By Shaina Amienyi
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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Bugs Bunny always used to take a wrong turn at Albuquerque, but unlike Bugs, do not bypass this city that has so much to entice and entertain vacationers. Albuquerque, New Mexico is a Southwestern town where Native American and Hispanic cultures combine. It is a place of spectacular natural beauty and offers numerous activities such as golfing, swimming, and hiking.

Getting to Albuquerque is easy via the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). Book your flight through EscapeWizard.com using the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Once in the city, vacationers can take a taxi, bus, or airport shuttle to their hotels. Charming adobe bed and breakfasts, downtown hotels, and luxurious resorts are just a few of the types of lodging in Albuquerque. For help choosing accommodations, visit the hotel section of EscapeWizard.com for our list of top hotels, we highly recommend either the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express. Then to book your hotel experience, click here to book with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

EscapeWizard.com assures you that the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® is an event that you will not want to miss. It is not every day that you get to take a ride in a hot air balloon or see hundreds of brightly colored balloons ascend into the sky. Before attending the world’s largest hot air balloon event, which occurs during the first week of October, get some background on the sport at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

Albuquerque has a history deeply rooted in Hispanic and Native American cultures, and those cultures are well represented by the city’s art. At the Indian Cultural Center you can view textiles, pottery, baskets, jewelry, and other art from New Mexico’s 19 pueblos which each have a distinct artistic style. The center also has dance performances and art markets where vacationers can buy directly from artists. At the National Hispanic Cultural Center vacationers can explore a large collection of contemporary art. This center also has regular entertaining events from outdoor concerts to flamenco performances.

We at EscapeWizard.com believe the city’s architecture is an artistic statement. In Albuquerque, you can see a new kind of architecture: Pueblo Deco—a mix between pueblo art and architecture and Art Deco architecture. EscapeWizard.com guarantees that vacationers interested in architecture will appreciate the beauty of Pueblo Deco buildings such as the KiMo Theatre. Visit historic Old Town for amazing architecture, spirited events, and more. You will surely want to visit San Felipe de Neri Church, the city’s oldest building and a representation of its magnificent architecture. Old Town was built 70 years before the American Revolution and still maintained the look it had centuries ago. Enjoy the beautiful buildings as you visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants where you can find locally made items including art, jewelry, and food.

In addition to Old Town, Albuquerque has several other districts that will appease shoppers, and EscapeWizard.com urges vacationers to take advantage of them all. Stop by Nob Hill, which has locally owned shops selling handcrafted gifts, unique jewelry, stylish Southwestern clothing, and home décor. Downtown is where you will find specialty shops and galleries selling items like Native American silver jewelry or New Mexican pottery. Most shops and large shopping centers are in the Uptown district. For example, ABQ Uptown is an outdoor mall filled with upscale specialty shops, restaurants, and spas, and Coronado Center features over 150 stores including national department stores.

The city’s wide range of nightlife venues parallels its vast number of shopping areas. You will not have a problem finding casinos, live music, dancing, theater, or entertainment. EscapeWizard.com suggests downtown or Nob Hill since they have the city’s largest concentration of pubs, wine bars, breweries, restaurants, pool halls, and nightclubs grouped together so it is easy to walk from one place to another.

Albuquerque, New Mexico is the hot air balloon capital of the world. While that may be its claim to fame, there are many more unique aspects of the city. Its number of shopping and nightlife venues will amaze vacationers, as will its gorgeous architecture inspired by Native American, Hispanic, and European cultures. Albuquerque is a city you must experience for yourself, and we at EscapeWizard.com guarantee you will fall in love it. Click on the above link to book your next vacation to Albuquerque through EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Albuquerque
By D. Gregory Perrin
Crowne Plaza Albuquerque
1901 University Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM
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The Crowne Plaza (formally the Hilton Albuquerque) hotel is a great option for hotel accommodations while staying in the city. The hotel is around 20 minutes from the Albuquerque International Sunport so guests can take a cab at minimal cost, which is more reliable than the airport shuttle. This hotel is made up of 3 separate buildings with that contain 261 guestrooms between the buildings. All rooms in this Crowne Plaza property are 100 percent smoke free as well to promote a healthy lifestyle for all guests. Guests traveling with pets should also know that pets are allowed in the hotel as long as they are 75 pounds or under, but there is a 75 dollar fee for their stay. The Crowne Plaza allows guests to check in to their rooms at 3 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into the city. Parking is available at the hotel complimentary to all guests.

