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Sandia Peak Inn Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   4614 Central Avenue Southwest, Albuquerque, NM 87105   |  
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Ranked #3 of 147 Hotels in Albuquerque
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“A Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We were traveling to California to visit our daughter and son in law, and I chose to stay at the Sandia Peak Inn based upon the favorable reviews that I read on Tripadvisor. I have stayed in "fancy" hotels and paid many times the rate that we were charged for our room at this motel. Never, however, have I received the value for my dollar that I received here. My wife has trouble with stairs, so were offered a first floor corner room. The room was spotlessly clean, bedsheets and towels were fresh, the WiFi was excellent, and the beds were comfortable. The room had a mini-fridge, microwave and hair dryer. The exterior of the inn is clean and well maintained, as well, and it is tastefully decorated with southwest style statuary and plantings. Unless you believe that it is impossible to stay in a room which offers much more than a clean, comfortable stay, there is nothing not to like about this inn.

In addition to the wonderful room, we were greeted by a friendly and helpful staff. Even at 8:30pm, it was obvious that they wished to please us. This was made even more evident the next morning, as we were preparing to leave. I was warmly greeted by the motel's maintenance person as he came down the stairs next to my vehicle. He asked how our stay went, and when I told him how pleased we were, he replied, "That's why we're here." But, to top even that, my wife had accidentally dropped one of her earrings down the vanity drain while getting ready that morning. It was not an expensive item, but she hated to lose it. When we stopped at the office to let them know that we were leaving, they graciously offered us breakfast, and my wife mentioned that she had lost the ring in the sink drain. The owner encouraged us to eat breakfast while she had Richard?...I think that was his name...take the sink trap apart to retrieve my wife's earring. While we were eating, he brought it to us at our table. Try getting THAT in a $200 per night hotel!

Finally, as were getting into our car, I spoke with Richard again and thanked him for his efforts. I found that he was soon to travel to Colorado to visit his daughter, and I wished him well. This little place was a gift from God on our way to California, and if we ever return this way again, we'll be sure to remember the Sandia Peak Inn.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

This is the only hotel I've ever stayed in that actually smelled good. Usually hotel rooms either have no smell or smell bad. The rooms are basic, but for the price, you can't beat these clean rooms and the friendly service. The small indoor heated pool is a bonus!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

This motel definitely stands out from the other motel properties on this road, for being clearly very clean and well-maintained. We arrived late on a Saturday evening and received an upstairs room. The room was large, with a nice TV and very good Internet connection. As expected, the bathroom facilities are very basic (one sink, shower/tub combo, toilet) but they are clean. It's nice to have a refrigerator and microwave in the room, though we did not use either for this one-night stay. We did take advantage of the washer and dryer, having been on the road for eight days at that point. We did not try the breakfast, having eaten late the night before and not being hungry, but it was a clean, pleasant breakfast room. The owner said she was there 24/7 and bless her heart, I think she really is--I hope she gets some rest sometimes! Overall, the place is a good value, with the only real drawback being the road noise.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Stayed here based on other TA reviews and was very pleased. Kay is very friendly and we got the $49 dollar special. Upstairs room but parking is close. Used the guest laundry which was a big help. Room is very large, very clean, and nice.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We stayed at the Sandia Peak Motel for 1 night during a roadtrip. The location was great for visiting Old Town and the other sights. The exterior was very clean and immaculate and this gave a great first impression. The owner was very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We stayed in a hot tub room which was beautiful. It was very spacious and was very clean with lovely decor. The added touches such as flowers and pictures made it feel like home. The hot tub was a lovely way to relax and unwind after a busy day sightseeing. The king sized bed was comfortable and there was a flat screen TV with all the channels. There was a lovely little indoor pool with plenty of extra towels provided. The breakfast area was spacious and very clean and immaculate. Again, ornaments and pictures gave the room a homely feel. The breakfast selection was great with plenty of fresh fruit and yoghurts provided (the one chain motel we stayed in during the trip did not provide these). The Sandia Peak is one of the best motels we have stayed in and we would definitely recommend it, as it is a step above the usual chain motels. We were sorry to leave, and would defintely stay again. Well done!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We chose this location because of previous reviews. We were not disappointed. The room was large and very clean. You are within walking distance of the Rio Grande River and bike/walking paths. Just a moderate walk to Old Town.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012 via mobile

Got in late. Nice lady. Got a room. Seems ok. Lady calls: is the room ok. I say yes. Then I go to take a shower and no towels. Just 1 washcloth. I call the front desk a nd a man answers. I ask for towels- he says there are in the laundry room, wait for the morning. Ok it's late I can wait. I tell the guy make SURE they are not delivered before 7:00 a.m., so I can sleep. 5:55a.m., phone rings- my towels. Knock....my towels. 7:30 I get call.. Sorry just got the note about 7:00. I go to checkout and no one is at the desk so I eat breakfast at the comp. breakfast. No attendant. Had to find bagels in the fridge myself. Milk as well. Orange juice is watered down. Toaster doesn't work. Did I say no attendant. I go to check out still no one. The handyman shows up- I ask if someone is working. He says the girl is gone and he doesn't want to wake his boss (8:30a.m., mind you). I want a receipt for checking out. Handyman can't find my receipt. Calls someone to no avail and offers to write one by hand. I ask where the front desk person is and he says "at the gym"... Really? I leave. I give up. No receipt, little sleep but a nice lady at the night desk. Travel advisor, number 4 hotel in Albuquerque. Really? Never again. I can do my own research, thank you.

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Additional Information about Sandia Peak Inn Motel

Address: 4614 Central Avenue Southwest, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Location: United States > New Mexico > Albuquerque
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Albuquerque
#2 Romantic Hotel in Albuquerque
#2 Family Hotel in Albuquerque
#34 Business Hotel in Albuquerque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sandia Peak Inn Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A jewel of the Southwest! We are closely located to Old Town, Botanical Gardens, Aquarium, and other tourist areas. Clean rooms with a Southwest flare and expanded Hot breakfast with fresh fruit,Waffles boiled eggs Pastries and more are few of our amenities. Also includes Heated indoor pool with free WIFI. Sandia Peak Inn takes pride in its service and adds a personal touch from the moment you walk in. ... more   less 
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