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2500 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1692
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-out
Updated 10/07/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/07/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 153 hotels in Albuquerque
Location
4.7
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4.7
Service
4.7
Value
4.6
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When it opened in 1937, El Vado was one of New Mexico’s first motels to greet Route 66 travelers. Generations of families have forged lasting memories and adventures starting here. Today, El Vado is a unique blend of historic character and charm, combined with modern comforts and amenities.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Evening entertainment
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Street parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Patio
Meeting rooms
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Japanese
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roark wrote a review Today
Houston, Texas11 contributions
I booked here because I had never been to New Mexico and thought the adobe "theme" was pretty cool. Turns out not to be a theme, but is actually how they build a lot of stuff out there. This place was sparking white and looked to be just remodeled. The pool was inviting both day and night and they have a gorgeous banquet room. I am leery of motels where I am not inside the building when opening my front door and where cars can pull right up to your window. Cars cannot do that here. All doors open to a common courtyard. Not inside, but still... The doors seemed to be made of heavy steel and access to the courtyard was by key. We felt safe. Parking was never hard fo find for us. We stayed two nights...a Tue. night and Wed. night the following week (different rooms). But you aren't close to the lobby and have to walk around the building onto the street to get to it. Same with your luggage. The rooms were small, but very clean and nicely decorated. The bathrooms are tiny, but I give them a pass for installing glass shower stalls. The absolute BEST thing at the El Vado are the beds. I will be contacting them soon about who makes their mattresses there, then I'm damned sure I will immediately buy one.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Callie W wrote a review Yesterday
Bismarck, North Dakota1 contribution
We loved the charm and hospitality of the hotel. We will definitely be back! From check in to check out staff were kind and engaging.we had a few meals there and coffee at the new coffee shop. We also walked to the biopark gardens. Really convenient and I’ll definitely return here. Such a great remodel with a nod to the heritage of the space.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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bill wrote a review Sep 22
Cross River, New York1 contribution
Night manager excellent, place is a bit funky but designed that way, much better than a chain hotel. Clean but small rooms, interior lighting was weak, good location, go to Monicas for breakfast, recommended by the hotel, would stay again, good value
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Expect small efficient rooms, but clean
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Christy D wrote a review Sep 20
Vacaville, California56 contributions39 helpful votes
Loved our stay! The motel was nicely redone and the staff was super friendly! Great spot with lots of food options in the area as well as a Botanical Garden across the street. The pool and common seating area was nice as well.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Marypantalones wrote a review Sep 19
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania15 contributions3 helpful votes
From the moment we arrived at El Vado we loved every detail and interaction. The converted motor lodge retains the cool architectural details of the past but adds so many pretty details. The landscaping is enchanting and so is the pool. We had the pool to ourselves the whole trip (for some reason) and it was so lovely and refreshing. There are small restaurants around the center court area. We had nachos from a Costa Rican spot and they were delicious. Our room was clean, nicely designed, and very comfortable. I want to send a special shout out to Joe Kautz, the general manager. He was so friendly and funny. He made our stay very special. Thanks!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Jennifer H wrote a review Sep 19
Dallas, Texas27 contributions6 helpful votes
We had an overall good experience. The staff is very helpful, however, the rooms are TINY, and the bathrooms are TINY. It was a bit difficult to manage the weekend with two large suitcases. There was nowhere to lay the suitcases out that wasn't in the way. One thing they really should do is add additional lighting somewhere in the rooms. We had to open the shades in order to see anything. It is a super cute hotel with lots of areas to sit outdoors, but we felt it was a bit expensive for the room we stayed in.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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moorecab wrote a review Sep 14
Kansas City, Missouri1 contribution
Great Route 66 place to stay in Albuquerque. So close to Old Town and Botanic Gardens. Complete with tap room and food pods-perfect after a 12 hour drive to check in and not have to get back in the car to go to dinner. Room clean and nicely decorated.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Katherine W wrote a review Sep 13
St. Petersburg, Florida2 contributions
We loved this motel! They did a great job with the renovation. Rooms are basic and bathroom small, but very clean. Staff was friendly and super helpful. It was very lively on a Friday night - live music in the adjacent retail area, where there are plenty of restaurants to order from, and a taproom at the hotel as well. The only 2 downsides were shared parking with all of the other retail, and road noise at night on a busy road, but the comfortable bed made up for that! Overall, we would still stay here again!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Karen O wrote a review Sep 12
Florence, Kentucky57 contributions59 helpful votes
This motel has been renovated but maintains charm. The rooms are fairly simple but there are amenities like a refrigerator and coffee maker. The entire property was spotlessly clean. Our room was very quiet. We never heard any outside noise. The man at the front desk was very friendly and helpful with directions, etc. There is a nice pool and splash pad in the center of the courtyard which is fenced in (locked) and made us feel safer. They had live music in the courtyard on Friday night until 8 and food places that were open until 8. That was nice after a long day of driving. The ONLY negative that I have is that the parking situation is horrible. The motel shares parking with some shops and an apartment building so it's difficult at best! That's why we really enjoyed being able to stay there for dinner and not have to give up our parking spot. There is a cute coffee shop next door with breakfast food so don't have to give up the parking spot in the morning. We would most definitely stay here again. If you don't want dinner there, there is a Mexican restaurant right across the street.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: We had a suite which was lovely.
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Hannah and Josh wrote a review Sep 10
Beckenham, United Kingdom308 contributions164 helpful votes
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The whole motel was spotlessly clean and we loved our wonderfully quiet room. Beautiful and sympathetic renovation of such a cool and historic motel. The suite we stayed in was stylish and roomy with a good shower and plenty of space. Enjoyed both the nice free coffee and stunning pool - with lovely flowers and hummingbirds. Great food court with excellent live music. Friendly service from everyone we met. Unbeatable spot on Route 66.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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$181 - $238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Vado Motel
Which popular attractions are close to El Vado Motel?
Nearby attractions include Turquoise Museum (0.3 miles), ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden (0.2 miles), and Albuquerque Biological Park (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Vado Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at El Vado Motel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at El Vado Motel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at El Vado Motel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Vado Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Vado Tap Room, Buen Provecho, and Bosque Burgers.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Vado Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does El Vado Motel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Vado Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to El Vado Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Petroglyph National Monument (4.8 miles), West Mesa (2.2 miles), and The Whittlesey House (2.3 miles).
Is El Vado Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.