Where to stay in Albuquerque – A guide to the city of New Mexico
Albuquerque is the largest city and the heart of the state of New Mexico.
Albuquerque is part of the county of Bernalillo on the left bank of the Rio Grande, covering much of the Sandia Mountains.
It is the intellectual center of the state of New Mexico, thanks to the university, the botanical garden, the Biopark, the galleries and its 16 museums.
Albuquerque is a popular destination in October when the world’s largest balloon show is held: The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.
To the northwest of the city, you’ll find the Sandia Mountains, an attractive set of mountains that can be reached through the Watería Peak cable car.
Albuquerque is a sunny city for most of the year, except for July and August, when the rains abound.
Albuquerque is the best-connected city in New Mexico since it houses the Sunport International Airport, the busiest air terminal in the region.
Route 66 of Nob Hill is of great importance due to its alternative style and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, ideal to move to the further corners of the city.
The most entertaining point of Albuquerque is Downtown, where you will find the best bars, restaurants, shops, and theaters.
Every corner of the most populated city in the state of New Mexico has a particular atmosphere, such as the architectural heritage, the museums and the cultural centers around the Plaza Vieja.
Among the best areas to stay Albuquerque, the Downtown stands out for its lively nightlife (See accommodation in Downtown Albuquerque).
Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Albuquerque.
The Best Areas to Stay in Albuquerque
1. Recommended Area: Downtown Albuquerque (Near the Amtrak Station)
Downtown Albuquerque is the heart of the city and, as expected, has a privileged and central location.
Also known as the Albuquerque business district, the Downtown is an area of outstanding buildings, offices and restaurants.
The central and old avenue Route 66 has the best nightlife of the state of New Mexico, with bars and theaters are found. A few minutes away, you’ll find the convention center, ideal for business events.
Downtown Albuquerque is the best-connected area of the city, all public transportation of the district operates from the Alvarado transportation center, located on 1st Street SW.
The Downtown district is the best area to stay in Albuquerque for business travelers and nightlife lovers, as well as those who are looking to stay close to public transport stations.
Why we love this area:
- Best area for business trips
- Best area for nightlife
- Great transport connections
- Central location
- Luxury-type hotels
- High-end restaurants
Accommodation in this area
Comfort Inn & Suites Albuquerque Downtown
This hotel is a 10-minute drive from the Albuquerque Sunport International Airport, just off I-40, near Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Albuquerque Midtown
Located in Albuquerque, this hotel is 3 miles from the Albuquerque International Airport and offers an indoor pool.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Downtown/University
Home2 Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Downtown / University is 5 minutes’ drive from the University of New Mexico and features an indoor pool and fitness center.
2. Plaza Vieja & New Mexico Museum
The Old Plaza area and the crowded New Mexico Museum belong to the Old Town district, which is located between Rio Grande Boulevard, Mountain Road, 19th Street, and Central Avenue.
The Plaza Vieja is one of the most attractive points of the city. At its ends, there still are blocks of colonial buildings and, in its center, you’ll find the church of San Felipe de Neri.
The surroundings of the Plaza feature the largest concentration of museums and galleries in Albuquerque, such as the Museum of Natural History and Science of New Mexico.
The Old Town is only a three minutes drive away from the downtown area, with connections from the Central Río Grande bus station, located on the central avenue.
The Old Town of Albuquerque is par excellence, the district to take the tourist tours, in addition to one of the closest to the downtown.
The surroundings of the Plaza Vieja have mixed accommodation, ideal to enjoy the historical attractions and one of the best areas to stay in Albuquerque.
Why we love this area:
- Museum of Natural History and Science
- Plaza Vieja
3. West Albuquerque & ABQ BioPark
West Albuquerque is bordered by the Plaza Vieja and at a 20 minutes drive from the Downtown area.
West Albuquerque is a district designed for family entertainment and enjoyment.
The ABQ Biopark is the most famous attraction in the area, with its four environmental sections such as the Aquarium, the Botanical Park, the Rio Grande Zoo and Tingley Beach, also called the Fishing Lake, ideal for boat rides.
The western area of Albuquerque concentrates the most important and modern parks of the city.
The Aquarium Botanic and Tingley Beach train stations, which are located on the outskirts of the Biopark, connect these attractions with the rest of Albuquerque.
Around the Biopark, you’ll find hotels that are cheaper than those in Downtown and Oldtown Albuquerque, with mixed and accessible accommodation costs.
Why we love this area:
- ABQ Biopark
- Best area for family trips
- Cheap hotels
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