Pamper yourself at Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa

Truth or Consequences NM is a town steeped in the past. The historic downtown Bathhouse District area, built over thermal springs, abounds with lodgings offering soaking tubs and pools. After all, people come here to take the waters; it’s what’s made the town a destination for people around the southwest. Accommodations run from funky to more upscale. The historic Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa, melding cowboy chic with updated simplicity, fits in the latter category. The hotel offers simple, comfortable guest rooms (each with their own soaking tub) coupled with a spa offering a diverse menu of holistic body treatments and private mineral baths. It’s the perfect place in T or C to unwind and pamper yourself or be pampered by the attentive staff.

A bit about the Lodge

Sierra Grande Lodge, photo/Steve Collins

Sierra Grande Lodge, photo/Steve Collins

The iconic Lodge, which has a place on the National Historic Register, is located in the town’s Hot Springs Bathhouse and Commercial Historic District. It’s set on walled grounds at the base of the limestone ridge where the thermal waters originate. Most of front-facing second floor rooms open to a communal balcony. It’s a great spot to sit and sip morning coffee or a late afternoon glass of wine after a soak in one of the Lodge’s luxurious private soaking tubs.

There are three indoor tubs: two hold up to two people and the large one in the Spirit Room holds up to six. There’s also a private outdoor tub where at night you can look up at the stars. Hotel guests get a half-hour soak per day included with their room. You can even soak the day you check out. The waters, containing over 35 minerals, are soothing and odorless. Water temperatures can be as as high as 107° Fahrenheit. Our soaking tubs were always just the right temperature for us and a half hour was the perfect amount of time. We were ready to get out a bit before that. If tubs are available, the Lodge welcomes non-guests to book soaking tubs. If you really want to pamper yourself, book a massage after you soak. Your body will thank you. As an added bonus, all spa treatments come with a private soak.

The painted Indoor tub, holds up to six people photo/courtesy Sierra Grande Lodge

The painted Indoor tub, holds up to six people photo/courtesy Sierra Grande Lodge

Sierra Grande History

Sierra Grande Lodge started life as the O’Dell Apartments in 1928. The apartments were really small rooms with kitchenettes designed to accommodate people coming to T or C for the waters. The O’Dell was the first hotel to register a well to pump the thermal waters in to their hotel. Not only did they offer soaking, they offered massages as well. In 1950, the year Hot Springs NM changed its name to Truth or Consequences as part of a publicity stunt originated by the popular Ralph Edward’s radio and TV show, the O’Dell’s was renamed Sierra Grande Lodge.

The Ted Turner connection

Neon, at night, photo Steve Collins

Neon, at night, photo Steve Collins

In 1991, the hotel was bought by New York City restaurateurs Serge and Guy Raoul, owners Raoul’s, a SoHo eatery. They renovated the hotel and created an upscale oasis in a town that leans more toward quirky. In April 2013, businessman extraordinaire, Ted Turner, bought the Lodge, which is about a half hour drive from his over 300,000 acre Armendaris Ranch. The ranch is planning to offer eco-tours in the future and the Lodge will be able to offer accommodations to people who want to explore his vast property and this entire Sierra County area with its abundance of outdoor activities and rich cultural heritage.

A guest room at Sierra Grande Lodge photo/ courtesy Sierra Grande Lodge

A guest room at Sierra Grande Lodge photo/courtesy Sierra Grande Lodge

We stayed at the Sierra Grande Lodge on our first trip to T or C in 2007. Our cozy room was comfortable and inviting and the soaking tubs made our visit really special. We knew we wanted to stay at the Lodge for our recent T or C getaway. The hotel was much the same as we remembered it; friendly, accommodating staff, an expanded continental breakfast with house-baked breakfast pastries and those afore mentioned luxurious soaking tubs. We were slated to stay for two nights. Because we were having such a great time in the area we extended our stay for an additional night. We wish we could have stayed longer.

If you’re heading to T or C to take the waters, explore the great outdoors or to take in some art, Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa will welcome you with open arms.

Read more about T or C
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T or C dining: Cafe Bella Luca a taste of Italy
Discovering quirky T or C New Mexico
Exploring the art galleries of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Author’s note: We were hosted by Sierra Grande Lodge for two nights and paid for the third night. Their generosity did not affect this post in any way.





