What We Love
- Located just a block off Central Avenue (aka Old Route 66) and within five minutes of the museums, galleries and Spanish Colonial buildings of Old Town
- A $30 million renovation in 2009 preserved murals and Native woodcarvings from Conrad Hilton’s 1939 original hotelFirst historic hotel in the Southwest to receive LEED Gold certification
- The hotel is in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, but a car is useful for exploring more of Albuquerque; valet ($16) is available, with unlimited in-and-out privileges
What To Know
- Request an east-facing room on the fifth floor or higher for the best views of the Sandia Mountains
- Free valet parking for hybrid cars (regularly $16 a night)
- Some pets are allowed in some rooms, at a charge of $50 per pet, per stay
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
New Mexico native son and hotel magnate Conrad Hilton built this striking 10-story landmark in 1939 for the then princely sum of $700,000. In 2009, it got a new lease on life thanks to a $30-million renovation. The makeover preserved many architectural elements but added a refreshingly modern, eco-conscious design with bold nods to the area’s Moorish and Spanish influences. In the grand two-story lobby, graceful archways, wrought iron chandeliers, tile floors and cozy seating nooks cloistered by sweeping curtains lend Old World glamour to New World touches like the LED-lit fountain and clean-lined lounges.
Bed & Bath
The 107 guestrooms and suites have custom beds with leather headboards and goosedown duvets, and sitting areas with plush armchairs and sofas. Modern amenities include flat-screen TVs and ergonomically designed work desks. Bathrooms with earthy stone tiles, mosaic accents and sliding wooden doors with smoked glass panels reinforce the clean aesthetic.
Celeb Chef James Caruso, known for La Boca and Taberna in Santa Fe, is the perfect pairing for the Hotel Andaluz. His tapas restaurant, Mas, is elegantly casual, and serves elevated Spanish classics. Favorites include grilled artichoke with Spanish goat cheese, orange zest and mint, smoked salmon nachos on crispy wontons and grilled salmon with pumpkin seed romesco and polenta. Locals and guests alike pack the see-and-be-seen rooftop lounge, Ibiza, which has guest DJs on the weekends. On the main floor, the library is an elegant space for reading and reflection. The hotel owner, Gary Goodman, designed and made the wooden furniture, and dramatically-illuminated fragments of tools share shelf space with books about art and design.
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
My wife and I were looking for a nice hotel for a quick trip to Albuquerque. We were trying to avoid staying at an interstate or chain hotel. After some searching, we found Hotel Andaluz. Our experience was good. Our room was clean and spacious. The staff was great. This is not a 5 star property, but very nice and cut above the rest.
Great rooms and accommodations the staff very professional and atentave the rooms very clean the beds are very comfratable and the history is great. Location is in old town and close to the zoo and aquarium in Albuquerque.
My husband and I spent the weekend together at the hotel and he stayed on for business a couple of more days. The room was clean, comfortable and nicely furnished. When we arrived the lobby area was busy with preparations for a wedding; it seemed a little odd because it was happening right in the middle of the attractive lobby. We just kept to the side and moved to the elevator. We had a lovely breakfast on Sunday morning, there is a Sunday brunch but we did not partake.
The hotel is not much to look at from the outside but its historic interior is beautiful and interesting. It has one of the nicest lobbies I've seen, with a number of secluded alcoves, each with its own decor and unique feature (i.e. a trellis garden in one, a water feature in another). The separate library off the lobby has the air of a gentleman's club. Our room was large. The only thing off about it was a strange odor of mildew or sweat. Had we been planning to stay more than one night we would have requested a room change but we thought we could stand it for one night. The problem is that everytime we entered the room, we recoiled from the smell.
The corridor outside was heavily perfumed with potpourri in containers on tables in the hallway, which made me wonder whether the hotel used it to mask an odor that was pervasive in the hotel.
I can’t imagine staying anywhere else in downtown Albuquerque. My colleagues and I stayed at the Hotel Andaluz recently for a conference, but I would definitely come back here with my family. The historic lobby is gorgeous and was a great place for relaxing when waiting for others or hanging out with friends. My room was ridiculously comfortable, and I loved the modern artwork – I loved hanging out at the hotel so much that sometimes it was hard to drag myself down the street to the conference! Perhaps the best part of the hotel, however, was the staff. To a person, they attentive and helpful, friendly and relaxed. I can’t wait to get back to Albuquerque to stay here again!