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.
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December 11, 2012
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay with us at Hotel Parq Central. Nothing makes us happier than hearing that you fell in love with our property! We are pleased that you enjoy the renovation of our building and found the views from the hotel to be nice. We are glad that you took the time to explore our historic neighborhood and also took advantage of the shuttle service to Downtown, Old Town, and Nob Hill. The Apothecary Lounge offers truly amazing views and we are delighted that Heather took great care of you while you enjoyed some food and drinks. The Executive rooms are very spacious and we are glad that check-in went smoothly. Breakfast is something we enjoy offering and we are happy that it is one of the better continental breakfasts you have had- we pride ourselves on making the quiche in-house with a variety of fresh ingredients. We are sorry to hear that the servers were a bit slow during your stay at cleaning up tables and that the coffee stations were not kept as full as you would have liked. They have taken these comments to heart and are more alert to vacancies in the Parlor room, where they can clean it up quickly and are also checking the coffee stations more frequently. We do apologize for the cup-lid confusion as well; this was an ordering error and it has been corrected. We are glad that you were able to enjoy the many common areas on property while reading the newspaper or browsing the internet.
We appreciate your recommendation to other travelers and we hope to see you again next time you are in Albuquerque!
All the best,
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