Ever get that vacation itch? Maybe you want to go on a vacation but you don’t feel like requesting time off from work or school. Or maybe you just don’t feel like going on a road trip and dealing with days worth of packing and luggage. I get it! Just stay local and enjoy some of the amazing places close to home. Here are some top staycation ideas in the Albuquerque area.
Hotel Chaco is conveniently located on 2000 Bellamah Ave NW. This beautiful hotel has an incredible view of the Sandia mountains, plus a fully-equipped cafe and bar. There are delicious restaurants just around the corner at Seasons and the popular Sawmill Market, which has locally crafted beers and a large selection of food, drinks, and treats. Old Town is close by with plenty of small businesses to visit. I have friends who absolutely love going on date nights here and highly recommend this mini getaway.
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Hotel Parq Central
Hotel Parq Central, located at 806 Central Ave SE, is the perfect spot right off the interstate. This versatile location is commonly used for weddings with the perfect spot in the heart of downtown Albuquerque. My cousin was married here, and the atmosphere was beautiful. The staff are friendly, and everyone absolutely swooned over this lovely hotel. Located within the hotel is the Apothecary Lounge, a rooftop bar that serves up a great selection of drinks. It also serves as a beautiful spot to take selfies when the sun is setting.
Sandia Resort and Casino
Sandia Resort and Casino, located at 30 Rainbow NE, has the ultimate view. Our Sandia mountains sit behind the hotel and live up to their name as the pink and purple hues almost glow as the sun sets. This four-star resort and casino was our city’s very first gaming venue, but don’t be fooled, the casino is just as lavish and comfortable as a Vegas casino with a large number of table games and machines. You can dance the night away downstairs at the lounge or enjoy some peaceful conversation upstairs in fine dining. I personally love watching any music event that comes to this casino and enjoy playing bingo here as often as I can.
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, located at 1300 Tuyuna Trail in the Santa Ana Pueblo, is a short drive from Albuquerque and very much worth the trip. Driving down the winding roads you will spot small rabbits and enjoy the view of the beautiful reservation. The pools are beautiful and fun for the whole family. Equipped with slides, hot tubs, and poolside drinks, you are sure to come back again for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Only seven minutes away from the Santa Ana Casino, you can either try your luck on the machines, play in the arcades, or knock down some pins while bowling.
Old Town Inn
Old Town Inn is located in the heart of Albuquerque at 805 Marquette Ave NW. This vacation home away from home is conveniently located within walking distance of the Kimo Auditorium. My friend and her husband love this spot and visit often. They recommend this spot because of the quiet, relaxed environment, and they enjoy staying here when planning a night out on the town in either Old Town or Downtown. It is also less than two miles from the ABQ BioPark Zoo and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. With coffee shops, restaurants, and nightlife fun in the area, you are sure to enjoy your stay.
El Vado Motel: Route 66 vibes near Old Town and the Botanical Gardens. It has a swimming pool and a beautiful courtyard full of fun local eateries.
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm: Probably a “splurge” for most of us, but this place is the most stunning and peaceful modern farm and inn. There’s a saltwater pool, delicious food, and beautiful grounds to explore.
Hotel Zazz: Colorful and trendy Hotel Zazz is located in Nob Hill very close to UNM. Lots of walkable businesses and restaurants nearby. It also has a pool the kids will love!
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