As part of Mayor Richard J. Berry's overall plan to reinvest in the future of our city, a $20 million renovation to the Albuquerque Convention Center has broken ground in order to attract more convention and tourism to Albuquerque. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.
The plan is the first phase of a larger $55 million plan and includes dramatic changes to the front face of the building as well as modern upgrades to the building built in 1972.
In addition to the Albuquerque Convention Center upgrades, the city offers more than $300 million in recent hospitality investments.
The Albuquerque Convention Center launched a 360° Virtual Tour of New Mexico's largest meeting facility. The virtual tour lets visitors feel like they've stepped inside the Kiva Auditorium, exhibit halls, ballroom and other meeting space, online. “The new Virtual Tour demonstrates the flexibility and opportunities at the Albuquerque Convention Center.” said Kelly Carr, Director of Sales & Event Services at ACC.
Albuquerque welcomed a new airline, JetBlue, on April 22, 2013. The airline offers New York’s only nonstop service to Albuquerque.
- Park Inn by Radisson & Waterpark completed a $5 million dollar renovation in June 2013 and is now Albuquerque's first urban resort called Hotel Cascada.
- Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North has announced an upcoming total rooms, elevators, and lobby furniture renovation to be completed in 2014.
- Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town opened a new restaurant and bar, Garduños at Old Town, in May 2013 and the new outdoor patio will open in July 2013. View details.
- Four Native American contemporary artists (Heidi Brandow, Nani Chacon, Rhett Lynch and Ehren Kee Natay) transformed guestrooms at the Nativo Lodge into incredible works of art. These large-scale installations give guests a unique opportunity to be surrounded by each artist’s vision. View press release.
- Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. expanded their cultural initiatives. As a continuation of their tradition of supporting cultural preservation and advancement, they donate a portion of every room night to culturally and artistically significant endeavors. Their guests are also provided the opportunity to make additional donations to these unique cultural organizations. View press release.
- Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn opened their Casa de Banquets on Central in the former Gus’s Trading Post that can hold up to 180 people.
- Albuquerque Sheraton Uptown completed a $25 million renovation. Renovation of the entire public space was completed consisting of the 17,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, lobby, registration and hotel bar. The 295 rooms and suites furniture and furnishings have been upgraded. Upgrades were made to the ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems and the indoor swimming pool, as well as new additions including an Internet lounge and a media center. The Link@Sheraton is a specially designed communal lounge area featuring multiple broadband Internet-enabled Microsoft workstations complete with free Wi-Fi connectivity. Guests and visitors will enjoy comfortable seating and refreshment service in the TV, Search Bar, and games, books and magazines areas.
- The historic Andaluz was awarded with a LEED® Gold Green Building Certification, which is the only historic hotel in the Southwest with this certification. View the press release.
- Albuquerque Hyatt Regency completed a $2 million renovation to their guestroom corridors, lobby and restaurant in 2011. The transformation included a completely revamped restaurant with new menus, new name and interactive kitchen. It also included a brand new guest lobby, new corridor carpet and each guestroom will have 37" LCD flat screen TV's.
- Albuquerque Marriott Hotel in the Uptown area finished a complete renovation of the sleeping rooms and bathrooms in all of their 411 guestrooms. Hotel corridors have also been remodeled with new carpet and lighting fixtures. Albuquerque’s Uptown has experienced tremendous growth with the recent addition of a mixed-use facility development called ABQ Uptown. The project includes high-end shopping and dining options and will eventually incorporate residential properties as part of the lifestyle center. Lobby and restaurant renovations were also renovated. The overall renovation is an estimated $13 million.
- The Best Western Executive Suites became a Best Western Plus Executive Suites. It was the second Best Western property in the State of New Mexico and the 100th property in the Best Western system to become a PLUS property. All the rooms in the hotel are two-room suites – with a living room and a bedroom. They have also a remodeled lobby and breakfast area, updated fitness center with treadmill, elliptical machine and free weights, and upgraded guestroom amenities including new massage shower heads, new clock radios with mp3 connection, and upgraded shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion and mouthwash.
- Courtyard Albuquerque Airport reinvented their space to work the way you do, with innovations to help you stay productive while still getting the most from your downtime. With complimentary WiFi, relaxing media pods, large, flat-screen HDTVs and our new GoBoard with all the sports, weather, news and local information you need, we've opened all the avenues to both work and relaxation. So step out of the old travel routine and let your own productivity lead the way.
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque located Downtown has been renovated. The hotel is the only hotel that is connected to the Convention Center and creates an enticing appeal never seen before in Albuquerque. Blending together the richness and diversity of New Mexico, the DoubleTree offers an unparalleled chic and modern atmosphere. The $7 million contemporary renovation consisted of updated sleeping rooms, a new look for the La Oja Restaurant, updated public areas with pod check-ins, a new business center, Ice Lounge and the addition of two meeting spaces - the Crystal Ballroom and the Quartz.
- MCM Eleganté refurbished their pool and public areas, as well as made landscaping improvements.
- Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel has undergone a transformation. Starwood Hotels is proud to announce one of it's newest additions. The hotel formerly known as the Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel features the signature offerings of the brand's recent $6 billion revitalization effort including the "Link@Sheraton"SM experienced with Microsoft(R)" - the brand's signature social hub where connections, whether face-to-face or webcam-to-webcam take place. Decorated in a color palette of warm browns and oranges evocative of the desert Southwest, the reconfigured lobby features intimate seating groups and shared work areas. View press release.