Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Gorgeous business-friendly hotel in a prime location near the Plaza
The Eldorado is a strong presence -- a five-story, multi-tiered stucco exterior featuring extruded wood beams and gold lettering above the front entrance. Stepping inside, the lobby stretches upwards for two stories to reveal an intricate ceiling of Southwestern vigas and heavy dark wood beams. The hardwood floors and carved wood furniture, and random works of Southwestern art, complete the attractive setting. Hallways and public areas throughout the hotel feature more Native American artwork.
With over 23,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel is a popular spot for conventions and large events. The sizable facilities for dining, lounging, and meeting, however, are at odds with the rooftop pool, which is surprisingly small by comparison. Squeezed into a cramped area and sporting a decayed deck and cracked walls, the would not be out of place in an older chain motel.
The Nidah spa greets guests with a gorgeous orange onyx stone partition, and offers a full range of services. Across the lobby, the highly-touted Old House Restaurant serves delicious fare, such as lobster bisque, filet mignon, sea bass, and Colorado rack of lamb. And if you're feeling more casual, you can hang out at the Agave Lounge and sip a few drinks with your appetizers while you enjoy live music and dancing.
A prime downtown location, just two short blocks from the Plaza
The Eldorado has one of the best locations in town -- only two blocks away from all of the major shopping, dining, and other attractions near the Plaza. Situated on San Francisco Street near Guadalupe, the Eldorado puts guests within easy walking distance to such must-sees as the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the St. Francis Cathedral.
Santa Fe means "Holy Faith" in Spanish and is home to about 70,000 people of varying cultural backgrounds including Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglos. New Mexico's fourth-largest city is also the nation's highest capital and its oldest: It was founded in 1607. It sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet at the southern edge of the Rockies, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, halfway between Taos and Albuquerque.
Hiking in summer and skiing in winter are great reasons to visit, but Santa Fe is also renowned for its local art. In addition to the many galleries at the Plaza and along Canyon Road, several museums including the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keefe Museum (showcasing the painter's long relationship with New Mexico) celebrate Santa Fe's creative spirit.
Attractive Southwestern decor, but details reveal wear and tear
The Hotel Santa Fe’s 219 rooms are decorated in true pueblo Revival style, with blond wood furniture, black and white photographs, and colorful patterned cushions on the beds creating a muted tan-and-red color scheme that’s easy on the eyes. But the furniture shows some chipping and other damage.
Superb business facilities and a top-notch restaurant are standouts
Fine dining is first-rate -- plus a fun, hip lounge
The business-friendly four-pearl Eldorado offers the convenience of being just two blocks from the Plaza, plus some great features such as a fine dining restaurant, a top-notch spa, and some of the largest business facilities in town. But while the Southwestern-themed rooms are attractive and clean, they are showing some wear.