Callers rattle off random numbers and ink daubers dot colorful cards during rounds of bingo sponsored by the New Mexico Sheriffs and Police Association, a nonprofit outfit devoted to the advocacy of law-enforcement agencies. With proceeds going toward officer survival training, sheriffs' coalitions, and scholarships, these hosted bingo nights help strengthen the southwest's police forces and instill fear into the hearts of people trying to cheat their way to the game’s cash prizes.
Blades flick through cuts of tuna and salmon, their pink and orange sunset hues set off by cucumber, rice, and seaweed. In Aki Sushi’s dining room, teriyaki dishes click onto tables and bowls of udon pour forth steam like a robot in a poetry-appreciation class. Glasses filled with beer, cocktails, or 1 of more than 20 wines meet in toasts above plates laced with curlicues of wasabi and pickled ginger.
The chefs at Asian Cafe fill up plates with Asian specialties. They stuff tender dumplings with pan-fried chicken and cabbage for their pot-sticker appetizers and stir fry flank steak with yellow onions and scallions in a savory sauce for mongolian beef entrees.
Anna and Sancho Soeiro operate their Canyon Road café five days a week, serving organic fare largely sourced from local farmers’ markets. Dish n' Spoon Cafe's menu spans soups, salads, and sandwiches (made with chicken-curry salad, for example, or roast beef and horseradish), and caters to the noncarnivorous with veggie burgers and veggie lasagna. The café itself is housed in what was a one-room grocery store for 70 years; after moving in, the Soeiros decided to reflect the welcoming environment and community loyalty it represented in the repurposed space.
Cubbies of knickknacks, sculptures, and other gewgaws and gifts line the walls, creating an atmosphere of cozy, quaint chaos. The faces of frequent customers smile from a Star Wall of pictures, and kids chomp organic PB&J or grilled-cheese sandwiches before running off to play in the restaurant’s special kids’ corner. A Santa Fe Reporter write-up notes some of the café's Santa Fean charms—"quirkily mismatched" plates and silverware, and a patio where patrons can sprinkle sunshine and shredded clouds on their meals.
New Mexican correspondent Rob De Walt describes how, in 2009, Mayor David Coss declared August 14 Dish n’ Spoon Day in honor of the Soeiros’ consistent dedication to volunteer work and community service—they've been involved in historic preservation, the Buckaroo Ball, and a court-appointed advocate program for survivors of juvenile abuse or neglect. Every Monday, Dish n’ Spoon runs on a pay-what-you-can price structure, allowing patrons to live within their means or finally use that stash of leprechaun gold that banks refuse to convert to U.S. dollars.
At Burritos Alinstante, owner Mary Ellen Chavez upholds her mother's culinary legacy with a menu of meaty, New Mexico–style burritos. Chefs grill certified Angus beef and succulent carne adovada before loading them into locally made tortillas. Chefs also peel and slice their own potatoes, and whip up refried beans from scratch every day. Customers can also build their own burritos, choosing from more than a dozen fixings including northern New Mexico–style chicharrones, hand-trimmed steak, and a series of smaller and smaller Russian nesting burritos.
When you stay at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in Albuquerque, you'll be connected to the convention center and minutes from Albuquerque Museum and Atomic Museum. This hotel is within close proximity of San Felipe de Neri Church and Old Town Plaza.
Make yourself at home in one of the 188 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including a nightclub, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-in. Planning an event in Albuquerque? This hotel has 41000 square feet (3690 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free parking is available onsite.