Mediterranean-Style Hotel in Downtown Albuquerque
Opened in 1939 by Conrad Hilton, Hotel Andaluz was the fourth Hilton hotel ever built. In its early days, it welcomed such notable guests as Gregory Peck and James Stewart, and it was here that Hilton threw the party celebrating his engagement to Zsa Zsa Gabor in the 1940s. Recent renovations have preserved this landmark property's historical foundations while adding modern, Mediterranean-style flourishes, such as arched doorways and a latticed ceiling. Further updates included the installation of solar-powered water heaters and other eco-friendly technology that helped to land Hotel Andaluz on Gayot's 2012 list of the Top 10 Hotels in Albuquerque.
Guest rooms feature soothing earth tones and sustainable bamboo furnishings. At Ibiza, the hotel's rooftop bar, an outdoor patio overlooks the Albuquerque skyline and mountains and encircles a trickling waterfall. On weekends, jazz music sets the tone as patrons sip specialty cocktails and sample appetizers. For more substantial fare, head to Lucia for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A seasonal menu includes seafood entrees such as chilean sea bass in a green-chili chutney.
Albuquerque: Multicultural City with Long, Storied Past
Not only is Albuquerque New Mexico's largest city, it's also one of the state's most culturally diverse. Since its official founding in 1706, Spanish, Mexican, and Native American influences have shaped the local culture, reflected in the city’s distinctive Pueblo Revival–style architecture.
The bulk of Albuquerque's cultural offerings center on Old Town, where you'll find art galleries and restaurants housed within historical adobe buildings. About a mile northeast of Old Town, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has an impressive collection of artifacts dating back to pre-Columbian settlers. The museum building is inspired by the Pueblo Bonito ruins of Chaco Canyon.
To see a real pueblo, head to Acoma Pueblo, about 65 miles west of Albuquerque. Set atop a mesa, this dusty village—one of the oldest in the country—consists of centuries-old adobes where native artisans craft pottery with distinctive black-and-white designs.
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