Top Albuquerque Hotels to Explore Culture, Scenic Views, and Fun Activities for the Family

Dramatic mountain landscapes, the New Mexico desert, and the popular Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are what drives tourists to spend their holidays here. Even in peak season, Albuquerque hotels are on the budget side, with the sole exception of the Balloon Fiesta and the ski season, when the prices go up a little. With an international airport close by, an efficient public transport system, and top attractions and cultural centers, Albuquerque has something for everyone. To help you plan your trip, here are five amazing family friendly hotels to suit each type of holiday. Four of them are pet friendly, so they are ideas for those traveling with furry family members.


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Isleta Resort and Casino

If you want some adult fun (gambling) in an otherwise family friendly resort, then Isleta Resort and Casino is the place to go. Laser tag, bowling, and swimming in the pool are but a few of the activities available at this luxurious hotel. Adults can entertain themselves with the on-site casino, bar and restaurants, or do some shopping right at the resort. For a fun educational trip, we recommend Gutierrez-Hubbell House to see how one of the earliest settlers in the area lives.

Nativo Lodge

If you want to explore Native American culture, then any of the pet friendly Nativo Lodge rooms is a perfect start. Each room features a unique designed of Native American inspiration.  La Luz Trail is close by to further explore nature with your entire family. If traditional carnival rides are closer to your taste for fun, then spend the day at Cliff’s Amusement Park. For a more adventurous time, try a hot-air balloon ride offered by Rainbow Ryders.

Clubhouse Inn Albuquerque

For a home away from home right in downtown Albuquerque, Clubhouse Inn Albuquerque is one of your best options. Budget and pet friendly, offering free parking, internet, and breakfast, along with a fitness center and a heated outdoor pool, this is a great venue for family trips. If you travel with a large group, adjoining rooms are available. The inn’s downtown location puts it close to the Old Town Plaza and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MCM Elegante

Elegant, large, and comfortable room at affordable prices, complementary Internet access, free breakfast and parking, pet friendly venue, these are but a few of the reasons you should check out MCM Elegante for your trip to Albuquerque. Very close to Old Town with its historic tours, the hotel also neighbors the top spot to have a taste of local craft beer, the La Cumbre Brewery Company. For a quick roundup of the sights, you can take an ABQ Trolley tour.

Hotel Cascada

Described as an urban oasis, the newly renovated Hotel Cascada tempts guests with a resort-like atmosphere and an indoor water park. This pet friendly venue offers spacious room with dramatic mountain views or overlooking the courtyard. On-site entertainment includes a sports bar and café, a restaurant, and the very popular ABQ Surf & Slide Water Park, the only indoor water park in New Mexico. Hotel guests can access the park for free throughout their stay.

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