by Eileen Ogintz
This AAA-Four Diamond 219-room pueblo style hotel is in the heart of Santa Fe near the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Guests love the roof top pool and hot tub, complimentary Wi-Fi and suites with fireplaces. The hotel is pet friendly. The Old House restaurant features ingredients from nearby artisan farms and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner where guests might choose from Caesar salad or chicken tortilla soup, red chili seared filet, Tequila lime scallops or a vegetarian eggplant, portabella & goat cheese skillet. Each guestroom is decorated with rustic Pueblo Revival dÃ©cor, handcrafted furniture and local art and include Southwest decorative pillows as well as down pillows and mattress toppers. Rooms feature one king or two double-sized beds and a mini refrigerator. Complimentary Wi-Fi and plush terry robes are provided. . One-bedroom suites are available, some with private terraces. There is an on-site spa, Hertz Car Rental desk, and complimentary tour of the Historic Santa Fe Plaza on the weekends May-October.
Our Editor Loves
- Rooftop pool with a view
- Native American DÃ©cor
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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.