This New Mexican city has some 16,000 hotel rooms, according to the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, the most luxurious of which belong to a handful of high-end hotels and resorts. This select group includes historic landmarks, cozy boutique inns and an expansive golf and spa resort.
Andaluz, the only hotel in Albuquerque to be awarded four diamonds by AAA, is a historic property that takes equal style inspiration from Morocco and Andalusia in Spain. The hotel opened its doors in 1939 and is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It offers 107 guest rooms and suites with subdued earth-tone decor complemented by Moorish arches and original artwork. Some unexpected features of the hotel are the six private "casbahs" in the central living room, a quiet library and in-house cultural center that showcases local events and cultural attractions promoting native culture. The on-site restaurant, Lucia, serves Mediterranean cuisine in its sleek dining room or out on the patio; the rooftop bar and lounge, Ibiza, overlooks the rooftops of Albuquerque.
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
A landmark of the city located at the historic Old Town Plaza, Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town blends the characteristic Spanish and Pueblo styles of New Mexico. The hotel offers 188 guest rooms and 20 suites with elegant, understated decor and carved hardwood furnishings. Some offer private balconies and views of the Sandia Mountains. The hotel boasts an Olympic-size swimming pool where guests may partake of poolside cocktail service. Dining and entertainment options include casual New Mexican fare at Cafe Plazuela and Cantina, candlelit fine dining at Cristobal, and tapas with wine and cocktails at the Q-Bar and Gallery Lounge.
Casas de Suenos
Casa de Suenos, an adobe compound constructed in the 1930s and '40s, consists of 21 guest casitas set among hidden courtyards, gardens and patios. The property is notable for its place on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests have a choice of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom casitas, two of which include a hot tub. Each casita has a private entrance. The decor features Southwestern touches throughout, such as exposed beams, kiva fireplaces, adobe walls and rustic log furnishings. Room rates include wireless Internet access and a full American breakfast served in the garden or sunroom.
Sandia Resort and Casino
Sandia Resort and Casino offers 228 guest rooms with views of the Sandia Mountains or the resort's 18-hole golf course. In addition to its casino and golf course, the resort features the Green Reed Spa, a 4,000-seat outdoor amphitheater and nine restaurants and bars, including an all-you-can-eat buffet, a classic American deli and grill, and a formal steakhouse with an extensive wine list. The guest rooms feature high-end standard amenities that include flat-panel televisions, deep soaking tubs and granite vanities. The most spacious accommodations are the 2,503-square-foot, two-bedroom Super Suite, which boasts a fireplace in the master bedroom, a whirlpool tub in both bedrooms and a living room, wet bar and grand entry foyer.
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