Get ready for a Southwest adventure in this urban, bustling city. Often overlooked by travelers on their way to bigger, brighter (but often louder and more expense) Santa Fe, this Route 66 crossroad town is well worth a visit. As the largest city in New Mexico, Albuquerque offers plenty of arts, culture, and dining out opportunities, and with its great hiking and biking trails in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, there is something for everyone to fall in love with.
In case you are looking for a place to rest your head but still want to feel like you are in the center of the action, choose a hotel in hotel in Downtown Albuquerque. This is where you’ll find Albuquerque Old Town. Here, you can get a sense of the culture and heritage of this desert town and enjoy Old Town’s charm. Founded in 1706, the Old Town is built in traditional Spanish architecture and layout. The center plaza and church is surrounded by homes, businesses, and over 190 hotels that have been renovated since the birth of Albuquerque. Nowadays, you can dine alfresco, visit nearby museums like the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and shop in independent boutiques and galleries showcasing the best of the Southwest.
If you are lucky enough to be in Albuquerque for the annual International Balloon Fiesta, make sure you stay close to the action. Duke City’s biggest celebration will take place in Fiesta Balloon Park. Get the best views of hundreds of hot air balloons rising into the dusty pink sunset by choosing a hotel close to Balloon Fiesta Park. The park hosts a lot of sports and outdoors events throughout the year, so it makes for a great city base if you want to experience some of New Mexico’s outdoor lifestyle.
Another popular location for visitors is Uptown Albuquerque; it surrounds the University of New Mexico and is full of energy and life. Uptown, or Midtown, is not only home to the 25,000 university students, but it has plenty of colorful cafes, bars, and eclectic shops so you can spend your day exploring this side of town. Also stop into the nearby Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, which houses world-renowned artefacts and collections of the Southwest, and the University Art Museum, which has the largest fine art collections in the state.
You will have plenty of hotels to choose from for your stay in Albuquerque. This city has over 188 hotels available, each with different amenities. With four star hotels starting from just
For business travelers, conference and meeting rooms are in ample supply in some of the finest 4 star hotels in the city. All lie within easy access of Albuquerque’s Conference Center. Find your business hotels in Albuquerque here.Of course, there are plenty of budget-friendly options for the casual traveler as well. Three star hotels are a popular option for budget-conscious travelers making their way along Route 66.
If you are flying into the city late, or need to catch a red-eye flight, staying close to the airport is easy. There are almost 100 2-, 3- and 4 star airport hotels close to Albuquerque International Sunport. This way, you can stay just a short taxi ride away from the terminals. Some hotels may also be able to offer you a free airport shuttle services.