The bosque (riparian area) along the Rio Grande in its glorious fall colors makes for an excellent afternoon stroll. My kids popping out of the Enchanted Forest maze made out of what appear to be humongous cyprus knees. The Japanese Garden at Albuquerque Botanical Gardens is a peaceful world of aquatic and botanic wonderment! Welcome to Albuquerque's Old Town! Enjoy a beautifully historical walk through the city's past that includes gift shops littered with unique Native and Spanish artifacts, delicious eateries, and a plaza that boasts cultural events to celebrate a long and rich history. The original Garcia's Kitchen on Central Ave is the BEST of all the Garcia's locations. Tasty food, good prices, and nice proximity to Albuquerque's Old Town make this a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. The pond at the Botanical Gardens: home to ducks, geese, coy, and statues of mating cranes. The white pavilion across the way covers a small stage for summer concerts, and the glass building is a dual greenhouse that supports Mediterranean and desert mini-ecosystems. A brightly painted and mural covered building downtown Albuquerque.
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So much to enjoy here! The KiMo Theatre, a Pueblo Deco building, was erected in 1927 on Central Avenue in downtown Albuquerque. It is home to plays, films, operas, and various other productions year-round. San Felipe de Neri church is on the register of state and national historic places, continuously serving as a house of prayer since 1793. Eating brunch in Old Town, it's not uncommon for visitors to unexpectedly join you. Interesting bit of architecture just north of Downtown ABQ. Giraffe, twice as tall as you and kind of intimidating. Want to stick your hand in its mouth? Good news, you can do just that! Well, sorta.
For two dollars you, or one of your munchkins, can get two bundles of giraffe food. In other words, you get a stick with some leaves on it, but don't let that discourage you. This giraffe, named June, will come right up to the fence, encouraged by her caretaker, and accept the treats with its long, reportedly slimy, tongue.
Feeding times vary, you can find them on the ABQ zoo website. Albuquerque’s Downtown Plaza is a gathering place for concerts, summer movies, cultural events and - apparently - a ginormous Adirondack chair A view of the Pete V. Domenici US Courthouse and cloud-covered Sandia Mountains in the background as seen from the 5h floor of the Metropolitan Courthouse. This is the place to be on Saturday morning: live music, fresh produce, hand-crafted goods, and children dancing like gypsies! The bosque riverside trail, recently upgraded to a 5-foot wide path of crusher fine to make it fully accessible, includes the addition of this lovely new bridge. Mayor Richard Berry crosses it with his publicist following the grand opening ceremony, August 2017 Big cats at the Rio Grande Zoo are only one of many reasons to visit this amazing place. It is rated one of the top zoos in the country for good reason! A botanical display in the gardens that draws water up the central stem to irrigate the plethora varieties of plants that sit atop it. Beautiful and old church in Old Town Albuqerque, NM The Rio Grande bosque is stunning in late fall as the final leaves make their changes, particularly in the golden hour just before sunset. Bees having lunch in the beautifully blooming flora at the BioPark Entrance to the Albuquerque BioParks during the Harvest Festival. It's a beautiful place to meander on a fall day! Latin music under the gazebo and dancing crowds on a comfortably warm Saturday evening is an excellent welcome to summer in ABQ. I love this place! This church in Old Town Albuquerque was established in 1706. Chiles drying in the Albuquerque sun in Old Town during chile season in New Mexico. Best kept ABQ secret Botanical Gardens of Albuquerque boast a variety of flowers, and stylized gardens from across the globe. Everything from the Spanish/Moorish gardens of southern Spain, to Japanese zen gardens. A giant dragon guards the children's fantasy garden, protecting the secrets within.
This shining example of beauty sits atop a cactus in the southwestern section, and can be found throughout New Mexico and Arizona. As always, respect the bees. They keep the beauty going. Fire station headquarters @ 8th & Silver Old Town Albuquerque early in the morning before the tourists rush in New Mexico, hot, dry, with wildlife like roadrunners, coyotes, and.... Polar Bears?
Albuquerque Biopark is home to one of these guys, basking in the way to hot sun. Based on the sunburn that I got coming out of that... I wouldn't want to be covered in fir on that day.
Polar bears dive for fish daily, and feeding times very by season, but there is a good chance you can catch him with a little more action than I did here. Check the Biopark website for more details. Old Town Albuquerque, NM This old rail yard featured in Breaking Bad has a farmers market. The Candy Lady has been a New Mexico staple for over 30 years. From traditional sweets to locally flavored specialties like pinyon brittle and Breaking Bad-themed treats, this place is a fun and unique stop in Albuquerque's Old Town Plaza. This place has changed SO much over the years. It has grown into a wonderful place to spend the day and just relax. Old Town Albuquerque, NM Bart-style graffiti under Bridge Street near the old Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque ⛪️ I love this photo- this friendly guy looks suspended in time as if the moment I clicked the camera button I captured him perfectly... Of course that means that his release began the second my finger let go of the button! Old town Albuquerque. Small plaza located in Albuquerque NM Gorgeous place, particularly in late fall, to visit for various fiestas! The Wailers brought their reggae funk to downtown Albuquerque as part of the annual Summer Fest - beautiful night and amazing music! Autumn in Albuquerque, NM, and the changing colors during October.
The Nature Center has a walking, jogging, biking trail that extends from one end of Albuquerque to another along the Rio Grande river. Great walk, ride, hike at any time of the year but especially during the fall. The famous 66 Chile cornbread and Vanilla lattes. 😎
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Get an overview of this hotel3-star family-friendly hotel near Old Town Plaza