Guests of the hotel can select between 1 king size or 2 queen size beds depending on their sleeping needs. The hotel offers 3 ground floor Cabana accessible rooms for guests that need extra assistance while traveling. There is a work desk for guests on business or someone that just needs to have a place to work. The rooms are equipped with high speed internet service if guests want to keep up on email or search the area for attractions to see. Beyond that, the room has the normal amenities like hairdryer, iron and ironing board, as well as a coffee maker.

The hotel has a pool for guests to relax in during their stay; the city can get very warm in the summer months so this is an excellent option after a long day. The Crowne Plaza knows that fitness is an important aspect of many people’s lives, and to help them keep true to their normal routines while traveling, there is a fitness center available.

Here at EscapeWizard.com, we know that the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque is an optimal selection for accommodations during your next vacation. Just click here to book your hotel experience through us (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Albuquerque
By Jessica Beck
Holiday Inn Express
1921 Yale Boulevard, SE, Albuquerque, NM
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This Holiday Inn Express offers convenience and comfort with its location being less than a mile from the Albuquerque International Airport.  It is also located directly off I-25 and just minutes from I-40 allowing you access to all Albuquerque has for you to explore and experience. With 100 rooms to choose from, this hotel will surely have something to accommodate your every need.

As a guest of Holiday Inn Express, you can enjoy a dip in the indoor pool, a soak in the whirlpool, or a sweat session in the 24-hour fitness center. If the on-site fitness center is not enough for you, for a small fee there is an off-site fitness center located close by where you can work up a sweat in. Happen to be in town on business? No problem. The fully-stocked, state-of-the-art Business Center is located on-site for your convenience. If you need to hold a conference or social event during your stay, there are two meeting rooms at your disposal. During your time in the meeting rooms enjoy the use of flipcharts complete with markers, DVD player, LCD projector, and even a microphone”just a few more things Holiday Inn does to help keep its patrons stress-free during their stay. Have kids with you? Staying in Holiday Inn tradition, all kids eat free. Also, all guests are served a complimentary hot buffet-style breakfast to help you get-up-and-go a little quicker in the mornings.

Enjoy staying connected when you use your in-room complimentary internet access. Need to finish up some last minute work? A spacious work desk with an ergonomic chair is provided for you. Wake up to a freshly brewed cup of coffee or cook a meal in your microwave oven. Keep leftovers from delicious on-site and nearby restaurants fresh in your complimentary mini refrigerator. Relax in a cleansing bath with superior bath products. Curl up in your plush triple-sheeted bed and watch an in-room movie or cable television on your 32-inch flat screen TV. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy an additional 32-inch flat screen TV, a sofa-bed, a separate living room area, a dining table, silverware, cookware, and serving dishes.

Check-in and enjoy your stay at this accommodating Holiday Inn. Book your room today with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Albuquerque
By Tekisha Slack
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, NM
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The Hyatt Regency Albuquerque’s renowned services, amenities and downtown location make it the ideal choice for both business travelers and vacationers. This property has 395 spacious guestrooms with a view of the city or the surrounding Sandia Mountains.  Hyatt Grand Beds fitted with luxurious linens, deluxe bathroom with pampering products, iHome stereo with iPod® docking station / generous work desk and available Wi-Fi are just some of the room amenities you will find at this hotel.

The Hyatt Regency Albuquerque also offers a full-service Business Center, Hyatt Fast Board / PDA check-in car rental /gift shop, and an experienced Concierge staff. Guests can relax on the rooftop pool or in one of the hot tubs. Keep in shape at the hotel’s 24 hour StayFitTM gym, ˜Namaste’ away with yoga and take care of those sore muscles with a massage appointment.

Satisfy your culinary cravings at the Forque Kitchen and Bar. FORQUE features a tastefully constructed selection of regionally infused menu concepts. Each presentation reflects subtle flavors from the unique and distinctive seasoning profile of New Mexico and the southwest. Or, sample exquisite edibles, exotic drink recipes and hand crafted cocktails at the Hyatt’s Lobby Lounge and Bar. For the traveler on the go, Starbucks at the Hyatt offers your favorite Starbucks coffee, bottled water and specialty beverages. In-room dining is also an available option at this hotel. 

