Bishops Lodge Resort and Spa Hotel, Santa Fe
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Bishops Lodge Resort and Spa Hotel
Seen better, resort fee rip offfrom jatravel
Buyer Bewarefrom brando1
Property itself is OK, lobby area is very Santa Fe decorated and style of course.
Onto the "buyer beware" message. We booked the special room rate through an advertised "Travelzoo" special of $89. Well this room type is absolutely terrible, old outside entrance rooms, built in the 1970's, no renovations, their are cracks in the doors where you can see outside, dirty, run down, and very cramped small.
BEWARE: all the rooms as far as smoking preference are "NEUTRAL", meaning all rooms have been potentially smoked in.
Location is not near downtown, if you are looking for a location near that.
I wouldn't chance it, even their good/new rooms I wouldn't pay over $125 per night for.
Winter Wonderlandfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We have visited Santa Fe before but we have always opted for a hotel near the plaza. The Bishop's Lodge was certainly a nice change from our previous visits.
As we arrived in Santa Fe, we quickly realized that the Lodge is only a few minutes from the center of town. The Lodge is almost hidden in a hillside valley facing toward the west. To our childrens delight there was considerably more snow at the Lodge than in town. The Snowman making began..
We were pleasantly greeted at the front desk and then shown to our rooms. The resort is spread out over many acres, so if you want to avoid the outdoors, this is not the place for you. We had two connecting rooms. One with a king, and the second with two twins. The rooms must have been recently renovated. No stains, smells, marks on the walls; and everything worked well. We also had flat screen plasma TVs in our rooms!
The restaurant staff was generally very helpful and our children loved their special menu. All food was tasty and nicely presented. After each day of skiing, we were also able to enjoy the lounge with board games by the fireplace.
The Lodge was able to arrange a baby-sitting service at short notice for our second evening. That is when my wife and I were able to discover the spa.
The Sha Nah Spa is a hidden gem. Indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a relaxation room, and even a teepee! The staff were professional, and the massages we had were better than most. Unfortunately due to the winter weather the outdoor treatment areas were not availbable; but they do have two great outdoor semi private hot-tubs that hit the spot after skiing the bumps all day.
Unfortunately there is a resort fee charged each day per person, but there it does have some value to it. The resort fee included our daily shuttle to the Santa Fe Ski Basin, and my wife was also able to take advantage of the yoga and tai chi classes that are offered. There are other bells and whistles included with the resort fee, but I can no longer recall what they are.
We hope to return next winter. The Bishop's Lodge commands a 9 out of 10.
PS: Try the Hot Sacred Stone Massage..
Great experiencefrom A TripAdvisor Member
I am now planning a trip back to The Bishop's Lodge and having a family reunion there so they all experience the incredible time that I had. We look forward to going back.
A cold wind blows through itfrom PapillonTraveler
Suffice it to say, I doubt their condition improved much here.
While we were there, the ancient, old French doors to this lodge were almost always flapping open. Not that we didn't try to close them. They're just old and just won't close.
So cold, winter wind whistled through the place, especially at night.
We saw maintenance people bringing boocoo ceramic heaters up to some of the rooms at night. We just slept in fleece.
Not really that romantic, if you know what I mean.
QUESTIONING THE KEESTER FACTOR
Ok, question to management: What is so difficult about replacing those shabby, old doors with air tight ones? Is the cost worth freezing and alienating guests? Surely the cost of lost business would be worth fixing simple-to-resolve problems like these.
There is a vast variation in the room quality at this place, which I think accounts for the wide swings in opinions about this place. If you get one of the deluxe rooms, you may be ok. If you get a "traditional" room, be prepared for "surprises".
The other thing about this place is the high opinion the people at the desk and lodge seem to hold of themselves. Perhaps if they would get off their tuffets, they would look around them and get to work fixing some of the things that need it (badly).
This comment does not apply to the actual maintenance folks and housekeeping staff who work here. From what we saw, they were working hard, were very polite, and seemed to be doing the best they could, considering.
Another big black mark: the spa. It didn't seem too clean to me and seemed sort of stuffy, dark and cramped. Worst of all, was that my birthday surprise from my sisters was ruined here.
My sisters had paid ahead for a spa treatment, which I recieved. Being nicely relaxed afterward, I went to the desk and WAS ASKED TO PAY! End of relaxation!!
I explained the situation, but the snotty girl at the front desk looked at me as if I were trying to rip them off...or like if she dragged her feet enough I would just get tired of the whole thing and pay TWICE.
I refused to just pay again just to make her life easier, and after about 45 minutes, a manager appeared and after many more minutes of digging through the database, confirmed what I had been trying to tell Ms. Snot.
They had lost my sisters' payment in their computer somehow.
Had I paid, they would have extracted two payments for a single treatment. Incompetence is one thing. But incompetence topped off by insufferable rudeness...at a SPA...is totally not worth the grief.
