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Eldorado Hotel & Spa

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • attractive accommodations three blocks from Plaza, fun bar with great late-night food menu
  • great view from rooftop pool (especially at sunset)

    Cons

  • staff's attention to service varies considerably
  • can be very expensive during busy periods

Fodorite Reviews

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Eldorado Hotel & Spa Review

Because it's the closest thing Santa Fe has to a convention hotel, the Eldorado sometimes gets a bad rap, but it's actually quite inviting, with individually decorated rooms and stunning mountain views. Rooms, which received an attractive makeover in 2013, are stylishly furnished with carved Southwestern-style desks, large upholstered club chairs, and art prints; many have terraces or kiva-style fireplaces. The rooftop pool and gym are great fun, and the hip Agave Lounge is one of the most inviting happy-hour and late-night snacking spots in town—it's far better than the main restaurant, the Old House, which is pricey and inconsistent. A full slate of treatments, from Vichy rain showers to High Mesa salt scrubs, is offered by the hotel's Nidah Spa.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 309 W. San Francisco St., The Plaza, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | Map It
  • Phone: 505/988–4455; 800/955–4455
  • Website:
  • Location: The Plaza

    Hotel Details

  • 213 rooms.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 12-04-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    A nice stay in Santa Fe

    We enjoyed our recent stay at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe. In a city of mostly small, mostly independent hotels and B&Bs (at least in the center city), the Eldorado is a large almost-corporate hotel that feels like the Santa Fe equivalent of a big chain hotel. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however.

    Unlike some big chain hotels, the staff at the Eldorado was friendly and helpful and we appreciated the recommendations they gave us for drinks in the relaxed bar area and the help they gave us at the front desk.

    The Eldorado is more of a 4-star hotel than a 5-star - we’d call it upscale. It doesn’t have the feel of a high-end hotel, but it is quite nice.

    The hotel was renovated fairly recently and the changes were largely successful, at least in terms of bringing the size and scale of the hotel down a bit. Unfortunately, the renovations were not successful everywhere - the 5th floor hallway carpet showed wear and tear and just seemed dirty.

    Our fifth floor balcony room was comfortable and cozy and we slept well in the rustic king bed. We appreciated the fireplace even though we didn’t have time to use it during our stay. The room was well-furnished (nice flat screen TV!) and we liked the bathroom amenities (from the onsite spa), but the showerhead left a little bit to be desired (perhaps the renovators skipped a few other steps?).

    The Nidah Spa looked great, but again, we weren’t there long enough to use it. The same can be said for the small rooftop pool and hot tub. Perhaps we’ll try them on a return trip to Santa Fe. Yes, we’d consider staying at the Eldorado again: it wasn’t our best stay ever in Santa Fe (that would have to be the Inn of the Anasazi), but we enjoyed it.

    by mjpbaf, 4/11/08

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