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Travel Blogs from Albuquerque
14th to 15th June 2013 Me again, We have finally decided on where to go in the states and more importantly a route to take, we have changed our minds so much at one point we were even talking about nipping up to the north pole. So basically we have decided to head along Route 66 then head South to Miami, the reason for this is simple Grand Cayman …
... of peppers than you can imagine, cactus leaves, yucca, tomatillos, weird roots and fuzzy fruits that I've never even heard of. It's the star wars bar of produce markets!
Laurie starts buying peppers they didn't have at the other place while I find custard filled baked goods. Laurie loads up on green chiles (frozen as they are out of season), mexican spearmint tea that she has taken a liking to this trip, cinnamon crisps (tortillas with cinnamon ...
... people to walk on the sidewalk, it was hard to do because people were queing out of some of the bars. A busy little street.
Day 31 - 21st October 2013
Today was a bit of a right off day, after having a few to drink last night and after all the driving, today was just about chilling out. Watched a few episodes of Derren Brown of my hard drive and a bit of Jerry Springer on TV. What a load of garbage that is.
Caught something on the news here aswell about ...
... real United States! The backdrop was desert with massive pillars of rock (see photos when I get back), with excavated villages set up by the Chaco people in a massive valley. They lived in multi story blocks and circular huts which looked like they could have come from Italy! After that, we got back in the car and are currently driving down route 44 on our way to the Grand Canyon: very excited! Loads of pictures to follow :-D ...
... we all talked and enjoyed the morning. We did numerous family pictures. The entire family wasn't there but we get what we can when we can. All too soon it was time to say goodbye and start our drive back home. I know the baby will change so much even when we come back in a month. They don't stay newborns long at all. But it will be fun to look forward to coming back in a month and visiting again.
We (and the grandparents) ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Albuquerque Marriott
Not up to the usual standards
I stayed here for a conference that was booked by my client.
The rooms are small and mine ( with 2 doubles) did not even have a desk.
The front check in liason with the restaurant is NOT good and my dining bill was incorrect twice...I was told that I was a cash customer as I had not submitted a credit card at check in. When my bill came, the card I presented was posted on the account with no charges. I was trying to be honest and called to straighten things out but soon gave up.
On the bright side... the convention set up crew was top notch and very helpful.
Ask for Paul...if you need a bellman who is exemplary...he goes the extra mile!
I have stayed in hotels in 42 states and Canada and this one is not up to your typical Marriott standards.
Old and busted, but a good buy
The Albuquerque Marriott is a good buy, but with the caveat that it is well worn and in dire need of renovation. The lobby area has that tired early 80s look, and the rooms are about the same. Carpet and furnishing are threadbare, bathroom was dark and worn out. No up to date amenities such as you find in a good Westin or Sheraton these days such as the nice bedding and double shower heads. We paid only $68 per night though, which is a good deal. Friendly desk staff and waiters in restaurant also. If you want brand new and more expensive, check in to the new Embassy Suites in town.
My stay at Marriott Albuquerque has convinced me that Marriott is more interested in investing in marketing than the needs of there guests. I have seen my fare share of commercials touting Marriott as a service oriented hotel. Once you get here you realize that it is just like all the others except you receive less value.
I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in Dec. 2004 to visit family. While not a luxury hotel, it was clean, comfortable, pretty enough, and in a great location. A nice place to lay your head.
Staff was great. This hotel is probably is in the best location in Albuquerque. It was convient for my business trip. Next door to many restaurants all within walking distance. I also got to walk over to the malls when I had some free time from my conference. The rooms were nice and very clean. Staff has always been great. I will always stay here. I tried the other Marriott Pyramid in town, also a nice hotel, but nothing to do around the area. I felt "stuck" in that hotel.
Third time's the charm, almost
I have stayed here for 3 years. I think it is getting better. Rooms are clean and good size, although the hotel is beginning to show some wear. Staff is courteous and efficient; food is good (not great). I only two complaints: First I hate paying $10/night for internet at buisness hotel when the same service is free at the motel 6. I am the only one who sees this? Imagine if a beach hotel charged you to use the pool. Second, the Marriott has no pizzazz. Albuquerque is one of the most interesting cities in the US, but except for the view out of the window (be sure and ask for the mountainside) this hotel could be in Albany. It is just way too bland.
Spent two nights over the course of five days on quick road trip to Texas.
Nice- large pool too...
I stayed at this location in Mid December. It's a very nice hotel. The room are well appointed with very comfortable beds. The breakfast is a good deal at 11.00 it offers cooked to order eggs, fruit, cereal, etc. They offer a great deal on high speed internet- (9.95 for 24 hrs plus all your long distance. Calls) . The Lobby area is very nice. The lobby bar in nice. The personnel is friendly and check in took less than 5 mins. Book with confidance.
Had an excellent experience at this hotel. Room was not very large but beds were extremely comfortable, and we had a fabulous view of the city and mountains. One of the best parts was the indoor/outdoor pool where you swim under a wall to get outdoors.
I've stayed at this hotel several times over the past two years with the most recent being Oct. 2004. It is an older hotel but they have been making great improvements and it shows. Check-in took 3 minutes tops, a bellman quickly emptied our van and our luggage to our room. We had a King bed and a rollaway for our daughter. Room was clean, temperature adjusted, and the high speed internet helped me keep up with some business. One standout was breakfast in the dining room...outstanding especially the cook to order eggs and buffet. I felt at $89/night this hotel was a great value for our family. Not the poshest hotel in ABQ, or the most unique, but it's comfortable and the kids liked the pool and hot tub. My wife liked the in-house laundramat to clean a few loads of clothes. Worth a try if you come to Albuquerque.