I read some of the reviews; some of you are missing the point of the Ojo experience, et al. This is one of the original Native American pueblos, and the owners are trying to make some improvements without ruining the atmosphere. Yes they have made improvements and hopefully will not go any further than what it is today. Visitor's that are looking for a fancy spa with all the amenities, go somewhere else and leave Ojo to those of us that enjoy it just the way it is.
This is where the Indians actually lived and the bathes they used for hundreds of years. If you are expecting to visit a fancy inn with bar, dancing, TVs, phones and amusement park, then go somewhere else. Ojo is not for you, this is a 'no-frills' stay, people that enjoy it is because they expect the inn and surrounding area to remain primitive. It's a place for a romantic weekend, a place to meet with friends, a quiet place to visit by yourself and be left alone if you want.
Yes I am a native of New Mexico, Mother was from Spain, Father Native American, lived in CA and several other states and have visited several 'natural hot mineral bathes', some were so commercialized I'll never go back. I return to Ojo at lease once or twice a year to unwind from the 'city's stress'.
If you travel up the Snake River in Idaho, there are 'hot bathes' along the river at no charge. Are you going to complain because you have to pull off the road, change your clothes with no privacy; provide your own towel and no lunch after you get out? It is the same thing any other place where hot water comes out of the earth and used as hot baths! Check your geology that means there is some volcanic activity inside those mountains. We have them all over the United States, Native Americans found them first, and then the Anglo began using them. These are God's little secrets; enjoy them as they are, why else to you think they are in these out of the way places?
I have been sending friends of different cultures/sexes to Ojo Caliente and explained it's 'no frills'; everyone said it was exactly as I described and that the restaurant was outstanding. It will satisfy everyone's palette.
Be adventurous; enjoy nature, history, the serenity, quietness, and peacefulness. This is truly God's country reap what is left!
- 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