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Fun hotel and casino with variety of entertainment and facilities
Over the front doors of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque is the quote: "We got fun and games". Although the line is lifted from a Guns 'N Roses song, it applies to this hotel, with its huge casino, 27 holes of golf, concert venues, large indoor/outdoor pool, La Bella Spa, and variety of bars and restaurants.
The Hard Rock style is big, flashy, and brimming with the spirit of rock and roll. Glass display cases showcase memorabilia such as an Elvis suit, guitar signed by the Rolling Stones, and photographs of Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin. A gift store next to the lobby sells Hard Rock merchandise and rock music can be heard in most common areas.
Several restaurants and a pair of bars surround the casino, creating a lively atmosphere. Cigarette smoke is an issue in the casino, and unfortunately makes its way to other areas of the building, too. This might be an unwelcome situation for guests that don't smoke or gamble.
The hotel also has a relaxing scene, found at the large pool with an indoor/outdoor design. It is surrounded by dozens of lounge chairs, a pair of Jacuzzis, and a fire pit. The equally big and bright fitness center and La Bella Spa are next door to offer a break from gambling, and there's 27 holes of golf at the Isleta Eagle Golf Club. Live entertainment is found at the Showroom, a large concert venue, or at the outdoor amphitheater that hosts many of the national touring acts.
10 miles south of the Albuquerque Airport in the town of La Isleta
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located 10 miles south of the Albuquerque Airport near I-25 on Isleta Pueblo land. A free shuttle service transports guests to and from the airport. The location is somewhat isolated and there are no outside restaurants or shopping nearby. Guests interested in exploring outside the resort might want to investigate renting a car.
Albuquerque sits along the Rio Grande at an elevation of over 5,000 feet. The city was founded in 1706 by the Spanish as a colonial outpost in the New World. Today, the city is home to more than 530,000 people of over 70 different ethnicities. Albuquerque retains connections to the past and its varied cultural influences in the architecture, artwork, and cuisine found throughout the city. It is also the ballooning capital of the world. Albuquerque hosts the International Balloon Fiesta each October, an event that might be the most photographed in the world. Local hot air balloon companies offer rides all year long.
As a four-season city with 300 sunny days a year, Albuquerque has an active community of golfers, hikers, skiers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and fishermen.
Sophisticated modern style and rock memorabilia
The 201 sleek, contemporary rooms are decorated in earthy reds, whites, oranges, and tans. While there is some Native American decor, the design is more focused on a rock and roll theme. Bathrooms are large and feature black stone counters and shower/tub combos. Higher-level rooms have glass walk-in showers, deep soaking tubs, and double vanities.
Huge casino, indoor/outdoor pool, and spa
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino occupies a somewhat isolated location outside of Albuquerque, but has a long list of features to keep guests occupied.
Variety of casual restaurants and lively nightlife
The Hard Rock Hotel has a variety of choice for food and drinks, although none of the restaurants are particularly upscale. The restaurants here are family-friendly, and include a Mexican option, a deli, and an ice cream shop.
This Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located on Isleta Pueblo Indian land about 10 miles south of Albuquerque. The large complex has a spa, golf course, concert venue, indoor/outdoor pool, and several restaurants. The hotel displays its signature rock 'n roll memorabilia throughout and a big casino offers over 1,600 slot machines along with 30 table games and a poker room. Rooms are modern with big flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Some bathrooms have shower/tub combos, others feature separate soaking tubs and walk-in showers. While the free Wi-Fi and sunny fitness center are nice amenities, cigarette smoke from the casino can be a nuisance. There are no coffeemakers in the rooms and while there are many restaurant choices, this hotel lacks an upscale, fine-dining option.