150 Hotels You'll Love
A Celebration of Place (excerpt)
National Geographic Traveler
April, 2008

SENSE OF PLACE... With the cadence of a lullaby, these three words neatly sum up the poperties celebrated here. To travel well, we believe, is to soak up authenticity. And where we spend the night is part of the picture. Does the hotel incorporate-and share- the soul of its location? Are resources respected and conserved? When possible, is the food put on the table local? Does the property play avital role in the community, sharing some of its profits with local causes, for example? These criteria grow out of our mission. The true Traveler experience doesn't stop at the hotel lobby. Rather, it can (and should) be reinforced and enhanced there.... You will likely see some old favorites-as well as a few surprises. It's a diverse lot, from rustic ot luxurious, dirt cheap to splurge. Sense of place and a sweet night's sleep. Welcome to the "Stay List."....

......Sierra Grande Lodge And Spa, Truth or Consequences N. Mex
Landmark 1929 adobe lodge atop mineral waters, surrounded by salamander-speckled cactus, succulents, and desert willows. Cowboy and Native American art panels sunlit rooms fashioned to soothe (two with private mineral baths). Alfresco geothermal hot spring tubs, mineral pools and spa treatments. 18 rooms; $99-425; www.sierragrandelodge.com