Wayne S. Lloyd, Kris Lajeskie, Adriana Long partner on Eldorado Hotel

The Eldorado Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of Santa Fe, is undergoing updates, including the addition of a wedding chapel; a new 7,000-square-foot indoor ballroom; and new lobby bar. The project also includes a refreshed room design and new artwork in the hotel's 219 guestrooms and suites.

The renovation is slated for completion in the spring of 2015.

Heritage Hotels & Resorts acquired the historic Eldorado Hotel in May 2014, making it the eighth hotel in the company's portfolio of New Mexico properties; and its fourth hotel in Santa Fe.

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The architect on the project is Wayne S. Lloyd of Lloyd & Associates Architects in Santa Fe. Lloyd was the original architect of The Eldorado Hotel & Spa. Co-interior designers are Kris Lajeskie of Kris Lajeskie Design and Adriana Long of Heritage Hotels & Resorts.

Upon completion, the hotel's new wedding chapel will have a 13-foot, hand-carved altar that will be gilded in gold leaf with Spanish colonial design influences. Additionally, upon entering the lobby of the Eldorado, a rustic, Spanish ox cart and a sabino wood bench signifying the arrival of the Spanish, will be contrasted with two six-foot, gilded gold floor candelabras that will welcome guests into the Eldorado.

Currently offering a total of 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the Eldorado's existing outdoor Pavilion will be transformed into a fully enclosed 7,000-square-foot ballroom with 18-foot ceilings. The new Eldorado Grand Ballroom, named after the legend, will be adorned in regionally influenced shades of desert browns and greys with elements of gold, and will be divisible into two separate meeting rooms by soundproof air walls. The Eldorado Grand Ballroom will also have beamed and coffered ceilings, multi-paned doors, traditional wainscoting and custom lighting fixtures. Additionally, it will have a new LED lighting system in the ceiling, similar to its sister property, Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. The Eldorado Grand Ballroom will be able to host 900 guests reception style and 550 banquet style.

The existing hallways leading to the Eldorado Ballroom and other meeting rooms, as well as the public areas and restrooms will also be updated.

Offering a modern design with white porcelain flooring, the Eldorado's new wedding chapel will have a 13-foot hand carved and gilded altar, white Kartell chairs, and hand carved Peruvian wooden pews to seat 150 people. The exclusive altar will be created by Augustin Parra, a master carver from Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico. Parra will hand carve and gild the 13-foot altar in gold leaf reflecting the region's Spanish colonial history. Asymmetrical windows on the right side of the chapel will allow for natural lighting, and recessed candelabra shapes carved out of the wall will allow for tailored LED lighting.

Guests will enter the new chapel through a vestibule that also connects to a private bridal suite. The vestibule will again have Augustin Parra gilded chairs, a chandelier that drapes from the ceiling and a gilded, framed flat screen TV for displaying images or videos. The bridal suite will reflect the same light finishes contrasted with gold tones and Peruvian styled, custom vanities. The bride will have her own vanity with a gilded Spanish colonial style mirror. Separate vanities with beveled mirrors for bridesmaids, a three-sided, full length mirror and private seating area will also complement the suite's amenities.

The property will also update the hotel's existing 4,000-square-foot gallery and turn it into a new lobby lounge. Designed as the center focal point of the hotel that will feature entertainment options, the new lounge will be anchored by a custom gilded glass-tiled bar with a white concrete top and white leather bar stools with brass accents, while the back of the bar will feature gold leafed glass tiles.

The venue will also feature custom, commissioned artwork that will depict the story of Eldorado and other Spanish expeditions in the search for The Lost City of Gold.

Also upon completion of the makeover, Eldorado's 219 guestrooms and suites will sport new, custom artwork from local artisans, window treatments and accent colors on the walls. Artwork in the guestrooms and throughout the hotel was originally curated by Eileen Horowitz. Existing amenities will remain, including a work desk with dual-line phone and voicemail, a 32-inch flat screen HD TV with in-room movies, clock radio with iPod portal, terrycloth bathrobes and an in-room refrigerator.

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