Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
What We Love
- Olympic-size swimming pool with mountain views, comfy chaise lounges and poolside service
- Rooms and suites on the 11th floor have the best views; south-facing rooms on all floors have balconies
- Rooms and suites get great light, with unique corner windows
- There is plenty of free parking in front of the hotel and free WiFi
What To Know
- The swimming pool is generally open from March through October
- The hotel's basic façade belies its unique interior
- Casa Esencia, the in-house nightclub (and Albuquerque's hottest), has a $20 cover charge for men on the weekends; women can get in for free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A culture-rich design hotel at the edge of Old Town, Hotel Albuquerque is a charismatic ode to the city’s traditional heritage. Starting with the main “grand sala” lobby, with its 20-foot ceilings, curvaceous adobe archways and unique iron chandeliers, every facet of this Spanish colonial/Native American Pueblo property has been meticulously crafted to reflect four centuries of history.
Bed and Bath
The spacious rooms and suites keep cultural relevance in mind and put New Mexico on display through unique corner windows with sweeping mountain and city views: book a south-facing room or suite on the 11th floor for a panoramic view of the Sandia Mountains from the unique corner windows and private balconies. Route 66 motor lodge retro-chic wallpaper revs up the bathrooms, which are stocked with high-end products.
Soak up the sun on a comfy chaise lounge by the Olympic-size swimming pool, which overlooks the mountains. (Bonus: there’s poolside drink service as well.) When hunger strikes, head to Garduño’s cantina for authentic New Mexican cuisine — order a flight of Margaritas with the chile rojo — and eat al fresco on the cantina’s Spanish-style courtyard. Sip late-night tipples at the upscale QBar or on Friday nights join the DJ dance parties at Casa Esencia, Albuquerque’s hottest nightclub.
In the Area
It’s a quick walk to Albuquerque’s hippest neighborhood, EDo (East Downtown), which is home to several notable restaurants, including Grove Cafe & Market and Farina Pizzeria & Wine Bar. Albuquerque justly bills itself as the hot air ballooning capital of the world. Rainbow Ryders offers dawn and dusk rides high above the city and the Rio Grande Valley. America’s fabled “Mother Road,” Old Route 66, cuts a swath through the city. The best neighborhood for offbeat shopping, hip dining and cool nightlife is Nob Hill, a 10-minute drive east of the hotel. Head to the tasting room of the city’s Gruet Winery, whose champagne-style sparkling wines now appear at some of the nation’s top restaurants.
How to Get There
Stopped in for lunch today was greeted by Jenn T we sat in the bar area she brought us water and chips salsa, she also brought my daughter fruit which was nice of her. We had the chicken tacos and a bowl of stew. All in all great food great service. We will return hopefully Jenn T is working at Gardunos
I am currently staying at this hotel for a day vacation. On checking in there was a misunderstanding on my part, but staff member Val, went above and beyond what she had to do to assist me. The hotel is located in a great location, within walking distance to Old Town, where there are shops and places to eat. There is also a restaurant located in the hotel and others in the area. There is a nice large pool area with a lot of seating and a hot tub also. The rooms are average rooms, but the ones with a balcony and on the corner seemed larger.
The most impressive thing about this old lovely hotel was its lobby and courtyard. It felt like you were in Mexico itself. The grounds were larger than expected and nicely landscaped. The pool was high quality (shared with the next door hotel), but was actually hard to find.
The lobby staff was friendly. We found that Old Town was just about a block away. Unfortunately, on July 4th itself, just about everything was closed and it was a ghost town.
In the morning, we skipped the pool and headed off to Albuquerque (a true sign that we were not too taken by the place) after a stop at Whole Foods for pastries and, can you believe it, pretty good scrabbled eggs and sausage.
It is a little deceptive that the original building is so well maintained and lovely, but the high rise part of the hotel is more modern and actually very normal, similar to a comfort inn. It lacked character, which is why I booked the hotel in the first place.
Overall, it was a fine stay, a little disappointing.
This hotel is within minutes walking to Old Town & a 15 min drive to airport. We loved our 4 days here. Jordan met us the first day & was at the front desk every day but one & couldn’t have been more helpful. He even sought me out once to show me about discount tickets for one of the museums. Our last night he sent up a complimentary bottle of wine. The bed was extremely comfortable. Our room was away from Rio Grande & faced toward city. Room was very spacious. Bath was small with free standing pedestal sink but had several shelves. This was not a problem. Great shower with hot water. Would definitely stay here again. Entire staff was wonderful as well as service. Restaurant offered good breakfast selections.
First let me tell you that pictures are deceiving. I can't believe this place has such a high rating. Outside and lobby are very pretty. Once you get into the room its another story. Bathroom has no vanity and it needs a total remodel in my opinion. The ceiling had a stained leak painted over and the bedding and rug could be replaced. There was a comic convention going on in the center attached and while in the restaurant they gave us a comic con menu with literally appetizers and kiddie food. I said this isn't the menu in the room and the waiter said this is the menu for the weekend. We got up and went to a local restaurant down the street. Don't waste your time here.