The town of Truth or Consequences sits directly atop a hot springs aquifer that produces 2.5 million gallons of crystal clear water per day. The mineral content of this water is higher than any other found in the US, and there is no unpleasant odor - in fact, some even drink it for its beneficial qualities.
The town of Truth or Consequences (T or C to locals) was named after the radio show and subsequent television game show of the late 1940’s through 1960’s.
I sensed that a town willing to name itself after the game show (a publicity contest held in 1949) had to have some very unique (and quirky) qualities. I was not disappointed.
T or C - despite the name change – remains a funky, no frills, spa town devoted to (non-sulphur and non smelly) hot springs, massage therapists, natural healers, acupuncture and all things new age and quasi-occult.
La Paloma promises the ultimate healing experience of the only local hot springs that flows naturally and continuously. The staff is as warm and healing as the mineral waters. The price is right (no pun intended) as a pristine 1920’s cottage with 2 double beds, kitchenette, bath and 24 hour unlimited use of private Artesian mineral water hot springs (located in 80 year old bathhouse) is $60.
A large fenced dog run is provided for canine guests and we were provided with extra sheets to cover the bed (to minimize fur) and requested to limit use of the dishes provided in kitchenette - for human guest use only.
The cabins were built in the 1920’s by Sears Roebuck and floated down the Rio Grande to their present location. Accommodations and the bathhouse are scrupulously clean. Front office staff routinely patrol the bath house-checking water temperature and burning sage to dispel negative vibes.
Native American Flute and new age music plays continuously and a no cell phone rule is enforced in the bathhouse and accommodations are sans telephones. Tranquility not technology is the mantra of La Paloma.
La Paloma is within easy walking distance to surprisingly good restaurants like Happy Belly Deli and Bellaluca-Italian Fine dining.
I was able to use the laundry facilities and enjoy unlimited complimentary coffee in room. Free parking and free Wifi in rooms (the noted exception to the low tech ambience).
Spa staff will arrange for on site appointments for massage, reflexology and tarot card readings.
Pets allowed -$5 fee
Cabin rates begin at $60
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A variety of lodging is available from large spacious contemporary two bedroom suites to historic cabin-like homey rooms. The Paloma Suites are spacious with two bedrooms, kitchens, living and dining rooms and offer access to both bathhouses. Our historic cabin rooms surround a quiet courtyard. These rooms have kitchenettes or full kitchens. Both Suites and rooms have 24 hour access to our private free-flowing artesian hot spring pools. Choose from our economy, standard, or deluxe rooms, two bedroom Cottage or Suites. ... more less