The Home Hotel (Lava Hot Springs) - Hot Springs in Idaho


A spa spring town in Idaho, a two-hour drive from Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah.

I had the signature water of Lava Hot Springs in a guest room with a hot tub.

The town itself is the water park

Lava Hot Springs, a small town with a population of about 400, has a lot of attractions packed into a small area.

Swimming Pool

The road to the town center goes through a large water slide.

It is no exaggeration to say that the town itself is a water park, and tubing is also popular in Lava Hot Springs.


Tubing is a recreational activity where an individual rides on top of an inner tube on water, and the Portneuf River, which runs through the town, is the perfect rapid.

Having said that, the main attraction of the town would be the hot springs, represented by the World Famous Pools.

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Historic spa hotel

Exterior 1

Established in 1918, The Home Hotel has been with a long history in the spa town.

Exterior 2

In the 1970s, a motel building was added to the east side of the hotel building.


Please note that only rooms in the motel building have access to hot spring water, so please be careful when booking your stay.


There were two queen beds in Room 105.


Fully equipped with a refrigerator and microwave oven.


The bathroom part was renovated recently, and the gray tiles still had a brand-new look.

The hot tub was a ready-made plastic one, wide enough for two people to fit comfortably.

Indoor Tub 1

It was nice to have a window in the bathroom because steam rises when the hot water is poured in.

The whole room became gloomy.
Open the window.
Indoor Tub 2

The signature water from Lava Hot Springs, which was 145 degrees F at its source, could be directly poured into the tub.

It was so hot that I eventually had to add water, but still, I could feel a faint mineral smell.

Indoor Tub 3

The hot tubs are generally indoors, but only Room 112, called the Patio Room, has an outdoor Jacuzzi.

112 – The Patio Room

Apart from that, there was one jacuzzi that all overnight guests could use on a first-come, first-served basis.

Outdoor Pool 1

It sits at the back of the large deck space.

Outdoor Pool 2

The thermal water was pouring out of a red hose with a limited amount of input.

Outdoor Pool 3

On the other side of the wooden fence was a stream for tubing, and the sound of flowing water rang out.



The Home Hotel, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, U.S.

My rating

Type: Lodging

Rule: Room with thermal water, Clothing required

Chemical use: Not detected

Water temp: Up to 145 degrees F

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Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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