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“Beautiful Retreat for a relaxing weekend” 3 of 5 stars
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Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   1297 Bishops Lodge Road, PO Box 2367, Santa Fe, NM 87501   |  
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Ranked #35 of 60 hotels in Santa Fe
GreenLeadersGold level
Taos, New Mexico
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Retreat for a relaxing weekend”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

We stayed at Bishops Lodge on a Friday, Saturday and checked out on Sunday. We were celebrating my birthday that weekend.

The first night we had dinner at the restaurant at Bishops Lodge. After being seated, the executive chef, came to our table, introduced himself, answered questions and made suggestions for dinner. I have never had that happen before, the personal and professional treatment made us feel special and valued. On the second night, we could have eaten anywhere in Santa Fe, but chose to go back to the Bishop's Lodge for dinner. Once again, we were pleased with the service and quality of food.

Both nights we had the same fabulous waiter. He was very professional, personable, and did little things (like a candle in my dessert) to make my birthday "weekend" special.

The Bishops Lodge house wine, we only tried the Cabernet, was good and reasonably priced. The wine was produced here in New Mexico and labeled specially for the Bishops Lodge that was a nice touch.

The terrace had good views and was a great way to enjoy our meals.

Sunday morning we stayed for the champagne brunch. It was the best brunch I have ever had. The variety and quality of food was outstanding; New Mexican dishes, seafood section, salads, pastries, desserts, made-to-order omelets, champagne, etc. You can expect to spend $35.00 per person for the brunch.

The grounds that you can see from the roads and the lodge are beautiful. The grounds near the rooms were not kept up as nicely; some weeds, debris, and bare pipe were noted. There are lots of steps and the concrete walkways and stairs are crumbling.

The building were our room was located was built in the 1960's. The room was quite large and clean. The bed was comfortable and the carpet, curtains and bedding were newer. The bathroom and TV were dated, but functional. Everything worked well; plumbing, air conditioning and electricity. Lovely white robes were in our closet which we wore for hours in the morning while enjoying our coffee. There were complimentary chips and salsa in our room which we enjoyed...it was a nice touch.

Upon arrival at our room, there was a message on the phone. It was from the front desk, checking on us and letting us know that if we needed anything to call them. A nice touch.

The balcony outside our room opened out towards the grounds. The views were very nice. The balcony however is not private; it is shared by everyone that stayed in the rooms in that building. You could see where at one time, there was a door between the rooms on the balcony, in order to make your space more private. It would be a good idea to put them back on. Our front door did not latch very well and had to be slammed. If you didn't close it just right, it could be pushed open.

On Saturday night we went to the "Dive In" theater, which was a large screen TV down by the pool. They played the movie "Despicable Me" which was a perfect choice for adults and children.

The pool and spa area were clean and modern. The staff around the pool was very helpful, nice and professional.

All-in-all it was a very pleasant and relaxing stay. The restaurant and staff were great. The rooms were average, somewhat dated.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

Amazing pool scene on the weekends during the summer.
One of the best spas in the world. If you want a life-changing experience, ask for Daniel. He's not quiet or shy, but a terrific masseuse.
The food in restaurant is great, especially breakfast.
This is an amazing place to bring your family.
The grounds of the resort are truly breathtaking.
Great horseback riding and skeet shooting.

Things they need to improve:
The TVs are embarrassing old...mid 80's...tough to watch TV at all. No movie rentals either.
The beds in the older lodges (Juniper, North, Sunset, etc) are super old. The beds are newer in Chamisa, etc. TIME TO CHANGE OUT THE BEDS AND TVS, GUYS. COME ON, RICH.
The rooms in Juniper Lodge are too small. Their are much bigger rooms for the same price in South Lodge. ANNOYING.
The "high speed internet" is VERY slow in Juniper Lodge, which is furthest from the central lobby. You cannot watch Netflix Instant Streaming FYI bc the bandwidth is too low.
The wait staff in the restaurants is very hit or miss. Sometimes, you get a superstar waiter, the next time you get some annoyed dud who obviously doesn't want to be there.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

