Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque’s downtown boutique hotel is literally in the center of it all. Sitting just feet from the downtown strip, you wouldn’t know it from the tranquility of the hotel’s interior. The grand two-story lobby takes nods from Spain and Morrocco—tiled floors, a spouting water fountain, and ornate archways frame a series of built-in nooks for socializing. A cultural center displaying art exhibits from local artists and a stucco-walled library bring New Mexico inside your hotel walls.
The rooms and suites are just as gilded, with deep-brown leather headboards and Italian Frette linens topped with goose-down duvets. The his-and-hers sinks are carved from stone tiles and mosaic is accented throughout, all keeping with the green design this hotel is known for.
Like the city that houses it, Hotel Andaluz runs deep with history. Constructed by New Mexico native, Conrad Hilton, of Hilton Hotel fame, it cost only $700,000 to build in 1939. At the time of construction, it was the tallest building in the entire state and the first with air conditioning. In 2005 the estate eventually landed in the arms of an Albuquerque businessman, Gary Goodman. A $30 million renovation ensued and in 2009 the doors reopened to an immaculate homage of Spanish décor. The hotel is one of only two LEED Gold Certified hotels in the country that also finds itself on the national registry of historic hotels.