Eldorado Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Walking distance to Santa Fe plaza and the city’s best restaurants, bars and boutiques
- Room perks include HDTVs, mini fridges, and, in some, fireplaces and balconies
- Pueblo Revival architecture and Southwest-style interiors
- Spa with a small rooftop pool and locally inspired body treatments using gold and honey
- READ MORE: 72 Hours in Santa Fe
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Check-in is 4 p.m.
- Pet friendly: Animals up to 65 pounds are permitted for $25 per day
- Old House Restaurant is closed for dinner on Sundays and Mondays
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A city favorite for over 25 years, the Eldorado Hotel & Spa occupies a prime Santa Fe spot a short walked from the central plaza. The landmark building shows off New Mexico’s Pueblo Revival architecture with its signature flat roofs, irregular parapets and earth-toned walls, while interiors have a cozy cabin vibe from the stone floors to handcrafted wood furnishings and graphic print textiles. Guestrooms, too, are done up in a classic Southwest style, with colorful decorative throws and pillows, rustic wood headboards and mismatched pottery. All have HD TVs, mini fridges, free WiFi and tiled bathrooms stocked with La Bottega amenities. Larger Deluxe Rooms are worth the upgrade for working kiva fireplaces and, in some, furnished balconies overlooking downtown Santa Fe and the surrounding mountains. Downstairs, the Old House Restaurant dishes up creative international fare and Southwest favorites including an award-winning dry-aged steak. For more casual bites, Agave Lounge serves a share-friendly menu of sushi, oysters and chipotle-spiced appetizers alongside cocktail and wine-by-the-glass offerings. The hotel is a favorite with the business and wedding crowd for its extensive meeting and event space, and there’s also a pampering spa (body wraps use locally inspired ingredients like turquoise and honey), a 24-hour gym and small rooftop pool.
In the Area
Close to the city’s ancient Plaza, step inside the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors and the adjacent, contemporary New Mexico History Museum to gain a sense of Santa Fe’s rich cultural heritage. And visit both the New Mexico Museum of Art and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to view works by the many renowned painters, photographers and sculptors who have been inspired by the City Different. It’s about a half-mile walk to Canyon Road, which winds into the scenic East Side foothills and is lined with world renowned art galleries and some of the finest contemporary restaurants in town, including the Compound and Geronimo.
How to Get There
This hotel is very well located in one of my favorite cities in the world, which makes up much of my rating, but I agree with the previous reviewer who said the level of luxury suggested by the lobby and bar isn't supported by the rooms. (I'd add to that the spa -- I had a manicure that ended up costing about $100 that wasn't particularly relaxing and only lasted for about four days.)
My husband and I were here for a wedding, which was absolutely spectacular, but that was more due to the effort of the couple and their team than the hotel itself. The walls were incredibly thin; we could hear conversations from the room next to us at what seemed like a normal volume for them. And as for the bar -- we spent quite a bit of time there, but we felt like only the male bartender with hair that was shaved on the sides and a bit of a pompadour (I wish I'd gotten his name) was really on top of things. There were multiple times when we'd sit at the bar and his colleagues, who didn't seem to be working on much else, wouldn't break from their conversations to serve us. There were a few times that he'd see that, get frustrated, and fast track service for us.
Santa Fe is absolutely incredible, and this is a good, but not great, place to experience it in a fantastic location. There is a delta between how it's marketed and what the reality is, and I'd just keep that in mind when selecting your Santa Fe accommodations.
The Eldorado is a medium-sized property located in the heart of Santa Fe and a short walk from many of the most popular eateries and attractions. The lobby and bar areas suggest a level of luxury that the rooms can't quite match, but our queen deluxe room was spacious and had a comfortable bed and it was always clean. The staff we encountered were friendly and efficient.
The biggest annoyance at this property was the transmission of noise between rooms. When the room adjacent to ours was occupied we could hear every word of conversation between the occupants. We assume they could easily hear us too. Fortunately we only had an adjoining room on one side. I can imagine that hearing noise from both sides would have been even worse.
Best hotel stay ever. I've been to so many high end hotels for work etc I cant count and I say this without a shadow of a doubt the service and level of kindness at this hotel beats every other one. Esther at the front desk is by far the best hotel employee I've ever met. Awesome with recommendations always has a smile always looking to go the extra mile for you. Hands down not even close I've never come across anyone at any of the Four Seasons , Waldorf, Peninsula etc even as close to talented as her. The hotel itself is great too has a very warm vibe to it. I was in room 533. Had a small terrace with the mountains in the distance also had a fireplace ( didnt use it didnt have time to ) also the location is great just a couple blocks from Santa Fe Plaza. All the other employees were super nice also. No way would I even look at another hotel in Santa Fe. If you know the best why look elsewhere