This is my second year attending the Keep Santa Fe Beautiful Awards Banquet. The atmosphere is absolutely beautiful, with picturesque places and serenity surrounding you, even in the midst of others enjoying the atmosphere. The tables are set up on the grassy lawn by the pool, giving attendees their choice if they would like to sit in the shade of the massive trees surrounding the lawn or if they would prefer to sit in the early evening sunlight. The staff is friendly and knowledgable, leaving one feeling pampered while being served buffet-style. The acoustics are exceptional, even being outdoors and by the pool. One doesn't feel rushed or forgotten at this location and I look forward to attending the awards banquet every year. I highly recommend Bishops Lodge as a place to stay, either for a fun getaway, or for an event, be it a wedding or an awards banquet. You won't regret it!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

We knew when we booked this lodge that it was not on the plaza. We did not expect to have to drive so far to get a bite to eat or a drink. The one resort dinning option is ok for 1 day but not if your spending several day's.

This resort presented itself as a higher end resort, it probably was in it's "hey day". They desperately need to put some money into the property. Beware of the sidwalks, all are crumbling. Our tub\shower was molded and instead of cleaning they tried to cover it up with caulking.

The beds are old and need to be upgraded. You'll need ibuprophen in the AM for sure.
No air conditioner only a fan! It was miserable at night.

Beware of room service. We ordered breakfast and found that the menu was not up to date. The person on the phone gave me the options and helped me place my order. What she did not disclose is that the menu prices had drastically changed. When the food was delivered we were shocked to see the bill.

Overall this property in overrated. I'm sure several years ago it may have been a nice place but they need to reinvest some money to bring it back up to par.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Nyack, New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

The restaurant is amazing great food! Service very nice and grounds beautiful. OK that's all that is positive. The rooms were awful the air conditioning was so old and loud it kept us up all night. We couldn't open the window or doors due to the smell of smoke from the Arizona fires. I heard another woman in another room complain to the front desk the air conditioner kept her up as well. So I assume all the rooms have this problem. The mattress was so uncomfortable. and the room had a huge Beetle bug crawling around it wasn't clean enough for my standards. It was old and too rustic for me. Don't waste your money this is a one star hotel. It wasn't cheap either!! We left after one night flew to Vegas due to the fires. We finished our vacation there stayed at the Cosmopolatian hotel. Wow what a difference night and day to the dump at Bishop's lodge.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

Every year girlfriends and I celebrate our birthdays with a weekend trip to Santa Fe - we have stayed many places - the most important thing for us is good food wine and fire and place to sit and catch up - The Bishop's Lodge has all of this and more- we didn't have to leave the Lodge's grounds for anything - until it was time to go and even then it was hard. Our dinner in the restaurant was sublime - the food choices unique and local with flavor - our spa treatments were calming and new discoveries were made - we woke to the chapel bells chiming letting us know we had missed our pilates class but that is was time for coffee - we are planning to return again and again -

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sandia Park, New Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

We are locals and we love to come to the spa. We love Daniel, Tim and Kimberly. The BEST massage therapist in the country!

Cub & Sharon Dillard

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa

Address: 1297 Bishops Lodge Road, PO Box 2367, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Santa Fe
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Santa Fe
#10 Spa Hotel in Santa Fe
#19 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In August of 1851, a Frenchman, Jean Baptiste Lamy, arrived in the NM Territory as the first Bishop of Santa Fe. Here he built a private retreat; his chapel still stands today, now on the national register of historic places. After Lamy's Death, the land was acquired by the Pulitzer publishing family as a private vacation retreat. In 1917, the Thorpe family from Denver fell in love with these pristine acres, bought the property and developed the first resort in the state. Today Bishop's Lodge comprises 15 lodges for a total of 110 rooms ranging in sizes from 250 sq feet to 450, not to mention a 2000 sq foot Presidential Suite. Many of our rooms feature fireplaces and the majority all have outdoor access to patios, lawns or balconies. Our ShaNah Spa and Wellness Center which opened up in June of 2002 is a sanctuary where one can take time out to be nurtured by Mother Nature, guided by ancient wisdon and touched by angels. The experience may change your life. Other activities are abundant such as: trap/skeet shooting (offered to groups of 10 or monmre roomnights), horseback, pony trail rides, hiking, mountain biking, fitness center, excercise studio, outdoor pool, whirlpool and tennis to mention a few. Bishop's Lodge is located just 3 miles from the Historic Santa Fe Plaza. Complimentary shuttle service is provided by the lodge at scheduled times daily. ... more   less 
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