In Aguascalientes, Mexico, I was greeted in Japanese by airport staff.
It is a major center for Japanese companies, especially Nissan Motor, and is also a spa town.
Despite all the talk of Nissan's dictatorship and infighting, it is an undeniable fact that Aguascalientes has been steadily growing thanks to Nissan.
Built in 1575, the city has hot springs, as the Spanish word Aguas (Water) Calientes (Hot) means.
Ojocaliente is the largest day spa in existence.
It is a pleasure to see these historical places operating as active facilities and not just historical sites.
No advance reservation is required for use.
There are about 30 private baths, backed by an abundance of spring water.
Use is by the hour, and there are eight levels of detailed pricing, ranging from a private bath for two to a pool for 15 people.
This time I chose Tina, the cheapest option at 150 Mexican Pesos.
I went to the room with the number on the ticket stub given to me by the attendant.
After handing the stub to the cleaning staff, the tub was plugged and the warm water began to be poured.
The bathroom was small but beautiful.
It was surrounded by tiles in the Talavera style, which came from Spain and combined a Mexican sense of color.
From the benches to the edges of the mirrors on the walls, they were all decorated with the same pattern.
The quality of the water was with no special characteristics.
The water temp was lukewarm at around 104 degrees F, but when the water was free-flowing, my body gradually warmed up.
There was a drain near the surface of the water, so that it would not overflow even if the water continued to pour.
Bathrooms with variety
After soaking, I decided to take a walk around the facility.
A little higher up, there was a resting area under the shade of a tree.
Taking a break here was a good idea, but I was more interested in the other bathrooms.
Many bathrooms were equally spaced.
Looking inside through the open doors, I was surprised to see that each one had a different design.
This slightly larger room had a beautiful approach to the tub and striking red tiles.
This one, on the other hand, had a staircase leading down to the basement, and the tiles were in a modern checkerboard pattern.
The largest outdoor pool was also available for private use.
This might be an in-demand use in Mexico, as it could be cheaper for large families.
Exploring the labyrinthine grounds, I discovered more indoor swimming pools under construction.
The main attraction here must be the group of bathrooms, which are not associated with the word "unity."
Baños Termales de Ojocaliente, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico
- RulePrivate pool / Clothing required
- ChlorinationNot detected
- Water tempUp to 104 degrees F