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Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa
Ranked #43 of 60 Hotels in Santa Fe
Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stayed at Bishop's Lodge so we could attend the fabulous Flamenco dinner show at El Farol. Four of us stayed in a Traditional Junior Suite and it was a beautiful space with high ceilings, incredible vigas, and tasteful furnishings. The surroundings are stunning, and I recommend visiting during July and August when the rains have left a lovely carpet of green everywhere. The staff were gracious and arranged transportation for us to and from El Farol in the evening. We had a great driver who was courteous and fun. Breakfast in the morning was a bit overpriced for the quality of the food, but we enjoyed sitting outside on the balcony and the service was excellent. I highly recommend this for families, friends and travelers who want to stay outside of the bustle of Santa Fe.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

I took our family on vacation at Bishop's Lodge for four nights and five days last week. My memory of Bishop's Lodge has been sweet for many years – my family took us when I was 10 years old for our first ski trip... It seemed like a magical place. Unfortunately, our arrival was quite disappointing due to a heavy rainstorm, no bellman to help us find our 3 rooms on the ridge OR assist us with our luggage. One of our rooms had six leaks and a another had to have a bucket in the bathroom for a leak. There was mud for 24 hours on the walkways and dangerously slick to walk on. The front desk arranged for my son's room to be moved to the other side of their boys' room... And they still had to move the furniture in order to avoid a leak.
THE GOOD NEWS: after the first night everything was wonderful – the dining outside was delightful – the food was delicious! And special recognition to JODI & VIOLET who waited our tables and met our every need before we even knew we had it. JODI remembered each of our individual drink requests each day and brought them to the table without our asking. She was energetic and upbeat and happy each day .... and was a joy to be around. She pretty much set the mood for our day each morning at breakfast. We ended up eating every breakfast and every dinner at the lodge because the food and service was so good!
The boys, 17 and 11, loved the pool the croquet and the Trailride was the highlight of all of our trip! Keith at only 17, did a great Trail Ride tour that was educational as well as fun.
The rooms were huge, our view from the ridge was magnificent and peaceful, housekeeping was great, weather was fabulous..... I would and will return!

Room Tip: Rooms on the ridge have the best for view #256 has a balcony view
  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank 19Lindy61
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Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We have stayed at Bishop's Lodge many times. It is a beautiful property with great amenities. We took a fabulous four hour horseback ride this year. The service can be spotty, and the beautiful pool can get noisy at mid-day -- but it is simply a pleasure to sit on a porch at your room and enjoy the view. The staff couldn't be nicer, even if they seem to often not hit their marks.

Stayed: August 2014
Thank AndyManshel
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

Frankly, I was concerned ahead of time to read so many negative reviews of the Bishop's Lodge Ranch on Tripadvisor that, when I first arrived and was shown to 189 Juniper Lodges, I thought my worst fears had come true. But when Arias opened the door for me, I was pleasantly surprised to find an enormous room, well furnished, with comfortable Queen-size beds and clean, good quality, white linens. It also came with comfortable seating around an adobe fireplace. The old-fashioned TV certainly did not faze me at all, as I was not at the Bishop's Lodge to watch TV programs. The bathroom was surprisingly large too, handsomely tiled, and well equipped. I especially appreciated the long Bishop's Lodge toweling robe one chilly night. And best of all, behind Spanish doors, there was a concealed, tiled sink for washing fruit and vegetables, and below it a small refrigerator, great for keeping groceries from Kaune's Market and cold drinks! This meant I could have breakfast and dinner out on the back deck, when I did not want to eat in the restaurant.

I liked the peace and quiet of 189, as it was the furthest room from the main lodge. Its location is very close to the paddock and the stables, and through the trees, wranglers could be seen preparing the horses for guests. It was also a great place to see desert hare hopping by. My room even had its own private parking space, which was greatly appreciated, as I would come back late at night from the Santa Fe Opera but would always have my reserved space.

This is a family-oriented resort with lots of activities for children and grownups, but it works well for the solo traveler too, especially if you want to take time out to just relax. On one occasion, I took advantage of the shuttle service to go downtown at noon to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum to see the O'Keefe/Steiglitz/Ansel Adams Exhibition and to pick up tickets for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival at the New Mexico Museum of Art. I even had time for a late lunch at the French Bakery at the La Fonda Hotel and a visit to the Cathedral before returning to the Bishop's Lodge on the 4:15 PM shuttle.

All in all, this was an enjoyable stay, enhanced with a friendly and helpful staff, in lovely surroundings.

Room Tip: I liked the isolation of room 189, but if you want more luxury choose the newer apartments on the up...
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled solo
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Thank Bear59
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

The room, grounds and staff were lovely. A magical place to celebrate my friends 50th Birthday. One of the highlights of our stay was the group drumming circle with Jade. A wonderful time was had by all. Jade is a loving soul who speaks from the heart. You won't be disappointed. A session with Jade will complete your stay here.

  • Stayed: August 2014
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1  Thank MikeInLB
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Reviewed July 30, 2014

This hotel is way over-rated. Our stay there was annoying from the beginning to the end. We called and booked a room. When we showed up, the hotel had booked the wrong date. They said they'd change it, but when we arrived back home we realized we were charged for two nights. The horse ride was good, but someone changed our tip amount and we had to dispute it. The rooms were musty and wet. The beds were old and dusty. The TV was very small and was located far away from the bed. The staff is non-responsive. I would not go back.

Room Tip: This is a lodge, not a luxury hotel.
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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3  Thank anonymous7654
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Bishoplodger, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Bishop's Lodge. We appreciate everyone feedback and we share the comments and take your suggestions very seriously.

I apologize for any confusion on your reservation. After every reservation, you get a confirmation letter emailed for you to review. It sound like you booked 2 rooms or room mights. This may have lead to some confusion. Our monsoon season is creating a wet atmosphere and that maybe a reason why things felt wet in your room.

I'm sorry you did not take advantage of our Conde Nast award winning Sha Nah Spa, or free yoga, hiking trails, mountain bikes or pool.

We offer an authentic rustic Santa Fe experience. We hope you may reconsider us in the future.

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Reviewed July 22, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Most of the rooms in our block were in the Chamisa Lodge and they were fantastic. We also had people...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank GABMAR80
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Address: 1297 Bishops Lodge Rd, PO Box 2367, Santa Fe, NM 87506-6900
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Santa Fe
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#5 Top resorts Hotel in Santa Fe
#11 Spa Hotel in Santa Fe
Price Range: $129 - $359 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 91
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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