We've read a few articles lately about this local hotel so we checked it out - and just fell in love with it. This historic former hospital has been remodeled into a clean, modern boutique hotel that has probably just become my favorite place to stay in New Mexico.
Hotel Parq Central is located right next to the freeway, so it's not totally quiet in the rooms - though it's not loud. The area used to be - well, frankly a dump, but it's been rehabilitated to where it's comfortably safe and I never saw a single view from the hotel that was in any way shabby. There's plenty of onsite parking but once you park your car, you really can have a great time without ever touching it again. The Hotel Parq Central is conveniently located near great restaurants in EDo and frequently run bus and rapid ride bus stops that can whisk you to Nob Hill, Downtown or Old Town. No need to drink and drive - take ABQ Ride for a buck each way. Or - use the hotel's complimentary shuttle to travel in a three-mile radius. Can't beat it!
Onsite, Hotel Parq Central features the Apothecary Lounge, a rooftop bar (inside and out - fine for cold nights or pleasant ones) that's modern, friendly, and has great views of Downtown, traffic rocketing silently by on I-25, and the volcano cores on the West Side. The service in the lounge was really terrific (thanks Heather!) and the drinks and bar food were spot-on.
Hotel check-in was efficient and friendly. The room (an executive king) was a great deal larger than we were expecting, and had a lovely view of the park across the street and the hotel's lovely garden area. The room was quite comfortable (plenty of seating and storage space - and ROOM to move as well as a large bathroom with nice amenities) and came with free WiFi, convenient coffee stations on each floor, and an honestly terrific continental breakfast (that included cereals, boiled eggs, quiches, all manner of lovely little pastries, juices, all manner of toasts and toppings, tea and solidly good coffee) - this was one of the better continental breakfasts we've found at similar properties. The hotel property was lovely - tastefully decorated lobby and solarium lounges, gorgeous Xeric garden with great seating (several comfy rockers!), lots of newspapers around for guests. I wanted to spend more time there - and I'm sure we'll be back.
Very minor things that were less than perfect: the design of the place makes primary access to upstairs through one elevator, which could be slow - there were a couple times when we waited two minutes for one. The coffee station on our floor wasn't kept as full as it might have been and had the wrong lids set out for the cups provided. The staff in the breakfast room were pretty slow to clean up previously occupied tables - crumbs sat there for some time.
Hotel Parq Central was great for a weekend getaway - and I'd wholeheartedly recommend it to friends and relatives coming in from out of town.