Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Misato Iwaki
The room was a little basic and small for me and the "garden view" was a few rocks and the back of an air conditioning unit. Mind you we stopped off to use the hot springs and boy where they amazing. You get like a whole room and a hot tub with the local spring water and you are in there for a full 30 mins to relax and chill - one session when you arrive and another before you go . Really worth a visit and it left my skin feeling amazing. As a word of warning the one site restaurant is nice but does not sell alcohol !
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Misato Iwaki
This restaurant staff is very rude!! will never return!!
Had reservations, showed up a bit early, and was chased out the door!! This place seems to have a hard time keeping good staff!
Why go to TorC? For the Sierra Grande Lodge!
We stayed for one night at the Lodge & Spa. We opted for a balcony room because it was during the week and cheaper, but it wasn't necessary. It's a communal balcony so I would recommend just getting an interior room. Our room had a large shower/tub combo in it that was really awesome. The furniture was beautiful and the artwork was great as well! We opted to use the indoor mineral soak tub, which they drain and refill after each use... The indoor one was so wonderful! We also had hot stone massages that were just amazing. I wish we had spent more than one night at this really lovely lodge and spa! The restaurant's food is excellent as well. If you are looking for a really quaint town and a really awesome experience, this lodge is the place.
Did you love "Northern Exposure"?
If like me, you loved the TV show "Northern Exposure, you'll probably love T or C. It's a very small, very friendly town with it's own cast of characters. If you seek vacations free of chain restaurants and hotels as we do, this will be a great choice.
We found T or C via an Internet search, and I have to admit, at first glance we thought we may have made a mistake. However, after checking into the Sierra Grande and doing some exploring we couldn't have made a better choice for our four day getaway.
I travel extensively on business, not to mention vacations and I don't know when I've enjoyed staying someplace more than I did the Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa. Everything I have to say is covered in the other reviews, so I won't repeat it. The staff was wonderful -- they knew it was a special occassion for us and for our last night's soak the hot spring tub was surrounded by candles and had rose petals floating on the water. My only bit of advice would be to get a room with a balcony. That "big sky" is worth the small extra you'll pay.
We played golf at the local nine hole course, and were invited back to play in a scramble with the locals the next day. My husband went and had a wonderful time. While he was golfing I had a massage and facial at the Lodge. Running Water is a Native American medicine woman, so don't expect the typical massage you're accustomed to getting at an urban day spa. I am a massage junkie, and I have to say this was the best massage I've had in my life!!! A soak in the hot springs beforehand didn't hurt.
We went to Rocky's to watch the Bengals/Broncos game. The locals even bought us a round when the Bengals actually won. Had we returned later in the week we could have enjoyed karoake, Ladie's Night, and get this -- a showing of "Rocky Horror Picture Show"!!!
We went in search of a good bottle of wine and were thrilled with the selection they had at Bullock's Shur Save. We looked for souvenirs and found beautiful pottery very reasonably priced at Ken Merrick's Spectrum Pottery. We also enjoyed the art gallery, and antique stores if you're into this type of thing.
Besides the wonderful food at the Sierra Grande, we loved the 2 pancakes, 2 slices of bacon, 2 eggs for $2.50 at the BBQ Revue, Mexican food at La Cocina, a bison burger at Big-A-Burger and a fabulous advocado/roast chicken salad at the Pacific Rim. We heard wonderful things about Los Arcos but we just ran out of time.
Obviously we'll return T or C and the Sierra Granda at first opportunity. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Rustic charm awaits you in this desert oasis...
I found this place by accident on the internet while looking for a warm getaway. The reviews here convinced me to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at the simple but comfortable charm of this property steeped in history. Old photos of it's earlier days hang in the dining room as a testimony to the life of this wonderfully restored lodge, which at one point was used as an apartment house. The location of the Sierra Grande is right downtown, but is almost invisible as it sits among the 1930's era buildings that make up most of this small, crumbling community. Don't get me wrong, my first impression was that I made a mistake in coming here, but by the second day I was loving the lack of urban growth and all of the modern construction that have robbed many of our cities of their identities. The lodge is tastefully decorated, the staff very friendly, the rooms comfortable, and the restaurant excellent. In fact, the restaurant, I am told, has the town's only espresso machine, so don't go looking for a Starbucks here! There is no internet access, but who cares? I think even the small TV could have been left out and not missed. A complimentary private soaking is included daily with each room. I highly suggest the outdoor spa at night by candlelight. The staff provides ice water and towels. I recommend staying in rooms 208 or 209 at the end of the hall. There is an extra window, plus access to a private stairway which I used to avoid the lobby. It became my secret entrance and I loved it! The dinners were wonderful, starting with the salmon chowder! The best flavors I have ever tasted that come in a bowl! The menu selections were inventive and sizable. It's true there isn't much to see or do in T or C, but to appreciate this historic town I would definitely check out the local museum. I then used the Sierra Grande Lodge as my home base to return to after traveling hundreds of miles each day touring this spectacular hi-lo country. Certainly go see the gorgeous spectacles along the way to Hillsboro and Silver City, and the Gila National Forest! I loved this vacation and I came with no agenda. It was a new adventure at every mile. And it all began at the Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa!
