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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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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Room was too hot and walls were too thin. Between waking up because it was so hot in the room and the neighbors blasting their TV and laughing loudly at 6AM, I hardly slept a wink. I can’t see wanting to return here again.
We stayed here the last night of our NM trip as we were flying out of the SF airport the next morning. The hotel is nice as it is a new concept for Hilton- The Andaluz theme is contemporary Spanish- clean and updated but the rooms are small and overpriced. Hotel was empty on a Saturday night. Nice bar and restaurant but showing growing pains with under experienced staff. It is 2 miles from Old Downtown Albuquerque and there are not a ton of nice hotels in SF. Most of the hotels are near the airport about 5 miles away.
This past week my company hosted a peer group of electrical contractors from all across the US at Hotel Andaluz where the staff was outstanding. From the initial set up and coordination with Ann Therese and her staff, to the friendly “can-do” service of all the line personnel I was impressed. In particular I want to let you know that your manager Laura in reception was incredibly hard working and accommodating to me and my group. My first night at the hotel I was a huge bother for her, (although she wouldn’t express that). From coordinating the arrival of my guests to helping find my lost cell phone and all the information contained therein. Laura was always helpful and friendly. I can’t express how much I appreciated her help.
We had two vans for group outings that were needed many times a day for our group events. Your valet staff, in particular Glen (?) and the young lady (new to your staff, sorry if didn’t get her name) were very nice, helpful and quick to serve us.
I especially appreciated Jesus, who set up our food and meeting rooms. Each time a snack or a meal were set up in the same room we were meeting the set up was quick, complete and quiet. Jesus was always professional. On a couple of occasions we ran behind with our meetings and had to adjust meal set up. Each time an adjustment had to be made Jesus was very accommodating, helpful and did all this with a smile.
My sincerest thank you to you and your staff for making this event as success for me and my company.
This beautiful hotel with artistic, comfortable rooms is in an ideal downtown location close to old Route 66 and nightlife - although Albuquerque seems pretty quiet. My own quibble would be the insistence that I use the Valet parking - which cost me nearly $20. The parking lot is right next door.
This is a terrific property. Beautiful Southwest architecture with native influence throughout. The interiors are stunning. The restaurants are very good. The staff from doorman and housekeeper to all servers are exceptional . I can't say as much for reception who did not give us the room on our confirmation when we checked in at 7pm. I would have thought we would have received an apology at check in. Although a far lessor room the rate remained the same despite repeated assurances that it wuld be adjusted. It finally was at check out when when I had to make a scene.. This lack of hospitality and common sense at reception took the shine off an otherwise perfect stay.