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13 Fun Staycation Destinations in Albuquerque

Staycations are so popular because people crave adventure and travel experiences but still want to stay close to home. One of the best places in the Southwest to plan your staycation is the beautiful and culturally-rich city of Albuquerque. Whether you stay at a local hotel, Airbnb rental, or Vrbo property, this is an awesome place to get out into nature, taste delicious food, and spend some quality time with your family.

The Lagartija at Old Town The Lagartija @ Old Town, Staycation with King Bed
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The Lagartija at Old Town

For up to five guests, you can enjoy this Albuquerque staycation spot that has two bedrooms and one bath. It’s a cozy and clean casita that is in a great spot for hiking, parks, grocery stores, and restaurants in a walkable neighborhood. It offers free and fast Wi-Fi and two smart TVs. There’s lots of natural light in the space, a private courtyard, a stone fireplace, and a stylish living room. The kitchen is well-equipped for making breakfast, and there’s’ a small table that you can use for a laptop workspace. Guests who staycation here in the Sawmill District also enjoy the quiet environment, brick patio, and is a 10-minute walk to the new Sawmill Market with its outdoor dining eateries and shops.

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Resort Style Home with Heated Pool

This is a highly rated house that is 3,000 square feet in size and available to rent for a staycation on VRBO. It sleeps 10 people and has four bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Stay here for the awesome amenities and a quiet and relaxing vibe. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished, and the backyard has a swimming pool with a waterfall that cascades from the Jacuzzi. Enjoy views of the Sandia Mountains and the city of Albuquerque from here. Couples looking for romance, families having a mini-reunion, movie crews, sports teams, and many other types of visitors enjoy staying at this home. It’s located in North Albuquerque Acres and a truly elegant place to be.

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Hotel Parq Central

For a hotel-style staycation, consider the Italian-inspired Hotel Parq Central, which has luxe rooms and suites. A top-rated hotel in Albuquerque, it offers luxury amenities and is a historical landmark built in 1926. It’s a mile from downtown and offers packages for romance, girls’ nights out, and extended stays. You’ll love the outdoor space at the rooftop Apothecary Lounge for seasonal cocktails and Southwestern sunset views. Pets are welcome here with a $75 pet fee that comes with doggie perks. There’s also a fitness room, Jacuzzi, complimentary breakfast, and complimentary airport and local shuttle offered here.

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Tiny Zia House with Bikes

One of the coolest Airbnbs in Albuquerque, this wonderful tiny house option accommodates two guests for a staycation. It has self-check-in with a lockbox and a gated private entrance. Features include a window air conditioning unit, Wi-Fi, and 200-square-feet of adorable space to call your home away from home. The house has back alley access with a fenced-in parking space. It also has its own yard. For colder nights, there’s a space heater for warmth. There’s only a six-gallon hot water heater here, so keep your showers short! From here, it’s fun to bike to the Bosque trail, farmers’ market, zoo, and rail yards.

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Villa Audriana Guest House

This is also a popular staycation destination and ideal for quarantining for out-of-state visitors and as a working from home alternative. It is in a quiet neighborhood with private access and near walking and biking trails, as well as the cottonwood Bosque forest of the Rio Grande River. The guest house is thoroughly disinfected and sanitized between guests and comes with lots of amenities, including a work desk, washer and dryer access upon request, full kitchen, private patio, basic cable, and fast Wi-Fi. There is private parking in the safe neighborhood here and a small yard to enjoy the nice weather. Historic Old Town is about seven minutes away, and Balloon Fiesta Park is about eight miles away.

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Hotel Andaluz

Hotel Andaluz is another hotel staycation option and historic building that is iconic in the Southwest. It’s in downtown Albuquerque and originally opened as a Hilton hotel. This AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel is stylish and has a Spanish cuisine restaurant, rooftop bar, and in-room dining. Features offered include pet-friendly rooms for $75 fee per pet, a fitness center, concierge service, and 24-hour valet parking.

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Unique Private Home, Historic Old Town

You’ll be within walking distance to restaurants, cafes, and museums when you stay at this casita in Albuquerque for your staycation. This is a wonderful neighborhood of the city to be in and filled with charming bungalow and Queen Anne-style homes. Pets are welcome here with a $15 cleaning fee. There is free parking on the street and in the host’s driveway. It’s easy to get around this area on foot or by renting bikes, by LYFT rideshare service, on the bike trails, and by bus transit.

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Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

This luxury landmark hotel also makes a fun staycation spot because it is in the heart of Old Town and has great patio dining options. While you’re here, check out the Sawmill Market, which is a 25,000-square-foot food market with local cuisine. Features of the hotel include an outdoor resort pool, romantic wedding chapel, and indoor and outdoor event space. Traditional rooms are available here, as well as a junior suite or presidential suite for a little extra space.

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Amazing Home Northeast Heights

Listed on VRBO, this home in Albuquerque is great for staycations and sleeps up to eight people. It measures 1,700 square feet and has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s in the Northeast Heights part of Albuquerque and a single-story home next to I-25. There’s a fully equipped kitchen here, and one of the best parks in the city is within walking distance from the home. This is a great place to be for easy access to the tramway, breweries, restaurants, grocery stores, and outdoor recreation.

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Hotel Chaco

Plan your staycation for Hotel Chaco in Albuquerque and enjoy luxury and style that’s both traditional and modern. This hotel has a fitness studio with lots of equipment and a resort pool that is open year-around and that has poolside food and beverage service offered seasonally. Level 5 is the restaurant and lounge with patio dining, while Equinox Café and Bar is a lobby spot for quick bites and evening cocktails. Multiple room options are available here, including a deluxe king suite, a terrace suite, and a presidential suite to give you more space to relax on your staycation.

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Southwest Style Home with Views

This 2,175-square-foot house sleeps eight people is available to rent on VRBO. It has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths and is perfect for staycationing while social distancing. There are beautiful sunrises and sunsets that can be viewed from here, a well-equipped kitchen, living room with a fireplace, and a fully enclosed back yard with a fire pit and gas grill. The single-family house is just minutes from walking trails, petroglyphs, restaurants, and more in a small private neighborhood. Dogs are welcome here with a pet fee of $25 per night.

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Isleta Resort & Casino

Albuquerque is also home to several great casino resorts, including the Isleta Resort & Casino. The hotel here has a fitness center, pool, and in-room dining service that is generally open but check with the hotel for current policies. There is also a lovely spa here. There are fine dining and food court options onsite, as well as a 27-hole golf course and a casino with over 1,700 slot machines on the casino floor. This is also a place to play at the two dozen table games and try your luck at blackjack, craps, or another favorite game.

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Private Casita in the Heart Of Old Town

As you can see, Albuquerque has many adorable casita accommodations, including this one listed on VRBO that is 400 square feet in size. It is great for couples and in the heart of Historic Old Town. It’s just a two-minute walk to the galleries and shops at the central plaza. There are several museums less than 400 yards away from here. Your host lives in the main house and will give you privacy while also making you feel very welcome here. The separate tiny house has a new shower, kitchenette, and cute yard and patio for guests to use.

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