Had occasion to visit Albuquerque recently for special event at Hotel Albuquerque. Having not much experience in the area, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The hotel itself was adequate - moderately overpriced for the quality and decor of the rooms, but location was ideal. In particular, however, I was quite pleasantly surprised from a night life perspective. The on-premises venues, Casa and Qbar are both tastefully presented and do a good job of attracting the right crowd. And I say this as a New Yorker having been exposed to many a club, bar and pub. In particular, James (Club GM) and Julia (VIP Manager) were the consummate professionals - warm, welcoming and genuine. Julia attended to every request and detail like magic. While the security team could use a few lessons in proper manners from a big city venue, the wait staff, bartenders and DJs all did a superb job.