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 built in 1936 and the interior decor as well as lack of amenities reflected an 82 years old operation. For those who are used to 21st century idea of a hotel, you will be sorely disappointed. The building is full of aging signs and the decoration reflects the same. Though the owner tried hard to hide them, you just can't turn an 80 years old lady into a 20 years young woman.
There is no microwave, ice bucket or ice machine, coffee maker or individually packaged toiletries. If you want hot water to make your drink you have to go downstair to the hot water machine to fetch it with your own utensil. The shower gel, hand soap, shampoo and conditioner all come out from 4 standing bottles that they refill and you share with all previous guests whoever they are. This is a great risk for cross contamination.
No bath tub only shower stall with half door, so water splashes all out of the open end of the shower. The water faucets are the extreme water saving type that are annoyingly thin in volume, so it will take you 3 times as long to clean your soap off which totally defeats the idea of water conservation.
For service and staff performance it was middle of the road.
When you read the review, there were a lot of 4-5 stars rating and when you read into it, they were written by people who either have shallow travelling experience or those that felt embarrassed to let others know that they have been led down the garden path after having paid hundreds of dollars and ended up in a second rate hotel. In other words - Have to save face. In conclusion, think about this; how can an 80 years old car give you the comfort, convenience and safety of a modern vehicle.
The hotel lobby alone is worth the visit to this historic hotel! When it was remodeled, they did a great job of preserving the original character.
The staff were friendly & helpful. We stayed during the balloon festival & they had an awesome to go breakfast set up from 4-6 AM which was so helpful.
The room is small, but what you’d expect from a hotel built in 1912. The bed was comfy & our room was quiet.
Here for a two night stay during the Balloon fiesta. My first impression was mixed. While the staff is nice, you need to handle your own bags etc.
But I have really come to appreciate this hotel. It is not cookie cutter and the furnishing are charming. You feel like you are in the Southwest of the 40’s and not a faux version.
Our room was comfortable, bed was a bit soft. The restaurant in the hotel is excellent.
Ok. It's Albuquerque, not a place you can actually call a city. But for a very pleasant, city-like experience, check it out. The building was built in the 30's and the renovation has preserved many of the historic details, which are lovely. Within that, they've created a more contemporary feel. The lobby is spacious, and comfortable and hosts live music frequently. The rooftop bar really does feel cosmopolitan, with a youthful vibe and gorgeous views of the mountains. We were upgraded to a suite which had a great living area. The staff were all very helpful and extremely friendly, from check-in to valet parking, to the restaurant and bar staff. The on-site restaurant is terrific. It's a tapas bar with inventive and yummy food. Great wine list, excellent cocktails and outstanding service. If you're in ABQ, I highly recommend this hotel.
This is a nice hotel, but I wouldn’t stay again — due my own preferences, more than any fault of the hotel. For a tourist passing thru town, “there is no there there” to bring you downtown. So you have to drive wherever you want to go. I’d prefer to stay at a less formal hotel where I just park the car myself and perhaps get a free breakfast.
The good: friendly staff and good service, interesting Moorish-design lobby with local artwork, thick duvet bedding so you can keep AC on cold, nice bathroom.
The bad: can’t open windows, so you can’t enjoy cool night air, heavy wooden Venician blinds that have been fixed so you can’t raise them (probably because they are so heavy), $17 to park + plus tips, decor needs some repainting/refresh.