We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“a unique place to stay in T or C” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dam Site Resort and Marina

Dam Site Resort and Marina
We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Elephant Butte
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Dam Site Resort and Marina
Save
You added Dam Site Resort and Marina to your Saves list
Lakeshore Road, Elephant Butte, NM   |  
Hotel amenities
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
“a unique place to stay in T or C”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

this place is not really a resort...it is simply a lodge above a marina on Elephant Butte lake. That said, if you want to be away from it all (not that T or C is not already away from it all) and like a well put together rustic setting, this is an interesting place to stay in the area. The lodge is a substantial building built originally to house the engineers who built the dam back in the 1920's (?). It is beautifully situated above the lake and marina amid terraced landscaped grounds. The rooms are basic but esthetically quite nice in a back woods cabin sort of way. There is no front desk or lobby and no amenities except for internet access--only guest rooms--but that is part of the charm. There is a huge southern style covered porch for sitting, reading, visiting, drinking wine, etc on the front of the building facing the lake. In boating season there is a cafe down the way; the marina also has a rudimentary store. We stayed here in both the winter and just now in late May. Both times we were in the only rooms occupied in the lodge (privacy!). In the winter it is austere and a little surreal in its isolated beauty and silence. T or C is only about 10 minutes away; cost is about $80 per room

Room Tip: not for culturally mainstream folks
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

9 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    4
    3
    1
    0
    1
See reviews for
6
Couples
0
1
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (4)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Albuquerque, NM
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

This is not a resort, but a lodge that has been nicely restored recently. The lodge sits above the lake and marina on state park land. There are two marinas at Elephant Butte. This is the small marina. The lodge was housing for the executives who were involved in building Elephant Butte Dam in the early 1900’s and it is very nicely restored, with many photos of the project on the walls of the hallway. Be sure to check them out.

It is not luxurious, but it is very clean and charming, with hardwood floors throughout and some of the original architectural details remain. The furnishings in the room are somewhat artisan, which means not always the most comfortable but very cute. The beds were fine. About half the rooms open onto the front veranda that runs the length of the lodge. Ask for one of these. We stayed in room 3 which was very large and bright. There is a restaurant next door that is open Friday – Sunday for lunch and dinner and serves basic but good food. We ate at the bar and had a great chat with the very friendly bartender. The grounds are yet to be landscaped.

If you enjoy history and the charm that comes with non-chain lodging, give this place a try.

To check in you walk down a very long path to the marina. It’s not clear when you get there where to check in. Be sure to take your credit card to check in or you will have to walk all the way back up and back down before they will give you your parking pass.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Dam Site Resort and Marina? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Dam Site Resort and Marina

Address: Lakeshore Road, Elephant Butte, NM
Location: United States > New Mexico > Sierra County > Elephant Butte
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Elephant Butte
Number of rooms: 30

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Dam Site Resort and Marina, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.