The AAA Four Diamond Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque may be 75 years old by June 2014, but there are many new developments to enjoy the boutique property within this historic city.
The hotel’s new restaurant, Más, features Spanish tapas and wine, as well as a full menu prepared by renowned chef James Campbell Caruso, who has been nominated eight times for the James Baird Award for Best Southwest Chef. Eaters can sit in the new dining room with its communal table and white linen tables, or hide in one of the six comfortable lobbies in the lobby called the “Kasba”, in which each One has 10 seats.
Hotel Andalos’s Ibiza rooftop bar offers beautiful views of the Sandia Mountains and modern water and fire elements, making for a great Albuquerque night – whether you’re staying here or just this landmark. Visiting Outdoor dining is also available in Ibiza.
Lobby of Albuquerque’s Hotel Andaluz – Photo courtesy of Steve Larris
Built in 1939, Hotel Andalus plays an important role in the history of Albuquerque. The famous Hilton Hotel was built by the famous New Mexican Conrad Hilton, then the Hilton Hotel was the tallest building in New Mexico at that time. It was the first building in New Mexico to have air conditioning and an elevator.
It was only Hilton’s fourth hotel in the country. Hilton and Zsa Zsa Gabor spent their honeymoon here in 1942, and guests can rent this penthouse suite for themselves. The property became La Posada de Albuquerque in 1984, and was sold, renovated and reopened in 2009 under the name Hotel Andaluz. The building is, in fact, on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hilton / Gaber Honeymoon Suite – Photo courtesy of Steve Larris
Hote Andaluz offers 107 rooms above an impressive two-story open-air lobby, with intimate, arched seating rooms. The rooms are stylish modern lofts with king or queen-size beds, modern art and comfort under the desks.
“Smart technology” turns heat, air conditioning and lighting on or off as guests enter or leave the room. The solar panels on the roof of the hotel heat 60% of the hotel’s water, and there is an extensive recycling program. It is one of only two hotels in the country, both of which are on the historic registry and have Gold LEED certification.
In the lobby, fountains, orchids and colorful lights feature Southwestern and Spanish design elements such as Vegas (“Beams”), leather furniture, hand-carved accents and tile and iron work reminiscent of the Spanish Andalusia, from which the property derives its name. Original murals depicting New Mexico history scenes painted in the 1930s beautify the entrances.
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Hotel Andaluz is offering a $ 75 discount on selected room rates and free monthly cocktails until the end of June 2014. Visit the hotel’s website for more details.