Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Santa Ana Pueblo, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Pros

Cons

  • Daily resort fee
  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi
  • Self-parking involves a long walk
  • Isolated location may not be for everyone

Bottom Line

This upscale resort is a sprawling property on the Santa Ana Pueblo reservation 15 miles north of Albuquerque. Its gorgeous natural setting under vivid blue skies offers panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Trails lead directly to the Rio Grande and the resort features numerous activities, as well as a golf course, restaurants, and several pools. There are daily resort and Wi-Fi fees, which are not charged at the lower-priced -- but more urban -- Sandia Resort and Casino.

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 Scene

A sprawling resort featuring numerous activities and amenities in a beautiful locale

Kiln Ovens at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
Kiln Ovens at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

The Tamaya sits in a spectacular, isolated location beside the Rio Grande and in full view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Taking its cue from the Santa Ana Pueblo tribe and their reverence for nature, the Tamaya has incorporated elements of the local culture into everything from the architecture to the pool design. The effect is serene.

The Pueblo-style building is three stories high and meshes harmoniously with the surrounding desert landscape. Inside the quiet lobby many local works of art -- such as pottery, carvings, paintings, and Native rugs -- are scattered about. Huge windows provide striking views of the natural setting behind the hotel and the cottonwood forest hiding the Rio Grande. An impressive Pueblo-style ceiling of wood beams and hundreds of vigas lend an earthy atmosphere to the space.

In the big courtyard, fountains and immaculately groomed grounds lead to three pools, each different from the next. The Kiva Pool is round -- to reflect the traditional Pueblo ceremonial chamber -- and features saline water instead of chlorine. The shallow walking pool is perfect for toddlers, and the biggest pool has a water slide that attracts the older kids. In addition to the pools, guests can get a horseback ride (for a fee), play on two tennis courts, hike and bike nature trails, play basketball, explore a recreated Pueblo home, visit a cultural center, shop in two gift boutiques, and even take a hot-air balloon ride (for a fee).

More than 70,000 feet of meeting space is available, as the Tamaya is a popular conference destination. The Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon offers a full range of services within quiet treatment rooms. Several dining options are available, and the Twin Warriors Golf Club features an 18-hole course with great views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

 Location

15 miles north of Albuquerque on the Santa Ana Pueblo tribal land

The Tamaya Resort sits in an isolated location 15 miles north of Albuquerque on Santa Ana Pueblo tribal land. The resort has the Rio Grande flowing in its backyard, which can be reached via a half-mile-long nature trail. There is nothing to do in the immediate area (which is mostly desert), but the resort offers enough activities that some guests prefer to stay on the property for the duration of their visit. A shuttle to the Albuquerque Airport is available for a fee.

  • 40-minute drive to the Albuquerque International Airport
  • 30-minute drive to Balloon Fiesta Park
  • 30-minute drive to Sandia Peak Tramway
  • 35-minute drive to Albuquerque Convention Center
  • 35-minute drive to historic Old Town Albuquerque
  • 35-minute drive to BioPark (including the Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden, and Tingley Beach)
  • 35-minute drive to Albuquerque Uptown (shopping area)
  • 35-minute drive to Petroglyph National Monument
  • 1-hour drive to Santa Fe

 Rooms

Spacious and modern with Native American decor

The King Room at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
The King Room at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

The Tamaya offers 350 rooms and suites featuring Native American Pueblo-style decor. The walls are adorned with Native blankets and locally produced paintings, the wood furniture has a rough-hewn look, and Pueblo motifs are woven into the carpets. Some rooms contains wood beams in the ceilings and kiva-style fireplaces.

Bathrooms feature granite counters and Pueblo-style adobe partitions for the toilet area.

  • iPod docks and 32-inch flat-screen TVs with premium channels
  • Coffeemakers with free coffee
  • Some rooms have balconies
  • Mountain View rooms have the best vistas
  • Club Level rooms offer free breakfast and snacks
  • Hypo-allergenic rooms are available by request
  • Smoking rooms (with special air filters) are available by request
  • Upgrading to Executive and Conference suites gets you more space and kitchenettes

 Features

Three heated pools and an 18-hole golf course feature stunning views

The Jacuzzi at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
The Jacuzzi at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

 Food

A good mix of restaurants offer casual and fine dining options.

The Santa Ana Cafe at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
The Santa Ana Cafe at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
  • The Corn Maiden Restaurant is the signature dining option at the Tamaya and serves tapas and grilled cuisine for dinner Tuesdays to Saturdays. It offers excellent views and is favored by many guests.
  • The Santa Ana Café serves casual fare (including customized burgers) and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Atush Bar & Grill at Twin Warriors is located between the 9th and 18th holes of the resort's golf course and serves snacks, beverages, and light lunch fare.
  • The Rio Grande Lounge is a lobby bar with views of the Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande that serves bar fare from mid-afternoon until late night. Live entertainment is featured seasonally.
  • Plaza Pool Bar and Grill is a seasonal, poolside grill that offers cocktails, snacks, and light lunches.
  • The Trading Post Deli offers coffee and pastries, boxed lunches, beer, wine, snacks, and sundries. Open from early morning until late evening.
  • Room service is available from early morning to late night.

 Bottom Line

This upscale resort is a sprawling property on the Santa Ana Pueblo reservation 15 miles north of Albuquerque. Its gorgeous natural setting under vivid blue skies offers panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Trails lead directly to the Rio Grande and the resort features numerous activities, as well as a golf course, restaurants, and several pools. There are daily resort and Wi-Fi fees, which are not charged at the lower-priced -- but more urban -- Sandia Resort and Casino.

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Address

  • 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Albuquerque, NM 87004

Room Types

  • Executive Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Mountain Vista Room
  • Regency Club Room
  • Respire Hypo-Allergenic Room
  • Smoking Room
  • Standard Balcony Guest Room
  • Standard Guest Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 350
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Santa Ana Pueblo, Albuquerque
Address: 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Albuquerque, NM 87004
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