You travel to fall in love, and your heart beats a little faster to see the moon rising over the jagged edge of the mountains. The languid curve of a river makes something catch in your throat. You have learned that the true romance of a place lies in details others might overlook: the expression on the face of residents as they describe the hidden gems of their town, the stories of the past half-hidden in the outlines of historical buildings, the cadence of regional language.
Although its natural beauty is dramatic and its culinary flavors bold, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a city that from time to time seems to lean its head in closer to reveal flashes of more understated appeal. To truly experience its charms, it’s important to connect with the locals; modest but friendly, they are eager to share their love of home. With a host of adventures big and small awaiting, your stay in downtown Albuquerque hotels is sure to be the beginning of a lifelong love affair with this desert city.
Where should I eat in Albuquerque?
If the way to your heart lies through your stomach, you will surely be seduced by the bold flavors of Albuquerque’s local cuisine. Chilies are the soul of New Mexican cooking, and the question “red or green?” will accompany many orders. Red sauce (rojo) and green sauce (verde) vary a lot from location to location depending on the preparation, so this is the perfect opportunity to ask for a local’s perspective. Other regional favorites include the fry bread known as sopapillas, and dessert offerings such as flan and natillas. Old Town is a fine place to indulge in these delicacies, but downtown Albuquerque rentals are within reach of a range of New Mexican restaurants across the city. There is also a thriving Asian community here, so devotees of Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese food will find plenty to love. To indulge your taste for Asian flavors, stay in Hotel Parq Central, with grants you easy access to restaurants in the central and southeast parts of the city.
Where is Old Town Albuquerque?
Head west of downtown and wander Rio Grande Boulevard between Central Avenue and Mountain Road. Here warm adobe walls with brightly painted accents invite you to linger in streets infused with a laid-back desert vibe. The allure of this neighborhood lies in its 18th-century architecture, charming shops and restaurants, and varied museums. From the adobe spires of the San Felipe de Neri church to the dramatic statues in the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History’s sculpture garden, Old Town will woo you with its perfect blend of historic and modern. If you feel the call of these historic streets, Albuquerque downtown hotels such as Hotel Andaluz make it easy to explore.
Come to Albuquerque with an open heart, a willingness to listen, and an empty stomach. Trust Travelocity to take care of the details of your stay, and spend your time getting to know this unassuming desert oasis. Once you are held enraptured by its stories and the natural beauty of its mountains, it is sure to capture your attention and your heart.