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place to stay in albuquerque with a two year old

We are from Europe and will stay, with our two year old, for 8 nights in albuquerque, in the first week of may. It's a combination of business and vacation. Who has a suggestion? Near the Financial District is a preferance but not obliged. Inside swimmingpool would be nice. Spa hotel would be nice, but looks fully booked.

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1. Re: place to stay in albuquerque with a two year old

Hi Anna, nice to hear you are visiting ABQ for 8 days, be sure to visit Santa Fe too and there are many nice places around. We have stayed in several hotels in ABQ but not in the CBD. We liked the Old Town area though and there're great museums to visit.

Have you checked Tripadvisor Hotelreview section? We had a good stay at the Best Western Rio Grande Inn, centrally located close to the interstates but this hotel also received mixed reviews.

Good luck


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2. Re: place to stay in albuquerque with a two year old

Hello Anna:

I'm both an Albuquerquean, and New Mexico travel writer/photographer. I've also lived in Albuquerque for over 20 years.

If you are doing "business" in the downtown area of Albuquerque, I would strongly recommend you stay at the new Embassy Suites Hotel, within a mile of the city's center. I am not sure, but "think" they may have an indoor pool, or inside/outside pool. The historic Old Town area, with numerous restaurants, museums, etc. is approx. 5 kilometers west, just south of Interstate 40/Rio Grande Blvd.

The hotel of choice in the Old Town area is now the Hotel Albuquerque of Old Town (a former

Sheraton), although the Best Western is OK...both are 1/2 to 1 block walk to Old Town's Northwest Corner at Rio Grande Blvd/Mountain Road. A two year old is a little young to appreciate museums of course, but may enjoy the dinosaurs in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History on Mt. Road...nearby is the Albuquerque Museum...a great starting point for your Albuquerque visit, as it traces the ancient history (for America) of the area's Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans, and Anglo-American heritage found here.

A rental car is a must to get anywhere. If you have time, drive the "backroad" to Santa Fe, NM14, the "Turquoise Trail," and the highway from San Ysidro (U.S.550 NW of Albuquerque) past Jemez Springs, Bandelier National Monument, to Pojoaque... also very scenic, and you come out on the Santa Fe to Espanola highway, north of Santa Fe. Makes for a very nice circle, and would take most of a day. Taos & Taos Pueblo are must sees also if you have time...210 kilometers and about 2 1/2 hours drive from Albuquerque.

Enjoy your time in Albuquerque! Oh, if you like Bed & Breakfasts, the two best are the Mauger Estate (just west of Downtown), and the Botteger or Bottger Mansion at the SE edge of Old Town...both are decorated in Victorian style.

Adios! LJ

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thanks for your tips, they're really helpfull, I'll go further on the B&B's

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Just a little FYI on the B&B suggestion from another poster.

My response is hopefully educational and food for thought for your decision making process and to all others in similar situations.

The Bottger Mansion has a 10 year old and above requirement and I'd be very hesitant to mix some of the key words in describing the Mauger Estate like grace, elegance, refined decor, antiques, etc... with a two year old no matter how seasoned of a traveler the toddler might be.

Wherever you choose to stay, the innkeepers will be knocking themsleves out to assure you an enjoyable stay, but you also need to consider the iimpacts on them and any other guests they might have at the time before you choose a B&B for such a long stay and with such a young child.

What if your child acted out each day or hated the place? You run the risk of scaring off potential return business for the inn if things aren't 100% smooth and any of the other guests at the time were put off. And over eight days and nights and the average B&B stay at 2-3 nights, that could be dozens of other guests in a medium sized B&B.

Especially if dad or mom is the one possibly leaving with the car to go do their business all day and the other is somewhat stranded at the B&B all day attempting to occupy the little darling's day by juggling the antique vases and such. Or the toddler gets up at 5 am each day screaming and needs pacification.

I'd also consider the timing factor for breakfast and if your child can behave at the table in front of other guests while under someone else's serving timeframe and maybe not your normal breakfast time or routine.

B&Bs are an awesome option for many people and even some folks with young kids, but it could get a little strained on your hosts part if they have to fret over possible damage or noise issues.

The inconvenience to the staff in accessing the room to clean because of the frequent naps nearly every two year old must take during the only time of the day innkeepers can get in and clean should also be considered.

When you consider a B&B and you see the term, "well behaved children of all ages welcome" you need to really ask yourself if your child's moods, tone, average noise level, manners, etc... jive with that and more importantly if you and your spouse are the type of disciplined parents who can make sure everything will go well with complete certainty before booking.

My suggestion for that length of stay and the age of your child is for you to seek out a B&B or Inn that has a suite or type of accomodation that is separate from the main building with some extra features like a kitchenette or at the least a refrigerator for juices, milk, etc...

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5. Re: place to stay in albuquerque with a two year old

Thank you for all the tips on what can go wrong with travelling with a two year old (it doesn't descripe our experience at all). I'd already noticed the 10-year old wish of the B&B's. We didn't choose a victorian style place, because that is not what you're looking for when you're from europe.

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Hello Anna,

I agree with an earlier poster that the Embass Suites would be nice.

I would also definitely recommend Sandia Hotel & Casino, but as you said, it looks like they're booked. Keep checking just in case: my stay at that hotel last year was absolutely wonderful. Plush beds & bedding, very roomy, amazing views & great people-watching. The pool is outside, but it's heated and by May you'll be able to swim if the weather's nice.

Some of my out-of-town friends have stayed at the Hyatt downtown, and have had good things to say about it. Not sure about their pool.

As far as B&Bs go, I also think Los Poblanos is lovely. Especially the time of year you're talking about, their vast garden will be blooming. I don't know if they have rules about the minimum ages of children, and on that subject. . .

I think Tim Toad may have some jaded views of small children at hotels, being an innkeeper. While that's understandable & probably stems from real experiences, I truly cannot imagine a child making enough of a ruckus for me (or any other mature adult) to actually complain about them.

I don't think parents are responsible for considering the "impact" their "little darlings" will have on an innkeeper's return business. Parents have quite enough responsibilities as it is. They cannot insure that everything on a vacation goes "100% smooth" or "make sure everything will go well with complete certainty." Hello, NONE of us can do that! That's why tripadvisor exists in the first place.

I once had the experience of being in a room next to a family with a baby, and the baby cried quite a bit, and cost me a little sleep. When I would wake up, I would slip quietly outside (my hubby of course slept through the whole thing), and the mom and I passed the baby back and forth and whispered and giggled about the situation. While I was a bit groggy occasionally, it was gratifying to be able to offer a little compassion both to the mom and the baby. It absolutely never would have occurred to me to complain to the innkeeper.

Again, I don't mean to minimize the (sounds like) frustrating experiences an innkeeper may go through, but I think we should all remember that children are people too, and sometimes moms need a little compassion.

Best wishes, Anna. Happy travels!

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