I had a series of meetings in Albuquerque at the Embassy Suites, which was going to cost over $125/day. Looking on Google I saw the Plaza in was just across the street. I saw some very conflicting reviews here, and for the difference in price I thought I'd check it out. I called and talked to Joanne, who explained some things I didn't know.
The way I understand it Tripadvisor gets income from the various properties. The properties must sign up and there is some kind of remuneration changes hands. I suppose the hotel gets a more prominent position in the results or such. When the Plaza Inn declined to sign up suddenly the uncomplimentary reviews started showing up.
Joanne asked me to check the Plaza on other rating services, and sure enough, the ratings were higher.
So we went and stayed nearly a week.
The staff was super.
It was clean,
The bed was good
Our first night we were on the side facing the highway. I'm a light sleeper so I was disturbed by the occasional motorcycle, so we moved to the other side.
Hot tub was excellent except the one night it was closed for maintenance.
The bathrooms have been recently remodeled.
The shuttle was prompt
The lighting in the room was poor. It got better after we had a bulb replaced. They had 130V bulbs, which last a long time but throw less light. I would have liked a lamp on the desk, too
The breakfast was hot and fresh
There are a few places where the wall paper is peeling, and there is various maintenance work that is needed for appearances. The A/C worked as it should (pet peeve of mine)
The view at sunset is magnificent.
The staff was super.
If somebody else were paying the bill, sure I would go to Embassy, but for my money I am well pleased with the Plaza
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Howard Johnson ABQ Midtown-formerly Plaza Inn Abq. offers 120 Spacious Guests Rooms and Suites. We are just minutes away from UNM, Presbyterian Hospital, Heart Hospital, Kirtland AFB, Isotopes, Lobos and Downtown ABQ! We are the preferred hotel for ABQ Balloon Festival, Sporting Events and local Attractions. We are also a Pet Friendly Hotel. We offer a FREE Hot Breakfast with Omelets, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, french Toast, Grits, Boiled Eggs, Biscuits & Gravy & more, FREE WIFI, Freshly baked Cookies Daily from 4pm-8pm with Tea and Iced lemonade, Indoor Heated Pool and Hot Tub, Pet walking area, FREE USA Today, free shuttle, Refrigs and microwaves in EVERY Room. We have over 6 Restaurants that deliver food right to your room. Enjoy our Chess game in the lobby. We also have meeting rooms and Banquet facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Inn Albuquerque Hotel Albuquerque
- Plaza Hotel Albuquerque
- Albuquerque Plaza Hotel