I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights in mid-December as part of a vacation; I had been staying for 2 nights in the competing hotel across the street, but had such a bad experience there, I checked in here at the last minute for the remainder of my stay. The hotel is conveniently located, close to Old Town and interstate/freeway; it is average in terms of accommodations, I think a little overpriced (even for the AAA rate I got) for what you get. I asked for a room away from freeway and foot traffic. The room they put me in originally (240) had a heater that did not work on the "auto" setting; I did not discover this until late at night when I was ready for bed, too late to change rooms for the night. It meant that I had to keep getting up many times throughout the night to turn on the heater when it got too cold, and then turn it off when it got too hot; only the manual settings worked, the thermostat function wasn't working. It wouldn't have been a huge issue except it was down to about 20 degrees that night, extremely cold; but the heater would only work on the high setting it seemed, so it would get overwhelmingly warm if you left it on too long. So, once again, did not get much sleep that night due to this problem. Also, there was a very long black hair on the inside of the shower curtain - which freaks me out, I hate when other people's hair is left in the bathroom in any location, it makes the room feel unclean in general. The next morning, I informed the front desk of the heater problem; they said they'd have maintenance fix it that day. When I returned that afternoon, they said it had been repaired; however when I went to the room and checked it, that was not the case; it was still not working. So, they agreed to let me change rooms - this time to 140, where the auto/thermostat function was working (it was a newer model heater than the one in 240). For all this trouble, they only took $10 off my room rate for each night; I guess I'd hoped they would have comp'd one of my nights there. Also, the bed pillows were extremely uncomfortable, and were this small weird square shape. Recommend they invest in some decent pillows. Also, the satellite function on the TV was very slow - changing channels took forever due to slow/spotty signal I guess; and in one of my rooms, the remote was on the wrong setting completely, so I had to call the front desk to have them tell me how to reset it so the TV would work. That shouldn't happen. I did like that they put the TV remotes in "Clean Remote" bags but the bags aren't sealed, how do we know for sure they've even done anything to sanitize or clean the remotes?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Full service hotel located in the Historic Old Town District with over 150 unique shops, restaurants, and art galleries nestled around the Albuquerque Plaza. The Inn is bordered by I-40 to the North, the Downtown District to the East, Route 66 to the South, and the Rio Grande River to the West. Swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, cantina, business center, and free Wi-Fi. 100% non-smoking facility. ... more less
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