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“Weekend Retreat” 4 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 #37 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Tampa, Florida
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Weekend Retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Attended a Women's Retreat this weekend held at this property.
Pros: They upgraded us to deluxe rooms free of charge! The service was good and staff very friendly! Scenery was absolutely GORGEOUS! It was very quiet and peaceful and perfect for our PWOC retreat! Shuttle that ran into Santa Fe at three different times a day.

Cons: The shower in our room had no hot water. We had to call twice in one day to have it "fixed". In their defense, they sent a gentleman quickly to rectify the problem. As part of our package, we were fed two dinners, two breakfasts, and one boxed lunch to go as part of our contract. The food was served buffet style and was mediocre at best! I was very disappointed and HUNGRY! :-) However, others in my group thought it was good. I was unable to experience the dining room, so I truly have no opinion on the quality.

There are stables right there on the property and an opportunity to ride if you so desired. A few ladies did go and enjoyed the ride immensely! The pool was heated and clean and many enjoyed the hot tub. You could rent mountain bikes and ride the trails but be aware it is not for the beginner! The spa.....well, that experience is going to be based on what you have enjoyed in the past and what you consider the value of services to be. I, personally, felt that they were way overpriced for what you were getting! Also, there are no prices on the website. After sending an email to the address listed asking for a price list for the services, I received no response.

Would I go again??? Absolutely~It was a great weekend and the overall experience was very nice!

Room Tip: Get a balcony room facing the city of Santa Fe....gorgeous at night!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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Dallas, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

After all the negative reviews on this site over the last year I was a bit reluctant to try the great Luxury Link deal offered for Bishop’s Lodge. The fact is –the place is in an incredibly beautiful setting, the people are delightful and the food was good. We arrived with reservations for a Deluxe Double but for only $50 were upgraded to a 3 bedroom villa—complete with full kitchen, 4 flat screen TVs and a patio view of the valley and the mountains that was breathtaking. I’m afraid that villa set a new standard for excellence that will be difficult to beat in future travels.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

I had heard so many nice things about Bishop's Lodge that I decided to treat myself to a getaway. I was disappointed. First of all, the blinds in the door were broken and wouldn't shut completely. The carpet was stained. The tv was old and hard to see from the bed. The bathroom was really outdated - the shower head was an oxygenator that sounded like a leaf blower, there were controls to things that weren't even there anymore, and behind the door is a metal door stop mounted on the floor in front of a heater unit that doesn't seem to work anymore.
At $175 a night this was not even a value for Santa Fe. It appears that the new owners don't want to put any money into the property. That's a shame because Bishop's Lodge could be something special. Right now it is nothing special.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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El Paso, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful resort, spacious deluxe king accomodations, quiet and peaceful, the beauty of nature surrounding resort.
A bit out of the way but well worth it.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

My husband and I had our 25th Wedding Anniversary party at the Lodge and it was superb. The setting was stunning, the room was perfect, the food and service was excellent. Our friends enjoyed it as much as we did! The managing director made every effort with attention to each and every detail. We would recommend the Lodge to anyone looking for a perfect place for a wedding, anniversary or any other special occasion. We also spent the night and the accomodations were wonderful! We love The Bishops Lodge!!

Room Tip: Higher floors have beautiful views
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

It pains us to say that we too have been going to the Lodge for many, many years, and yes, it is a shadow of its former self. My wife’s grandmother lived close to the Lodge for many years. Her family is from Santa Fe. She made it a point to bring me to the Lodge and we enjoyed many years of memorable stays there. 

The Lodge used to offer the quintessential Santa Fe experience—not Scottsdale, not L’Auberge, but Santa Fe. The setting with over 300 acres of riding and hiking adjoining is unparalleled.

We are afraid with the change of hands in the past few years, the Lodge has changed drastically. To us "regulars" parts of it are unrecognizable. Our last stay was quite sad. We felt like we were witnessing the end of an era. We agree that for all the lip service given to the interest in the history of the place, it is the history which is most neglected—from long time guests, long time staff to long time devoted four legged creatures. PRESERVATION goes hand in hand with history. The new management does not seem to understand this. 



No apologies were offered to long time returning guests who felt they had no choice but to check out after just a few days. No one seemed concerned that we left so early, no one offered to compensate us for the things that forced our early departure (it wasn’t even about money, just the lack of the offer that was most telling). This is not the way of the Lodge. 



It does appear to be true that corporate and group guests are given priority. One can understand the need for these groups in this economic climate. However, in spite of the support that these groups appear to provide the Lodge, it is neglected in almost every aspect.

We will not be returning, and will sorely miss this once unique, extraordinarily beautiful, bountiful (if you don’t want “skunks” and nature, don’t stay in the country), and special place.



While we recommend Vista rooms below, because of skeet shooting, the peaceful setting of these rooms is disrupted by gunfire from skeet shooting and the advantage that Vista rooms once offered of hiking out from there is marred by construction debris, old furniture and now bright orange piles of pieces of clay pigeons that litter this once pristine landscape--some of it right along the sides of the creek bed. Shame on them for making this a trash dump. Is anyone minding the store?

Room Tip: Vista rooms at top of property provide lovely views, plus hiking out from there was nice.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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BishopsLodge, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your experience at Bishop’s Lodge. Although we do pride ourselves on providing an authentic New Mexico experience, I completely understand your frustration and we will be looking further into this issue. I encourage you to contact me directly at 505-819-4023 next time you visit Santa Fe so that we can change your perception of Bishop’s Lodge.
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Placitas, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

My husband & I really enjoyed our stay. Our room was located on the ground floor which made it very convenient. The grounds are beautiful & we found the experience to be very relaxing. The room was very well appointed & we loved the gas fireplace. It was also great to be able to take a short stroll to their restaurant were we enjoyed a lovely dinner. It is only a quick drive (5 min) from the Plaza in Santa Fe. We live 45 minutes away from Santa Fe & usually do an overnight stay twice a year - we will definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Santa Fe
#10 Spa Hotel in Santa Fe
#22 Business Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 91
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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Also Known As:
Bishop`s Hotel Santa Fe
Bishop`s Lodge Resort And Spa
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