This summer I traveled with a girlfriend to Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our plan was to have a weekend filled with shopping, girl talk and of course spa appointments. We decided to leave early in the morning so we wouldn’t waste a day to traveling. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 6:00 a.m. which meant arriving at the Austin airport at 4:00 a.m. (apparently sleep is overrated).
I decided that this was the ideal trip to rent a convertible. And let me just say, there is no better way to drive down Route 66 than with the top down, listening to 80’s music as the wind is blowing thru your once styled hair. It was the perfect car for such a fun trip!
A short ride later we arrived at Hotel Old Town Albuquerque. A hidden gem that is perfect for a girls weekend, a romantic get away or a business trip. It is situated in the heart of the city.
With sleepy eyes and too much luggage we rolled into the lobby. It was filled with rich southwestern-style furniture that invited you to sit, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. The chandeliers and wall sconces not only provided soft lighting but the decorator also used them as artwork. The chosen décor and the mesmerizing music that surrounded you served as a luxurious ambience. Hotel Old Town Albuquerque plays host to many weddings and conventions. The grounds are a spectacular backdrop for such memorable occasions.
At night, this hotel comes alive with Tablao Flamenco , a passionate form of dancing that tells a love story thru vibrant dance moves. During the performance, the lounge serves authentic Sevilla tapas and regionally inspired fine wines and spirits. Beautiful dancing and beautiful food, especially the desserts! We chose a different one each night, it’s the perfect way to end a day full of laughter and shopping!
We were within walking distance to Old Town’s plaza. The narrow streets and century-old adobe houses are home to New Mexican eateries serving enchiladas and sopaipilla pastries, and tiny artisan shops selling jewelry, rugs and pottery.
We didn’t have the opportunity to ride the scenic train route from Albuquerque to Santa Fe but add that to your itinerary.
Here’s a list of my favorite places in Old Town
- Hotel Old Town Albuquerque
- Hotel CHAco Level 5 Rooftop Restaurant (sister hotel)
- Old Town Plaza is full of tiny eateries & artisan shops
- Catherine’s Cache Strolled into this boutique on a whim and fell in love with the owner! I bought the most unique interchangeable marble ring and I LOVE IT! If you see her, say hi from the Texas girls!
- Two Fools Tavern located downtown Albuquerque. My brother showed us this Low-key alehouse for Irish food. It was delish!!