Eldorado Hotel & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Downtown Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Pros

  • Unbeatable location two blocks from the Plaza
  • Flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Spacious rooms with comfortable beds
  • Large, modern baths with Southwestern tile and granite counters
  • Nidah spa with full range of services
  • A fine dining restaurant serving contemporary global fare, and a hip lounge
  • Modern fitness center with views of downtown Santa Fe
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pets allowed (for a fee)

Cons

  • Valet parking only
  • Rooftop pool is small with worn deck
  • Rooms are showing wear and tear (e.g. chipped furniture)

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

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 pool 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.

 Location

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.

  • 10-minute drive from Santa Fe Municipal Airport
  • 1.5-hour drive from Albuquerque International Airport
  • 5-minute walk to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
  • 5-minute walk to the New Mexico Museum of Art
  • 5-minute walk to the Plaza, the shopping and cultural center of town
  • 5-minute walk to the Palace of the Governors, oldest continuously occupied public building in the nation
  • 15-minute drive to Canyon Road, home to over 100 art galleries and studios
  • 15-minute drive to Tesuque Pueblo, a Native American pueblo
  • 15-minute drive to the Santa Fe Opera House
  • 20-minute drive to Santa Fe Country Club (golf course)
  • 30-minute drive to the El Rancho de las Golondrinas (a living history museum)
  • 30-minute drive to Ski Santa Fe

 Rooms

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.

The free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks are nice touches. Baths are clean and feature granite counters and tile floors, but are also suffering some wear around the edges.

  • Rooms are of decent size and decorated in muted, Southwestern tones and patterns
  • Flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers with free coffee and tea
  • Average baths with modern touches such as granite counters and attractive tile floors
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Standard "Deluxe" rooms come with our without a shared balcony and adobe fireplace
  • Junior suites are twice the size and have a separate living area with sleeper sofa.
  • Presidential Suite also available -- at 1,500 square feet with a 2,200-square-foot private balcony

 Features

Superb business facilities and a top-notch restaurant are standouts

 Food

Fine dining is first-rate -- plus a fun, hip lounge

  • The Old House Restaurant serves global cuisine made with fresh ingredients from local artisan farms.
  • The Agave Lounge offers a more casual atmosphere, with music, dancing, small plates, and specialty cocktails.
  • Room service from early morning to late night
  • Many great restaurants within walking distance

 Bottom Line

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.

Things You Should Know About Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Address

  • 309 W. San Francisco Santa Fe, NM 87501

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Deluxe Room w/ Fireplace
  • Junior Suite
  • Junior Suite w/ Fireplace
  • One Bedroom Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 219
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown Santa Fe, Santa Fe
Address: 309 W. San Francisco Santa Fe, NM 87501
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