The Econo Lodge is located just a block or so from Albuquerque's Old Town making it a convenient and inexpensive alternative as you begin your exploration of the sights. Unfortunately, due to my own carelessness perhaps, I was booked into a smoking room. But that wasn't the only problem. #236 had absolutely no views of the NM sky--a major reason you are there--and the "air conditioner" rattled loudly and incessantly. A terrible room that should be retired. The good part? Management was most understanding and accommodating. After a restless night, I was moved to a 2nd floor room with a view of the sky and partial view of the stunning Sandia Mountains. The room had a more modern (and quiet) air conditioner and, of course, did not reek of smoke. It was well worth the $53 plus taxes. An unusual twist: A full, hot breakfast is served in the lobby each morning. The space is small but the menu is not--bacon, eggs, sausages, hot waffles, bagels, coffee etc. etc. All for the price of the room. The food was average but satisfying and the area was clean and restocked regularly. The on premise staff is helpful and friendly. There is all-day coffee and fresh fruit available. Again, the location is the chief selling point here but a stay here will not upset you--unless you get stuck in #236. So be choosy (and careful) when booking. Take a ground floor or second floor room near the center of the motel. And consider earplugs. Even though the newer cooling units (check to make sure your room has a newer one) are more quiet than the old, they can still be annoying.