The city of Albuquerque has more than 900 hotel rooms within walking distance of the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Last June, the Albuquerque Convention Center was selected as New Mexico Hospitality Recycler of the Year at the New Mexico Recycling Conference. In other news, the facility completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that includes the addition of free wireless Internet hot zones in lobby areas; the renovation of 14 meeting rooms in the lower-level west building; and installation of a permanent LCD projector, electronic screen and audiovisual/data connections in the Centro Del Sol meeting room.
The long-standing proposal to build a 10,000- to 19,000-seat arena in the city has been shelved for the immediate future. According to a spokesperson for the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, the city's Mayor Richard J. Berry hopes the plan will go forward at a later date.
The Radisson Hotel Albuquerque completed a $20 million renovation of its 314 guest rooms and meeting space last winter. In spring 2010, the property opened a 23,000-square-foot
The 276-room Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel recently completed a $14 million renovation and has been reflagged as the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel. The property offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Isleta Casino & Resort has been rebranded as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque. The property has 201 guest rooms and approximately 30,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 74-room Hotel Parq Central opened this fall in downtown. Housed in a former hospital, the property offers three meeting rooms, the rooftop Apothecary Lounge and a fitness center, along with a business center.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center unveiled its 4,000-square-foot fresco by New Mexico artist Frederico Vigil last fall. The work depicts a panorama of Hispanic history, with significant and iconic people and places (see photo on page 61).
Rob Enriquez has been named vice president, convention sales, services and sports, at the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Major meeting properties in the city include the 411-room Albuquerque Marriott Hotel, 395-room Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 342-room MCM Eleganté, 314-room Radisson Hotel Albuquerque, 295-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque, 295-room Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, 261-room Hilton Albuquerque, 135-room Hotel Blue and 107-room Andaluz.
Historic Old Town has the 188-room Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and 173-room Best Western Rio Grande Inn.
In the Balloon Fiesta Corridor/North I-25 are the 311-room Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North, 168-room Clarion and 150-room Nativo Lodge.
The 276-room Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel and 150-room Courtyard by Marriott Albuquerque Airport are at Albuquerque International Sunport.
The 350-room Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa is a 20-minute drive from downtown.
Albuquerque Convention Center; exhibit space, 167,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 30; (505) 768-4575
Albuquerque International Sunport, about five miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $15; by shuttle, $18
Room tax, 6%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%
Along with classic New Mexican and coastal Mexican fare, Sandiago's Mexican Grill at the Tram offers views of the Sandia Mountains to the east and the Jemez Mountains to the north, with all of Albuquerque sprawling due west and Los Lunas to the south. The restaurant can accommodate groups of up to 150 people. sandiapeakrestaurants.com/sandiagos/
Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 284-2282
The New Mexico Rail Runner Express,
a light-rail system, runs from the Albuquerque metro area to Santa Fe.The Las Cruces Convention Center
debuted last month with 15,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 9,000-square-foot ballroom, six meeting rooms and 5,000 square feet of outdoor function space.
In Santa Fe, the historic 81-room Hotel St. Francis,
which opened in 1888, has completed a head-to-toe renovation. The project included a revamp of the hotel's 1,080 square feet of meeting space.
American Eagle airlines has inaugurated year-round daily nonstop flights from Dallas and Los Angeles to Santa Fe Municipal Airport.
Shop for a wide variety of teasers and gifts for a Santa Fe meeting or incentive program at santafe.org/shoponline.index/html.
Among the many meetings-caliber properties in Santa Fe are the 219-room Eldorado Hotel & Spa, 167-room La Fonda, 163-room Hotel Santa Fe & Hacienda, 157-room La Posada de Santa Fe, 157-room Sage Inn, 134-room Inn and Spa at Loretto, 110-room Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa, 100-room Inn of the Governors, 71-room Inn on the Alameda, 57-room Inn of the Anasazi and 43-room Old Santa Fe Inn.
Just outside the city limits is the 58-room Sunrise Springs Resort Spa, a property that features a spa, a yoga and meditation center, a Japanese tea house and approximately 7,500 square feet of meeting space.
Santa Fe Convention Center, exhibit space, approximately 18,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 11; (505) 955-6200
Albuquerque International Sunport, about 60 miles from downtown Santa Fe. Transfer cost by taxi, $170; by shuttle, $25 one way, $45 roundtrip
Santa Fe Municipal Airport, about 10 miles from downtown Santa Fe. Transfer cost by shuttle, $15 one way, $27 roundtrip
Taxes Room tax, 7%; sales tax, 8.06%; total tax on hotel room, 15.06%
Events for up to 160 people can be held at the newly reopened Old House restaurant at the El Dorado Hotel & Spa. The menu, with a decidedly global range, was designed by executive chef Anthony Smith and features weekly market specials. Of note: the 28-day dry-aged 14-ounce rib eye with hatch green chile mac and cheese, and cumin-cilantro vinaigrette; and the ruby trout with maple-bacon bread pudding, Swiss chard, and garlic and shallot gastrique. For dessert, try the warm chocolate lava cake. (800) 955-4455; eldoradohotel.com/dining/old-house-restaurant
Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 777-2489