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
Staff was very friendly from check in to check out. Room was clean but the shower location was awkward, although understandable for a hotel this age. The bed was comfortable but the sheets and pillows could be nicer. Complimentary breakfast was tasty and one of the few places in town with a liquor license. The private hot spring soak is the feature of the hotel and we reserved the outdoor tub. 30 mins is included in your stay and our soak was wonderful. However, the landscaping could easily be improved at this tub and I recommend Ted Turner get on that ASAP because it really detracts from the experience. The landscaping everywhere else at the hotel was beautiful.
My son and I stayed here one night and enjoyed ourselves immensely! This is a first-class place. We were there during off-season, so the place was not very full. When we arrived, the desk clerk checked us in. Then she kindly asked if we would like to have a second room at no extra charge! We had booked a room with two small single beds. Of course we took her up on her offer! So my son had the room with the two singles all to himself. His room faced the front of the hotel, with the large balcony. He was able to watch the sunset from the balcony. The room was rather small, but he really enjoyed having it to himself. I got a room across the hall with a big old queen bed! My view was a rock wall but I didn't mind. It was a VERY comfortable bed. I loved the smell of the soap that they provided in the rooms. We also took advanage of the spa soak that comes with your room stay. We enjoyed a late night soak in the large spa, which was really big enough for 8-10 people. It was actually a bit hot for us, but very relaxing. We were the only ones in the entire spa that night. It would have been nice to be outdoors, but they were doing some repairs on the outdoor tubs while we were there. We ALSO got a free soak on the morning of our departure, which was the next day. This time, we were put in a smaller room with a smaller spa tub, but we actually liked it better. It was peacefu and not quite so steaming hot. It was a lovely way to start the day. We tried the restaurant on the night we arrived, just for dessert. (We had eaten a really late lunch that day.) We really liked the atmosphere of the restaurant, sitting out on the patio. Our desserts were quite good, although they did not blow us away. In the morning, breakfast was included in our stay. The menu was limited to a few items, but they were all delicous. I had a really lovely granola parfait. The coffee was good too! We just loved the entire experience, and hopefully we will be able to return someday.
Wonderful accommodations. The food is superb. We really enjoy the breakfasts and the buffalo filet mignon for dinner. The spa facilities are very attractive. We really enjoy the soaking tubs. We also enjoy wandering through the town of Truth or Consequences. Be sure to visit the local museum. It is full of amazing Indian pottery found around the local hot springs.