I was pleasantly surprised at the elegant atmosphere. At the same time this boutique hotel had charm throughout. Though small, the room had a very pleasant feeling, with all the right amenities (especially after I made a request for a coffee service in the room for the morning). The lobby was surrounded with intimate seating areas and there was even an especially warm, quiet and welcoming library right off the lobby. I love the idea of live music, but unfortunately the night I stayed there, the lobby music was amplified too much for my taste, though the music was probably excellent. It could be heard in the restaurant. Fortunately we happened to be sitting away from the door. Interestingly enough the library must be sound-proof so the decibel level was okay there. All in all, an excellent experience EXCEPT for one small item: I was surprised by the valet surcharge (of $16) and would have to adjust the overall price to include this charge in my determination of a place to stay in Albuquerque the next time. Not knowing about the surcharge was probably my fault. In fact there was a clear sign outside as well, and I'm sure that the website includes it in an obvious place.
What a great place to stay if attending the massive balloon festival!! Convenient to the event park, good roads and plenty of places nearby. Room was excellent, with many amenities, even including a gas fireplace. Hotel staff excellent.
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