Albuquerque – SLEEP

As a mid-size city, Albuquerque has plenty of chain hotels, motels and the like. We discovered some unique lodging options that go above and beyond the expected…

Los Poblanos Historic Inn

Our spacious adobe casita provided a welcome escape from today’s frenetic world. Warm woods, colorful tiles, and a fireplace all provided a welcoming New Mexico ambience. Looking out the windows, all we could see were flowered courtyards, trees, peacocks and laundry. Yes, laundry! Drying in the sun, it was charming and somehow comforting to see the white bed sheets flowing in the breeze under the bright sun as it was part of Los Poblanos’ commitment to eco-friendly business practices. And so authentic, it was endearing. (Yes, peacocks! They proudly prance around the gardens and courts.) This is a must-see place, and if you can splurge and spend the night – you’ll never forget this oasis. On-site amenities include swimming pool, peaceful gardens and farm fields. The gift shop is chockfull of locally made items and foodie must-haves. Dining is available onsite.

Our casita bathroom included lovely extra touches that made us feel special…

Hotel Albuquerque

The impressive lobby of this hotel is Spanish Colonial perfection; soaring ceiling with heavy wood beams above a glossy tiled floor, archways and accent tiles… It sets a grand tone for the rest of the property; although parts of it are a bit dated including our hotel room in the modern tower. The southwestern décor was pleasant and the views from our 8th floor balcony were amazing. There is a lovely dining courtyard amidst lush gardens and fountains – perfect for outdoor dining in the warm months! The swimming pool area is a delight. A surprise and a charming southwestern style chapel (used for weddings and other special events) is worth a look-see. Home to the Tablao Flamenco and within walking distance to the Old Towne, this is an overall great place to stay.

Hotel Chaco

Right next door to Hotel Albuquerque, and sharing the swimming pool area, the Hotel Chaco is a brand new contemporary interpretation of the southwest, and it is spectacular. If you want a more stylish lodging experience, this is the place to stay! The architecture stuns- inspired by the ancient ruins of Chaco Canyon, the public areas evoke the essence, beauty and power of those cultures. Cutting edge contemporary art, inspired by the Southwest’s peoples and nature, is noteworthy. Even if you don’t stay in the hotel, pop in for a visit and try the breakfast in the lobby, or head up to Level 5, the open air rooftop bar, for a cocktail with an edgy modern vibe and dramatic views over the city and the Sandias beyond.

Hotel Chaco lobby

Learn more about Albuquerque, here.