My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights and 3 days for a quick trip. The resort isn't close to a lot of attractions, nightlife, etc. It is truly a decently secluded property in a quiet part of the state. It was relaxing to say the least, and I really enjoyed staying at the actual hotel since we could easily go back and forth between our room and the pools. Check in was easy for us, and the lobby was very nice; right on par for what I'd expect for a spa resort. Our room was tucked away in this little corner in the historic hotel. The room was small but adequate and had a half bathroom (to which you showered in the locker rooms, no big deal). For the small space there was nice old style character. I wasn't expecting a luxurious room. I appreciated the close proximity to the pools, the restaurant and bar.
We explored each of the pools in the area, with the exception of the private pools which need to be reserved. However, the mud pool wasn't open. :( All were pretty nice, as well as the grounds and surrounding cliffs. The entire area was a "quiet zone" which was a little weird at first, but after a while not an issue whatsoever. I will say it's definitely not kid friendly, but in all honesty, I haven't heard of too many spas that are. I'd say find another place if you want this to be a family trip. We didn't see any kids during the stay.
The second day to our pleasant surprise the mud pool was open. I was very glad since the day before it not being open was disappointing. It was a lot of fun to "mud up" and soak in the sun. They do suggest (as do I) wearing darker swimwear that won't be stained from the mud.
We ate dinner once and breakfast twice on the property. Food overall was pretty good, but there were a few things that might be outside the box for some people. Another reason I wouldn't recommend bringing kids. The pesto pine nut pizza from the bar menu was delicious, and the bartender Craig was very accommodating and friendly. He even recommended other cool places in NM to see.
We loved hanging out in the pools at night as well, I think we ended up favoring the cliffside pools for nights, as the cliffs were illuminated with lights and made it very peaceful
In the evenings after the pools closed, we'd hang out by the campfire they'd have set up. It helped that the campfire area was close to our room.
All in all, I really enjoyed our visit. It was quiet and relaxing, and we both felt quite well rested at the end of the trip. I wouldn't make this a regular trip or anything, but I would definitely go back.
- 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