After reading some of the "horror" reviews posted on this website, I really wasn't looking forward to my 5 day stay at the Hotel Blue. I was pleasantly surprised! The staff were great and not only did they pick you up from and take you to the airport, if the shuttle driver wasn't busy with an airport run, he was more than happy to drive you to the convention centre, Old Town, and Downtown and come back later to pick you up.
The beds are terrific and definitely the most comfortable I have ever had in a hotel. The breakfast for a hotel of this category was also much better than expected and definitely healthier than you would normally get for an American breakfast (eg. doughnuts, wishy-washy coffee). There was wholemeal bread, raisin bran, fresh fruit, yoghurts, skimmed milk as well as bagels and the usual pastries. The only down side of the breakfast was that all the cutlery and plates were disposable and the waste is something that is hard for Europeans to get used to.
Yes, the rooms are a bit dark if you keep the curtains shut to stop people looking in, but if you don't mind the occasional passer by, open the curtains and let in the light! The room was clean and there was plenty hot water. I was attending a congress so I wasn't in my room much and didn't miss not having a desk, although I can see that for people who need to work in their rooms this could be a problem.
Regarding the homeless, yes there were some guys wandering around and sleeping in the park opposite, but there were also homeless people hanging round the Hyatt and Doubletree Hotels. Speaking of which, if you want to hear some horror stories, talk the folks who stayed in these hotels - noisy, cramped rooms, awful service, double booking etc.
In summary, if you want the standard of the Ritz, then pay the Ritz price. If you just want somewhere to put your head down after a long day and you are on a budget, the Hotel Blue offers good value for money.
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Hotel Albuquerque