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Where to Stay in Albuquerque

Flanked by the stunning Sandia Mountains and the blue Rio Grande river, Albuquerque is a city rich in natural beauty. Business travelers may want to search for luxury hotels downtown near the city's commercial hub. Here, from the top of the high-rise hotels, travelers can take in gorgeous vistas of the surrounding desert landscape. Families traveling with children will want to head just west of the city center to Old Town. The historic neighborhood is the original site of the city back when it was founded in the early 18th century. Here, visitors can tour a number of museums, including Explore! Science Center and Children's Museum, the American International Rattlesnake Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. With its many authentic Native American and Southwestern art outlets, it's also a great location for souvenir shopping. Travelers looking for an exclusive stay can compare the luxury hotels in the Uptown area. Home to two large malls, Uptown is a trendy district that features nice restaurants, national retailers and a mix of casual and upscale bars.

Albuquerque Hotel Tips

Albuquerque is a great destination to visit any time of the year. Winter travelers can seek shelter from the cold thanks to the city's warm climate. Although temperatures can drop as low as the 20s at night, daytime temperatures typically float around the 50s. December through March is prime ski season atop the nearby Sandia Peak. If you're planning on visiting during this time, search for hotels near the slopes. Remember to book your accommodations in advance to ensure availability.

The city's summertime weather can be too hot for some travelers. Average highs for the month of July reach into the 90s. Fortunately, the arid climate reduces discomfort. Still, because of the high temperatures, the summertime usually sees a dip in tourism. Because of this, it's one of the best times to search for discount flights to Albuquerque and hotel deals.

Albuquerque is also home to a number of major festivals. The city's largest festival is the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, which takes place each October. This nine-day celebration attracts thousands of hot-air balloonists, fans and photographers from around the world. If you plan on visiting during this event, make your reservations months ahead of time.

Albuquerque Hotel Recommendations

Located in the upscale Uptown neighborhood, the Albuquerque Marriott is one of the most lavish hotels in the city. The facility, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, overlooks the Sandia mountains and provides guests with direct access to the district's many shops and restaurants. With 21 meeting rooms and 16,000-square feet of meeting space, the hotel is ideal for business travelers. Guestrooms provide excellent vistas of the surrounding area and feature sleek interiors with modern amenities. The property also boasts an indoor-outdoor pool, a fitness center and a sauna. For food, head to the hotel's Cielo Sandia, a casual dining room that specializes in contemporary American cuisine. 

Stay close to many of the city's Old Town attractions at Hotel Albuquerque. Located near Old Town Plaza, the hotel features 27,000-square feet of meeting space and 21,000-square feet of outdoor event space, making it an ideal venue for large gatherings and special occasions. Guests can relax in the hotel's outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Or grab a bite to eat at either Cafe Plazuela, a festive eatery specializing in New Mexican cuisine, or the sophisticated Cristobal's, a fine-dining restaurant. Guestrooms are outfitted with Southwestern-style furnishings. At night, visit the QBar Lounge. This sensual nightspot features a piano lounge and a separate dance floor.

For a quiet accommodation, book reservations at the Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Cultural Center. Located seven miles from downtown Albuquerque, this bed and breakfast is set among 25 acres of lush gardens. The facility was designed by one of the region's foremost architects and is considered national historic site. The inn's 20 guestrooms, located on three properties, exhibit classic New Mexican style. Rooms are equipped with wood-burning fireplaces, original artwork, antique furnishings and hardwood floors. The inn's food uses local ingredients provided mainly from local farmers. Guests can visit Los Poblanos' gift shop, which specializes in organic lavender products, kitchen supplies, locally made goods and other unique gifts.

Albuquerque Transportation

With a number of major highways throughout the city, Albuquerque is easiest to navigate by car. All major rental agencies have outlets within the city. Certain sites, including the nearby city of Santa Fe, are easiest to reach on four wheels. However, two wheels is also a popular method of transit. Albuquerque is well known for its developed bicycle network. The city boasts miles of biking trails, routes and paths in both natural and urban areas. Those staying near downtown or the Old Town district can access many area restaurants, shops, bars and museums on foot. As for public transit, Albuquerque does have a modest bus system. The Rapid Ride express bus service encompasses three separate routes each of which makes stops at tourist hot spots, including downtown and Uptown. 

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