Known as a site of relaxation, and rumored paranormal activity, The Original Springs Hotel in Okawville, Illinois is an iconic place to visit. Enjoy both mineral springs’ rejuvenation and possible supernatural phenomena.
The quaint hotel will transport you back in time while you soak in their private mineral baths or swim in their indoor heated pool.
As Rudolph Plegge stood over his well, he couldn’t help but wonder why this water was slowly wearing down the surface of his cookware and causing leaks. Fed up, he took a sample of the water to get tested and the results he received started a chain of events that quickly brought attention and acclaim to his small plot of land.
Soon after learning that the water was rich in magnesium and sulfur, comparable to other well-known baths and hot springs, he and his neighbor had the ingenious idea to construct a bathhouse on the land. Mineral spring resorts were popping up all over the place, thanks to the health benefits that they provide. With his newfound mineral-rich water, he took a chance and established a small mineral bathhouse.
Although Rudolph Plegge’s original bathhouse burned down 30 years later, a new one was built in its place and continues to stand as a relic to the late 19th century. Going through a series of name changes, the Original Springs Motel has steadily been modernized and is now the only operational mineral spa in Illinois. In 1978 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and continues to attract visitors due to its beautiful natural scenery, healing waters, and relaxing amenities.
The Mineral Spring Baths and Heated Pool
Soaking in the mineral water at the Original Springs Hotel is an individual healing experience, where you get to relax in a private bath. As the water is not heated from the ground, as a typical hot spring would be, boilers within the building heat it to 110 degrees F. While soaking in your private bath, you can also readjust the temperature at your own discretion.
When you are shown to your private soaking area, the attendant will provide you with a cup to allow you to easily drink the clean, mineral water. While merely soaking in the pool provides numerous benefits, drinking the water allows for your body to heal from the inside. They also offer cold pitchers of mineral water available at request during your stay.
The 84-degree F heated pool is not mineral-based but is a great place to relax and swim laps. The elegant look of the pool room gives the impression of being outdoors, while within the comfort of an indoor space.
The Original Springs Hotel is well known for its charm and hospitality. Constructed in 1893, this old-world Inn has been improved upon with an indoor swimming pool and additional rooms. With all the modern amenities, such as high-speed internet and air conditioning, the accommodations are not only comfortable but up-to-date.
With 40 rooms available, you can select between several different options, ranging from single and double beds up to the lavish jacuzzi suite. And for you pet lovers out there, The Original Springs Hotel offers a few pet-friendly rooms for you and your four-legged friends!
If you’re looking for something a bit more special, you can also choose between over a dozen different packages offered at The Original Springs Hotel. From the ‘Sweetheart Package’, which is a romance-infused getaway, to the ‘Girls Weekend Out’, which focuses on a 3-day vacation for 4 girlfriends, these deals are a popular way to get a little more from your stay.
Amenities and Dining
Not only will you be able to enjoy the heated pool and rich mineral spa but also a plethora of options when it comes to your body relaxation needs.
With their wide range of therapeutic services, you can melt away your stress with a heated stone spa service, reflexology session, of deep tissue massage. Unwind with the soothing comfort of a detoxifying body wrap or leave your skin glowing by selecting one of a handful of different facials. The ‘European Detox Facial’, which uses Baltic Sea mud from a 30,000-year-old freshwater lake to enrich and clear your skin, is highly recommended!
On-site you will find the bar and lounge area which serves traditional and specialty cocktails. Here, you can play a game of pool with your friends as you take a break between massages and mineral spring soaks. There is also a full-service restaurant, serving a long list of mouth-watering appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Open from the early morning hours and into the late evening, their breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.
For those who are looking for something a little more spooky, The Original Springs Hotel has been rumored to have ghosts on the property. Staff at the hotel will attest to mysterious events and incidences happening, as documented on the show Ghost Hunters.
Events and Catering
The Original Springs Hotel is a unique place to hold events, with the staff helping you every step of the way. A great place to host any occasion, whether it be a birthday party, company retreat, or wedding, they will handle the food, setup, and décor, as well as the service, and clean up afterward.
Additionally, they also offer catering services that handle everything from drop-off lunches to full-service buffets to make your event go smoothly.
Whether you are looking to soak in a private mineral bath, or pamper yourself with a day at the spa, plan a trip to The Original Springs Hotel for a luxurious weekend getaway!
Address: 506 North Hanover Street, Okawville, Illinois 62271