The rooms in the Rio Grande open to indoor hallways, giving a more upscale, hotel feel to the property. The room was clean and nicely decorated. The king bed was magnificent and rivals the dreamy beds found in more expensive hotels. We found high quality soaps and shampoos which is always a nice surprise. The swimming pool is outdoors and too cold for swimming in October.
Others have mentioned the lack of a breakfast, which is a hallmark of BW lodging, especially a Plus. Though this property adheres to the Best Western guidelines to qualify for Plus status, most customers don't understand that the unremarkable on-site cafe satisfies the "availability of a meal" requirement set by BW Corporate. It is damaging to the Best Western brand to substitute a mediocre cafe where the food is an additional fee, versus the usual complimentary breakfast customers have come to expect. If a free breakfast is important, then I would check out the other 2 BW properties in Albuquerque. If not, then the Rio Grande is a lovely place to stay.