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“You're Missing the Point of the Pueblo”

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Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ojo Caliente
Certificate of Excellence
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Charlotte, North Carolina, previously from California
122
Reviewed 30 January 2005

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!

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Reviewed 29 November 2004

Wow, what a deal. I called three days ahead for a Friday night stay and was told there was only one room left, their most expensive (for $109 -- off-season). Having never visited Ojo Caliente before, I did not know what to expect. So my partner and I rolled the dice and went for it.

Wow, even at $109 a night, it was a steal. For two people, if you use all the amenities available for overnight guests, you can't go wrong. Soaking in the pools is $20 a person a day; a milagro wrap and private tub is another $16 a day per person. With an overnight room you get these privileges for two days -- that comes out to $72 a day or $144 for two days. Essentially your room is free! And like I said, we stayed in the most expensive room, a private cottage just steps away from the pools (the older historic simple hotel rooms start at $79 for two, and are all of 30 feet from the pools).

This place is beautiful. Not 'foofy' at all, yet there are some nice perks and regular attractive renovations. The four mineral pools go from about 99 degrees to 109 degrees (yow, that was hot!). Under the stars and moon, this place was magical.

Plus, take the 3/4 mile hike up to the remains of the ancient Pueblo, pay your respects, catch the amazing view of the Sangre de Christos, then go back for another great soak!

One note of tiny dismay: the mud pool is closed during the winter; an ideal time to come here would be in October or March/April when the weather is still cool, the crowds thinner and the mud pool is open. Then again, a soak in the iron or arsenic pool during a snow shower would be a slice of heaven.

Oh yeah, we ate dinner at the nearby Mesa Vista restaurant, which was pretty ho-hum. Try Tiny's or eat at the a-bit-pricey in house restaurant at the resort (breakfast was good and the prices more reasonable).

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White Plains, New York
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Reviewed 2 September 2004

I stayed at Ojo Caliente about 5 years ago. From looking at their website, it appears to have been renovated since (although I'm not sure to what degree). In my estimation, the plusses outweighed the minuses. I will never forget soaking in the incredibly warm outdoor mineral pool and feeling the hot water bubble up from the sand at the bottom while sitting directly below a huge boulder and looking up at the clear blue New Mexico sky on a cold November day. The place felt like the old west, bohemian style. I remember the nice fireplace as you enter, and large variety of people who we met while staying there -- everyone from business executives to cowboy types, all of whom we enjoyed talking to in the mineral pools! It wasn't fancy at all -- our room was very rustic, in fact you had to pull a string to put the light on, but it was all part of the fun! [Although, hopefully they have renovated the rooms by now]. We ate at the on-site restaurant which served very health oriented, wholesome, gourmet cuisine and nice wines. It was a nice atmosphere. All in all, the place is charming in a rustic, western type of way, and you simply can't beat the price which includes all the mineral pools! My only regret is that I don't live closer, because I'd be back all the time.

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Colorado Springs, Co. and Sturgis, SD
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Reviewed 7 April 2004

Jackie and I are childhood friends and choose to go to Ojo Caliente for "The Ojo Escape" What a bargain, the hotel was adequate ( we did find the evening meals a bit expensive at the hotel but there was a little cafe on the highway that we enjoyed) We were pampered each day with wonderful treatments , ( the staff was friendly ) we enjoyed the pools ,took walks and just had a very relaxing 4 days. We will go back! We both highly recomend it

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Riverside, CA
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Reviewed 15 March 2004

A rustic but charming spot for three women friends to reunite, relax, sample the mud baths, the arsenic waters, and rejoice in the warm October air with the blue mountains and the blazing yellow leaves framing the horizon. Okay, the bed was a bit lumpy and the toilet was noisy. But the down comforters were cozy. It would be good to offer a continental breakfast and offer some alternatives to the restaurant.
But the free wrap was terrific and my blue corn facial was delightful.
It's not a glamorous spa but we loved it and it's also available for day-use.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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Reviewed 10 March 2004

My friend and I visited Ojo Caliente in February, 2004. We weren't very happy with our hotel room. It was very old, small, and only had one bed. For $90, we expected something better. However, it did include use of the mineral springs. The pools are manmade and quite small, but there weren't very many people there, so they weren't crowded. The waters weren't overly hot, so it made for nice soaking. We enjoyed the complimentary blanket wrap after our soak, as well as the very hot arsenic bath in private tubs.

The restaurant was very expensive and we didn't eat there, but the menu looked inviting and the people we saw in the dining room seemed to be having a good time. The establishment was very clean and the staff we met were all friendly.

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Reviewed 7 January 2003

This old motel/hotel has only one thing to recommend it: the mineral springs. The rooms are overpriced (at $122 during Christmas holidays) for the services offered. The furnishings are old, mis-matched and uncomfortable. The restaurant is seriously overpriced, and the service is usually indifferent in hotel, spa, and restaurant. Appointments for all services are required, yet they feel free to cancel or move the appointment times, often causing us to miss a massage appointment. The massage therapists are great, the variety of pampering services offered are the best possible, but the attendants and others working at the hotel could use some service training! Our family has been coming to this spa for the past 15 years and keep hoping they will bring the standard of service up to the level of the pricing!

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Address: 50 Los Banos Rd, Highway 414, Ojo Caliente, NM 87549
Region: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Ojo Caliente
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ojo Caliente
Price Range: £80 - £331 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 48
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 
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