And in readiness for the type of clientele who’ll spend their life savings (and more) on a trip into space (it’s scheduled to open next year), a new hotel has opened up in town. Blackstone is a 1930s motel done up to top notch modern standards: HD TVs in half the rooms, semi-private terraces on one side, and different themes for every room – like the Jetsons room (complete with original Hanna Barbara cartoon) and the Roy Rogers room, stuffed full of Western pictures.
All very nice. But the real reason to stay here is the humongous baths in every room, which you can fill with hot spring water pumped straight from the ground. So not only do you get your own spa experience (and you’ll have to pay to use the facilities elsewhere), but you can do whatever you like in there, since the tubs are big enough for about four (a conservative estimate).
We actually stayed at hippy central Riverbend round the corner (review to come tomorrow) but Blackstone is the place for a more lux spa experience. And prices are fantastically low for what you get – starting at $75 for the Roy Rogers room, and going up to $125 for the Jetsons, with its swish fountain-style bath.
If you can’t afford that, non-guests can hire the equally nice Wet Room with its own little pool, fountain and steam room, for $25 an hour. Us? We’d probably do both. It really is that nice.