sierras with exceptional accommodations and service. You feel pampered but you are also just nestled by the Sierras. Its quiet and you can hear the night animals. Its an exceptional feeling. The dining room food is wonderful and puts you in the mood to return to your room and lounge in front of the fire place.
You and your wife and your children talk about the adventures tomorrow. Perhaps go up to Reno and enjoy the Automobile Museum; perhaps take a 20 minute drive up the road to Lake Tahoe; and then there is always the exceptional golf courses just 5 minutes away. You ponder over the many choices and then say: Ah, but perhaps all we will do is play a game of tennis in the morning, sun ourselves, go to the spa, and then decide our next great adventure.....
But with all the neat stuff here at Walley's, perhaps we will get away to the next great adventure tomorrow....but if not tomorrow....the next day.
Walley's has it all for the person wanting an exceptional vacation and vacation value with the family.
Best Spa in United States-Sierras
Soaking in a hot tub - relaxing in mineral pools -and then you look up and there is the Mighty Sierra. Gorgeous mountains - big beautiful blue sky. You look around and everyone is smiling and enjoying the spa facilities. It is so relaxing and so quiet and so soothing.
After 3 hours of relaxing in the hot spas...and becoming so relaxed, you slip into some comfy clothes and wander on to the dining facilities at David Walley's. The people smile at you....you're relaxed...you order a nice glass of wine and read over the menu. It has something good for everyone (wow...and the food is excellent. The salad is good; the soup is great; the main course is out of this world; and if you have room, dessert is wonderful).
After dinner, your mind does not think of the gambling tables less than 30 minutes away, you decide to take one last look at the spa and wander away to your condominium and the two of you cuddle up together and enjoy the evening. If you have children, there is a 2nd bedroom to tuck them in bed right away.
Events during the next door - More of the same is fun. However there is:
Tahoe is less than 30 minutes away.
Reno less than 60
Carson City less than 20
Movies, gambling, sight-seeing, boating, cross-country skiing, downhill skiiing; local events; horse riding; fishing, and anything else that you can think of is within an easy 1 hour drive or less.
You'll be so glad after a 3-7 day vacation that you stayed here. Wonderful...exciting...Walleys.
A historic resort so close to so many things.
If you are driving to California, spend a few here and then drive on to San francisco - only 4 hours drive away.
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... right on a busy highway and their wi-fi and cable service are terrible. John ended up getting our satellite dish out so that he could watch Ohio State lose their game.
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Weather still clear and hot. So dull.
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