Hot air ballooning is one of Albuquerque‘s biggest attractions. This is due to the ideal weather conditions that are perfect for the sport. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the world’s largest hot air ballooning event and takes place every year in October. If you’re visiting Albuquerque in New Mexico to attend the Balloon Fiesta, you’ll be among approximately 750,000 visitors, so best to book accommodation well in advance. Below are some choice picks of the top 5 boutique hotels in Albuquerque which beautifully mix Southwestern culture with modern comforts.
Top 5 Boutique Hotels in Albuquerque
Hotel Andaluz celebrates its Southwestern heritage with beautiful Andalusian decor and furniture. The spacious lobby doubles as an entertainment area with leather sofas, curtained seating nooks, musicians, and a cozy library on the upper level. The tapas restaurant will serve meals in the lobby area while you enjoy live music. This is a wonderful historic hotel in Downtown Albuquerque with AAA Four Diamond status and boasts the LEED Gold Certification in recognition of its eco-friendly principles. Hotel Andaluz offers a special Enchanted Skies Package for guests attending the Balloon Fiesta.
While Hotel Andaluz captures New Mexico’s Spanish influence, Nativo Lodge exquisitely features Native American culture. Visually striking, this hotel is rich in color and Native American patterns, art, and symbols. There’s even a full-size teepee near the pool area. It is one of the most unique hotels in Albuquerque and makes a welcome change from the usual cookie-cutter hotels. Opt for one of the Artist Guest Rooms. Each room features original wall art designed by emerging Native American artists.
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Located in Albuquerque’s Old Town and the sister property of Nativo Lodge, this hotel is a landmark steeped in Southwestern style — adobe-style architecture, hacienda-influenced design, a delightful Spanish garden, and a 19th-century chapel. It blends Mexican, Spanish, and Native American style to create a beautiful space.
It’s not unusual for guests to catch a view from their hotel room of hot air balloons rising in the early morning sky. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town partners with Tours of Old Town so take advantage of free guided tours.
Clubhouse Inn Albuquerque
Simple and understated but clean and comfortable describes Clubhouse Inn Albuquerque. The benefits of staying at this hotel include a free shuttle service, lovely courtyard with heated pool, indoor hot tub, and best of all — it’s very affordable. Plus there’s a hearty complimentary hot breakfast and a Manager’s Reception (happy hour) from 5pm to 8pm. Clubhouse Inn & Suites Albuquerque adds a touch of Southwestern flavor by serving up its signature green chile stew as part of its breakfast offering — an undeniable hit with guests!
Hotel Parq Central
This historic building was once the old Sante Fe Rail Hospital back in 1926. Today hospital corridors have been replaced with modern chic lodgings. The stone exterior, built in Italianate architecture style, has been preserved and elements of the outdoor tiles are mimicked in some of the interior design. Hotel Parq Central is an urban oasis with subdued colors that create a feeling of peacefulness. This extends to the serene landscaped gardens and courtyard plaza. The Apothecary Rooftop Lounge is the perfect spot to end the day with sunset views across the city.
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