Wunderground® Travel Planner: Moriarty, NM
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717 Central Ave. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
The reasonable rates here draw a party crowd, and the art deco-inspired rooms can pick up street noise as well; based on the (decidedly basic) services alone it would be a stretch to call this place hip or boutique. Still, people rave about the beds, and it is ideally located, especially for those with business downtown. It overlooks a small park, is a short stroll from downtown's music clubs and restaurants, and it's a short drive, bus ride, or 15-minute walk from Old Town. In summer, a lively Saturday growers' market (including arts vendors, music, and more) sets up in Robinson Park next door. Pros:
Comfortable Tempurpedic beds; complimentary shuttle to the airport, convention center, and Old Town from 7 am until 10 pm.Cons:
This can be a fringe neighborhood by night. www.thehotelblue.com. 125 rooms, 10 suites. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
330 Tijeras Ave. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Adjacent to the Albuquerque Convention Center, the city's most sumptuous hotel comprises a pair of soaring, desert-color towers that figure prominently in the city's skyline. The gleaming art deco-inspired interior benefited from a 2008 top-to-bottom renovation; the ambience is refined and not overbearing. The contemporary rooms in mauve, burgundy, and tan combine Southwestern style with all the amenities you'd expect of a high-caliber business-oriented hotel, including Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs, plush pillow-top mattresses, and fluffy bathrobes. McGrath's Bar and Grill serves steaks, chops, chicken, and seafood (and breakfast to the power crowd), and there's also a Starbucks on-site. Bigwigs of all stripes stay in the penthouse. Pros:
Easy walking distance from the KiMo Theatre and downtown's art galleries and restaurants, and a quick cab (or bus) ride elsewhere; the views, lap pool, and well-equipped 24/7 fitness center (massage service is available there or in rooms).Cons:
Until you get your bearings, the layout can seem somewhat mazelike. No views on lower floors. albuquerque.hyatt.com. 395 rooms, 14 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bars, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.
701 Roma Ave. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
This 1897 Queen Anne-style mansion—on the National Register of Historic Places—was the first home in Albuquerque to have electricity. While the mercantile Mauger (pronounced "major") family is long gone (and the electric long since upgraded, along with a detailed restoration throughout), this well-run B&B has retained many of the building's original architectural elements, including oval windows with beveled and "feather-pattern" glass, hardwood floors, high ceilings, a redbrick exterior, and a front veranda. Rooms—clean and contemporary with a restrained Victorian touch (seen best in the dark woods)—have refrigerators and baskets stocked with munchies, triple-sheeted beds with soft feather duvets, irons and boards, and fresh flowers. There's also a two-bedroom, two-bathroom town house next door. Guests have access to a full-service health club a few blocks away. Pros:
Pleasant common room, with a library and a late-afternoon cookies-and-wine spread; responsive and informed innkeeper; good breakfasts, which they will pack to go if needed; convenient location.Cons:
Rooms could use more task lighting; at night, on the northern fringe of downtown, it can feel a bit sketchy for walking, but parking is secure. www.maugerbb.com. 8 rooms, 1 2-bedroom town house. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdés, a provincial governor of New Mexico, laid out this small plaza in 1706. No slouch when it came to political maneuvering, he named the town after the duke of Alburquerque, viceroy of New Spain. He hoped flattery would induce the duke to waive the requirement that a town have 30 families before a charter was issued—there were only 15 families living here in 1706. The duke acquiesced. (Albuquerque is nicknamed "The Duke City," so he's hardly been forgotten.) Today the plaza is tranquil, with shade trees, wrought-iron benches, and a graceful white gazebo. Roughly 200 shops, restaurants, cafés, galleries, and several cultural sites in placitas
(small plazas) and lanes surround Old Town Plaza. During fiestas Old Town comes alive with mariachi bands and dancing señoritas. Seasonally, the Albuquerque Museum offers an excellent guided walking tour that details local history and the historic architecture that remains intact here. Mostly dating back to the late 1800s, styles from Queen Anne to Territorial and Pueblo Revival, and even Mediterranean, are apparent in the one- and two-story (almost all adobe) structures. Event schedules and maps, which contain a list of public restrooms and many Old Town shops and sights (but by no means all), are available at theOld Town Visitors Center
(303 Romero St. NW, Old Town, 87104. Tel. 505/243-3215. www.itsatrip.org), which is somewhat hidden in the rear of Plaza Don Luis, across the street from the San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church. The center, an outpost of the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, offers a wide selection of brochures for attractions citywide and beyond. It is open daily, typically 9-4:30 but usually a bit later in summer.