The inviting city of Albuquerque has much to offer. Stroll along Albuquerque’s avenues to explore the shops and art galleries or enjoy a leisurely walk to your event at the Albuquerque Convention Center just a short distance from the hotel.

Experience a delightful stay with Southwestern flair at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. Let EscapeWizard.com help you book your stay today! Just click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started.
Hotels in Albuquerque
By Jaclyn Bealer
Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
2910 Yale Boulevard S.E., Albuquerque, NM
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Experience the sights and culture of the Southwest when you stay at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel. Located on Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), this hotel is only steps away from the airport making arrival and departure a breeze. Whether you are in town for business or for leisure, the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel has everything you need to feel right at home. Check-in is at 3 p.m.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to make the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel your home away from home while in New Mexico. Stay in one of the 276 guest rooms and experience all of the benefits the hotel’s $14 million renovation has to offer. Each modern room is 100% smoke-free and features a luxurious king or double Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, 42 LCD flat screen TV, iPod docking station, as well as Starbucks® coffee and Tazo® teas. Need to do work while on the road? The hotel provides complimentary wireless high speed Internet access as well as a spacious work area. Pet-friendly rooms are also available.

In addition to modern comfort, the hotel’s prime location offers breathtaking views of the
Sandia Mountains as well as the Rio Grande Valley. You can also easily access local sights such as Historic Old Town, the University of New Mexico, and numerous golf courses. After a day in Albuquerque, head back to the hotel and enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness facility, and an authentic Southwestern meal at Rojo Bar or the Rojo Grill Restaurant.

If you’re looking for a large space for a meeting or event, the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel has a plethora of options including two ballrooms, three boardrooms, and ten meeting spaces. Along with the ideal area, the hotel also features a teleconferencing system, audio visual equipment as well as technicians, catering staff, and a wedding coordinator to make your event run smoothly.

Interested in enjoying the Southwest with the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel? Let EscapeWizard.com help you reserve your room. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started planning your trip to New Mexico today.
Hotels in Albuquerque
By Brandi N.R. Rhone
Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque
7101 Arvada Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM
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Just 12 minutes from Albuquerque International Airport, in the heart of Albuquerque New Mexico is the Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque. This charming uptown hotel offers complimentary self-parking on a well-lit surface lot, with in and out privileges for guest that arrive by rental car. Homewood Albuquerque is a pet friendly location, for a fee (nonrefundable) small and medium dogs are welcome. The front desk staff is Multilingual and check in time is 3pm and check out at noon.
 
Homewood Suites Albuquerque has large spacious studios and one or two bedroom suites with separate living space. Room accommodations for comfort and convenience include a full kitchen with microwave, Stove, dishwasher and refrigerator; Remote control TV with standard and premium channels; in room internet access and alarm clock with MP3 connection to name a few. Smoking/Non Smoking and Accessible rooms are obtainable at Homewood Suites Albuquerque, as well as cribs and high chairs for guests traveling with small children.
 
Keeping to your fitness regimen is easy with Homewood Albuquerque. On the premise they have a fitness center and a basketball court, as well as an outdoor swimming pool for laps or lounging. If you are looking to get outdoors you can play tennis, rent bicycles or use the walking track close by the hotel. In town on business? Homewood Suites offers printer, fax and photo copying services along with meeting rooms, business center and A/V equipment rental.
 
Guests are treated to daily complimentary Suite Star Breakfast served hot in the lodge eating area. After an adventurous day in the Albuquerque area, relax with a complimentary light meal and beverages at the Welcome Home reception. This is given Monday through Thursday evenings. Going out for the night? You can dine at some great nearby locations including Pei Wei, Macaroni Grill and Le Peep.
 
Homewood Suites Hilton Albuquerque is in the center of the action. Shopping is blocks away at places like ABQ uptown mall and Winrock mall. Balloon Fiesta Park is only 11 miles way and is sure to give you an uplifting experience, and that’s just for starters. Book your stay with us for your next visit to Albuquerque by going here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).