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If you don't have kids or consider "fun parks" the least fun thing on the planet, you'll want to file this news under "Another place to avoid when traveling." But if you have rugrats you need to occupy, or you're a big, waterslide-lovin' kid yourself, rejoice! The Radisson Hotel Albuquerque has a new waterpark, opening on March 12, just in time for spring break.
If you're not familiar with the waterpark concept, firstly: commiserations. Waterslide collisions are the stuff childhood is made of. The Radisson's set up includes all the waterpark staples: indoor and outdoor slides, an activity pool, wading pool, hot tub, lazy river, tipping bucket, and the most unfortunately named thing we've heard of since the iPad, the FlowRider.
Admit it – there’s nothing quite like sharing a hotel with a celeb. And while a live celeb may have moved on by the time you get there, there’s always a chance that, if your star is dead, there may be something of them still hanging around. A good thing in some cases (dead rockstars, we’re thinking of you). Billy the Kid? Debatable. But we ended up staying in a room where he stayed for two weeks when we stopped over in Lincoln, New Mexico, at the Ellis Store & Co.
This place has won countless awards for Inns and B&Bs and it epitomizes charming. The room (we got the Billy the Kid room for $109) was just what we expected from an American B&B: a nice big room, a nice old couple as owners, nice olde worlde decor and appalling soundproofing. The room was very atmospheric – with Pony Express-themed stuff around the place, though not on overload – and the bathroom was huge. The bed was comfy, the bathroom was spotless – though the shower was a bit weak – and we even ignored the review on TripAdvisor that said the place was haunted.
Remember last week we told you about those baths in New Mexico that fill with water straight from the hot spring bubbling beneath Truth or Consequences? And how we said they were possibly the best baths ever? We captured them in their full videotastic glory. Here's the one in the Jetsons themed room—yours for $125 a night. Given that it could fit a few of you in there, you could just split the cost.
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You know the hippies we were talking about yesterday? This is where they congregate. The staff have long grey ponytails and wear tie dye. They leave you little envelopes for tips for the cleaners with peace signs on them. And they want bathing in their springs (they’ve harnessed them with five hot tubs) to be a communal experience.
The beauty of a roadtrip is being able to stop exactly where you want when the whim takes you – especially if it’s in a town with a funny name. That’s how we ended up in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (we were aiming for Roswell but the name was calling us too hard to miss).
Truth or Consequences used to be a popular spa town called Hot Springs before it changed its name to that of a game show in 1950. Then in the sixties, the hippies moved in, and never left. And now it’s on the cusp of turning upscale thanks to the Virgin Galactic Spaceport America being built 30 miles down the road.
Watching a once-great hotel let herself go is as sad as any Hollywood crash-and-burn, if you ask us. And frankly, that sentiment extends beyond hotels we’ve personally watched rise and fall. So even though we've never been, we’re shedding a special tear for the shuttering of the historic Eklund Hotel, an Old West hotel in tiny Clayton, New Mexico, complete with a resident ghost named Irene and a saloon with a bullet hole-pierced tin ceiling.
Reports the AP: “The Eklund’s closing comes just five years after completion of a $2.3 million renovation of the stately, three-story sandstone block building, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.”
To celebrate the oft-forgotten, but nonetheless significant 23rd birthday, the Inn On The Alameda is giving away the third consecutive night for only $23. (Birthday rates are a trend. We're calling it.)
We found a room with two queens and a patio for only $140 in January which comes out to a nice $303 (plus taxes and fees, probs) for a long getaway weekend in the dead of winter. Not bad. Especially considering these amenities:
Lavish continental breakfast
Afternoon wine and cheese reception
Free wi-fi access
Parking at no charge
Lobby Library with books and games
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
Because of the landscaping along the road, you can't see the slums from the car. I walked on the sidewalk and was amazed by the living arrangements. The hotel very cleverly constructed its grounds to keep this out of sight.
This is the view across the street from the hotel, but a lot of guests wouldn't even see it, which we suspect is a pretty good thing. The hotel website explains its location as being "in the heart of the downtown business district", which is, well, not that far away, judging by this photograph.
But despite all that, people like it. TripAdvisor reviews have calculated it the #2 hotel in Albuquerque, out of well over a hundred choices; although several did suggest the area was not the kind you'd want to walk through alone at night. Average room rates of $182 make it relatively reasonable but many suggest you should stay inside the hotel and forget the surroundings completely.
Last time we heard from La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa they wanted us to drop some serious coin on art to score a free night. Now they've put together a much more reasonable package for ski bums. Two days worth of lift tickets, breakfasts and accommodations for two are starting at $476 a night, and you'll get a massage, too.
The Ski Santa Fe resort is just 16 miles north of town, situated on a 12,053-foot-high mountain. That gives 'em plenty of room for 67 runs and a 1,700+ vertical drop. Right now, temperatures are just below freezing, and there's five feet of snow on the ground.
The hotel deal nets you a 10 percent savings over what you'd pay a la carte. (Your "resort fee" and parking are included in the price.) The only problem, of course, is that you'll have to fight over who gets that single massage.