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
What a treat - glad they could accommodate us as we did not plan ahead. The entire facility was lovely and CLEAN. Our room was not huge and the bed springs pretty squeaky but included a hydrothermal mineral water tub; the big tub down the hall was divine and that soak was included, too. The healing waters are exactly that. Our one night stay came with a very nice breakfast, as well.
The five stars here are really for each member of the staff with whom we interacted - management should be proud of them all.
Stayed the weekend at the Lodge and were happy with our choice. Every night you stay, you’re given a 30 min free soak in either their indoor or outdoor tubs. The outdoor tub is BY FAR better than the indoor tubs, so book that one if you can. The rooms are decent size. We stayed in the King Rock Garden which overlooks a very small rocky trail. Beds were comfy and rooms come with robes for you to use during your stay. Bath/shower combo is directly in room which was a little odd for me, especially since I like hot showers - the steam/heat escapes to the rest of the room. The Spa has their own shampoos, lotions in big bottles for you to use, so no need to take your own. Hairdryer came in handy, but we couldn’t find an iron for our clothing, didn’t bother asking management because we figured no one cared if we dined wrinkled or not. TV is small, nothing fancy or updated. There is a DVD player in the room too. TV channels are limited. Breakfast in the Lodge’s Restaurant is ok. The sit down continental breakfast comes with the room - basic items to choose from (muffin, granola, oatmeal, lox and bagel). The staff at the Lodge were excellent and it was their hard work that really made our stay worth it.
I did not actually stay at this hotel I was there for the Hot Springs spa. They have 30 minute spa sessions for $30 so I purchased 2 sessions, 1 hours worth ($60 value) and the young lady at the front desk was so kind and only charged me ($30). Both my guest and I were so appreciative of their generosity. Very friendly staff; they showed us around the facilities and then showed us to the spa area (which was outside- was a beautiful day for being outside), and they left us 2 glasses and a pitcher of iced cold water. Will return again, perhaps next time stay the night and get a massage as well.
We have visited Sierra Grande Lodge in the past, and each time we left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. This visit did not disappoint. It exceeded our expectations. We are parents to two young kids so we were looking for a quick get away with maximum potential for relaxation. We spent 22 hours at this property. In that time we received two massages each and soaked in the lodge’s thermal baths three times (30 minutes per soak). All of the massages (reflexology, aromatherapy massage, hot stone massage and deep tissue massage) were incredible. We scheduled our soaks in the only outdoor thermal bath at the lodge. So refreshing! All baths are enclosed for maximum privacy. Guests walk around the property in their robes sauntering between their rooms, massages and baths. The rooms are small, clean and the decor is minimalist with photographs of area wildlife.
The staff at Sierra Grande Lodge are exceptional at making sure all the details of our stay are perfect.Each time. From the rooms, to booking dining reservations and hot mineral soaks.. to even offering to brew fresh coffee and bringing to me on the patio, outside of dining hours.. Sierra Grande Lodge is the best!
This stay we booked the private outdoor hot mineral soak under a nearly full moon. Truly magical.