Design: The design of this historic hotel is stunning and the lobby is the most welcoming and cozy ambiance Albuquerque offers with lovely lighting, a water feature, interesting architecture and loads of seating. The lobby is huge with a lofted ceiling, live entertainment some nights, cocktail service and adjoining private rooms perfect for an intimate gatherings. Entertainment varied ranging from a DJ one night to a gifted flamenco guitarist another. Warning, the music is the lobby is really loud. I escaped to the adjoining library with its cozy fireplace, office equipment and beautiful decor to find the music was piped in there too - but easily turned down or muted with a volume switch - now you know its there. The coffee served in the lobby in the morning is very tasty, Red Rooster coffee I believe. Free wifi is a plus and there are lots of outlets in the lobby to charge your gadgets.
Rooms: My corner room, 611, had loads of sunlight - too much actually - too much morning light through the wooden slatted blinds that are not adjustable up/down though the slats can be closed. No blackout curtains. Ackward closet situation but not an issue. Safe in room. Toiletries are top notch and decor is lovely. Fridge was a plus. Housekeeping was prompt and thorough. No tub in this room, though I read others have a claw foot tub, so if that is important ask before you book or get a room assignment.
Service: Service was attentive, friendly and prompt at valet, bar and reception. Entire hotel was spotless. Service and food was average in the downstairs restaurant. Having lobby cocktails (try their sangria) is a plus. Yes, it really is all about that lovely lobby.
Location: Yes, downtown Albuquerque shuts down a little early, but its a nice stroll down Central Avenue. Skip Maisels has wholesale Native American jewelry and pottery from many local pueblo tribes and the prices are unbeatable. It is worth a trip alone and I never miss it when in Albuquerque. I am drawn to my old favorite local foodie spots with local ambiance, true local food, not five star types: Monroes (New Mexican food), Garcia's ) best breakfast burritos all day), the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center's cafe (every item delicious) and the cafeteria (really!) inside the Latino grocery store, Panaderia Crown Bakery (empanadas, pizzas, fresh jalepeno bread), Pro Ranch Market....so much to choose from! Wear pants with elastic.....(smile).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Andaluz shines as downtown Albuquerque's only AAA 4-Diamond hotel and one of Conde Nast Traveler's 2016 Top Hotels in the World. A classic hotel that has been thoroughly updated for the 21st century with chic, modern style, Andaluz is also one of few historic hotels to hold a LEED Gold Certification for environmental sustainability. The hotel offers two award winning bars and restaurants: MAS Tapas y Vino, featuring an extensive curated wine list and a contemporary take on small plates, and Ibiza, a wonderful rooftop patio bar offering a fun, relaxing atmosphere and tempting cocktails. Conveniently located in downtown, Andaluz puts you in the center of all Albuquerque has to offer. Hotel Andaluz. Never Stay Ordinary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Andaluz Hotel Albuquerque