I'd rate this good (not 'very good') or 3 1/2 stars if possible. We had a reservation for 4 nights. The website said some rooms have fridges and microwaves but no further explanation. When we checked I was very surprised that we were asked to pay for all 4 nights in advance! We were given a room that REEKED of cigarettes. I told the front desk and was shown another room. It had a slight odor - perhaps smoke or a fragrance covering it - but it was acceptable. This room was in a much nicer location too. Instead of opening to the parking lot, it was in a corner behind the pool. It also had a fridge and microwave which the first one did not! For a 4-night stay they should have given us this nicer room to begin with. I was pleased with the "upgrade" but unhappy they originally gave us the inferior room.
The room was big, the 2 queen beds were comfortable and the air-conditioning worked well and quietly. The wifi worked too. The towels were average-sized and soft enough. The room looked clean but I was unhappy to see hairs on the shower wall (ugh!) and wondered what else wasn't cleaned! This problem persisted - in 4 days the shower walls were never cleaned. I noticed a bulb out in the bathroom but the next day it had been replaced (without our asking).
The breakfast could hardly be more minimal. They had Raisin Bran and Cheerios with milk, a plate of little Danish and some bread; weak coffee and what tasted like fake orange juice (Sunny Delight or something?) and cheap apple juice.
The ice machine had a coin slot, but no sign of how to use it. When I asked the front desk, they turned it on with a key while I filled the ice bucket, then locked it again. I guess they're trying to control usage so people won't fill up their coolers.
We didn't use the pool, but it looked very clean. I saw the staff test and clean it daily.
The location was good for us and for the AAA-rate price we paid we felt we got good value for money, despite the minuses, .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Econo Lodge Downtown Albuquerque hotel near the Albuquerque Convention CenterThe Econo Lodge® Downtown is conveniently located less than one mile from the Albuquerque Convention Center and the University of New Mexico. This Albuquerque, NM hotel is close to popular attractions like the Albuquerque Aquarium, the Rio Grande Zoo, historic Old Town Albuquerque and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.The Albuquerque International Sunport airport is three miles away. The surrounding area offers a variety of entertainment venues, shopping centers and eateries. The hotel is close to several restaurants and cocktail lounges, including the Artichoke Café, McDonald's, Milton's Family Restaurant and Coaches Sports Grill.Superior hotel accommodations include:Free continental breakfastFree local callsFree coffeeOutdoor heated poolPet-friendly hotel (stay fee applies)This Albuquerque, NM hotel also provides business travelers with additional conveniences like large work desks and access to fax services.All spacious guest rooms come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, hair dryers and coffee makers. Some rooms feature balconies. Non-smoking and handicap accessible rooms can be requested.Ample parking is provided on the premises and can accommodate most vehicles and trucks.The Econo Lodge Downtown offers ideal accommodations, friendly customer service and affordable rates, with easy access to all Albuquerque, New Mexico attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge Albuquerque
- Albuquerque Econo Lodge