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Sep 22nd, 2017, 12:49 PM
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Hotel location Albuquerque

We're driving from Colorado to Albuquerque next month for three nights. If time allows, we might make day trips to Santa Fe and possibly Taos as well as spend some time exploring Old Town and the International Balloon Museum in ABQ.

I'm torn about where to stay (as in location) - I'd prefer a quiet area with easy parking - I'm considering a hotel in Uptown - does that make sense based on what we want to see?

I know some people prefer to stay in Old Town, but I've read quite a few hotel reviews which give me pause - many people have mentioned not feeling safe - it'll be my 81 year old Mom and myself; I don't want to inadvertently end up in a dicey neighborhood.

Also, is parking hard to come by near Old Town? We'll spent at least a few hours there, but it's not the main focus of our trip.
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Sep 23rd, 2017, 07:41 AM
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My first suggestion that is out of the fray and easy to get to Santa Fe and or Taos would be Tamaya Which is just north of ABQ. It's a lovely hotel, on beautiful grounds with lots of easy parking and spectacular views.

My second recommendation would be Los Poblanos B&B in the north Valley. Stunning propery and views. Again, easy enough to get into other areas.

WHEN next month?? That is a HUGE factor as it is Balloon Fiesta and that overloads the city and hotels are often long gone and prices spike.

Also, price factor helps narrow things down.

As a general rule, no chain motels along I25 or I40.

DATES AND PRICES will help.

Also, ask here FIRST before you book, especially if non refundable rate.

Uptown is ok but very commercial, safety is "ok" for the most part.
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Sep 23rd, 2017, 11:04 AM
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Thanks for your input Deb.

Not going during Balloon Fiesta - I'm smarter than that.

I'd looked at Tamaya, but it's more than I want to pay for this particular trip...and that whole resort fee thing just puts me off - I avoid places that charge one. We're going to see the area, not to hang around a hotel/resort.

I was more interested in location than specific hotels.

Sounds like you think north would be a good idea.
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Sep 23rd, 2017, 03:00 PM
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I'm following this for ideas, but I would not recommend the Courtyard Albuquerque. We stayed there in December for one night and the rooms are very dated and need to be renovated. The sliding glass door was covered in condensation which dripped into the carpet.
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Sep 23rd, 2017, 03:03 PM
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Thanks for the input wtm003! Always good to get 1st hand info.
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Sep 24th, 2017, 07:40 AM
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Thank you both - I will take a look at those links (minus the Courtyard).
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Sep 24th, 2017, 10:27 AM
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I've got a gazillion Hyatt points, so I'm now considering either the Hyatt Place Uptown or Hyatt Place near the Airport - any thoughts about these, location-wise?
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Sep 24th, 2017, 10:31 AM
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I see Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is a Hyatt property also...
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Sep 24th, 2017, 10:42 AM
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Nativo Lodge looks promising...
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Sep 24th, 2017, 11:29 AM
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We stayed at the Nativo Lodge very recently and found it quite pleasant and priced well. Also, on our day of arrival (we flew in), I received a text from them letting me know they were expecting us, and whether we needed anything. I texted back asking for close-by restaurant recommendations and quickly received word back. Pleasantly impressed, especially at the reasonable price.
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Sep 24th, 2017, 12:49 PM
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Thank you sludick, that's very helpful.
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Sep 24th, 2017, 05:57 PM
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I would not stay at Hyatt airport. The one at Uptown is surrounded by shopping centers and Trader Joes. I'd be a bit concerned at night going in and out of car to motel.

I'd go Nativo before I'd do Uptown.
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Sep 25th, 2017, 06:08 AM
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I highly recommend the Hyatt Regency Tamaya, having stayed there 4 or 5 times. A beautiful property and well worth paying the resort fee.
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Sep 25th, 2017, 10:35 AM
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We stayed at the Sheraton ABQ Uptown and we got the club level and it was under $100 for 2 and that included food and cocktails.. Breakfast too.
Santa Fe was an hours drive but all highway.
We are staying there again.
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Sep 25th, 2017, 11:07 AM
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The Sheraton seems to get a mixed bag of reviews; many saying rooms are tired, drab and need updates.

We picked someone up that was staying at hotel and we were solicited for a handout by someone 'who was away from home, car broke down, needed $20 for gas" or some such thing.

When we returned a few hours later, same woman was in the lot walking up to cars and started towards us. We made sure our friend was inside before we left.

It is borerline sketchy area at night.
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Sep 25th, 2017, 11:30 AM
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We had a renovated room, it was full and had no issues...thank goodness!
Maybe we will stay in Santa Fe, this upcoming trip.

This was this past Thanksgiving weekend.
But you my dear, are a NM local and you give such solid advice!
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Sep 25th, 2017, 02:19 PM
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Sounds like you got a very good deal Moonfish.
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Sep 26th, 2017, 07:56 AM
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Okay, change of plans. We've decided to stay one night Taos, two nights Santa Fe; we'll visit Albuquerque as a day trip from Santa Fe. I've booked a hotel in Santa Fe and I'm considering several promising options in Taos.

This routing makes more logistic sense, and will enable us to make a loop, driving 24/285/64 on the way down, and then I-25 on the way back.

Your suggestions have been much appreciated.

I think we're good to go accommodation-wise, but does anyone have any restaurant suggestions? I'm on the prowl for lots of green chile.
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Sep 26th, 2017, 08:18 AM
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I like the Shed on E. Palace Ave in Santa Fe as well as Geronimo for something more upscale.
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