There are many great places to spend a night or a week in Albuquerque. Accommodations range from small bed and breakfasts in Old Town to the large, luxury chain hotels of Uptown, and everything in between. There are several hotels located close to the Albuquerque International Sunport, and every area of the city has an assortment of lodging options to choose from.
To really feel Albuquerque's pulse, however, Downtown is the place to be. With several hotels, including the Albuquerque Hyatt Regency, the Doubletree Hotel, and the Hotel Blue, Downtown is a great place to base an Albuquerque visit, with fine restaurants, a 12-screen movie theatre, museums and live musical entertainment only a few minutes' walk from Downtown hotels.
Downtown is also the place to find some of Albuquerque's best restaurants. Although most people associate New Mexico with Mexican-style food, the discerning diner can find almost any cuisine he or she is looking for in Albuquerque: New Mexican fusion, Vietnamese, Thai, Spanish, Cuban, Brazilian, Italian, German, French, and more. Albuquerque is also a great place to find rib-stickin' barbecue, fiery Cajun food and great burgers, or have a romantic dinner over some elegant traditional American cuisine accompanied by a bottle of New Mexico-produced fine wine (Albuquerque alone boasts several wineries). And after dinner, you can head to Downtown or the Northeast Heights to dance the night away or hear live local musicians play everything from salsa to traditional jazz to rock-and-roll.
Whether a visitor wants to find out more about the cultural history of Albuquerque, the natural and physical history of the Rio Grande Valley, the arts of the Southwest or encourage a child to learn more about science and nature, there's a museum in Albuquerque to satisfy those wishes. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Old Town Albuquerque recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, which added a planetarium and observatory to the facility.
The Natural History Museum offers exhibits explaining the geologic history of the area and showcasing some of the dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals that made New Mexico their home millions of years ago. The Albuquerque museum takes visitors through hundreds of years of New Mexico history, from the time of the Spanish conquistadors to the present day. The Explora! Children's museum offers hands-on exhibits that teach kids about scientific phenomena and the world of nature.
The Albuquerque Biopark, comprised of a zoo (featuring native New Mexico wildlife as well as sea lions, polar bears, African animals and reptiles), an aquarium and a botanic garden, is a place where visitors can spend an afternoon or a couple of days learning about animals and their habitats.