Normally we stay at the Best Western which is just a short distance away but decided to give this one a try since the price was about $20 cheaper a night. It was in the same vicinity so I figured it would not disrupt my plans. What a difference a block or two makes.
NOISE & TRAFFIC
This hotel is literally right off a main roadway. The problems? First, truck traffic. If you go during a month where you will not be cranking the AC, you best have earplugs. If this was not bad enough, you have a gas station that serves diesel right in front of the Hotel! I never had a problem sleeping at the BW but this place was a real challenge. Another problem was the difficulty turning left. With the volume of traffic, you need to have a lot of patience and practice pulling out over two lanes of moving traffic in both directions.
The room was large (King Suite) but spartan. Everything worked but it seemed old. The toilet for example needed to have the handle held down each time you flushed it and routinely needed two flushes to clear everything out. American Standard toilets are cheap and flush well. Why not splurge a little here? The fridge worked fine. The TV was small for the room and appeared to have less than even basic cable. The AC was a built in wall unit that worke well but was loud.
I did not use the shuttle service but I did inquire about it. Apparently they leave only on the hour and they do not start until 7:00 am. Need an earlier transport? Take a cab. They will gladly call one for you. This is in stark contrast to other hotels in the area which leave more often and run all night.
Breakfast was included and this is the one place they shined. Awesome hot breakfast with eggs, hash browns and waffles. There was also a variety of breads and cereal. The seating was ample and comfortable. The interntet service on the other hand was not so great. I do not expect much for $70 per night but if you are advertising an internet connection than it should work. I tried like hell to print out my boarding pass on the last day and between the computer crashing and the slow load speeds, I gave up. Even though I reported it, no one appeared willing to help. Not a disaster since I could check in at the airport but it was the first time I stayed at a place that I could not print my boarding pass.
Was it worth saving $20/night? Not really. I did not feel comfortable walking around since there were no real sidewalks and a lot of traffic. I do see how someone popping in for a night would not be too bad off as long as their flight left later in the day. In the end it is all about what makes you happy. If you like saving money and can do without some sleep then this is your place. If not, try another hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Albuquerque, New Mexico Prides Itself on Treating Every Traveler like Family. Enjoy an Extended Stay with Southwestern Hospitality in the Heart of New Mexico. Just Minutes from Downtown and Less than One Mile from Nearby Albuquerque International Airport, this Hotel is also near the University of New Mexico-UNM and the Albuquerque Convention Center. Take advantage of our Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service to and from the Airport. Whether you Stay for One Night or an Extended Stay, for Business or Leisure, our Convenient Location and Service will Cater to your Expectations and Guarantee you a Memorable Visit during your Stay in Historic Albuquerque. ... more less
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