2901 Candelaria Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Along the banks of the Rio Grande, this year-round 170-acre refuge in a portion of the Bosque (about midway up on the Paseo del Bosque trail) is the nation's largest cottonwood forest. If bird-watching is your thing, you've come to the right place: this is home to all manner of birds and migratory waterfowl. Constructed half aboveground and half below the edge of a pond, the park's glass-walled interpretive center (an interesting small-scale building by noted New Mexico architect Antoine Predock) has viewing windows that provide a look at what's going on at both levels, and speakers that broadcast the sounds of the birds you're watching into the room. You may see birds, frogs, ducks, and turtles. The park has active programs for adults and children and trails for biking, walking, and jogging. Keep your eye out for what appears to be a game of jacks abandoned by giants: these jetty jacks were built in the 1950s to protect the Rio Grande levees from flood debris. www.rgnc.org or www.nmparks.com. Admission: $3 per vehicle; grounds free. Hours: Nature center daily 10-5, park daily 8-5.
N. Ripley Ave. at W. Broadway (U.S. 60)
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is made up of three sites—Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira
—each with the ruins of a 17th-century Spanish colonial Franciscan missionary church and an associated pueblo. The sites represent the convergence of two Native American peoples, the Anasazi and the Mogollon, who lived here for centuries before the Spanish arrived. Quarai, the nearest to Albuquerque, was a flourishing Tiwa pueblo whose inhabitants' pottery, weaving, and basket-making techniques were quite refined. On the fringe of the Great Plains, all three of the Salinas pueblos were vulnerable to raids by nomadic Plains Indians. Quarai was abandoned about 50 years after its mission church,San Purísima Concepción de Cuarac,
was built in 1630. If you can arrange it, arrive in time for the late-afternoon light—the church's red sandstone walls still rise 40 feet out of the earth, and are a powerful sight. At Abó are the remains of the three-story church of San Gregorio and a large unexcavated pueblo. (The masonry style at Abó, also built of red stone, bore some similarity to that at Chaco Canyon, which has led some archaeologists to speculate that the pueblo was built by people who left the Chaco Canyon area.) Gran Quivira contains two churches and some excavated Native American structures. There are walking trails and small interpretive centers at each of the pueblos, and expanded exhibits at the monument headquarters in the old cow town-cum-arts center of Mountainair. You'll come to Quarai first via this route, and this is the loveliest of the three, with Abó—which you can swing by easily enough if you loop back to Albuquerque via U.S.60 west (through Mountainair), then north on either NM 47 (for the scenic back route through Isleta); or Interstate 25—a close second. Gran Quivira is more a detour, and you might find yourself wanting to take a little time to stroll down Mountainair's quaint main street then getting a bite at Pop Shaffer's Café instead. www.nps.gov/sapu. Admission: Free. Hours: Late May-early Sept., daily 9-6; early Sept.-late May, daily 9-5.
150 E. DeVargas St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
There isn't another property in Santa Fe to compare to this sumptuous yet relaxed inn with an unmistakable East-meets-West feel. The management and staff at this hotel have created a property that fits right in with the kind of memorable properties you hear about in Morocco and Bali. The decor differs from the cliché Santa Fe style, yet locals would tell you that this melding of styles is what true Santa Fe style is all about. The suites have Asian and Latin American antiques and art, kilim rugs, jewel-tone throw pillows, and mosaic-tile bathrooms; most have fireplaces, and many have soaking tubs or walk-in steam showers. The personal service stands out: dream catchers and ghost stories are left on your pillow, refrigerators are stocked, and afternoon margarita and wine-and-cheese spreads, an exquisite breakfast, and even daily walking tours are all available. A new spa treatment room has been added with several luxe treatments to salve the skin from the high, dry mountain climate. Pros:
Tucked into a quiet, ancient neighborhood, the Plaza is only minutes away; fantastic staff, attentive but not overbearing.Cons:
The cost of a room limits a stay here to all but the very fortunate. www.fivegraces.com. 22 suites. In-room: kitchen (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
750 N. St. Francis Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Rooms at this former Radisson have pleasant Southwestern furnishings and earth-tone fabrics, though some of the furnishings and facilities are showing wear. The hilltop location offers spectacular views east toward the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and south toward the Sandias—but only from certain rooms, so ask when reserving. The Plaza is a five-minute drive (they offer free shuttle service), the Santa Fe Opera just a bit farther. Las Mañanitas restaurant serves decent Spanish and Southwestern fare, and the adjacent cabaret is home in summer to flamenco dancer Maria Benitez's troupe. The bar hosts some of the town's better DJs for dancing. Pros:
Guests have free access to the Santa Fe Spa next door, which has a full health club.Cons:
Service is lackluster; no restaurants or attractions within walking distance. www.hhandr.com. 103 rooms, 25 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, parking. Credit cards accepted.
