First of we got to Mt. Ida very late in the afternoon. Called here and they welcome us to come stay. So we did. When we walked in we were welcomed with open arms. We talked about this and that and even got some great advise. The rooms are what you should except, nothing fancy, nothing big, and a bed is way better then a floor anyday. But honestly it was nice and quiet, but there was just one thing....the musty smell in the room. It wasn't crazy, but enough for me to notice. The room could have used a bit better once over, but again the smell is my only complaint. I will say that we did enjoy our stay. If it wasn't for the smell I would have given it all 5.
This place is old and musty. Frayed, worn Carpet. Old Towels. The Bed was awful. Like sleeping on wood and paper. No insulation in the Rooms. Traffic noise is very loud! Rate is too high, for what the Room is! Glenwood is 8 miles away and their is a great, updated Motel there.
When first starting our mining experience we found this amazing rustic Inn and have aquired a safe, clean, friendly and welcoming relationship with the owners. When you arrive you’re welcomed with a warm smile and awesome acceptance. The price is perfect as they strive to provide everyone with not only a clean and safe environment but an all around welcoming, friendly vibe.
As for the rooms and accommodations, it’s perfect! When going on an adventure to generate perfect positive energies through the crystals you are exhausted and ready to settle in and have a clean room, warm shower, clean bed and if weather permitting a refreshing dip in the pool. This is just that place!!
We have traveled with our kids, friends and just as a couple and have always stayed at The Royal Oak Inn.
They are also very informative to the beginners and full of knowledge in the minerals so coming as a rookie and leaving as an experienced digger seems to be their directive goal.
This is that perfect stay tucked safely away in Mount Ida close to all the local restraunts and mines.
I found the Royal Oak after being bumped at the last minute from another motel due to mechanical issues and the proprietors of the Royal Oak could not have been nicer!! A simple motel with tremendous attention to the guests enjoyment. The towels may not all be the same pattern but the room is super clean! I have bad respiratory allergies but had NO problem in this motel- no mold or dust, no perfumed cleaning products, just clean and neat.
We had never stayed in Mt. Ida before and this might have been the best place there. We weren't expecting much, planning to spend most of our time digging quartz in the heat. The owners were very friendly and accommodating. They had a place where you could wash your crystals, which we really appreciated. Don't expect any housekeeping though while you're there. They will provide anything you ask for: ice, clean towels, toilet paper, etc., but no one comes in to clean or make beds. My husband was a bit freaked out by the pink bacteria staining the shower curtain and was only mollified by looking it up on the internet and finding it was relatively harmless. He attacks such things at home with bleach. The WiFi was erratic and the beds adequate.
Anyway, the pool looked lovely and it was not an expensive stay and centrally located. One of the other motels had signs outside each room that said "No Crystals" - so I guess we did well. The owners were also very helpful about places to dig, so they know their guests' predilections.