HIKING IN A WINTER CONDO LAND
One final thing...if you had planned to do any hiking on the much touted grounds...forget it. A few yards up the mountain, they've stripped away hundreds of acres to build condos.
So much for getting back to nature.
The condos aren't built yet, so it's just torn up construction up there right now.
On the plus side, it is a quiet place, in general and has a nice retreat-sort of feel.
The restaurant is good, but pricey. But again, the snot factor applies.
We had the pricey prix fixe Christmas dinner and had a long, long wait. When they finally brought it out, our meal was cold. Chilled, congealed goose is not my idea of a Christmas feast.
The restaurant wasn't crowded, so I'm not sure why someone couldn't rouse themselves enough to get our meal out to us while it was warm.
On the other hand, we grabbed a quick bite in the bar the night we arrived, and the experience was excellent. The waitress had the kitchen make up a couple of their Fuego salads. It's not on the menu anymore, evidently, but it was fantastic! Ask for it if you stop in.
GET OUT OF TOWN?
Keep in mind also, that while it's only a short drive to the Plaza, parking is a major issue. If you plan to do a lot of shopping, etc. you may be better off booking a hotel down town.
In general, this place has the demeanor of a once awesome place that has seen better days. It has its charms, but it doesn't seem to merit the rates charged or the attitude displayed by some of the staff.
s Lodgefrom KOC
We've been going to Santa Fe regularly for six years, including getting married there in 2002. We've stayed at the Eldorado, La Posada, Hotel Santa Fe (main hotel and Hacienda), and several B&B's.
I was extremely nervous about booking at Bishop's Lodge after reading some of the reviews here - but we encountered no such problems.
We were in room 215 of the Chamisa Lodge. It was a huge room with two comfortable queen beds, gas kiva fireplace, built-in desk and wet bar, large sitting area, huge closet, two safes, nice linens including spa robes. The tiled bathroom was also huge with separate shower and soaking tub, double vanity, nice spa toiletries.
We got a couples massage at the spa, which very relaxing, not too big or busy like some of the other spas in Santa Fe.
We ate at the restaurant several times, Sunday brunch was fantastic!
All the hotel staff was courteous and speedy including check-in/out, wait staff and concierge service . Housekeeping did a good job, including nightly turn-down service.
The grounds, the views and the Christmas lights and farolitos were all very pretty.
Santa Fe is an extremely laid back, early to bed kind of place where even the hottest restaurants don't seat past 9:00 other than during big events and festivals. It's also very seasonal so if you go when it's crowded in June/July/August you may not get as great of service at the hotels and restaurants.
Anyone planning a visit to Bishop's Lodge should grab the quick-read
"Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather. It's a true story of the French Catholic Bishop Lamy who lived on the grounds and built the chapel at Bishop's Lodge.
All this being said - the nicest place to stay in Santa Fe is the White Buffalo Suite at the Hacienda at The Hotel Santa Fe.
80% Satisfaction ratefrom A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in a Deluxe room (Chamiza Lodge) which was fairly large with 2 double beds + 1 roll away, a living area + fire place (protected for kids), mini bar, very large bathroom with a tub + shower. It was not top of the range refinement, however well decorated, i.e. very pleasant to be in.
All calls made for room service or anyother request were delt with very swiftly.
The restaurant was of great satisfaction with excellent food + good service.
The grounds are massive and beautiful, well integrated into the surrounding nature of "el sangre de Cristo".
We enjoyed tennis (very fast courts indeed - and thank you for the instructor who "looked after" the little one!), the spa (for my spouse) and the warm swimming pool. The stables are of a very high standard, and as a regular rider this was well appreciated.
We also asked for babysitting one night; availablity was quickly confirmed with an external approved childcare person. Very good but very pricey ($16 an hour, 4 hours minimum + $6 twice for coming in and return).
Again, overall we would recommend this place any time, however I have to say that the rates are too high ($339 + fee + tax); it is surely an expensive place to run, these rates are not justified though: Don't get me wrong, this is still a very nice place.
Luxury What?from A TripAdvisor Member
Luxury Resort?from Double_D_Down_Under
A great resortfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Santa Fe
Santa Fe Year Round The ideal time in Santa Fe is mid August, when the mornings are glorious and the afternoon rains come rolling in to cool things off in the evening. But we love it in the winter also! Snow covering the grounds and fires in all the fireplaces. The hiking trails all over the property are great for snow shoeing/
Things Outside Santa Fe Santa Fe is a great destination and a wonderful town to explore. But there are so many other things to see in the immediate area. A trip to any or all of the following is strongly recommended: Bandelier National Monument, Taos, the drive through Abiquiu to Ghost Ranch, Pecos National Monument.And make sure to drive the Turquoise Trail and stop in at the Lost Mine Tavern in Madrid for a blue cheese burger.
The Plaza The plaza & shops were amazing!
Other names for Bishops Lodge Resort and Spa Hotel
- bishops resort santa fe
- bishops hotel santa fe
- Address: 1297 Bishops Lodge Road - Santa Fe - New Mexico - 87501 - United States
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