Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we review properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a trip on a budget and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our top picks for value in Albuquerque, and get inspired!
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.
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.
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.
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.