Hotel Andaluz

Hotel Andaluz is a historic high-rise hotel in Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. It opened in 1939 as the Hilton Hotel, part of the Hilton Hotels chain. After operating under various names since the 1970s, the hotel was renovated and reopened under its current name in 2009. In 2019 it joined the Curio Collection by Hilton brand.

Hotel Andaluz
Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque.jpg
Hotel Andaluz, 2012
Hotel Andaluz is located in New Mexico
Hotel Andaluz
Location within New Mexico
Hotel Andaluz is located in the United States
Hotel Andaluz
Hotel Andaluz (the United States)
General information
TypeHotel
Location125 2nd St. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Coordinates35°5′6″N 106°38′56″W / 35.08500°N 106.64889°W / 35.08500; -106.64889Coordinates: 35°5′6″N 106°38′56″W / 35.08500°N 106.64889°W / 35.08500; -106.64889
Completed1939
OwnerGoodman Realty Group
Height
Roof41.1 m (135 ft)
Technical details
Floor count10
Design and construction
Architect(s)Anton F. Korn
Old Hilton Hotel
Arealess than one acre
NRHP reference No.84002868[1]
NMSRCP No.992
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 2, 1984
Designated NMSRCPDecember 16, 1983[2]

The property was listed (as Old Hilton Hotel) on the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties in 1983[2] and the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1] It has also been designated an Albuquerque historic landmark.[3]

HistoryEdit

Opened on June 9, 1939,[4] the Hilton was the first modern high-rise hotel in New Mexico.[3] It was one of the first hotels in Conrad Hilton's Hilton Hotels chain and the first Hilton-branded hotel outside the state of Texas.[5] Architect Anton F. Korn designed the 160-room ten-story building in the New Mexico Territorial Revival style, with earthtone stucco, brick coping along the roofline, and southwest-style woodwork and furnishings. After a new Hilton opened near the Big I freeway interchange in 1971,[6] the older hotel was sold in 1974 and rebranded as the Hotel Plaza.[7] It was sold again in 1981 and closed. The new owners planned to restore it as the Hotel Bradford, but the hotel sat vacant and never opened under that name.[8] The hotel was finally renovated in 1984, with the number of rooms reduced to 114, and reopened on August 3, 1984[8] as La Posada de Albuquerque.

In 2005, the hotel was purchased by Gary Goodman,[9] whose company Goodman Realty Group is also behind the upcoming Winrock Town Center. In March 2008, the hotel underwent an extensive $30 million renovation[10] and restoration, reopening as Hotel Andaluz on October 1, 2009.[11] The hotel was honored with LEED Gold certification for its sustainability,[9] and has been recognized many times over the years by Conde Nast as one of the top hotels in the U.S. southwest.[9] The property features Más Tapas y Vino, a Spanish-influenced "dining experience" under the helm of Executive Chef Marc Quinones. It also offers the Ibiza Urban Rooftop Lounge and an extensive live entertainment program on weekends. 6,000 square feet (560 m2) of conference facilities.

During 2019, the hotel was used as a location for scenes in the fifth series of the television drama Better Call Saul.[12]

In its National Register listing it was deemed "exceptionally significant in the city as the last of Albuquerque's three great 'southwestern' hotels. Like the Alvarado Hotel (built 1903, demolished 1969) and the Franciscan Hotel (built 1923, demolished 1972), the Hilton reflects the building techniques of its time while displaying the traditional New Mexican decor which denotes the city's importance as a regional tourist center. In the old Hilton the generous use of local crafts and materials was combined with the most advanced building techniques available just before World War II. In its heyday it served the city as a social and political center before giving way to newer hotels built farther east near the new freeways."[13]

In 2019, the hotel became part of the Curio Collection by Hilton chain, returning it to Hilton branding.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "New Mexico State and National Registers". New Mexico Historic Preservation Commission. Retrieved 2013-03-13.
  3. ^ a b "Historic Landmarks". City of Albuquerque. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  4. ^ "New Hilton Hotel Makes Formal Bow to the Public Today". Albuquerque Journal. June 9, 1939. Retrieved May 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "10-Story, $600,000 Hotel to Be Built Here". Albuquerque Journal. March 3, 1938. Retrieved May 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Bouffard, Art (June 1, 1973). "Hilton Bought By Springer". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved May 10, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Hotel Sale Finalized". Albuquerque Journal. May 2, 1974. Retrieved May 10, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ a b ABQjournal: In 1939, Conrad Hilton Opened a Showplace Downtown That Survived Changes
  9. ^ a b c "About us | Hotel Andaluz". Hotel Andaluz. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  10. ^ Writer, Jessica Dyer | Journal Staff. "One on One". www.abqjournal.com. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2018-05-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (2020-04-21). "'Better Call Saul' Season 5 Finale Recap: Survival Skills". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-04-27.
  13. ^ Mary P. Davis (November 29, 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Old Hilton Hotel / Plaza Hotel / La Posada de Albuquerque". National Park Service. Retrieved April 22, 2021. With accompanying six photos from 1946-83
  14. ^ Nathanson, Rick (April 19, 2019). "Hotel Andaluz returns to its roots". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved May 7, 2021.

External linksEdit

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