The BW Rio Grande Inn has taken special pains to make sure you know you're in the high desert Southwest. This L-shaped building's exterior is surfaced a faux-adobe dark brown and throughout the interior the decor bespeaks its roots. Lots of browns, tans, ochrers, turquoise, wood accents and pounded tin (even a decorated fire extinguisher set-in cavity on my floor) as well as room and corridor carpets, to say nothing of bedspreads and blankets, underline the architectural and decorative tradition of the region.
The staff - especially the rotating shuttle drivers and front desk personnel - are unfailingly friendly and eager-to-please. Their patience and courtesy with some torturously obtuse (OK, just plain dumb by my standards) guests with whom I heard them dealing was simply astounding. The deserve gold medals. The housekeeping staff was hard-working and very pains-taking
Though located on a busy 4-lane thoroughfare and at an exit ramp of I-40, I found my room to be quiet as a tomb. Proportions were generous, there was a 42" flatscreen TV, a more-than-adequate bathroom with an abundance of high quality towels, toiletries, etc. and OK-ish (though open) closet space. There was a regionally styled chest of drawers and a table posing as a desk plus one bedside table. Two appropriately stylish wooden chairs with decorative padding flanked the desk but either would have had to be moved to actually SIT at the desk. Moreover, they faced the same direction as the TV screen, so moving chairs was a necessity (Note to room designers: not EVERYONE likes to watch TV from a bed!). The chairs, while handsome, were not comfortable - something to which you might consign an adult for a "time-out!"
Albuquerque has an abundance of fine restaurants which seems to leave the hotel restaurant dolefully vacant most of the time. Most noteworthy (and practically next door) is the St. Clair Winery and Bistro. There are two gas stations/convenience stores across the street and a Walgreen's at the south edge of nearby Old Town. On-the-hour free shuttle service is provided to the airport, Old Town, and the Railrunner train to Santa Fe at the Alvarado Transportation Center downtown. I was strongly tempted to remind several of my older (and I'm pushing 68) fellow riders that tipping for rides is a common courtesy!
There is an attractive outdoor, cottonwood-shaded patio area which abuts a pool and jacuzzi with plenty of tables and chairs. Towels are supplied/replenished on what struck me as a somewhat sporadic rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Full service hotel located in the Historic Old Town District with over 150 unique shops, restaurants, and art galleries nestled around the Albuquerque Plaza. The Inn is bordered by I-40 to the North, the Downtown District to the East, Route 66 to the South, and the Rio Grande River to the West. Swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, cantina, business center, and free Wi-Fi. 100% non-smoking facility. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Agoda, Booking.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Rio Grande Hotel Albuquerque
- Best Western Albuquerque
- Albuquerque Best Western