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.
- 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