With a few notable independently owned exceptions—Hotel Albuquerque, Hotel Andaluz, and Hotel Parq Central—Albuquerque's lodging options fall into two categories: modern chain hotels and motels, and distinctive and typically historic inns and B&Bs.
If you are seeking charm and history, both Los Poblanos Inn in the North Valley and the Hotel Parq Central in EDo are tops. In Old Town, the Best Western Rio Grande Inn has a real Southwest feel and is very fairly priced to boot. And the Nativo Lodge makes a stay along the chain-strewn north Interstate 25 corridor a more memorable experience. If you need to be near the airport, there’s no shortage of economical, plain-Jane, franchise hotels there, though the Sheraton Airport is by far the nicest of the lot. But keep in mind that it’s barely a 15-minute ride from the airport to the more interesting neighborhoods and lodging opportunities covered here. And, wherever you stay in Albuquerque, you can generally count on finding rates considerably lower than the national average, and much cheaper than those in Santa Fe.