We got a great deal online and Santa Fe is driving distance for us. The resort is older but quaint with stunning grounds. The rooms are in 3-12 room blocks nicely separated so that you feel nicely secluded. Note that this does mean quite a walk to the restaurant/spa/pool/stables if you don't feel like driving. In summer this would be OK, but in winter with icy roads, not a good idea. Our room was spacious with a great view and a small patio. We did have to ask them to shovel the snow off but that was done promptly. Patrick at the front desk was fantastic, others, just ho-hum. They turn the ice machines off in the winter so getting ice means that you are supposed to go to the restaurant and get it yourself. They should tell you this when you check in. Any reason they cannot bring ice each day when housekeeping makes up the room? Note that Patrick did arrange to have some delivered on our first night.
The grounds are stunning and hiking is great. Take a map with you and yak-trax and/or poles if you hike in the winter as the trails can get icy and/or muddy if the freeze/thaw thing is active.
The spa staff is indifferent and often not there. Another winter thing, I guess. Snow was piled up on the pool deck and the gum-cigaret butts-plastic trash was around the hot tub the entire time. Doesn't anybody clean up out there?
On the whole, Bishop's has potential but attention to detail is lacking. I would not stay again unless there was a great room rate. The restaurant is average at best (see review for Las Fuentes).
- 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
- Bishops Hotel Santa Fe
- Bishops Resort Santa Fe