The two-story lobby is striking with warm colors, lofty ceilings and Navajo flavor. Enchantment overflows in the two-story lobby with arched wood-paneled ceilings, carved beams, Spanish tiled floors, Navajo rugs and painted wall murals. It's so extravagant it’s a popular wedding spot.
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The lobby also features a cozy library area complete with chess table. The vibe is vintage-chic. There's a one-of-a-kind chess collection with each piece handpicked from somewhere in the world. We’re told owner Gary Goodman has an eye for these types of things and loves to collect.
Guest rooms are available in a myriad of sizes and pricing, each with its own hip and modern flare. Even the Conrad Studio, the lowest category room, was comfortable, affordable and chic for us. Coupled with the free Wifi,we were happy.
For eats, downstairs is Lucia, the hotel restaurant and bar. Lucia also serves any of the six hotel “Casbahs” which are semi-enclosed lounge spaces lining the lobby. Each Casbah holds up to 10 people and has its own design theme. Upstairs is Ibiza, the roof-top bar and patio with views of Albuquerque. That’s the place to really party.
Located off the former bustling Route 66, the hotel was a former mainstay for presidents and countless other celebrity visitors including Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Roy Rogers, Spencer Tracey, Neil Young and Carlos Santana. How’s that for a motley crew? It was also a prominent stop for political figures where guests included JFK and Lyndon Johnson. See? New Mexico was the swing state of its day.
Conrad (Connie) Hilton often brought his friends and family to visit. He celebrated his second marriage to Zsa Zsa Gabor by staying at the hotel the night before their wedding. Today you can rent the Zsa Zsa Suite and re-live the magic (hold the divorce).
The hotel closed in 2005 for restorations and to add eco-friendly features like a thermal rooftop energy system heating all hotel water, plus motion sensors for smart light and climate control when guests are not in their rooms. The best part? They kept the original historic grandeur. No easy feat.Andaluz re-opened in 2009 as the only LEED Gold certified hotel in the Southwest.
With a fab rate of just $119 a night, you'll be hard pressed to leave the Hotel Andaluz, but in case you want to explore, the hotel is a day trip away from Santa Fe--a short drive or train ride will take you there.
[Photos: Alison Widdoes/HotelChatter]