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
This hotel was everything we hoped it would be. It has a nice bar and good restaurant that supported lively evening entertainment in a beautiful atrium space. Less than 10 minutes from the airport, it is located right downtown with parking options close by including valet. It has a lot of character and authenticity, and is clean and well kept. Our room was comfortable. The bathroom is cozy since the building has been a hotel for a long time, but has modern accommodations.
My wife and I had an overnight getaway at the Andaluz in one of the "romantic king" rooms. We loved the ambiance of the lobby, with the carved ceilings and other details, and the room was quite pleasant. We enjoyed the spacious bathroom, and the bed and pillows were extremely comfortable. The best part of all, though, was the room-service breakfast. Best breakfast sandwiches we've ever had, and the almond-crusted French toast was superb!
I really enjoyed my stay here with my granddaughter, son and daughter in law. We were there for New Year and the snow outside added to the atmosphere.
The restaurant, bar and library give the hotel its sense of being a very individual and special place. The open fire in the library was wonderful on a snowy winter evening.
Breakfast is generous and the menu imaginative and varied. However, the service was exceptionally slow. It took forever to serve coffee. Incidentally, there is no coffee machine in the bedroom so you have to dress and come downstairs if you want a hot drink in the morning.
I was not really impressed by our New Year’s Eve dinner. The menu and wine list was fine but my fish was over seasoned so the flavour was spoiled.
Otherwise the staff are courteous and very helpful.
This is a pretty little hotel in the heart of downtown Albuquerque. It’s within walking distance to many restaurants and bars. It’s 2 blocks from the train station (take the train to Santa Fe for the day). It’s a little far to walk to Old Town. I made the trek to Old Town to do some shopping. It was 4 miles round trip so get an Uber if you don’t want to walk that much. The hotel staff is friendly. The lounge area is beautiful. Native American art adorns the walls. There’s a library with books and a fireplace. They have a nice restaurant downstairs and a bar with rooftop lounge on the second floor. The rooms are small but nice and clean. The bed and pillows were super comfy.
Years ago I gave a speech and my host put me up in a magnificent suite at Bacaro near Santa Barbara. I decided that I could live in that suite in a white bathrobe with terry cloth slippers. Years have past. We are now in our 4th visit to Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque and I have decided that this hotel may be where I live out my Howard Hughes fantasy. It is quite simply perfect. A beautiful edifice (Conrad Hilton's 2nd hotel), great amenities, quirky but tasteful rooms, live entertainment. The clincher: a WONDERFUL staff. Everyone treats you like family and they love our dog. Gabby served a great breakfast yesterday. We love her and remember her from two years ago. Thanks Hotel Andaluz. Perhaps the best-managed property I have ever stayed in. When can I move in?