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.
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We enjoyed our one night stay here in Hotel Anduluz. Our rooms were spacious and clean. We enjoyed the ‘M’ floor in the evening with with the family. The restaurant was good but our waitress was a bit cranky for some reason which was a bit irritating. Nevertheless the food was excellent and I would recommend this hotel. The WiFi was poor in our room also, Mabye because we were on the upper floors.
The Hotel Andaluz is a stunningly beautiful hotel centered around a two story lobby with historic architecture, a central fountain, lots of comfortable sitting areas, and beautiful artwork. Off the the lobby is the excellent tapas restaurant MAS with an amazing range of flavorful food and superb wines. The bar off the mezzanine, Ibiza, is a great place to visit and drink. I attended a meeting here and the meeting rooms and support staff were excellent. Rooms are very comfortable, a good bed with soft linens. The hotel is environmentally sensitive and uses significantly less energy than the average hotel. I highly recommend the hotel for small meetings and visiting Albuquerque.
Absolutely breathtaking facility. Apparently this was the 4th hotel built in the U.S. by Conrad Hilton in the early 20th Century. In fact, one staff member indicated that he proposed to his wife here. The lobby is stunning with attention-to-detail woodwork, beautifully decorated with fountains, sitting areas, etc. The outdoor Ibiza lounge is to-die-for; gorgeous main floor restaurant. Be sure to check out the library, too. When it comes to "boutique hotels," this is the real deal. Easy parking, easy access to Old Town, Los Poblanos ranch, ABQ Sunport. Highly and enthusiastically recommended!
My husband and I spent only one night here. The artwork and comfort of the lobby was beautiful Our room was a little small but comfy. We really loved the little Tapas bar and the staff was awesome. Also the restaurant was very nice. Gabriella was our waitress and she was just perfection. The food was great! My husband had the most incredible french toast. Kudos to the chef. It was a work of art and absolutely the best french toast he has ever had!
This is a very nice hotel. I enjoyed the nice room size (corner unit) and beauty of this hotel. We saw the jazz singer the evening we were there and she was very good. I do recommend seeing her show. The only down side for me was that the hotel was not within walking distance to some of the major tourist destinations in the city. Otherwise, it was wonderful :)