We stayed in the North Lodge, originally built in the 1912-15 period when the Pulitzer family owned The Bishop’s Lodge. It has not been renovated but was well maintained. Room 109 was large with two large arm chairs in front of the fire place. It had the original wood-beamed ceiling (vigas) that was charming. There was (very, very slow) wi-fi Internet in the room which had one desk (and no table or mini fridge). The air conditioning system was old and noisy (and not so effective either). The bathroom was large and had two sinks. The resort has 450 acres in the Teseque Valley. After a busy day looking for our longer-term accommodations in Santa Fe we came back to the resort and took a 1 ½ hour hike, all on the resort’s trails. The following day we took a 3 hour hike which started on the resort’s trails and connected to a trail in the Santa Fe National Forest. We could have hiked at least 9 miles to (what the sign called “the ski area”). We had a lovely dinner our first night there at La Fuentes Restaurant. On our first morning we had our own breakfast in our room. On the second morning we had a very good omelet in the restaurant and on our third morning we had our own breakfast in our room. There were 4 things that we didn’t like about the resort: 1) the toilet paper was scratchy, 2) the housekeeping on our first day was dysfunctional, (3) it was necessary to telephone Housekeeping to request clean sheets during our stay (what’s the point of staying at a hotel if you can’t have clean, silky and crisp sheets?), and 4) we hated the “Resort Charge”. This is a $14.50 per day, per person charge for things that should be part of the basic hotel rate (like using the pool or Jacuzzi). It is ridiculous. We asked at Encantado Resort whether they charged a fee like that and they said “no”. Additionally, when we checked out, our per day charges looked like this:
Room charge: $127
Room sales tax: $8.41
Lodger’s tax: $5.08
Resort fee: $29
And just when we thought the list of extras was finished, there was a final line called “Misc Sales Tax” $1.92. It was annoying beyond belief. The resort says it charges “$14.50 per person per day as a resort fee. The resort fee is waived for all children under the age of 13. Services which
are provided include scheduled activities such as yoga, pilates, tai chi, as well as unlimited access to the fitness center, swimming pool, jacuzzi, hiking and walking trails and tennis courts. Other complimentary amenities include parking, unlimited local calls, long distance access, (tollfree, credit card, collect), in-room high speed internet access, in room coffee service, bottled water on your day of arrival, daily newspaper and scheduled shuttle service to the Santa Fe Plaza.”
On our first night we arrived at around 6 p.m. and only went to dinner at the resort (paying for it of course—it wasn’t included in the Resort Fee). Still we were charged $29 for the Resort Fee we didn't use. Did I make it clear how annoying that was?
BTW, the hotel’s website had room rates that changed each day and ranged from $127 (what we got) to $225 for the same (un-renovated) room. Dimitri decided to talk to reservations and basically said he wanted the $127 rate and it was given to him (?). With all the extras, the daily room rate came to $178.
- 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 Lodge Resort And Spa
- Bishop`s Hotel Santa Fe
- Bishops Hotel Santa Fe
- Bishops Resort Santa Fe