This hotel has positive aspects which were noted in prior reviews. That is why we went there for three nights and stuck it out. Go there only if you are not sensitive to noise, and are unconcerned about how you and others behave. Then, you will fit in and enjoy it.
THE GOOD - This hotel is moderately/low priced. It has small suites that can accommodate 6 people (two to a bed). Each suite has a bedroom with one or two queen-sized beds (we had the two bed version). There is also a very small parlor with a TV and a couch. The couch has a foldout double bed. There is no door between the two rooms, The furnishings are on the bleak side. Still, its not bad for our low price of $67/night (my senior rate - in the off season of early April), There was a refrigerator and a microwave in the room. This helps cut food costs. In addition, we had a fairly good warm and cold breakfast buffet include each day. It is served in a bright room with chairs and tables, just off the lobby. The hotel is pet friendly, which can be good for you, if not for others. Management does not seem troubled by barking dogs.
Albuquerque reportedly has very serious crime problems, due to drugs and expansion of Mexican gangs into this area. It is necessary to be alert to where you go in town. However, we did not observe any problems in the area of this hotel and felt secure in staying there.
People with children will like the pool on the first floor, where the kids can play and raise hob without being harassed by hotel management.
From this hotel, it is easy and fast to reach Albuquerque's many attractions. There is ready access to Highway I-25 (a block and a half away).
The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful in directing us to attractions in Albuquerque. They also tried to give us the quietest room they had, in response to my reservation request.
THE BAD - The hotel was crowed, particularly on the weekend. It was a bit difficult to get seating for breakfast. The crowd also increased the general noise level in the hotel.
In the area of this hotel, the roar from cars, trucks and motorcycles on nearby Highway I-25 is unbelievable. Albuquerque is a difficult place to find a moderately priced hotel that does not have noise problems from traffic on I-25, I-40 and/or major city streets. The hotels just do not have enough setbacks or sound proofing. There are a few less noisy hotels West of the city, where I have stayed, but they are more distant from central Albuquerque.
In the case of this hotel, it is very hard to get a room that is quite. There are noises from: (1) I-25 along the entire West side of the hotel, (2) San Antonio Blvd. on the South side, and (3) from shouting and screaming kids in the indoor pool on the North side. The pool noise would affect all the rooms near it, that is above it and across the hall.
Our room was on the first floor on the Southeast side of the Hotel, We had noise from San Antonio Blvd and additional sources. This included a sporadically barking dog heard from the hallway. ,One barked untill 12 midnight one evening. In addition, there was pounding children's feet and loud bangs overhead as they leaped off beds. The maids talked loudly to each other in the hall, without regard to "Do Not Disturb" signs on guests' doors. The manager had a loud argument with a maid in the hall, indicating a lack of concern about such noise. Most guests also seemed to have no regard for people who might value a quiet place to stay or be sleeping. Groups talked loudly and allowed their kids to shout in the halls. These problems were worse on the weekend, as they might be during Summer vacations.
THE UGLEY - The low price per person for rooms, crammed with kids and adults, and the free breakfasts attracted an unusual crowd. It went beyond biker and punk dressed groups, who were also there. We found ourselves eating breakfast and witnessing the opposite of a Victoria Secret Pageant. Many people showed up for breakfast in their pajamas, both adults and children. It was not a pretty sight. Believe me, the women were no super-models. One woman had her hair up in a towel and wore a robe, as though she had just stepped out of the shower, which she apparently had. She owned the the midnight dog. The dog did not eat breakfast with us, but it was just as bad. Two though-looking young women, seemingly a couple, took enough food for days. O.K. But, one repeatedly went back and grabbed warm wet sausage patties, out of the serving tray, with her bare hands. She kept licking her paws each time to cleanup a bit.
A group of teenage girls arrived for breakfast wearing brightly colored plastic hair curlers. They were part of a religious group, as we were told, or possibly a team. This entire girls' "team" left the hotel wearing the same T-shirts and hair full of the same multi-colored curlers. They were probably going to another pageant,
Many people were there and most seemed to like it. We just did not fit in.
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