1698 Galisteo St.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
This compound consists of clusters of three-story adobe town houses with pitched roofs and tall chimneys. Best bets for families or up to four adults traveling together are the one-room suites, which each have a loft bedroom and a separate sitting area (with a curtain divider) that has a Murphy bed. All units have wood-burning fireplaces. It's right off a major intersection about 3 mi south of the Plaza, but it's set back far enough so that there's no traffic noise. Ask for one of the second-floor end units for the best mountain views. Pros:
Complimentary full breakfast, evening socials, and grocery-shopping service are provided.Cons:
Not within walking distance of any restaurants or attractions. www.marriott.com/safnm. 120 suites. In-room: kitchen. In-hotel: parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
Dixon, NM 87527
This private guesthouse has two warmly furnished two-bedroom suites, one with a kitchenette and a bathroom connecting the bedrooms, the other with a full kitchen. Each has its own access and patio. The rustic walls, Mexican tile work, and country furnishings lend a cozy air to these otherwise contemporary suites, and lush gardens surround the building. There's a Jacuzzi under the trees and an indoor heated pool set in natural rock. Both suites can be rented for a group for $160 per night. Pros:
Rock Pool is one of the few accommodations between Española and Taos, and it's also a good value.Cons:
There aren't restaurants or sights within walking distance. 2 suites. In-room: kitchen, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, some pets allowed. No credit cards. Rate includes: Breakfast.
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
On the southern edge of the Guadalupe District, this motel offers affordable low-frills comfort and surprisingly attractive (given the low rates) Southwestern decor within walking distance of the Plaza (six blocks). Special packages are available for three- and four-day stays during peak-season events. Get a room upstairs and in one of the rear buildings for the most privacy and quiet. Continental breakfast is served. Pros:
Comfortable, affordable, and close to downtown.Cons:
Rooms on corner of Cerrillos and Don Diego can be noisy; unrenovated rooms lackluster. www.santafesageinn.com. 156 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
Jémez Springs, NM 87025
Now owned and operated by the village of Jémez Springs, the original structure at the Jémez Spring Bath House was erected in the 1870s near a mineral hot spring. Many other buildings were added over the years, and the complex was completely renovated into an intimate Victorian-style hideaway in the mid-1990s. It's a funky, low-key spot that's far less formal and fancy than the several spa resorts near Santa Fe. You can soak in a mineral bath for $10 (30 minutes) or $15 (60 minutes). Massages cost between $37 (30 minutes) and $95 (90 minutes). An acupuncturist is available with advance notice. Beauty treatments include facials, manicures, and pedicures. The Jémez Package ($95) includes a half-hour bath, an herbal blanket wrap, and a one-hour massage. You can stroll down a short path behind the house to see where the steaming hot springs feed into the Jémez River. The tubs are not communal, but individual, and there are no outdoor tubs. Children under 14 are not allowed. www.jemezspringsbathhouse.com. Hours: June-early Oct., daily 10-8; early Nov.-May, daily 10-6.
, NM 87530
Designed by renowned Japanese-American architect and wood carver George Nakashima, this remote rock-and-adobe church—with one of the state's most spectacular natural settings—can be visited for daily prayer or silent overnight retreats (if requested in advance by mail or e-mail); there are basic accommodations for up to 16 guests (10 single and 3 double rooms), and there's a two-night minimum, with most visitors staying for several days. A suggested per-night donation of $50 to $125 is requested, depending on the room, and none have electricity. Day visitors can come anytime and stroll the grounds, visit the gift shop, and participate in different prayer services throughout the day, but are asked to respect the silence practiced at the monastery. The road is rutted in places and becomes impassable during rainy weather—you can definitely get stuck here for a day, or even a few days, during particularly wet periods, such as summer monsoon season. Check weather forecasts carefully if you're only intending to visit for the day. www.christdesert.org.
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