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The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is known for its famous hot air balloon festival, soothing spas, green chili peppers, Native American culture and gorgeous outdoor scenery. It’s also become a popular place to shoot films and television shows, thanks to its beautiful, sunny weather. When it’s time to rest up, the city is home to a variety of hotels, including Spanish-style haciendas, luxury resorts, brand name hotels and budget options with southwestern style. Here are the best hotels in Albuquerque.
Best Overall: Hotel Parc Central
Once a historic hospital, the 74-room Hotel Parc Central offers a unique lodging experience with picturesque views of the Sandia Mountains and is an excellent choice for friends, couples, business travelers or solo adventurers. The stylish rooms and suites have a minimum of 250 square feet of space, with luxurious bed linens, plush robes and lavish baths with glass-enclosed showers. Guests can mingle in the rooftop bar called the Apothecary Lounge for Prohibition-themed cocktails, a menu of locally-sourced small plates items, craft beer, and panoramic views of the city. Breakfast and Wi-Fi are included in the rates and a free shuttle is available to whisk guests around town.
Best Budget: The Econo Lodge
If you’re on a tight budget, but want to stay near the heart of Old Town, the Econo Lodge puts you near the action without breaking the bank. Just a short walk from Old Town, the 43-room lodging is part of the Choice Hotel brand, and includes freebies like a hot breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi. Guests can take a dip in the indoor pool and whirlpool or take the bikes out for a spin (charge applies to bike rentals). Note that there is no fitness center at this hotel. Rooms have hardwood floors, leather sofa chairs, a small table, microwave and mini refrigerators. Well-behaved pets are welcome for a small fee.
Best Nightlife: Hotel Albuquerque
A landmark hotel in the center of Old Town, the Hotel Albuquerque is perfect for travelers who want to experience the nightlife – without even leaving the hotel. The hacienda-style hotel has a southwestern flair with Spanish decor, and is known for its first-class, live flamenco dance performances in partnership with the National Institute of Flamenco. On weekends, the hotel opens its nightclub with some of the hottest DJs, while Qbar is the hotel’s trendy lounge if you're looking for something more lowkey. During the day, guests can unwind in the outdoor pool and jetted hot tub. Traditional rooms feature artwork showcasing New Mexico landscapes, wooden desk chairs and other furnishings, Keurig coffee makers, bathrobes, and mini refrigerators. TripAdvisor members raved about breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
Best Bed and Breakfast: Downtown Historic Bed and Breakfasts
For a quaint lodging experience that will take you back in time, the Downtown Historic Bed and Breakfasts are a collection of five distinct buildings full of vintage architecture and charm. The inn is made up of three main houses: Spy House, Boarding House and Heritage House, plus two private cottages. Each of the 10 rooms in the main house are individually decorated with various themes and have antique furniture such as a claw-foot tub, an 1800s washstand and chandeliers, plus tiled bath showers and hardwood floors. No stay would be complete without a full breakfast of blue corn waffles or French Toast (continental breakfast is also available for those who have to leave early).
Best Boutique: Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
For a boutique stay in Albuquerque that surrounds you with nature, the 50-room, Los Poblanos is set among 25 acres of gardens, lavender and cottonwood trees. Built in 1932, the historic inn has been meticulously restored and features New Mexican style décor and artwork, carved ceiling beams, hardwood floors, and antique furnishings. Take a bike out for a spin, go for a dip in the seasonal saltwater swimming pool, grab a workout in the fitness center or simply stroll the beautiful grounds. Many rooms feature kiva wood burning fireplaces, four-poster beds and luxurious lavender bath products. The property is also home to a working organic farm, so the homemade breakfast is as fresh as it gets.
Best for Families: Nativo Lodge
Families visiting Albuquerque will enjoy the artistic Nativo Lodge with family-friendly rooms and affordable prices to boot. Located near Cliff’s Amusement Park, and about 15 minutes (by car) to ABQ Bio Park Zoo and other downtown attractions, the lodge is inspired by the Native American culture that gives it a unique atmosphere. The lobby is filled with totems and woodwork, while artist rooms have hand-painted wall murals. Standard rooms have southwestern décor and private balconies with mountain views. The pet-friendly hotel also has a lovely indoor/outdoor pool, a large teepee (a favorite with the kids), indoor hot tub and on-site restaurant and bar that serves New Mexican fare.
Best Luxury: Hotel Chaco
Named after the Chaco Culture National Historic Park, the trendy Hotel Chaco is located in the urban Sawmill district of Old Town and has 118 luxury rooms and suites. Accommodations include a minimum of 430 square feet of space and windows and balconies with scenic views of the Sandia Mountains, the downtown skyline and the west mesa. Rooms are fitted with premium amenities like hypoallergenic down pillows, USB charge stations, individual lighting controls and spa like-baths with rainfall showerheads and stone washbasin sinks. Guests can relax at the rooftop bar and restaurant with jaw-dropping views, or enjoy a crafted cocktail, light snacks and lattes from the lobby lounge.
Best for Romance: Hotel Andaluz
If you’re visiting Albuquerque for a getaway with your sweetheart, the Hotel Andaluz can set the tone for romance. Located in downtown Albuquerque near bars and nightlife, the 107-room hotel has residential-style accommodations with separate living and sleeping areas, iPod docking stations and Northern Canadian goose down comforters. The romance suite has bamboo furnishings, a six-foot soaking tub, sliding bathroom doors and a large sitting area. Unwind in the elegant lobby by the tranquil fountain or retreat to the private Casbahs for cocktails and menu items. There’s also a full-service tapas bar on the property, as well as a rooftop bar and patio overlooking the mountains.
Best for Business: Home2Suites by Hilton Downtown-University
If business brings you to Albuquerque, the Home2Suites by Hilton Downtown-University is an excellent choice. The 123-room, all-suite hotel is located in midtown Albuquerque near the University of New Mexico and has the perfect amenities to make a business traveler feel at home. For starters, the spacious, brightly colored suites have a living area, oversized work desk with ergonomic chair, as well as a full kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave oven, dishwasher, flatware, coffeemaker and toaster. If you don’t have time to cook, the hotel provides breakfast daily or there’s a 24-hour pantry for grab-and-go snacks. Business services include printing, a business center and meeting rooms. There's also a fitness center and swimming pool.