Best area to stay in Albuquerque

Where is the best area to stay in Albuquerque?

The best area to stay in Albuquerque is the Old Town, which is considered to be the heart of the city, since it was founded in 1706 by a group of Spanish families. This area is full of hidden terraces, brick-lined windy streets, beautiful gardens and unforgettable balconies. Most museums, attractions, restaurants and sightseeing in Albuquerque can be found within the old town.


If you are hoping to do a bit of shopping, you may not have enough time to visit the more than 150 gift shops and galleries that are unique to the southeast, but if you like arts and crafts, take a trip to Old Town Portal Vendors, where local artists sell their work at an open air market. Some great recommendations for dinner are Backstreet Grill, Billy The Kid Beer Garden, Candy Land Of Old Town and the Hacienda del Rio Restaurant & Mexican Cantina.


The most interesting places to visit in the Old Town are The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Old Town Plaza, the San Felipe Neri Church, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, and one of the most highly recommended; Explora, which offers science, art and technology exhibitions in an incredible environment. Finish the day off with an intimate concert in the Casa Flamenca, starting the night with some drinks and mariachis in Garduño´s at Old Town.


If you venture outside of the Old Town, you will find the Aquarium and Botanical Gardens just 3 minutes away by car, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre 5 minutes away, and the Río Grande Zoo just 10 minutes away by car.

Hotel   Avg price
Monterey Non Smokers Motel Old Town
2402 Central Ave SW
100€ - 102$
Hotel   Avg price
El Vado Motel
2500 Central Ave SW
117€ - 119$
Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn
310 Rio Grande Boulevard South West
156€ - 159$
Hotel Albuquerque At Old Town
800 Rio Grande Boulevard Northwest
179€ - 183$
Hotel   Avg price
Hotel Chaco
2000 Bellamah Avenue Northwest
286€ - 292$


On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Albuquerque, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.


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Old Town, the best area to stay in Albuquerque


old town AlbuquerqueThe Old Town, the area encompassing the city´s historic quarter, is without a doubt the best place to spend the night in Albuquerque. The streets of the Old Town offer a large variety of restaurants and are great to go for a wander and discover all the little nooks and crannies. The accommodation options here are surrounded by all kinds of shops, bars, art galleries, parks and museums. Local street vendors sell jewellery and handmade crafts on improvised markets along the side of the road and the colonial style buildings and churches are also lovely to visit.


As well as being easy to get to other places of town from here, you will also find some of the city´s most emblematic tourist attractions such as the Old Town square, founded at the beginning of the XVIII century, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the Explora. The Old Town is known for its spectacular lights during the festive period, especially at Christmas, so if you´re travelling at this time of the year, make sure you enjoy the amazing atmosphere on these decorated streets



Hotels in Old Town


Other areas to stay in Albuquerque




downtown AlbuquerqueAlthough downtown Albuquerque doesn't have as many hotels and restaurants as the Old Town, it's a good place to stay if you're looking to enjoy the Albuquerque nightlife, as you will find a multitude of lively bars and clubs along the Central Ave (which makes up part of the famous Route 66). This area is also home to the Albuquerque Convention Centre, where many conventions, concerts, conferences and events are held, as well as the KiMo Theatre, which boasts beautiful architecture and an ample offering of entertainment options.


If you are staying in Downtown, you should bear in mind that there isn't a lot of variety in terms of restaurants and many of them only open for lunch and breakfast, and are closed in the evening for dinner service.



Most booked hotel in Downtown:  Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque  ⭐⭐⭐⭐






midtown AlbuquerqueMidtown is the best option if you are looking to stay in an authentic American motel whilst travelling Route 66. Here you will find the largest University in New Mexico, which is one of the most important cultural centres in the city. The university offers a symphonic orchestra, theatre and dance shows, art exhibitions as well as conferences and sporting events as part of its busy agenda.


The UNM also holds host to the Maxwell Anthropology Museum, specializing in south-western collections and the University Art Museum, which houses one of the largest fine art collections in the state. Nearby campus you will also find a large number of restaurants, shops and bars, making it a great place to stay, especially if you want to visit other areas of the city during the day.



Most booked hotel in Midtown:  Ramada by Wyndham Albuquerque Midtown  ⭐⭐⭐⭐






UptownUptown Albuquerque is a modern and upcoming area with numerous hotel options for all types of traveler. Shoppers will be in their element here, as the Uptown area is the home of Albuquerque’s shopping and business district. Indeed, there are plenty of shopping malls and boutique stores here, particularly in the huge ABQ Uptown Retail Center. You could easily spend a day alone just in here.


Aside from the shopping, the Uptown neighborhood is home to some wonderful restaurants, serving authentic New Mexican and international cuisine, as well as chic cafés and bars. Uptown is also a fantastic place to stay for entertainment lovers. There are annual entertainment events and concerts here, attracting young people and families from all over the world. Uptown is also home to EXPO New Mexico - which hosts the exciting New Mexico State Fair. There is a lively music scene in Uptown, with regular concerts.



Most booked hotel in Midtown:  Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Uptown  ⭐⭐⭐




Balloon Fiesta Park


Balloon FiestaIf you’ve traveled to Albuquerque to see The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, then you should stay close to Balloon Fiesta Park. The park is 12 miles north of the airport, and only 7 miles north of downtown Albuquerque. The Hotel Andaluz and The Hyatt Regency are two great options, a short drive away.


Staying near the Park is a smart choice since you will be close to the event, but also within easy reach of the attractions downtown. In the area, there are nice restaurant options and a couple of wineries that even have tastings! In the evening, travel back in time, by giving The Drive-In at Balloon Fiesta Park a visit for an old-fashioned drive-in cinema experience.


If you want to learn more about Balloons, The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is a must-see! Learn about balloon history and culture in a fun and interactive way with the whole family.



Most booked hotel near Balloon Fiesta Park:  Staybridge Suites Albuquerque North  ⭐⭐⭐⭐