Perhaps taking a note from its artistic neighbor, Santa Fe, Albuquerque's boutique hotel community is characterized by a commitment to Southwestern art and design. Forget the avant garde aesthetics you find at big-city boutiques -- Albuquerque's small hotels are deeply rooted in history and tradition. In fact, some of the hotels are more like an inn or bed and breakfast than a design hotel.
Bottger Mansion of Old Town
The Bottger Mansion of Old Town treats guests to a gourmet two-course breakfast each morning. Towering 100-year-old trees surround the hotel; the hotel courtyard is home to hummingbirds, mourning doves and finches. Amenities and rates vary for each of the mansion's eight individually designed rooms. The hotel offers a private high tea service for groups between eight and 15 people. The tea includes soups, salads, quiche and a dessert tray. Bottger has a romance package that includes a fresh floral bouquet, a half-pound of chocolates and a keepsake "do not disturb" sign.
Hotel Parq Central
The Hotel Parq Central's 56 guestrooms, 15 luxury suites and four cottages are located in four connected buildings. At the center is a landscaped garden courtyard and pathways leading to each building. Rooms come with bath products imported from Italy, 300-thread count sheets and iPod docking stations. Each morning, the hotel serves a continental breakfast in the parlor and on the terrace. Guests receive SUV transportation when traveling within a three-mile radius of the hotel. Most of the boutique's action is on the rooftop, where yoga classes are conducted and the Apothecary Lounge, the hotel bar, is located. Parq Central also has an on-site massage and therapy room.
The Boutique Lodging and Lifestyle Association named AAA Four-Diamond Andaluz the 2010 Lifestyle Hotel of the Year. The hotel has a Mediterranean-influence restaurant, Lucia, a rooftop bar, Ibiza, and a cultural center. Cool colors and earth tones reflect the guestrooms ecofriendly furnishings and allergen-free carpets. Andaluz, short for Andalucian, sports Spanish-themed décor and design, as its name suggests. The historic hotel first opened in 1939 by infamous hotelier and New Mexico native, Conrad Hilton. The green hotel uses furnishings certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design organization, and uses solar energy to heat the hotel's water.
Designed by Southwestern designer John Gaw Meem, the historic Los Poblanos sports a Santa Fe aesthetic. Guestrooms come with kiva fireplaces, hardwood floors, New Mexican antiques and artwork, and carved ceiling beams. The hotel, which is on the National Registers of Historic Places, is located on 25 acres of gardens and lavender fields. The hotel's restaurant blends haute cuisine with regional fare, using ingredients from their own farm and local purveyors. The boutique has a produce shop, featuring lavender grown on the hotel grounds. The shop gives tours, and wellness and crafts classes.
Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn
Casas de Suenos features Southwestern style in each of its 21 casitas that come with hot tubs, fireplaces and adobe walls. Guests relax in the courtyards and gardens that pepper the hotel grounds. The central courtyard has a gazebo, available for use in weddings or other special events. The hotel serves a full American breakfast in the garden studio each morning.
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