Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Quiet, remote location in a 1929 Mission-style building in the heart of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
- Natural geothermal hot spring pools are the focus of the pampering spa
- Chef Tatsu Miyazaki dishes up creative southwestern fare in the new restaurant — think bison filet and jalapeño bacon-wrapped dates
- The guestrooms and casitas have a simple Old West style
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Owned by media mogul Ted Turner, the property is popular for company retreats and events
- The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but closes at 9 p.m.
- Time in the hot pools must be reserved
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Part of media mogul Ted Turner’s 1.1-million-acre New Mexico estate, the Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa is a historic stay for sybarites and outdoors lovers. Dating from 1929 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the mission-style building today houses 17 rustic-luxe rooms and a 2 bedroom casita, a celeb chef–helmed restaurant and a pampering spa with its own geothermal spring pools. The look is traditional Old West, from the earthen plaster walls and taxidermy, to the murals of classic southwestern landscapes. Guestrooms have a more subdued look in simple earth tones, with four-poster beds, hardwood floors, and, in some, dramatic stone fireplaces and deep soaking tubs. Balcony rooms are worth the splurge for the panoramic views across Turtleback Mountain and the New Mexico landscape. New for 2015, chef Tatsu Miyazaki is at the helm of the Restaurant at Sierra Grande and serves creative, regionally-inspired dishes like bison filet, stuffed chiles and braised coffee ancho short ribs. Save time for a dip in the hotel’s natural geothermal mineral pools or a pampering spa treatment, or book in advance to explore 500,000 acres of the estate on a guided expedition. Favorites include a hike around the The Ladder ranch, the Fra Cristobal summit tour and the bat viewing excursion.
In the Area
After spa time at the hotel and outdoor adventures with Ted Turner Expeditions, head one hour south to Old Town Mesilla, the region’s cultural and historic center, anchored by a picturesque plaza flanked by 19th-century adobe buildings that now house art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Stop by the excellent Bean Café for artisanal espresso drinks and light lunch fare, or the touristy but fun La Posta de Mesilla for authentic Mexican food that employs fiery green chiles from the nearby town of Hatch — and to sample the largest tequila selection in the area. Other regional highlights include Spaceport America and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, which has kid-friendly indoor and outdoor exhibits. Truth or Consequences is also a good base for visiting the colorful border city of El Paso (about an hour and a half away) or the 275 acres of otherworldly dunes at White Sands National Monument (about two hours to the east).
How to Get There
We stayed at this hotel on a long weekend celebrating a special occasion. For what it's worth, we are seasoned travelers and I work in the hospitality industry myself so we had an expectation that being a Ted Turner "ranch" (there is no ranch anywhere in sight) we would experience some measure of hospitality. As others have commented, the restaurant serves excellent meals, the physical property itself is in good repair and comfortable; certainly the best in T or C. Just don't break any of the numerous rules. The treatment was aloof and lacking any genuine regard for us or our happiness. I want to stress that we are not the type to ever complain, ask for special treatment or otherwise cause additional work for anyone. We merely wanted to be welcomed but we were not. Don't talk in the hallway, don't you dare take wine to your room, don't stay longer than 30 mins in the hot tub, just don't. Thankfully, the first part of this trip landed us in a delightful inn in Mesilla NM very similar in size/scope of this property, yet the way we were treated there was genuinely kind and a stark difference to this last night.
The Ted Turner organization needed a place for guests to stay when they wished to take ecotours on his nearby ranches. From our experience, they did a fantastic job fixing up the long-standing Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa. The rooms, while a bit on the small size, were very comfortable. The free continental breakfasts were delicious. The free daily mineral soak (either inside or outside -- the latter highly recommended under the stars!) were a bonus. Dinners at the restaurant were wonderful and reasonable priced. The staff and service were first-rate! We'll be back.
We chose the buffalo medallions, full course special menu. Best bison meal ever, the wait staff was very attentive without 'being in your face'. The setting was unpretentious with a comfortable 'western' flair, the bar is part of the dinning area which feels like an extension of your personal dinning experience.
Sierra Grande is the best hotel in town in terms of quality and service. The rooms are nicely decorated; we stayed in the "Cowboy Room" at the end. It has a king bed, a fridge, and a bathtub. The beds are comfortable and the Madlyn Rose toiletries are the best. Our room faced the "rock garden", which is the back of the property, which was fine. The rooms on the opposite side of the hallway face a shared verandah space, and we didn't want to deal with potential noise. However, we were there on a Tuesday and Wednesday and it wouldn't have been an issue (could be during summer and/or weekends). The room comes with a free breakfast, which is tasty. The coffee is good and strong. Note: Water with fruit slices and teas are always available in the lobby. We had dinner at the restaurant, and it was very good (see separate review). Each room comes with a 30 minute soak that you schedule at the front desk. There's an outdoor tub and three indoor tubs (small, medium, and large) and times are from 7 am to 11 pm. We went late, before bedtime. We had a wonderful, relaxing experience and the staff was all very helpful and professional. We're looking forward to returning.
Had a very quiet and pleasant stay at Sierra Grande. Room was cute and very clean. Linen and towels nice and clean, hot water in shower, bed very comfortable, nice jetted tub/shower. The spa in the hotel is nice. It was a good experience. However, it does not work for me personally because they allow you only one soak per day with your room stay. Additional soaks require additional fees in the same day. You can't go soak when you want to. You have to schedule a soak as they do have limited and nice tubs. I had a nice experience and nothing negative intended but would not stay again simply because the scheduling does not work for me. Would recommend for any one who does not have my issue.