Ojo Caliente is a hot springs spa resort about an hour north of Santa Fe. There is not much shopping or dining nearby so it is a good thing that the resort has great food and drink. We visited in 2002 for two nights and stayed in one of the north cabins, sort of a standard room with a basic kitchen.
There are four main pools and a big lower temperature kids and social pool. The iron pool is the hottest at 104 and has a gravel base. The covered soda pool is great when it is really cold at about 101.The two round iron and arsenic pools are about 99 to 101.
This time we got a Plaza Suite so we could take advantage of a new Kiva pool that is restricted to hotel guests in the adjacent suites. It opens earlier and stays open later than the public pools in the main hot springs. I would absolutely recommend the suite section for that reason alone. Floating in the 1010 degree water and watching shooting stars was fantastic. Our suite had a fireplace and the housekeeping staff cleaned out the burned logs and reset the fire with fresh wood and paper while we soaked or hiked.
We had big breakfasts and dinners at the Ojo restaurant but ended up not having lunch as we were on a long hike one day and a day trip to Taos the next. Food is fresh and excellent; there is a good beer and wine selection. Prices were lower than what we are used to paying in Naples so we felt like it was a great deal. The staff was friendly and attentive. Really, most everyone we met in New Mexico seemed in a good mood.
The new suites and improvements to the restaurant and check in area were a great addition. We had a hot stone massage, deep tissue and a neck and back release. All three were excellent with talented therapists and lovely well appointed rooms.
We enjoyed our stay and found everything to be pretty much perfect. There was one issue that was an exception to that perfection. This is something the resort cannot readily control. There was much more loud conversation in the pools that when we were here before, maybe as it was spring break this time. The hot pools are whisper zones with signs posted etc. When you are relaxing in a lovely natural hot pool and losing yourself in the moment it can be a downer to have a couple of college kids blah blahing over their social life. Fortunately cell phones are banned in the springs and restaurant so at least any loud yakking is directed at a person not a device.
There are several good hikes from Ojo Caliente. We did the pueblo ruins and the Mica mine. Both hikes get you out in nice rugged terrain and the natural vegetation of this arid location
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is one of the oldest natural health resorts in the country. Our sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years. Over 100,000 gallons per day come to the surface, revitalizing those who soak in the long believed, healing waters. We offer a variety of lodging accommodations, including new enchanting suites and charming cottages, the historic hotel and private homes. We suggest that you make reservations for spa treatments and private outdoor pools before you arrive. We also offer spa treatments, pools, hiking and biking trails, a wine bar and lounge and a full-service restaurant. The Artesian Restaurant provides a casual dining experience and charming atmosphere. Our chef blends local flavors with global cuisine. Heal yourself body and soul with a retreat to Ojo. Whether it's for a weekend or a longer stay, you'll leave rejuvenated and refreshed. Welcome! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Hotel Ojo Caliente
- Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort