New Mexico

Albuquerque CC

Why here?
New Mexico offers a rich history of Native American and Spanish culture alongside more modern draws, like America's first spaceport. The Albuquerque Convention Center (pictured) is keeping current with a $22 million upgrade that includes a redesigned ballroom.

Other Cities
In Las Cruces, the 203-room Hotel Encanto has been chosen by Virgin Galactic as the official hotel for nearby Spaceport America (see Paging the Jetsons). The hotel is transforming several rooms and areas into executive and VIP suites and rooms.

• On Interstate 40, just 20 miles from the Arizona border, the 105-room Hilton Garden Inn Gallup opened last December with more than 3,000 square feet of function space.

Old World Charm
In the heart of Santa Fe, the 179-room La Fonda on the Plaza features eight banquet rooms, each adorned with original art, kiva fireplaces and hand-carved beams.


Local Update

The Albuquerque Convention Center completed a $22 million renovation last fall, the results of which include a new exterior facade, a redesigned ballroom and a new atrium in the West Complex.

• Heritage Hotels and Resorts will open a 118-room property in spring 2016. The boutique hotel in the city's Old Town will include outdoor terraces with views of the Sandia Mountains, a pool, a fitness center, a 6,000-square-foot spa and conference facilities for up to 100 attendees.

Meeting Hotels: To find and compare area hotels, and to send RFPs, go to

Convention Center: Albuquerque Convention Center; exhibit space, 167,000 square feet; meeting rooms, 27; (505) 768-4575;

Airport Transit: Albuquerque International Sunport, about five miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $15; by shuttle, $11

Taxes: Room tax, 6%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

Group Venue: The Banque Lofts in downtown offers an 8,000-square-foot roof deck overlooking the city's skyline that can host up to 150 guests. (505) 219-3107

Contact: Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 733-9918

Surrender Your Stress
The spa at the 136-room Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe offers six spacious suites where guests can luxuriate in claw-footed tubs and enjoy a Vichy shower treatment or organic facial.


Local Update

The 182-room Drury Plaza Hotel recently opened in the heart of town. Amenities include a heated rooftop pool with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, an outdoor sculpture park and a restaurant, in addition to 14,000 square feet of function space. The property's design takes inspiration from the Spanish missions of New Mexico.

The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi has completed a redesign of its 58 guest rooms, which now feature hand-crafted wooden furniture, new carpets and upgraded bathrooms. The property has several intimate function spaces.

Meeting Hotels: For area hotels, and to send RFPs, go to

Convention Center: Santa Fe Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 18,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 12; (505) 955-6200

Airport Transit: Albuquerque International Sunport, about 60 miles from downtown Santa Fe. Transfer cost by shuttle, $28 one way, $48 roundtrip

Santa Fe Municipal Airport, 10 miles from downtown Santa Fe. Transfer cost by shuttle, $15 one way, $28 roundtrip

Taxes: Room tax, 7%; sales tax, 8.1875%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15.1875%

Group Venue: The 219-room Eldorado Hotel & Spa recently began an extensive renovation project that will add a 7,000-square-foot ballroom divisible into two separate meeting rooms with soundproof air walls, 18-foot-high ceilings, and a state-of-the-art LED lighting system with infinite color and motion variations. The hotel has a total of 23,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. (800) 955-4455

Contact: Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 777-2489