Hotels in Albuquerque
This Pueblo-style resort halfway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque offers authentic Native American activities (tribal folk-dance shows, huruna-bread tastings, pottery-making lessons) in addition to golf, horseback riding, and post-adventure pampering (try the ancient-drumming mud mask).
Set close to the city’s museums, the hotel has spacious rooms ideal for families—and rates that include full-cooked breakfasts and evening hors d’oeuvres.
Midway between the balloon museum and tramway, the swanky Sandia Resort & Casino has handsomely appointed rooms with deep soaking tubs and panoramic views of the mountains and Rio Grande Valley.
Rescued and restored in 2005 following years of neglect, the Shaffer Hotel is one of the state’s rare remaining Pueblo–Art Deco structures. Rooms are basic, with claw-foot tubs and Southwest prints.
The spacious rooms here are kitted out with handsome Native American furnishings and surround a courtyard pool.
You need to book well ahead for a chance to visit the mysterious Lightning Field, a gridlike sculpture by Walter De Maria comprising some 400 stainless-steel poles. You can view the artwork only by spending the night.
Formerly the Best Western Inn and Suites
The rooms aren’t anything to write home about, but the hotel does throw in nice little extras like free daily breakfast and free high-speed Internet access.
Two historic buildings, designed by renowned New Mexico architect John Gaw Meem, sit under cottonwood trees along the Rio Grande.