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Best Weekend Getaway St. Louis 2009 - The Original Springs Hotel

The Original Springs Hotel

The Original Springs Hotel

506 N. Hanover St.

Okawville, IL 62271


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The head says: Wow, what a neat old hotel! It was constructed in the 1890s and offers comprehensive spa services in a completely unpretentious atmosphere rife with small-town country charm. The heart says: All that is true, but it does not address the fact that this place is thoroughly haunted. By ghosts. While the conflict of head versus heart may be a major theme in literature, there's no reason for incompatible opinions at the Original Springs: head and heart are both correct. If David Lynch ever decided to make a movie about a bunch of really nice normal people who run an old hotel, it would be set at the Original Springs. If the Original Springs had a grand elevator, it would open up at night and spill out...well, probably not blood. Maybe beer. The truth is that the Original Springs is the only active mineral-bath spa left over from Okawville's tenure as a health resort, a span that began in the 1860s with the discovery of the mineral springs under the town and persisted into the 1940s. Ladies and gents willing to drive just 45 minutes southeast on Interstate 64 can still "take the waters" in one of eight private, heated whirlpool tubs; get a massage; hang out in the steam rooms and the sauna; take a dip in the pool; and pester the staff about what ghosts they've seen in the winding halls — even without booking a room. But why not stay the weekend and risk catching a glimpse of one of the several past owners or the bank robbers, mobsters and bootleggers who used the Original Springs as a neutral meeting place? Weekend packages for couples start at $235 — and drop to $185 during the week. The feeling that someone from the Other Side is watching you is free.

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It was the best, most amazing experience ever. Elizabeth puts you right at ease! Very professional too. Her room is so cute, warm and inviting! just relaxing!

I went into the little room and laid down and she did her thing! It was amazing! The 50 minutes went by way too fast! She was warm and friendly and her hands are magic!

I had a really bad twitch and that is completely gone now! I have never felt so good. Sat night was the best night of sleep that I have had in months! I feel so much better!

December 11, 2009 by carol in Chicago, IL
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Excellent! I have finally found a substitute for Fuji Shiatsu in downstate Illinois. This is another good, no frills spa where you aren't overpaying for all the inconsequential BS. The place is unbelievabe old but it doesn't matter once you are getting your massage.

Since I can really only review the therapist that worked on me, this review is directed at Elizabeth who was simply fantastic. The world is filled with good, decent, and strong therapists. But very rarely do you come across one that has intuition like Elizabeth. She's strong, confident, and her technique and understanding are the kind forged through years of commitment and experience. When I told her about the pain I was having in my hip/psoas area, she didn't pass the buck at all like so many therapists would. She went for it and cleared the blockage. Was I sore for a couple days afterwards? You bet. But at least it's finally getting better now after weeks of discomfort


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