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26 Responses to “Pamper yourself at Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa”

  1. Agness
    April 14, 2019 at 7:44 am #

    I love the rich history hidden behind this place! :)

  2. Irene S Levine
    April 21, 2019 at 7:06 am #

    I love respectful renovations like this one!

  3. Donna Janke
    April 21, 2019 at 7:15 am #

    I’ve passed the exit to Truth or Consequences on the highway and wondered about the town. I had not idea there were hot springs there. The lodge sounds wonderful.

    • Billie Frank
      April 21, 2019 at 9:12 am #

      If you pass by again, Donna, stop off at least for lunch. There are some great restaurants and then you can take a soak before getting on your way.

  4. Travel with Kevin and Ruth
    April 21, 2019 at 8:08 am #

    Looks like a nice hotel. And it’s in an interesting spot. We enjoyed a short visit to Truth or Consequences last year.

    • Billie Frank
      April 21, 2019 at 9:12 am #

      Hope you enjoyed your visit to T or C. We love it there.

  5. Nancie
    April 21, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

    I love hot springs, and anything related to the word SPA. The mural around the hot tub is gorgeous!

    • Billie Frank
      April 22, 2019 at 6:44 am #

      It is a lovely mural and the water is divine!

  6. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go
    April 21, 2019 at 6:40 pm #

    Okay. I’m ready to pack my bag and participate in some pampering! What a beautiful hotel.

  7. Patti
    April 21, 2019 at 9:07 pm #

    We traveled so much throughout the southwest but this is one place we haven’t yet visited. Definitely will add to our must see list and for sure we’ll have to stop in and check out the Sierra Grande.

    • Billie Frank
      April 22, 2019 at 6:46 am #

      You’d love it Patti! If you take another road trip next year, put T or C and the Sierra Grande on your itinerary.

  8. Nancy D. Brown
    April 21, 2019 at 9:49 pm #

    I’ve traveled to Albuquerque, NM for the International Balloon Fiesta, but never anywhere else in the state. T or C sounds like an interesting place to stay and Sierra Grande Lodge looks very relaxing (to say the least!)

    • Billie Frank
      April 22, 2019 at 6:47 am #

      New Mexico is a wonderful state to travel around. It’s worth a road trip and T or C and the Sierra Grande Lodge are worth a stop on way.

  9. Jo
    April 22, 2019 at 2:27 am #

    I’ve never heard of this town! What a great name! The resort itself looks marvellous, and a great place to relax and “take the waters”

    • Billie Frank
      April 22, 2019 at 6:49 am #

      The town changed it’s name in 1950 when game show host, Ralph Edwards, asked for a town to name themselves after his popular show. Hot Springs NM volunteered. It’s an unusual town and worth a visit- and be sure to take the waters. We love the Sierra Grande. It fits our style.

  10. Ursula Maxwell-Lewis
    April 23, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

    A lawyer friend and her husband are planning a NM trip this year. I offered her my limited Santa Fe knowledge. Now I’ll have to pass on your Truth or Consequences information, How perfect is that for a lawyer!

    • Billie Frank
      April 24, 2019 at 4:30 pm #

      That is indeed! Especially if she has a sense of humor. Send her to the blog if she’s coming this way. Lots of great NM info.

  11. Doreen Pendgracs
    April 23, 2019 at 7:32 pm #

    Wow! This looks like an amazing place! I would definitely like to visit.

  12. Maia Duerr/Liberated Life Project
    April 25, 2019 at 7:25 am #

    great place. I’ve stayed there four times, in fact was just there a couple of weeks ago. I LOVE soaking in the Spirit Room (with the mural) in the mornings and in the outside tub at night. Magical.

    • Billie Frank
      April 25, 2019 at 11:40 am #

      I wonder if we were there at the same time. That would be pretty amazing. It is magical!

  13. Leigh
    November 27, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to go to Truth or Consequences just because of the name. It’s great to know such an interesting option exists for the night.

    • Billie Frank
      November 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

      The place is a definite trip! It’s like not place we’ve ever been to. Sierra Grande is our favorite lodging there. We love it’s classic simplicity coupled with caring service and those fabulous soaking tubs.

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