In Albuquerque, the magnificent Hotel Chaco was scheduled to open on May 26. This hotel has incorporated design elements and artifacts that resemble the ancient Indian settlement at Chaco Canyon, to the west of Albuquerque. It has 118 authentically furnished guest rooms, and the 1,430 sq. ft. of meeting space complement the 62,000 sq. ft. at the adjacent Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, both owned by Albuquerque-based Heritage Hotels & Resorts.
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North completed a $3 million renovation last September of the atrium, restaurant and lobby. Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm (pictured) is starting a $15 million upgrade, which will increase its room count from 22 to 50, triple the size of its Farm Shop and move James Beard Award-nominated chef Jonathan Perno’s restaurant to a newly renovated barn space.
In addition, some time this summer Hotel Cascada will be re-branded as Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center. It’s now undergoing a $5 million renovation of its 300 guest rooms and 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
Santa Fe has an ever-evolving hotel scene, as well. The big news there was the completion of renovations to Old Santa Fe Inn, a 1930s landmark now owned by the fourth generation of the founding family. Renovations were finished last November, increasing guest rooms from 47 to 72. There’s a small conference room for meetings.