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Downtown by MarbleStreetStudio.comNorth - South - East - West:
Distinctive Hotels in Every Direction

What do meeting planners and convention delegates need when they come to Albuquerque for a meeting? They need high quality hotels with superior service,  rapid access to the airport and local venues, affordable transportation, and good weather to allow for walking breaks between meetings or after meeting work hours to enjoy local cuisine, fine weather year-round and uniquely Albuquerque shopping opportunities. 

Albuquerque has all of this in eight different locations, depending on the needs of the meeting planner and decision-makers. Choose from each unique neighborhood this 21st century city has to offer: Old Town, Downtown, Midtown/University, Airport, Uptown, Balloon Fiesta Park/North I-25, Eastside or Westside hotels.

Old Town: Heritage and History
Walking distance to Old Town shops and artisans, art, science, history, technology,  museums, the BioPark's Zoo, the Rio Grande river valley, renovated historic Tingley Beach and train route, revitalized Downtown art galleries, and music industry/nightlife entertainment.
Distance from the airport: 15 min.
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Downtown: Redefining Urban Lifestyle
Walking distance to Century Theaters Complex, independent, locally owned restaurants and boutique retail, cutting-edge contemporary art museum style galleries, live music in The District, outdoor fall and summer festivals, the ABQ Bio Park's Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden, and Historic Old Town museums and shops, The Rio Grande river valley.
Distance from the airport: 5 min.
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Midtown/University including Nob Hill: A Retro-Chic Route 66 Mainstay

Walking distance to local independent restaurants, retro-boutique retail, designer fashion retail, art galleries, designer jewelry, furniture import shops, antiques and collectibles retail, The University of New Mexico facilities, and a short bus ride to Albuquerque Uptown, an outdoor lifestyle mall, Downtown and Old Town.
Distance from airport: 5 min.
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Airport: High Flying, High Tech Stays At 5,000 feet
The airport hotel cluster is an efficient area for meeting planners who are looking for proximity to air travel, stunning views of Albuquerque and quick access to the University of New Mexico facilities, Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base, hospitals, the Pavilion by Hard Rock concert venue, and Albuquerque’s BMX race track.
Distance from the airport: already there!
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Uptown: The Q City Center
Walking distance and short bus rides to two retail malls and the newest high impact retail destination at Albuquerque Uptown:  a glowing Q leads the way to this outdoor lifestyle mall with stunning views of the foothills and valley, new dining features and national brands. Uptown is centrally located allowing access to every part of the city by bus, cab, or rental car 10-15 minutes from anywhere, including outdoor recreation opportunities in the Sandia foothills.
Distance from the airport: 15 min.
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Balloon Fiesta Corridor/North I-25: A Ballooning Outpost
Northern Albuquerque marks a place on the city horizon boasting views of Santa Fe’s Sangre De Cristos Mountain Range and Mount Taylor to the west. Hotels in this cluster are close to local wineries, high desert golf courses for blending work and pleasure, major retail shopping at Cottonwood mall, anchored by Balloon Fiesta Park, home of Albuquerque’s annual International Balloon Fiesta and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.
Distance from the airport: 20 min.
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Eastside/Westside: From the valley to the mountains in 20 minutes
The Sandia Mountain range, which runs from the southern to the northern end of Albuquerque is a helpful directional guide for understanding city boundaries, as is the Rio Grande valley, a rich valley of cottonwoods and native grasses, lining the river in the west. Hotels in close proximity to either of  Albuquerque’s  navigational compass markers boast rapid access to a range of outdoor activities including: Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, Sandia foothills hiking, biking and running trails, family entertainment centers, or Westside springboards to exploring ancient indigenous cultures of Acoma and Laguna Pueblos, as well as hiking through the basalt rock ancient carvings of Petroglyph National Monument.
Distance from the airport: 22 min.
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Learn more about our different areas of town including detailed maps and photos in the Travel Tools: Neighborhoood Guide section.