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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The hotel was easy to find and is walking distance to Old Town and museums. It was a short ride to and from the airport, barring any traffic. The rooms were nice. I had a view overlooking the courtyard. This had pluses and negatives. Two nights that I was there they had a wedding and a reunion. It got a little loud at night. The bar had a good selection of margaritas.
I was recently visiting for the MPLA Conference and was so impressed by the professionalism of the staff (Angelica in housekeeping truly was an angel!), the charm of the decor, the warm fireplace, the restaurant and room service food & service with a smile- definitely gives your local Hilton a run for the money! Loved, loved the place. Thank you, everyone, for making my stay away from home so comfortable.
I just got back from attending a conference at Hotel Albuquerque and I really hope we go back next year. The meeting rooms are great sized, their quiet, the food and service is fantastic!
The hotel rooms are just as nice. I never heard the people on either side of me, the north views are wonderful, especially if hot air balloons are out in the morning. My only complaint is the size of the bathroom.