Very plush accomodations
We spent two night here in Sept. 04. It's a very nice place although we were surprised to see the shower in the bedroom. A little strange, but it ended up working out fine. Most of the staff was great except for the one who checked us in - she wasn't too quick to tell us about the accomodations and the breakfast - we had to figure it out for ourselves. The restaurant was delicious. The banana caramel dessert is yum. The only down side is that there is nothing to do in this town so bring some good books and hope that the weather is nice to go hiking!
A haven in a nothing to do town
This hotel is serene and service oriented--from the warm greetings we received every time we walked in the lobby to the delicious light breakfast each morning--to the supreme spa and treatments recieved--the Sierra Grande pulls no punches in terms of class and elegance. The town is rather rundown, but the hotel is fabulous and the mountain views are worth the trip to this out-of-the-way getaway. I would recommend going midweek to avoid higher prices...
The Ultimate Relaxsation Venue
The Ultimate Relaxation VenueMy family and I had the occasion to stay a night at the Sierra Grande Lodge at T or C in New Mexico. Seeing a TV documentary on the property aroused our curiosity.In this fast paced world, life did slow down for us while we stayed at the Lodge. The Staff were very friendly and very accommodating and ready to pamper all our needs. The visit to the Spa was very relaxing. With all the Home made soaps to Body Oils and Crèmes it was a profusion of Herbal Therapeutic smells in the air.The rooms were very large and tastefully decorated with many themes. The house keeping was very detailed and ran a very clean ship. The only draw back was that the AC unit was a little noisy when it kicked in. Each room had a dedicated heat pump for space temperature.I would recommend a nights stay at the Sierra Grande Lodge just to pamper yourself. Mid week rentals are a better package for the budget conscious. A great wedding gift or retirement gift for someone you know. Or just for that Ultimate Relaxation Venue.
Anxious for a return visit...
After being pampered at other more expensive inns/resorts in New Mexico, my husband and I were not at all disappointed by our stay at the Sierra Grande Lodge. The lodge is small, but great attention has been paid to the details in each room (we were given a tour by the manager). The bath amenities are all from the spa which is housed in the lodge - you will want to bring more home with you. The meal that we had in the restaurant downstairs was excellent as well. All of the staff were extremely friendly and accomodating. I am planning another trip to New Mexico and intend to stay longer the next time!
Jewel in the desert
We visit Truth or Consequences frequently in the winter for the baths and are delighted that there is now a first class hotel and restaurant in the town. We now make it a point to plan overnight and even two day stays because of the Sierra Grande. We recommend it highly.
Great destination hotel
Went during the week not knowing what to expect and was shocked how wonderfull it was.
TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Misato Iwaki
Travel Blogs from Truth or Consequences
... here overlooking the lake. I wonder if this is part of the reason for the wind. It may also be the time of year or the region. I’m not too sure. So the boys don’t get to go out again. We don’t have happy kitties again.
After breakfast we head off to the Gila National Forest. This is a little ways on the map and a long ways in the car. As we drive through the backroads you see how the real people live. I’m not sure where or how they make a ...
... cliff. The river carved the caves out ages ago and native people have been using the caves for thousands of years. The walls were added by a group that stayed in the fertile river valley for thirty years hunting and farming corn, beans and squash. The place still has thick soot deposits on the ceiling from over 700 years ago. So interesting standing in the dwellings where ancient people lived their lives.Headed out of the mountains to start heading ...
En route through Hatch, New Mexico, we stop at Gilly's Hatch Valley Chile Company. Hatch is the chile capital of the USA with lots of roadside stands, fields of chile being harvested, and chiles lying out in the sun to dry. Many are made up into wreaths, and hangings.
We bought some fresh roasted and peeled, green chiles for cooking and they gave me a sample. Zippy ...
... renamed to T or C, it was this little town that did it. T or C used to be a dumpy, frumpy hot springs town but over the last 5 or so years it has been cleaning and upscaling and it is now on the verge of being chic (or maybe shabby chic). There are half a dozen proprietors that have a license to tap into the “waters” which come out of the ground at 109 degrees and have tried to build a business around it. Probably the most successful ...
... Luckily, this was a 'friendly' snake and he was ready to get away from me.
There was a lady and her husband from Nevada that were work camping and they were the only other people around for miles. She came out of her 5th wheel and opened the doors to the school house and showed us through. This is the only building that had some restoration done to it, but the walls were starting to cave in ...