We booked for four nights for Balloon Fiesta. We were in Albuquerque the previous year but the week before the Fiesta. Many hotels were fully booked when we made our reservation for this stay.
The hotel looks a bit shabby from the outside and it is due for a sprucing up - no question about that. In theory the doors were looked after hours but the locks didn't work so it was false security. We had was a two room suite with the bedroom having two queen beds. We were VERY satisfied with the room and would definitely want this set up again.
The staff at the desk was very helpful. Breakfast was very good. Overall we were pleasantly surprised and as noted by others it is handy to Balloon Fiesta. We had Gondola Club tickets for Saturday evening of the opening weekend and Sunday morning. The trip from the Clarion to the reserved parking area at BF was quick and we were never lined up in traffic.
Thoroughly enjoyed our four days.