Upon entering the lobby, you might believe you were in a high priced upscale resort. In fact, I nervously checked my reservation documentation to double check the price I paid for the room. The opulence of the entrance led me to think I had missed a decimal point in my reservation information. In fact, the price I paid was a tremendous value.
The lobby area had live music each night during my stay. There are side rooms where you can hear the music, but enjoy conversation with friends (and also have drinks). There is a library/business center in one corner. The second floor has art on display and you can look down to the fountain (complete with koi).
The hotel rooms are small, but this is to be expected for the time period the hotel was built. The wide screen TV takes up most of the wall. Reading lights above the bed worked great for couples where one person stays up reading and the other wants to sleep. The hotel touts its green initiatives such as rainwater catchment for watering the plants. The multi-plug charging outlet on top of the desk was very useful. The room had a refrigerator. Bathrobes and slippers were provided.
Other reviewers have complained about the street noise. I was on the 6th floor, and the noise came from loud motorcycles that cruise along Central Blvd. Too bad Albuquerque does not have a noise restriction on motorcycles as some municipalities in other areas do. However, my room had two solutions on the clock radio. There were two white noise options, one “nature sounds” and the other piano. I used both of these and did have a good sleep. The motorcycle noise eventually stopped after midnight, too.
The folks who assisted me at reception were very nice both checking in and out. I will stay at this hotel again.