Albuquerque Gets a Chic New Boutique Hotel
We’re glad to report that there’s a stylish new place to stay in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s called the Hotel Parq Central, and it’s located along the famous Route 66 in Albuquerque’s trendy EDo neighborhood.
Built on the renovated site of the original Santa Fe Hospital—which first opened in 1926 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places—the Hotel Parq Central was designed by local firms Studio Southwest Architects Inc., Klinger Constructors, and HVL Interiors. (Does that last name sound familiar? HVL’s principal interior designer, Heather Van Luchene, was featured in our July 2009 issue as one of our Top 20 Under 40 designers.)
We love the look of the hotel’s public and private spaces, which were designed with a nod to the past (think original clay tiles, windows made in 1926, and a grand staircase), while keeping in mind guests’ high-tech needs, including free wireless Internet, iPod data connectors and LCD flat-panel televisions.
Super-stylish guestrooms and inviting public spaces are located in four separate buildings, each connected by gardens and pathways that are hidden behind native xeric streetscapes. Faith Okuma, of Surroundings Studio, created the colorful, shaded and water-wise landscape.
You can bet that when we visit, the first place we’ll check out is the rooftop “Apothecary Lounge” — and, in particular, its menu of 1920s-themed cocktails. In a tribute to the building’s past, the lounge features a wall decoupaged with vintage medicinal labels, an original operating room lamp and a table formed from a 1940s coffin carrier. And from the deck, there are some pretty spectacular views of the mountains and city skyline.
Starting rates begin at $169/night and include free parking, a gourmet continental breakfast, free wireless Internet in public areas and guestrooms, and complimentary coffee/tea service on each floor.
To learn more, visit http://www.hotelparqcentral or call (505) 242-0040.