I recently completed a 3-night stay at the Albuquerque Marriott located at 2101 Louisiana Boulevard NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The hotel was a standard Marriott, with friendly staff, comfortable rooms, and a concierge lounge with one of the better food spreads I’ve seen at a standard domestic Marriott hotel. Should business take me back to Albuquerque, I would not hesitate to book the Albuquerque Marriott.
Check in was efficient, yet still friendly. One thing you have to give Marriott, they are consistent, and in my experience, the most consistent at recognizing your loyalty and thanking you personally for it when checking in. Within minutes of arriving, I was in my 17th floor King room, 1722. Within a few minutes of settling into my room, I received a phone call from the front desk just to check and ensure everything was OK with my room. I don’t recall receiving a similar call at other Marriott properties before. I didn’t expect it, but I did appreciate the courtesy. I snapped a few photos of the room.
The hotel gym was well equipped, there was a nice indoor/outdoor pool, and a hot tub. All were located on the lower level (LL on the elevator). The concierge lounge (closed on weekends) was located on the 14th floor of the hotel. Breakfast was served at 6:30am, and the lounge opened for the evening at 5:00pm. I only visited twice during my stay, and both were in the evening, but the food spread was well above average as I mentioned earlier, and staff were very pleasant.
Finally, a couple of restaurant recommendations. None were particularly close to the hotel, but I thought they were worth the 10 to 15 minute drive. First, Tucanos Brazillian Grill (110 Central Ave, SW). While I suppose the decor was maybe one notch lower than “fancier” churrascarias, the food certainly wasn’t. Reasonably priced, with good service, a fantastic salad bar…and of course….very nice cuts of meat. Just don’t forget the pineapple! Another great spot was El Pinto (10500 4th St.). A 15 to 20 minute drive to what appears to be the middle of nowhere (at least to me), I can say I was not disappointed. Nightly specials, good margaritas, friendly service. If you have a car, make the drive!
Blogger Note: I’m going to change the way I do hotel reviews. Basic domestic hotels will get a “mini” review complete with comments on service, nearby restaurants, and of course, room pictures. “Fancier” hotel stays will get a review more akin to the way I’ve historically handled hotel reviews. I know some don’t bother with “standard” hotel stays, but I get enough searches for some of the more random hotels that I’ve stayed in to tell me that there is a bit of demand for a quick opinion on hotels from a trusted source.
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