Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Hard Rock is a steal for a four-pearl hotel. It is located on Isleta Pueblo Indian land about 10 miles south of Albuquerque, and 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.
Hampton Inn Albuquerque - University/Midtown Rating: 2.5 Pearls
The mid-range Hampton Inn Albuquerque-University/Midtown offers inexpensive rooms with some good amenities and a convenient location. This central Albuquerque hotel had a facelift in 2010, giving the big lobby and 131 rooms a modern feel. Convenient freebies include Wi-Fi, parking, and a hot breakfast. There are also some perks on offer such as 32-inch flat-screen TVs, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and a fitness center.
Residence Inn Albuquerque North Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Residence Inn Albuquerque North is a mid-range option offering more space than its competitors. Rooms are ideal for business travelers and families, with full kitchens, dining areas, work desks, and living rooms. Inviting interior spaces have a clean, modern look and are complete with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Additional perks include a heated pool and a basketball/tennis court and freebies such as free breakfast, snacks, and parking. Located in north Albuquerque, this hotel is a great pick for the annual Balloon Fiesta held nearby.
Nativo Lodge Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Straddling I-25, the Nativo Lodge is a centrally located, mid-range hotel with an impressive display of unique Native American art in the lobby . Out back, there’s a heated, half-indoor/half-outdoor pool and a teepee containing a hookah lounge. Rooms lack high-tech features but rates are low.