Newly Renovated Rooms near University of New Mexico Campus
In the 1920s and ’30s, the newly built Route 66 helped transform Albuquerque from a sleepy resort town into a sprawling desert oasis. Today, Route 66 stills attracts out-of-towners, who drive through the historical Nob Hill District and past the 1927 KiMo Theater, one of the best examples of Pueblo Deco architecture. Just 2 miles from this iconic highway, within walking distance of museums, shopping, and the University of New Mexico, is the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Albuquerque.
Each updated standard room has a private balcony looking out over the city. A subtle desert theme incorporates terra-cotta accents and earth-toned decor. Relax with a dip in the Olympic-size outdoor pool or with a meal at one of the three onsite restaurants. The Ranchers Club of New Mexico is the place to go for ambiance—the dining room is decorated with a giant buffalo head, and a chandelier is made from cattle horns and saddles donated from New Mexican ranchers. The eatery serves bison rib-eye steaks, filet mignon, and pan-seared lamb chops alongside an extensive list of wines, ports, and cognacs.
Albuquerque, New Mexico: Pedestrian-Friendly Town with New Mexico’s Flagship University
Located about 65 miles southwest of Santa Fe, Albuquerque is neatly divided by the Rio Grande. On the river’s east side is the Crowne Plaza hotel; its proximity to the University of New Mexico makes a stroll amid the campus’s Pueblo Revival buildings a must. To delve into the city’s past, wander the pedestrian-friendly streets of Historic Old Town Albuquerque, home to more than 150 stores and art galleries as well as the iconic 18th-century San Felipe de Neri Parish.
On the north side of town, the 360-acre Balloon Fiesta Park is a popular site for launching hot-air balloons, which use the 47-acre Northern Field as a bird’s-eye landmark. All year round, you can see the colorful balloons rising high into the air, whether you’re practicing golf shots on the park's course or hiking along its neatly gardened trails.
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