I had heard of the place for years and we had the opportunity and stayed for a couple of nights recently. We were in one of the "historic rooms." The whole resort has tons and tons of charm, but could use some serious renovation to make it live up to their website and the price. The spa is wonderful, really modern, but not all of the staff are customer service oriented. The manager and desk staff were very helpful and truly accomodating. I am not sure if they were just short staffed in the dining room or what the issue was. The first meal we had there was good, but the service was really off -- we were never offered refills on coffee or tea, the server seemed overwhelmed and she was handling about four tables. It was just odd for a full service resort. The second meal had a different server and was much more professional and enjoyable. The average guest appeared to be over 50, but there were obviously younger people there, including small children, but they seemed to be there along with grandparents. I could see why a small child could really have fun with crouquet, horseback riding, a wonderful big pool, and bikes for riding. It is an expensive and fun family resort, it just doesn't seem like the place for the three to five day stay for Santa Fe fun for a couple in the 20 - 50 age range. There was a really good band in the lobby / bar on the weekend, but we just happened to stumble in and found them. Since you don't go through the lobby to get to your rooms and there was little if any advertising about entertainment, we could have easily missed the live music. There are other hotels of similar price range that are in town that might not offer all of the active recreation, but are probably better suited for couples.
- 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