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La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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73 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“The Price is Right in Truth or Consequences”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

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

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Edgewood, New Mexico
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2013

It was our plan B and we are glad it turned into plan A. We came here in May, it was quiet, clean, and relaxing. We ended up sharing our room with my sister and her husband which had 2 double beds, I must say it was a little crowded but we love so much having the private hot spring rooms for as long as we needed since there were very few people yet in the hotel. The staff was helpful and courteous. Amenities were perfect. Nothing fancy yet the perfect spot to decompress. I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2012

La Paloma staff were helpful to the T. Very sensitive to guests' needs. The place is clean and provides great value. Quiet stay. Various indoor tubs are very private and quiet. Very relaxing place with easy walk to the river and downtown.

Room Tip: If you rent the cabin, take all your food. No condiments there.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 25, 2012

The water really was superlative, with its natural flow up from the ground through a rocky floor. We liked the variety of tubs and temperatures and spaces. We came there feeling really stressed out after a tough semester and a bad week, and left feeling extremely mellow and happy. Totally delightful atmosphere for total relaxation.

Room Tip: Lovely room for peace and quiet (this trip) was "Vision," #9 on the end, since it is next...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

This was our first trip to any hot springs and we chose La Paloma because of recommendation from other friends and also because of the great rates they have you can't beat it plus they don't restrict their use or access to the springs. It's a cozy environment with nice rooms and a relaxing bath house. When we return it will be La Paloma. Thanks!

Room Tip: The Upstairs room and the cottage are their premium spaces but even the economy rooms are nice and c...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newfield, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2012

My brother discovered La Paloma a few years and has been frequenting it annually during his vacation through the South West. This year I joined him and was able to experience all he raved about. Arrival is inviting, peaceful, beautiful music and simple relaxing decor. All is clean well maintained. Staff is friendly and doing all they can to make you feel comfortable. The therapist we had is experienced and skilled (not easy to find). We did not spend the night, but I think I am going to next year to enjoy a middle of the night or early morning soak in the hot baths. Yes, the hot baths are open 24 hours and free for guests enjoying other services provided.
Love this place!

Room Tip: La Paloma is a gem, Go visit!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Saint David, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 6, 2012

This property allows you access to the hot waters 224 hours a day, others in town do not. The rooms are quaint and comfy, Employees are helpful and friendly. We go once a year @ least and enjoy it very much.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa
Address: 311 Marr St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901-3333
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Sierra County > Truth or Consequences
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Truth or Consequences
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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 

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