I spent a night at Ojo Caliente with a friend in the fall, and found it be a completely relaxing experience. We upgraded to a Cliffside Suite upon arrival, and it was well worth it. Not only did we have access to the private pool meant for guests in the suites, but we also had a private patio with a tub we could fill from the hot springs. It was really beautiful to be able to soak in the mineral waters in a private tub on our patio and look up at the clear night sky. It also had a kiva fireplace, which we used and liked. The room was adequately sized and comfortably furnished, and the bathroom was nice as well. My friend, who lives in New Mexico, expected the place to be a little more rustic based on what she'd heard, but really it is quite luxe.
The pools and springs were great and were not overcrowded on a Friday afternoon, evening, and Saturday morning. Perhaps it's different at a different time of year or different days. I do take away a star for a couple reasons: we had mixed experiences with the staff, some of whom were friendly and helpful, others of whom...not so much. There was also a kind of confusing and uncomfortable walk from the suites to the entrance to the main pool area - it wasn't really clear that you actually have to walk through the lobby to access the pools. They could have better signage or information. And finally, I felt the food at the restaurant was fine, but not exceptional. Next time we will probably explore a little further afield for food, though the resort restaurant is an acceptable alternative.
Overall, however, it was a totally worthwhile stay and one I would happily repeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is one of the oldest natural health resorts in the country. Our sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years. Over 100,000 gallons per day come to the surface, revitalizing those who soak in the long believed, healing waters. We offer a variety of lodging accommodations, including new enchanting suites and charming cottages, the historic hotel and private homes. We suggest that you make reservations for spa treatments and private outdoor pools before you arrive. We also offer spa treatments, pools, hiking and biking trails, a wine bar and lounge and a full-service restaurant. The Artesian Restaurant provides a casual dining experience and charming atmosphere. Our chef blends local flavors with global cuisine. Heal yourself body and soul with a retreat to Ojo. Whether it's for a weekend or a longer stay, you'll leave rejuvenated and refreshed. Welcome! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Hotel Ojo Caliente
- Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort And Spa New Mexico