Eldorado Update

Hand-Carved and Gilded Altar Non-denominational chapel

2015 Eldorado Santa Fe Hotel Updates

The iconic Eldorado Hotel & Spa has undergone extensive updates including the addition of a Santa Fe wedding chapel, a new 7,000 square foot, indoor ballroom and new lobby bar. The project also included a refreshed room design and new artwork in the hotel's 219 guest rooms and suites. Santa Fe architect, Wayne Lloyd, worked on the project. Lloyd was the original architect of the Eldorado Hotel & Spa.
CAVA Santa Fe Lounge Lounge and meeting space

New Lobby and CAVA Santa Fe Lounge

  • Upon arriving at the Eldorado lobby, guests will experience the design concept of this Santa Fe hotel and spa. A rustic Spanish ox cart and simple sabino wood bench, suggest the primitive nature of the arrival of the Spanish in New Spain. This rusticity is contrasted with two 6’ tall gilded gold floor candelabras that anchor the space.
  • CAVA Santa Fe, our lobby lounge, is designed to be the heart beat of the Eldorado hotel. Here guests will find a variety of spaces suitable for entertainment and relaxation. CAVA Santa Fe is anchored by a beautiful gilded glass tiled bar. From enjoying high style music, entertainment and mixology, guest can enjoy this spectacular space on a daily basis. Custom artwork will be created that tells the story of the Spanish search for Eldorado – “The City of Gold.”
  • The CAVA Santa Fe bar acts as the centerpiece of the lounge, the surround of the back bar is vibrant with glass tiles that have been gold leafed. The bar top is simple, with a white concrete top. Bar stools are elegantly designed with brass accents and white leather.
New Eldorado Grand Ballroom Largest in Santa Fe

New Eldorado Grand Ballroom: 

  • The New Eldorado Grand Ballroom is designed to achieve a simple elegance in form and design. Architectural details include an 15’ ceiling height, beamed and coffered ceilings, large multi-paned doors, traditional wainscoting and custom lighting fixtures. LED ceiling lighting allows further customization of room color palette. The overall color palette of the ballroom is harmonious shades of brown and grey with elements of gold. The 7,000 sq. ft. ballroom holds 700 for a reception or 580 for a banquet event.
  • Our custom designed chandeliers, which hang in our new Eldorado Grand Ballroom, are from local business, Taycar Enterprises of Albuquerque. The frame of the chandelier is aluminum covered with lexan. The brass squares cover the lexan and frame giving it its unique design.
La Capilla de Oro Chapel space

New Wedding Chapel, La Capilla de Oro

  • The wedding chapel holds the gold elements sought by Spanish explorers in their search for Eldorado – “The City of Gold.”
  • The design is simplistic and modern, with white porcelain flooring, modern white Kartell chairs, contrasted with a beautiful hand carved and gilded altar and hand carved Peruvian wooden pews. Day lighting is brought into the space through asymmetrical windows on the right side of the chapel. On either side of the altar and the left side of the chapel are recessed candelabra shapes that are carved out of the wall that will permit LED lighting customization. A ceiling floats above the space with LED lighting around the perimeter to allow for further lighting customization. Brides can select any color that is complimentary to her wedding, whether it is a simple traditional gold lighting or something a little more vibrant colors such as purple.
  • The chapel will seat 150.
  • The altar was created by Augustin Parra a master carver from Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico. Mr. Parra was selected as the artist to create the papal chair and other pieces for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Mexico in 1999. He is considered to be a Grand Master of folk art design and craftsmanship. The 13 foot tall altar is hand carved and gilded in gold leaf in a Spanish colonial style. 
  • The chapel is entered though a vestibule that connects to the bridal dressing suite. This vestibule features Augustin Parra gilded chairs, a chandelier that drapes from the ceiling, and a gilded framed screen displaying images for the bride. In the center of the vestibule are slabs of bookended Calcutta marble surrounded with white porcelain tiles.
  • The bridal suite is glamorous and feminine with Peruvian styled custom vanities. The colors in the space reflect the chapel and vestibule, using light finishes, contrasted with warm gold tones. The bride has her own vanity with a gilded Spanish Colonial style mirror. The bridesmaid vanities are simple, with beveled mirrors and ottomans with traditional nailhead detailing. The space also includes a three sided full length mirror. There is a private seating area that is upholstered in a beautiful textured fabric, with accent pillows that will bring a pop of color, as well as a pattern to the space. 

Updated Guest Rooms:

  • The new guest rooms are designed to reflect the pueblo revival style of the hotel with a color palette of shades of brown, grey and red. The original artwork in most of the rooms is by Doug Coffin, curated by Elaine Horowitz gallery.
  • As part of the updates and renovations to the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Heritage Hotels & Resorts commissioned artist Randy Barton to create more than 75 new original paintings to add to the newly updated guestrooms. 

See complete Eldorado Renovation Press Release for additional details.