This review is tailored a little bit more towards my overall wedding experience rather than just a breakdown of the hotel, but my experience at Bishop's Lodge was absolutely perfect! Every aspect was handled flawlessly. The Director of Events (Kristina) is INCREDIBLE. She is probably the most calm, organized person I have ever met. She always got back to me with lightning speed - and keep in mind that she probably had at least 50 other brides bugging her all the time - and she was so much fun to work with. The vendors that she recommend I work with were the perfect fit. The food was outstanding, the banquet staff was so helpful and they really went above and beyond to make the evening perfect. I ended up working with a Day Of Coordinator and she and Kristina worked seamlessly together. I truly had the "dream team" on my wedding day.
The venue is GORGEOUS. It's the place for you if you are looking for an outdoor venue with a lot of natural beauty. Lots of trees, greenery, etc. The Pavilion is not at all like a typical hotel ballroom. It has an amazing courtyard that cocktails are held in, but it is open to you the whole night. I definitely recommend that you add the outdoor lighting package (yes ladies. They have a lighting designer on staff!). The room has really high ceilings, chandeliers, and has a wall of French doors that can open out, There is also a huge rock fireplace that Kristina filled with candles for us, as well as putting them all around the room, that really gave the whole place a very soft and romantic feel. I was worried that the carpet and some décor was too southwestern at first, but once the tables and dance floor went down you didn't notice it at all.
Some of the hotel rooms are a little dated - other reviewers do mention that - but my guests had a great experience. All the staff we encountered - from restaurant to front desk to engineering - were very nice and eager to make sure I had a perfect weekend. They have a lot of activities for you too. Horses, a great pool and spa, skeet shooting, hiking - you name it, they probably have it.
Bishop's Lodge is different from anywhere else in Santa Fe and I am so glad we booked here instead of a downtown hotel. It was exactly what I wanted.
- 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