Visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico's City of Contrasts

Founded at the beginning of the 18th century, Albuquerque — or, for short, ABQ — not only is New Mexico’s largest city, but also home to the International Balloon Fiesta, which attracts a great number of people. Here, old and new merge and the traditional Old Town stands in contrast to the modern part of the city. Have you ever considered traveling to ABQ? If not, put it on your list.


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Clubhouse Inn

When staying at the Clubhouse Inn & Suites, you can expect a clean, intimate environment with friendly staff members. Stay active during your trip and make use of the heated outdoor pool, or hit the gym for a workout. Wi-Fi is free, so you can stay connected. Room rates start as low as $70 but depend on season. Start your day with freshly-made waffles and in-room coffee. For your convenience, parking is free, and a complimentary shuttle will bring you downtown, where you can see the Old Town Plaza or Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Hotel Albuquerque Old Town

Stay in the heart of the city at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and enjoy the mountain view. This luxurious, traditional hotel will be your cherry on top. Experience New Mexico’s history and immerse yourself in this very special atmosphere by going on one of the many historic walking tours — or two. The historic Old Town Plaza with shops, galleries, and restaurants is on your doorstep. Prices start around $150 per night. Relax in the hot tub or take advantage of the room service.

Hotel Blue

The Hotel Blue Albuquerque is for those looking for a comfortable, conveniently located place to stay without spending too much more on accommodation. Average room rates are about $75. Enjoy freshly baked cookies upon arrival and indulge in a complimentary breakfast featuring Starbucks coffee. Have a restful night after a day out in the heart of the city, which is located along famous Route 66. Walk to the Convention Center or ABQ BioPark Botanical Garden & Aquarium; historic Old Town is about one mile away.

Parq Central

The Hotel Parq Central prides itself with a classic interior, bright rooms, and a touch of historic elegance. Room rates start at $125 and include free parking, as well as breakfast to start your day right. Relax in your luxury robe, walk through the garden park, or enjoy the soothing view on the mountains from the rooftop lounge. You may even bring your four-legged companion. The BioPark Botanic Garden is nearby, and so are many eateries and shops.

MCM Elegante

With room rates starting ar $75 per night, MCM Elegante Hotel is the most affordable place to stay on this list. Rooms come with bath products, and coffee maker. Do your taste buds good at the full-service restaurant Mesa Grill, relax in the pool, or stick to your workout routine by taking advantage of the fitness room. Or how about complimentary cocktails at Sandia Springs Lounge after a dip in the jacuzzi? You can also take advantage of a free airport shuttle. Lively Old Town, with many attractions, restaurants, and a lively atmosphere, is roughly four miles away.

This was written in cooperation with Hipmunk, in the course of their Hipmunk Boutique Hotels campaign, to bring you a variety of hotels all over the U.S.