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How many days and where to stay

My wife and I will be arriving in Albuquerque mid-afternoon on Monday, October 22. We have five days in New Mexico and plan to spend a good deal of that time in Santa Fe. We depart ABQ at 4:00 pm on Saturday.

So, we are looking for suggestions on:

How many days should we spend and what should we see in the area before heading to Santa Fe? We don’t want to do too much driving (although recent posts are encouraging us to make the trek to Chaco), and hope to spend most of our time seeing the desert, people and places, rather than hanging in the city .

Hotels/motels/B&Bs - The wish list includes: 3-star’ish, i.e., not too pricey (preferably under $100/ night); within walking distance of restaurants and night life; clean and comfortable.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

“Clompy”

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1. Re: How many days and where to stay

I may be wrong, and I hope the local experts for Santa Fe will weigh in on the subject, but it's my guess that you may have some trouble finding 3-star lodging in SF for under $100/night-- especially at a B&B.

Albuquerque, on the other hand, has some bargains available. My personal favorite is the Monterey Non-Smokers Motel, a small family-owned place near Old Town that has rooms starting at $50 or so (with a AAA discount).

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As for how to divvy up your time, I'd allocate two days for ABQ (maybe your first and last days) and the rest of the time based in SF, with day trips dependent on time and how much driving you feel like doing on any one day.

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You're from Canada ha? That's awesome! How about you stay at my place and I've go vacation at yours? Just kidding! I agree with the first reply, you might have a hard time finding a place to stay in Santa Fe under $100/night. Albuquerque has some pretty nice hotels under or around $100/night. Most of the nightlife here is downtown, which I wouldn't recommend staying at any of the hotels in that area but some of the nicer hotels have their own bars/clubs in them. If you like gambling, I would suggest the Sandia Casino and Resort just on the north side of Albuquerque off the Tramway exit and I-25 North. They have a full (beautiful) casino, an all-new resort including a full spa, several different restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, and one restaurant/bar is located on the rooftop with views overlooking the Sandia Mountains on one side and the Albuquerque City lights on the other. They have a website if you want to check into it more. Hope you have a good time in Albuquerque and or/Santa Fe!

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4. Re: How many days and where to stay

I would look at maybe a day in Albuquerque the day you arrive and the day you leave.

In Santa Fe in late Oct you probably will find some lodging in the under $100. That is starting to be low season, after the aspens have turned and before ski season. It is beautiful here!

Check www.santafe.org for listing of lodgings and then check them for prices.

Chaco would be wonderful. Take picnic lunch and leave early from either Abq or Santa Fe.

Have fun.

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I suggest taking the Turquoise Trail rt 14 when driving from ABQ to Santa Fe. You get to see some really pretty country side and get to pass through a really cool mining town called Madrid. Be sure to have a drink or some food at the Mine Shaft Tavern while there. This is the rumoured road that Jim Morrison had the native spirit that jumped into him. Santa Fe Sage hotel is usually under $100 and offers free breakfast and it only 10 blocks away from the plaza. I knew some people that stayed there and were pretty satisfied. A lot of the hotels near the plaza are over $150....unless you can find a bargain on Expedia. I always suggest to book direct because sometimes you will get stuck with two doubles if you want a king. Anasazi and Hotel Santa Fe are worth the price if you do want to splurge. Hotel St. Francis and Inn of the Governors sometimes offer great rates. I'd also suggest checking out the Jemez Mountains and spending the night in Jemez Springs if you want to see some beautiful red rocks and black volcanic rocks. You can take route 4 and stop at Los Alamos and check out Bandelier National Monument.....they have cave dwellings like Chaco with guided trails. Jemez Springs and Pueblo will be gorgeous with all the cottonwood tress turning deep orange/yellow

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Dote....forgot to tell you to check out the Maize Maze corn maze at Los Poblanos Farms. There is also a corn maze inthe village of Corrales. It may be worth your while to spend a day down south in the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho area.....check out the Rio Grande Nature Center....the cottonwood trees are turning as we speak. There's a whole plethora of hotels in ABQ under $100.

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7. Re: How many days and where to stay

Hathor, please do not recommend having drinks in Madrid. People will then have to drive to either Abq or SF. This road is not a safe road for those drinking alcohol. Our high altitude will affect people and even 1 drink will cause them to be impared. If people want to drink, than there should be a designated driver. I have lost students and/or their parents on that highway (I'm a high school teacher).

Also Bandelier is nothing like Chaco, different people and different buildings. Chaco does not have "cave dwellings" but they do have incredible pueblo ruins on the canyon floor.

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8. Re: How many days and where to stay

Well, I think that Albuquerque definitly deserves a fair share of time. While in Albuquerque I would recommend:

Going up the Tram

Spending Time in Old Town

Spending time in and around Nob Hill

Eating at Frontier Restaurant by UNM

Going to Petroglyphys

Taking a Bosque Tour

--That should take up atleast two days. If you decide to stay longer, there is still far more to do.

I would definitly recommend staying at Sandia Resort (www.sandiacasino.com) However, it is not within walking distance of restaurants.

The Drury Hotel (www.druryhotels.com) would fit your budget and your requirement about restaurants. The only problem about the restaurants around that area is that they are all chains (Texas Land and Cattle, Bostons, Fuddruckers, etc.) There are a few local places somewhat close.

You may have to do a little driving no matter where you stay, but here are the hotels I would recommend, that should match your budget:

Sandia Resort (could be $$$$ depending on time of year)

Drury Hotel

Nativo Lodge

Courtyard North Albuquerque/ Journal Center

Sheraton Albuquerque (close to ABQ Uptown, and other things, will require driving)

I hope you find what you need.

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