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Heated pool and free breakfast
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Albuquerque's midtown delivers everything the business or leisure traveler expects from a mid-range chain hotel. Decor throughout both the public spaces and the guest rooms is chain-like, but pleasant enough. The free breakfast features standard hot and cold items, enjoyed in a somewhat-cafeteria-like setting (though there is a nice lounge area with a fireplace and flat-screen TV). A small fitness center offers equipment for a basic workout. The pool provides a great place to cool off from the warm New Mexico sun, but it's seasonal and there's no Jacuzzi -- unlike at many other comparable hotels. Overall, it's a solid pick for travelers on a budget.
In central Albuquerque
Located a mile east of the intersection of I-25 and I-40, the centrally located Holiday Inn Express Albuquerque Midtown offers quick access to popular areas such as Uptown, Old Town, and Downtown. Businesses within walking distance include an Applebee’s across the street, with many other retail shops and restaurants available within a one-mile radius.
Sitting along the Rio Grande at an elevation of 5,312 feet, Albuquerque occupies a high-desert environment. The city was founded in 1706 by the Spanish as a colonial outpost in the New World. Today, Albuquerque is home to more than 530,000 people of more than 70 different ethnicities, including Native Americans, Latinos, and Anglos, making it the largest city in New Mexico. Albuquerque retains connections to the past and its culture in the architecture, artwork, and cuisine found throughout the city.
Albuquerque is also known as a center of high-tech industry and research. The Sandia National Laboratories, General Electric, and Kirtland Air Force Base all call the city home. It’s 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 to visitors year round.
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. The Sandia Mountains. just to the east. provide a high-altitude respite from the summer heat and many miles of forested trails, and a winter playground featuring Sandia Peak Ski Area. Any visit to Albuquerque is incomplete without a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, the longest tram in the world, ascending 2.7 miles from the outskirts of the city to the Sandia Mountains at 10,378 feet.
Whatever you do in the outdoors here, be sure to stay well-hydrated -- mild temperatures can be deceiving, and the high elevation can take its toll on the fittest adventurers.
Clean and spacious, with modern amenities
The Holiday Inn Midtown features clean rooms with the standard, generic (but not unpleasant) decor consisting of framed prints, modern lamps, and dark wood furniture. The rooms emphasize convenience; for example, desks have extra outlets and kitchenettes have microwaves, mini-fridges, and sinks. A leather office chair and a sitting area with a sleeper sofa provides comfortable lounging. Beds are firm, and pillows are offered in either “soft” or “hard” varieties. Be sure to get a room on the east side of the hotel for a good view of the Sandia Mountains.
Many free amenities, but no Jacuzzi
For a mid-range chain hotel, this Holiday Inn Suites offers more than most at a price point below its competitors. Rooms have modern amenities and kitchenettes, and the lobby is handsome with a fireplace, water fountain, and clean tan tile floors. There’s not much in the way of regional decor, but most guests don’t come to chain hotels for a slice of local culture. The free hot breakfast served in a great room beside the lobby has more to offer than the typical continental breakfast, and in the evening free cookies and milk are served. There’s a nice heated pool available (open seasonally), but the lack of a Jacuzzi stands out (many other mid-range hotels nearby have one). Overall, the hotel offers good value, with a central location and perks such as a free shuttle.