On the Road to Santa Fe
October 20, 2010
The Hotel Parq Central is located at 806 Central Avenue SE in Albuquerque, NM 87102. You can reach the hotel at 505-242-0040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes when you’re traveling, you simply can’t get to your destination right away. That’s certainly true of Santa Fe, since the only airline that flies direct to the city is American, and that’s only from Dallas and L.A. This leaves the majority of flying travelers to arrive in Albuqueruqe, an hour south of the City Different, which is fine if you’re traveling at easy hours, but not so great for a late arrival or an early departure. Given weather and traffic, the same can be true for drivers. Many travelers to New Mexico are already in search of the unique and historic, and now Albuquerque has something new in hotel accommodations to add to that quest.
The newly-opened Hotel Parq Central offers a winning combination of easy access and historic flavor to weary travelers headed for Santa Fe who want to spend some time in the Duke City or just need a rest stop on their way up north. The Parq Central is tucked at the edge of downtown Albuquerque, and the buildings were constructed by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1926 as a hospital for railway employees. As the railroad brought more people to Albuquerque, the surrounding neighborhood, known as Huning Highland and Highland Park, grew up around it. Today the hotel property is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the neighborhood has been designated a National Historic District.
The buildings have been thoughtfully renovated with an eye to keeping the unique architectural details that distinguish them. Large windows tucked inside arched facings create lots of natural light, and the three wings of the main building fan out from the center, giving an expansive feeling to the hallways. The color scheme throughout is attractive and tasteful, a variety of soft and muted hues in some spots and rich deep jewel tones in others. Having only 74 rooms gave the developers the freedom to offer upgraded bedding, attractive and comfortable seating, quality robes and wall-mounted flat screen televisions. For business travelers, the easy highway access, fast wi-fi, a useful business center, and free parking will add pleasure to accomplishment, and having breakfast included makes it a snap to get started in the morning. And meeting space is available for those already in town on business with the Albuquerque Convention Center, University of New Mexico, museums or hospitals close by.
The central location is just as appropriate for leisure travelers who want to kick back with a margarita and watch the New Mexico sun set from the rooftop Apothecary Lounge, where locals will undoubtedly join the mix to offer tips on enjoying the city. And with yoga classes on the deck, and spa services coming, relaxation is at hand, aided by lovely Bigelow bath products and a big lush showerhead. With a variety of room-types, including three ample cottage suites, there are welcoming spaces for family reunions or friendly getaways. And you will feel welcomed, as the staff is genuinely happy and proud to show off this special new property.
It is so satisfying when an architectural treasure is brought back to life in a new and carefully considered way, so if you’re on the road to Santa Fe, take that quick detour onto Central Avenue in Albuquerque first, and tour the Parq – or even better, park yourself for a good night’s sleep before you head north!
To reach HPC from I-25, take exit 224B toward Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave/Central Ave/Historic U.S. 66.