ABOUT BISHOP'S LODGE
In August 2014, HRV Hotel Partners, an Atlanta-based developer known for its extensive experience in hotel development, purchased Bishop's Lodge in Santa Fe's Tesuque Valley. The historic and iconic 1920s ranch resort is situated on 317 acres in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains, on property that was settled 150 years ago by Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy. Located just four miles from downtown Santa Fe, Bishop's Lodge is a popular destination for travelers to the Santa Fe area, as well as a well-liked venue for local events.
At the time of purchase, Richard Holland, managing partner with HRV Hotel Partners, announced plans for a major renovation and expansion at the resort, to give it a renewed life in keeping with its rich history and character. The renovation will start in April of this year, closing most of the resort's amenities but leaving the property's hotel open for business. Of the current 90+ lodging options at Bishop's Lodge, 40+ hotel rooms and suites, and 10 villas will remain open, including the Presidential Suite, where a one-on-one date episode of ABC's THE BACHELOR, featuring bachelor Chris Soules, aka "Prince Farming," was recently filmed. While the property's restaurant, bar, spa and meeting facilities have temporarily closed, a stay at Bishop's Lodge includes complimentary continental breakfast, and amenities still available at the resort include hiking, mountain biking, horseback trail riding and EQUUS, a horse-assisted personal development and leadership experience for individuals and organizations.
The renovation at Bishop's Lodge will provide 106 new and renovated guest rooms and suites, as well as 12 new villas. Elements of the property's historic original design will combine with state-of-the-art luxury features that are culturally correct for the Santa Fe mountain retreat. It will incorporate indigenous materials grounded in the cultural language of the area, and will reintroduce the history, authenticity, charm and iconic nature of the old Bishop's Lodge to a broader audience of Santa Fe travelers.
The resort, in the interim, will continue to be operated by its experienced, but abbreviated, on-site management team. The renovation is expected to be completed in mid-2016. At this time, when all of the services are back in operation, Holland expects the resort's workforce to increase by three times its original.