I stayed at the Albuquery...Albuteroly...Albuqueeny...dang it.
I stayed at this hotel while on a business trip, visiting for a week and a half. I found the facility to be very welcoming and well appointed, despite there being TWO wedding receptions at the hotel the weekend I checked in, and a full national convention there the week I was there as well. The staff was well prepared for the influx of guests. The service I received was as good as if I were the only guest on the property.
The room itself was very clean and nicely presented, including chocolates on the pillow. The television was new and worked perfectly, with a wide channel selection (no premium cable though). I was impressed with the desk's amenities, as well. An input panel allowed for my computer to connect to the TV via HDMI, VGA, or other inputs, and a cable was provided for same. A cable was also provided for the internet connectivity, which was a nice touch.
The view is definitely a selling point. My room faced west overlooking the pool, and each morning of my stay there were at least two hot air balloons hanging in the sky when I opened the curtains in the morning. Albuquerque is known for its hot air ballooning, and hosts an annual festival of hundreds of them. I recommend if you're in town for a holiday that you find a hot air balloon company to fly with.
The hotel offers internet service via WiFi as well as direct connection. However, the internet service costs 14.95 per 24 hour period, which is frankly outrageous for a hotel room costing as much as these do. A two dollar breakfast at McDonald's would get the same internet access. In 2013 I don't think that internet service is a "luxury" at a hotel as nice and as expensive as this. Internet service should be (and very often is) an assumed and included service, the same as maid service or a functioning television. The staff was very attentive to my (gentle) complaints in this regard, and explained that it was simply the hotel's policy. I will say that I was told that "most" Marriots have a similar policy, which in my not inconsiderable experience is not the case. However, it did not ruin my stay by any means, and as I said my complaint was heard and passed on to higher management, and was satisfied as best they were able.
There is a very well stocked gift shop/convenience store in the lobby, which is not affiliated with the hotel, but stays open till ten o'clock pm every night. The prices are not exactly what you'd find in a grocery store, but are not as inflated as, say, an airport. An ATM is also available, if you feel like spending three dollars to get cash.
A very nice and affordable breakfast is offered in the restaurant area off the lobby, and the lobby bar stays open late and is pretty well frequented, for those looking to tip a few back.
The pool is a very nice feature, and I was quite impressed. It is an indoor/outdoor pool, with passage allowing you to swim between the two. There is a seat to allow handicapped members of your family to take a dip easily as well. The gym looked well stocked but I, to my shame, did not partake of its benefits. I was a little disappointed with the lack of seating, though. There appears to be a lot more space than there are chairs, and more than once I found myself spreading a towel on the concrete for want of a place to sit.
I very much enjoyed my stay at the Albuquerque Marriott, and would not hesitate to visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unwind in sophistication and enjoy convenience on a trip to New Mexico by staying at Albuquerque Marriott. Our stylish hotel in Albuquerque sits in a perfect location to enjoy top destinations including Old Town Albuquerque and University of New Mexico. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albuquerque Marriott Hotel Albuquerque
- Marriott Albuquerque