Popular property highlights

Free parking
Pets allowed
Free WiFi
Restaurant
Swimming pool

Location

This family-friendly Albuquerque hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Albuquerque Museum and Old Town Plaza. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Features

A restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas is provided, as well as free self parking, a free airport shuttle, and free train station pick-up. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and a spa tub are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 173 rooms provide free WiFi and free wired Internet, LCD TVs with satellite channels, and conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers. Guests will also find room service, free weekday newspapers, and free local calls.

Languages Spoken

Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to an outdoor pool, Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn provides a spa tub and a fitness center. Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. A computer station is located on site and wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary.

This 3-star property offers access to a 24-hour business center and meeting rooms. Event facilities measuring 2500 square feet (232 square meters) include conference space. This family-friendly hotel also offers multilingual staff, coffee/tea in a common area, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. An area shuttle within 1 mi and a roundtrip airport shuttle during limited hours are complimentary for guests. Complimentary self parking is available on site.

Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn is a smoke-free property.

  • Bar/lounge 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Conference space 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Restaurant 
  • Meeting rooms 3 
  • Express check-out 
  • Year Built 1972 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free self parking 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Computer station 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 232 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 2500 
  • Free train station pickup 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 173 
  • Number of floors - 4 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Wedding services 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Area shuttle (complimentary)  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Free local calls 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Phone 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • LCD TV 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • HDTV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Free dial-up Internet access 
  • Room service (limited hours) 

Where to Eat

Albuquerque Bar and Grill - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Things to Do

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

Children under 17 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool, fitness facility, or spa tub without adult supervision.

  • Golfing nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at midnight

Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available during limited hours. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 20 per accommodation, per night (maximum USD 100.00 per stay), plus a deposit of USD 20 per night
  • Dogs only
  • 2 per room (up to 40 lb)
  • Specific rooms only
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Deposit: USD 25 per stay
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 5 and USD 15 per person (approximately)
  • Pet deposit: USD 20 per night
  • Pet fee: USD 20 per accommodation, per night (maximum USD 100.00 per stay)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Best Western Plus Rio Grande
  • Best Western Plus Rio Grande Albuquerque
  • Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn
  • Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn Albuquerque
  • Best Western Rio Grande
  • Best Western Rio Grande Inn
  • Rio Grande Best Western
  • Best Western Plus Rio Grande Hotel Albuquerque
  • Best Western Albuquerque
  • Albuquerque Best Western

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport and train station. Guests must contact the property with arrival details on arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Up to 3 children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. This property allows pets in specific rooms only (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can request one of these rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


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