When it comes to hotels, I find that there are only two kinds; the nice hotels and the cheap ones. Now I say this because I’ve spanned the USA and hit a few spots outside of it as well. I’ve also been on the cleaning crew, and front desk staff as well. Having been on both sides of the counter, I feel I have acquired a critical eye.
A recent move took me across the US, daily trying to find an inexpensive yet comfortable hotel. Coming into Albuquerque, NM, my Iphone app pointed me in the direction of Comfort Inn East. I chose to directly call the hotel and book a room to avoid not getting a room so late at night. I was quoted a double occupancy AAA rate room for under $65 including tax!!! Upon pulling up, I didn’t know which way this one was going. By the time I left in the morning, I knew I had found a RARE GEM.
There is more than enough parking for the whole place. We were pulling a large trailer and had no problem with space despite arriving at 11:30pm. As we stepped into our two-queen room, I was delightfully surprised to not find the standard “cheap” decor. The wall behind the beds had been painted a warm crimson to accent the room. The lamps had been stylishly selected, and the bedspreads were the perfect way to wrap together the “south-west” motif.
The air/heating unit was new, clean, and ran quietly. Not only were the mattresses extremely comfortable, but there were double the amount of equally cozy pillows. The entire place was pristine and well kept. The room was outfitted with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, and sizable shower. My walk to the complimentary full breakfast revealed a lush garden landscape around the pool and hot tub.
Upon entering the front lobby for breakfast I was astounded at the complimentary spread. I usually end up with concentrated OJ out of a dispenser, and a choice of Corn Flakes or Fruit Loops. Not here. There was a vast selection of breads to toast, and fresh danishes. (Not pre-packaged) An equally large selection of boxed cereals to appeal to not only kids but adults as well. Various yogurts and perfectly ripe fruit were also in attendance. What I found the most unique was fresh made waffles (choice of regular or blueberry.) The batter and the waffle iron are right on the counter tempting everyone that walks by. As I sat enjoying my crispy golden blueberry waffle, I noticed the breakfast attendant refilling the OJ jug with Odwalla OJ. A definite win in my book. He was also more than happy to help anyone with anything they needed. I was very pleased to see the milks and dairy products were sitting in a glass front fridge. It gave me the peace of mind knowing they weren’t on and off of ice every day. You never know about those kinds of things on the road!
The front desk staff was warm and welcoming, and went out of their way to make sure I was happy. The complimentary wifi was speedy and easy to hook up to. This place is very easily accessible from Highway 40. There are two grocery stores just across the street, which I find incredibly convenient when traveling on the road. And for those who what something quick and cheap, there are many fast food places within a 1/2 mile on the same road.
If I had my way, I would duplicate Comfort Inn East and put it EVERYWHERE!!! I have since traveled through Albuquerque and made it a point to drive an extra two hours to stay here. This hotel is a rare gem, and if you happen to be passing through Albuquerque and need a place to stay, Do yourself a favor and stay here. Not only for the amazing amenities, but that you get them for an amazing rate!!!
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