A relatively inexpensive place to stay for a night or two, not the cheapest (but you probably wouldn't want that, the place next door claims $29.99 a night, but who knows what you're getting..)
Personally, as a guy travelling with my wife (both mid 50's) it was fine; we don't spend much time in a motel room. It was clean, although with this disinfectant smell when you first step in (could be a worse smell though, e.g., cigarette or just stinky). It had a bigger-than-mini fridge that worked well, a microwave, and a small coffee maker. The king bed was comfortable enough, and the a/c/heater worked fine (street noise if you kept window open). The room was small with no closet, just a bar for hanging clothes and a dresser. Did include a ironing board, iron, hair dryer, and smallish flat sceen tv. The bath was no frills, but clean and appeared recently renovated. Like I say, for a guy, perfectly acceptable; for a woman with higher standards, not so much, but she usually distrusts places under $100 anyway.
The motel was a very short walk to a decent coffee shop, a local burger joint, a family-style restaurant, and at least two very nice restaurants (the Standard Diner and The Artichoke Cafe).
The rate includes access to a tiny breakfast area in the check-in office. The coffee was excellent, and there were plenty of apples, bananas, muffins, oatmeal and cold cereal. Also had a small pool in the parking lot surrounded by a wall for privacy, it was usable, but bare bones- two plastic lounges, chair and table (again, this was Oct., so maybe didn't put out more than min. furniture).
Didn't feel at all unsafe, though there wasn't much around. You'd have to be a wimpy or naive traveler to say this was an unsavory part of town- mostly because the majority of ABQ appears unsavory to the first timer. (Of course, I didn't get a computer ripped off. Would tend to keep expensive items locked up in the trunk if we would be away all day in any place, like this, that doesn't provide a safe.) If you want to walk to Albuquerque's attractions, you should stay around the old town (which this wasn't near). Alternatively, you could stay near the seedy downtown if you want whatever "nightlife" the town has, otherwise you save by staying here and using you rental car. Probably 20 min drive to balloon fiesta, but could be significantly more traffic depending.
The second floor rooms may charitably be said to give a view (the mountains to the east, and early am hot air balloons to the west from the tiny bathroom window). You'll have to decide whether this is worth hefting your lougage up the one flight.
I agree that the front desk lady is not very friendly at first, but she'll warm up over time if you take the time to treat her nice. (The one request we had to fix the end-table lamps was handled relatively promptly.)
All in all, would have given this place a 3 and a half star rating if tripadvisor allowed for half stars in their "overall rating".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Downtown Travel Inn is a newly remodeled and renovated property. All the amenities at the inn are brand new; from the bedding to the LCD flat screen televisions. We have wireless internet throughout the whole property and also offer a business center computer. We offer great quality at affordable prices. Please come and check us out next time your in Albuquerque. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Americas Best Value Hotel Albuquerque