Wondering where to stay in Albuquerque, New Mexico? Being that Albuquerque is the most populous city in the state of New Mexico, there are plenty of hotels and vacation rentals to stay in or around the city. I mean it is called the Land of Enchantment after all.
Deciding where to stay in Albuquerque will depend on what your travel style is. Whether you are in town for an outdoor getaway, family vacation or a just a huge fan of breaking bad, I’ll help explain the 4 areas in Albuquerque to stay so you can decide what neighborhood is best for you.
There are four areas of Albuquerque I recommend to stay – Old Town, Downtown, Uptown, and North Valley. We’ll get into the specifics of each area but first, are you in a hurry? If you are trying to book a room tonight or don’t have time to read the whole article, below I listed a quick list of the best places to stay in Albuquerque, NM for easy booking.
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- Where to stay in Albuquerque for sight seeing – Hotel Chaco
- The best place to stay in Albuquerque for nightlife and ease of public transportation – Hotel Andaluz
- Where to stay in Albuquerque, NM if you are on a budget – Comfort Inn & Suites Albuquerque Downtown
- Best place to stay for Albuquerque Balloon Festival – TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albuquerque North
- Where to stay in Albuquerque for a family vacation – Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
- Best place to stay in Albuquerque for the solo adventurist – Hotel Albuquerque
Best Area to Stay in Albuquerque
Stay in Old Town District if you want to be walking distance to historic sights, museums, restaurants and art galleries. The Old Town area of New Mexico has accommodations fit for every budget, from high end luxury hotels to average chain hotels. This is a great area to stay for families as your close ABQ Biopark, one of the best things to do in Albuquerque.
Things to do in Old Town District:
- ABQ Biopark
- American International Rattlesnake Museum
- San Felipe de Neri Church (one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city)
- Old Town Plaza
- New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
- Explora Museum
- Ghost Tour
Stay in Downtown Albuquerque if you want to be in the heart of the city. This location is very central and is home to some of the best restaurants, nightclubs and hotels in town. This is a great area if you are traveling to New Mexico on business, enjoy nights out on the town, want to use public transportation and want to stay in luxury hotels.
Things to do in Downtown Albuquerque:
- Marble Brewery
- Go Bar Hopping down Central Avenue
- New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society
- Opera Southwest
- Rio Bravo Brewing Company
- Convention Center
- Tacos, Tacos, Tacos
Stay in Uptown Albuquerque if you are a young traveler and want to be close to trendy cafes, brew pubs, taverns & wine bars. The University of New Mexico is located in this area of Albuquerque so expect a younger crowd. This area often holds festivals and large events such as the New Mexico State Fair, so if you are in town for a specific event, this would be a great area to check out.
Things to do in Uptown Albuquerque:
- The Dinner Detective Show
- Picnic at Hyder Park
- Check out the University of New Mexico
- New Mexico State Fair
- Spaceship Ufo House
North Valley & beyond is the area North of Old Town and Downtown. Stay in North Valley if your main objective of visiting New Mexico is to be close to nature and get some rest & relaxation.
Things to do in North Valley & Beyond:
- Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre
- Balloon Fiesta Park
- The actual Balloon Fiesta if you are here when it is going on which is usually in October.
- Cliff’s Amusement Park
- Sandia Peak Tramway
- Hike along the Rio Grande
Where to Stay in Old Town Albuquerque
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Hotel Albuquerque is a great place to stay in Albuquerque, New Mexico that is walking distance to Old Town which contains several restaurants, bars and local shops. I stayed here for a weekend as I had a friend get married at the hotel and it was stunning.
This hotel features an outdoor pool, a relaxing hot tub and a fitness center. There’s even In-room massages available upon request. If you get an Eastern facing room prepare for some beautiful sunrises over the Sandia Mountains.
The Sawmill Market across the street is a giant warehouse full of different food vendors and pop-up hand made craft shops. It’s a perfect place to go if you want variety and to support local vendors.
Top Pick ✨
Hotel Chaco is a luxury Albuquerque Hotel situated in the Historic Old Town and the new urban Sawmill districts. This is a boutique hotel in Albuquerque that calls to the luxury travelers seeking authentic experiences.
Located right next door to Hotel Albuquerque, Hotel Chaco is the most distinct hotel in all of New Mexico. The unique room layouts are designed by world-famous architecture firm Gensler and feature authentic interior design with the best collection of contemporary Native American New Mexican artists on display.
Hotel Chaco’s pale stone masonry facade and wooden accents are designed to work with the warm, dry climate of the Southwest and are reminiscent of architectural elements found at Chaco Canyon and in New Mexico’s pueblos. And it has a swanky roof top bar which makes it one of the best hotels in old town Albuquerque.
Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn
Built in 1938, The Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn features 21 spacious casitas, hot tub suites, glowing fireplaces, soft adobe walls, hidden courtyards, inviting patios and beautiful gardens that accentuate this Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast.
Located only three short blocks from the Albuquerque Old Town Plaza, and within walking distance of many of Albuquerque’s best attractions.
These include the Albuquerque Museum of Art, The Natural History Museum, the I-Explore Children’s museum and The Albuquerque Bio Park that Includes the Albuquerque Aquarium, Botanic Gardens and the Albuquerque Zoo.
Old Town Casita
This Old Town Casita is a budget friendly option to stay in Old Town Albuquerque. This charming stay is walkable to the central plaza galleries, shops and several restaurants and cafes. This is perfect if you don’t want to drive anywhere. Better yet rent an e-bike at a nearby shop and explore the area on two wheels.
Where to Stay in Albuquerque | Downtown
Hotel Parq Central Albuquerque
This beautifully restored boutique hotel is a place of unique charm. Hotel Parq Central has Italian-inspired exteriors and warm, inviting décor which remain faithful to the original construction when built in 1926
Hotel Parq Central has a convenient location, just one mile from the downtown area. This makes a perfect choice for business and leisure travelers, as well as travelers seeking an elegant setting for a corporate event or special occasion.
A hotel highlight is the a rooftop bar and patio. The also offer a free shuttle to the airport perfect for those early morning flights.
Comfort Inn & Suites Albuquerque Downtown
Conveniently located just off I-40 about a mile outside of downtown Albuquerque, Comfort Inn & Suites is a great choices of places to stay in Albuquerque if you are on a budget. Located just minutes from the shops, galleries and restaurants.
The budget hotel has convenient amenities such as a small convenience store, fitness center, seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub.
Once Albuquerque’s tallest building, Hotel Andaluz was built in 1939 with decor inspired by Spain’s Andalusian region. Located in the heart of the city, swanky restaurants, cute cafes and trendy brew pubs are all within walking distance.
Relax at the rooftop bar and lounge as you watch the sunset with city views. Close to nightlife, Hotel Andaluz is a great place to stay for modern luxury in the city.
Where to Stay in Albuquerque | Uptown
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Located off the historic Route 66 highway in Albuquerque, the Sheraton Uptown is nestled in the premier shopping and dining district. There are lots of local attractions nearby including Historic Old Town, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Expo New Mexico, Petroglyph National Monument, ABQ BioPark, Zoo and several recreational areas.
If you are traveling with your furry companion, the Sheraton is a great choice as it is pet friendly. Unwind at the lobby bar sipping on some of New Mexico’s finest microbrews after a day of exploration. The Sheraton is a great choice for business travelers, people passing through or couples enjoying a vacation to the city.
Centrally located within 5 miles of the University of New Mexico, the Hyatt Place Uptown is great place to stay in Albuquerque to be near the university, Kirkland Air Force Base and the hospital.
Stay here to be within walking distance to several restaurants and shops and close to the interstate for exploring outside of the city.
Nob Hill Guesthouse
The Nob Hill Guesthouse is a great option if you are traveling Albuquerque on a budget. This stay is a guesthouse in the back of a main house. It’s cute, comfy and quiet.
Located close to nightlife, coffee shops, university district, museums and outdoor activities, this stay is perfect for a couple or solo traveler.
Best Places to Stay in North Valley & Beyond
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
Set among 25 acres of lavender fields, enormous cottonwood trees and lush formal gardens, Los Poblanos is one of the most historic properties in the Southwest. The natural beauty, comfort and privacy of Los Poblanos offer guests a truly relaxing environment, ideal for physical and mental well-being.
The on site restaurant, Campo, is a casual fine-dining experience featuring a field-to-fork menu from the organic farm. This is the perfect place to stay if your looking to relax and rejuvenate in a positive and healthy space.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albuquerque North
The TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albuquerque North is designed for the extended stay traveler. This Albuquerque hotel has an outdoor pool, hot tub, fully equipped kitchens and a laundromat on site. Located off I-25, this hotel gives you quicker access to attractions like the iconic Balloon Fiesta and the airport is 15 minutes away. Perfect for those people of you who work from home and want to experience a new city.
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
The Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North is a great place to stay for the whole family. Located a short drive away from Cliff’s Amusement Park where the kids can enjoy the combined amusement and water park.
Or head to Balloon Fiesta Park for year-round outdoor fun. There is also a a connected indoor/outdoor pool so you can enjoy splashing around at anytime of the year.
Isleta Resort & Casino
If you are looking for a place to stay in Albuquerque that will keep you entertained then opt for a stay at Isleta Resort & Casino. This Albuquerque hotel has a golf course, casino and an indoor and outdoor pool.
It even has a bowling alley. It’s a great price for all the amenities and entertainment that come with the resort.