We spent two nights at Bishop's Lodge - upon arrival, the grounds and buildings are charming and welcoming. Folks playing croquet and badminton on the lawn, lounging at the pool, enjoying a drink on the bar patio. We took full advantage of the fun activities available, like horse rides and skeet shooting, as well as the spa. All these activities were wonderful, however you will pay top price for them.
Overall, the pricing of both the restaurant and the rooms were above what I felt was deserved. Comparing Bishop's Lodge to the other historic hotel properties it associates with, I found it a bit lacking. Pricey, but with a feel that's just a little too casual to deserve it. Our room was adequate, but not top-notch (there was a stain on the ceiling and your generic cheap hotel comforter - I've had much better sleeps at chain hotels), though we were pleased to find a large fridge in the room, as well as a nice patio. However we did stay on a promotional package, so perhaps we were put in one of the lower-end rooms on the property.
The restaurant food was very good, but as with the rooms we felt the service and decor didn't quite match up to the level indicated by both the price and the adventurous intricacy of the menu. The chef came out to visit and was very friendly.
Overall, the staff was very friendly and accommodating. We received a complimentary glass of wine from the manager (a wonderful Bishop's Lodge private brand, try it if you can!)
If you're conscious of spending money, you can certainly get a more luxurious stay for a similar rate in Santa Fe. However, I'm sure it will be hard to find a place with such lovely grounds or quiet location, so decide what your priorities are so you are sure to get your money's worth. It did seem very family-friendly, lots of kids around.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Bishop`s Hotel Santa Fe
- Bishop`s Lodge Resort And Spa
- Bishops Hotel Santa Fe
- Bishops Resort Santa Fe