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Historic building with rooftop lounge and unique look
The Hotel Parq Central is a boutique hotel steeped in history. Originally built in 1926 in the Italianate architecture style, the property was designed as a hospital to treat employees of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway company and later served as a psychiatric facility.
The exterior retains its original appearance and remnants of the hotel’s former life are found throughout the interior spaces, from the glass-enclosed display cases showing early 20th-century hat boxes, railroad memorabilia, and old maps to the pieces of Depression-era glass in each room. The lobby and public spaces were washed in white paint to evoke the building's medical past, but homey decor like gleaming stone tile and hardwood floors, comfortable leather chairs, and a fireplace keep the vibe more welcoming than sterile.
The rooftop Apothecary Lounge has great views overlooking the city, and draws a happening crowd on weekend nights. A custom-made hot breakfast is served each morning in the dining room and its diverse gourmet selection has earned high marks from guests.
One mile from downtown, alongside I-25
The Parq Central is located alongside I-25, one mile from downtown. Guests can explore the area on foot, but there is a free shuttle available that goes to downtown, Old Town, and other spots within a three-mile radius of the hotel. Free airport pickup is included.
Downtown Albuquerque tends to be a bit sleepy, but it does liven up on the weekends. A number of clubs and bars can be found along Central Avenue (Route 66), as well as restaurants, trendy shops, art galleries, and entertainment venues such as the Pueblo Deco KiMo Theatre.
Sitting along the Rio Grande at an elevation of 5,312-ft, 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 over 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 to be found throughout the city.
Albuquerque is known as a center of high-tech industry and research. The Sandia National Laboratory, 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 Ballon 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.
Sparkling and stylish, with high-tech amenities and sumptous bedding
Soft tones and understated furnishings are punched up by the interesting historical relics used sparingly as adornments throughout, such as the railroad artifacts that serve as robe hangers. Beds feature 300-thread-count linens and pillowcases by Italian luxury brand Frette. Spotless bathrooms have glass-walled showers and C.O. Bigelow toiletries.
The hotel's main building houses the standard rooms; behind it are separate buildings that house larger rooms, One-Bedroom Suites, and Cottage Suites.
Extensive collection of historical railroad and hospital relics; outdoor Jacuzzi, but no pool
Free gourmet breakfast and rooftop Apothecary Lounge
The hip Apothecary Lounge serves up signature drinks and appetizers in a rooftop setting with an outdoor deck.
The gorgeous, historic Hotel Parq Central may technically be mid-range, but it looks and feels more like an upscale property. The public spaces and guest rooms feature elegant decor and the free breakfast includes gourmet selections. But this stylish 74-room boutique lacks some of the amenities of a larger, higher-end hotel. There's a rooftop bar with great city views and an extensive collection of railway relics, but a tiny fitness center and no pool (just an outdoor Jacuzzi).