Albuquerque Hotels & Resorts

by Cicely A. Richard

Albuquerque, New Mexico, features buildings inspired by Native American, Hispanic and Anglo-American culture, and is surrounded by the beauty of the Sandia and Manzano mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert. Hotels in Albuquerque overlook the mountains and feature desert colors, like reds and yellows. Numerous hotels feature artwork celebrating the Southwest. Sandia Resort & Casino, Albuquerque’s only resort, provides 24 hours of entertainment and championship golf.

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Airport Hotels

Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel is one mile from Albuquerque International Sunport, offering complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service. It’s only a mile from downtown Albuquerque. On-site amenities include a gift shop, luggage storage and outdoor seasonal pool. Sheraton charges a fee for Internet access. Accommodation options include guest rooms with mountain, city and pool views, all with flat-screen televisions with video games. Staybridge Suites Albuquerque - Airport sits a mile from the airport and offers airport shuttle service and transportation within a three-mile radius. It allows pets up to 80 lb. for a nonrefundable fee, and pet owners must sign a hotel agreement and bring up-to-date vaccinations. The hotel provides an airline and car rental desk. Suites feature full kitchens with cooking and dining utensils, living rooms with sofa beds and televisions with DVD players.

Kid-Friendly Hotels

Radisson Hotel Albuquerque is located in the midtown business district and features an indoor/outdoor water park. The park has more than 26 water-play activities, including a tipping bucket, waterfall, lazy river and basketball hoops. Adults enjoy the indoor/outdoor hot tubs. Non-water features include a video arcade. Radisson’s Super Splash Package consists of overnight accommodations for four, arcade tokens, four water-park passes, breakfast and a large pizza. The hotel also offers room service and airport shuttle. Select suites have refrigerators and whirlpool tubs. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located in south Albuquerque and offers 24 hours of kid and adult entertainment. The Fun Connection provides games for all ages, including a bowling alley, laser tag, an arcade and pool tables. The hotel features Isleta Lakes, where guests fish and camp. Select rooms have whirlpool tubs, walk-in showers and 42-inch flat-screen televisions.

Old Town Hotels

Old Town features more than 200 shops, art galleries and museums showcasing the area’s 400-year-old history. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town is a Heritage Hotel & Resort, and consists of Victorian architecture, a 19th-century chapel and Spanish gardens. It hosts weddings in its picturesque gardens, wedding chapel and grand ballroom. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool and hot tub, concierge service and restaurant. The concierge desk helps guests arrange city tours via the Albuquerque Trolley Company. Luxury suites boast Southwestern furniture, refrigerators and sitting areas. Best Western Rio Grande Inn features furniture and artwork inspired by the Southwest, including desert colors of browns and deep reds. It provides shuttle service to places within a one-mile radius and airport shuttle. Select rooms are set aside for pet owners, who have to pay a nonrefundable fee. Guest rooms have free Internet access.

Albuquerque Resort

Sandia Resort & Casino features cobblestone entryway and pueblo-style architecture. The seven-story resort overlooks the Sandia Mountains. The 140,000-square-foot casino offers more than 2,100 slot machines and table games, and a nonsmoking poker room. In addition to casino action, the resort has an 18-hole golf course, full-service spa, amphitheater and gift shop. The resort offers the Play and Pamper package, which includes a round of golf and spa services such as facials, Swedish massages or clay wraps. Several rooms contain whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces, multiple bedrooms and walk-in showers.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .