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The Hotel Blue
Ranked #73 of 146 Hotels in Albuquerque
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
150 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“great location & wonderful beds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

yes...you can tell this hotel is not new. I'm from ABQ and I cannot remember it not being there, though the name has changed several times. the rates are very good. easy to get to, easy parking (no extra charge for this). Breakfast is included, but I'm in ABQ, with several restaurants within walking distance we opted to dine at restaurants that serve chili (red or green love those words). the check in was very easy, lobby is clean, nice big pool with shade and lots of seating. the bathroom looks like it was remodeled. nice flat screen TV and Wi-Fi...oh but when I sat down on the bed to remove my shoes I fell in love with the place. TempurPedic. not too hard, just right. we stayed three nights the first visit then one night on the second. both times the bed was wonderful.
again, at the edge of downtown, close to old town.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank michaelluna
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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74 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

The Hotel Blue has an unimposing exterior and a very welcoming minimalist stylish interior.

Pets are welcome—although there are to date, no pet amenities, so bring your own bowls. The pet rules regarding weight and size are very flexible—there is a $15 daily pet fee and furry guests are accepted on the 5th floor only (as extra cleaning is routinely given to this floor).

The property is well kept, the staff is friendly and the location is in the heart of downtown, across from a well shaded grassy park that has a great Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings (pooches on leash are welcome).

There are quite a few vagrants in the area and in the park (as mentioned by other reviewers) although they seem harmless, caution is advised.

I would also like to mention that on Friday and Saturday nights, there is a major car cruising scene in this area, with radios blaring and the screeching of tires, unfortunately, out of the control of the management and local businesses. It does quiet down after midnight.

General Manager, Sunil has done a wonderful job of creating a comfortable (deluxe Tempur Pedic beds) and inviting atmosphere in the rooms—equipped with microwave, fridge, coffee makers. He has spent the last 7 years overseeing the hospitality details of this property.

Great value at a bargain price of $77 (tax included)!

Room Tip: A room that doesn't overlook the park, might be quieter.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Sheila W
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Stayed here for 1 night on a road trip
Good points - had free secure parking, free wifi, free breakfast, secure building, large clean room with tv and coffee facilities, just a stroll to bars and restaurants, good price, quiet room.
Not so good - nothing really, it was a bargain!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Talcolm
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Santa Monica
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37 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

Hotel Blue looks a little scuffy from the outside but I believe they are still in the renovation mode. Very well maintained inside with clean and nicely decorated rooms. The breakfast they provide is a nice assortment with a little something for everyone. In addition, you can grab coffee/tea/hot chocolate/juice 24 hours a day. Located on Central Avenue just a few blocks from the Amtrak station that also houses the RailRunner to Santa Fe. You can walk down Central Avenue to Old Town or walk back up to the main center for a few decent restaurant choices. If you don't have a car, the fact that this hotel is located around the corner from the Bus Rt 66/Rt 766 which can be taken to the main transit hub OR directly up to the trendy Nob Hill area works out well. There is an okay Italian restaurant across the street and a popular Java Joes about a block away with coffee and menu items. Nice hotel personnel...warm and friendly. Much more interesting to stay in the downtown area than Uptown or outlying areas. SUPPORT DOWNTOWN ALBUQUERQUE! You'll enjoy your stay here :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank SMGalNewDiscoveries
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Stow, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

If you just need a quick and easy place to stay in downtown Albuquerque, the Blue Hotel is not bad. The rooms are clean and well-equipt and the breakfast is what one finds in most places. The parking lot is rather odd: you have to wait for a big iron gate to swing open. When you get off the elevator for your floor, you find yourself semi-outdoors as the doors to your rooms are off an outdoor corridor. The indoor-outdoor rug was in poor condition, most likely due to the exposure to the elements. Other than that, it was fine for a one night stay. It is conveniently located near the Old Town and route 66.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank DavidR322
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Los Alamos
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64 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

We stayed here recently and I have to say in this price point it is unbeatable. Nice quiet breakfast, so unlike it would be at a Super 8, great looking pool (but we didn't swim so I don't know if it is cold or not), prompt service at check in, REALLY clean room and bathroom, great mattress but you need to bring your own pillow if you are particular. This would be a 3 star in Varta ratings, a basic clean place to stay with quiet rooms and safe parking.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank RestlessCindi
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Property: The Hotel Blue
Address: 717 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3007
Location: United States > New Mexico > Albuquerque > Albuquerque Original Townsite
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #73 of 146 Hotels in Albuquerque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Hotel Blue 2.5*
Number of rooms: 139
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