My husband and I are residents of Albuquerque and reserved four rooms at the Fairfield Inn in the university area of Albuquerque for last Friday to accommodate us, our two grown sons, and their families for a special overnight family anniversary celebration. Reserving our rooms was simple and flawless, and the desk staff greeted me with smiles, patience, and courtesy each time I stopped by the Inn to confirm the reservations. We chose the Fairfield Inn because we like the small, more intimate size of the hotel and our family LOVES the very large pool in a glass building in the courtyard of the hotel. The pool water is the warmest of any pool in Albuquerque and has a large shallow end for young swimmers.
The lobby is warm and welcoming with leather couches and chairs and a fire in the kiva fireplace. The hotel offers a continental breakfast that is quite adequate.
We were delighted to find that all rooms at the hotel have been recently (as of June of this year) renovated. Our second floor rooms were spacious with large glass windows facing the interior courtyard of the hotel. The decor and new furnishings were lovely. The entire building felt “new.”
My husband and I enjoyed a room with two double beds. The rest of our family had rooms with a king bed and a fold-out couch. Refrigerators are available in the rooms upon request. If one uses the fold-out couch, one needs to call housekeeping or the desk to obtain bedding.
Everywhere our group went in the hotel we were greeted with friendly smiles from desk staff, custodians, and room attendants.
It takes a little effort to find the Fairfield Inn as it is tucked behind the much larger Crown Plaza Hotel on University Blvd. Also, it may not seem particularly attractive from the outside as it is located at the intersection of I-40 and I-25 and is surrounded by a large paved parking lot (though the building itself looks just fine). However, the interior is peaceful and restful and one forgets the world outside, especially if one requests a room facing the inner courtyard.
The positive side of being near the Big I is that guests have easy access to Old Town, museums, the zoo, sports facilities, shopping, restaurants, and the University of New Mexico.
Our family feels that this smaller hotel is one of Albuquerque’s better kept secrets.
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- Also Known As:
- Fairfield Inn Albuquerque University Area Hotel Albuquerque
- Fairfield Albuquerque
- Albuquerque Fairfield Inn