This hotel features 74 guest rooms, including 15 suites and three cottages. There are also numerous amenities to enjoy during your stay including complimentary breakfast, shuttle services, and a rooftop lounge. Albuquerque New Mexico.
LET’S START AT THE TOP
When I mentioned that I was staying at the Parq Central my Albuquerque friends responded with enthusiasm and propitious comments about the rooftop lounge. When you step off the elevator and into the Apothecary Lounge – walk two steps forward you find yourself at the bar. We ordered Grey Goose martinis before the elevator door closed. Hmmm, I like this place. Inside the roomy club room is industrial seating loosely separated into intimate sitting nooks and a half-circle banquet that’s perfect for a cozy cocktail or makeout session. Rock-steady tunes were humming while we enjoyed some tasty appetizers. My friend Valerie mentioned she no longer eats pork after I ordered a bevy of bites for our table. The bacon-wrapped dates were so good – I think I was making “oink noises” while I inhaled them.
The presentation and taste of all the small plates were inventive and original. I know some native New Mexicans think their family’s Guacamole recipe is far superior to any local restaurant, but the guacamole at the rooftop lounge of the Hotel Parq Central will have you hugging avocado trees. We were so caught up in catch-up that I forgot snap pics of the food and the interior bar area. But the sky from the deck outdoors is on point any time of day.
THE SLEEP SUITE
The card key released the lock and the door opened to reveal an attractive neutral-toned, ground-floor suite. The soft white Frette sheets were neatly stretched and tucked over a modern, pillowtop, king-size bed. The room was calming, serene, and refreshingly cool. The spacious bathroom is made for pampering and I heard the shower can fit three comfortably.
The Historic Architecture
The original building began construction in 1921 and served as the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Hospital in 1924. It was then purchased in 1982 and transformed into a mental health institution and renamed Memorial Hospital. The institution provided psychiatric services until it closed its doors in 2007. The Italianate-style building was later placed, on the National Register of Historical Places. In 2010, the historic property was refurbished into a boutique luxury hotel called Hotel Parq Central.
In the main building, the corridors are elegantly wide so that you and your entourage can walk side by side, as they do in Sex and the City, Harlem, Emily in Paris, and so on. The lobby has several modern seating rooms which connect to different corridors. If you choose the correct hallway you can stroll directly to the spacious breakfast room filled with culinary delights. There is ample parking throughout the tree-lined property without the resemblance of a parking lot, more like an estate with smaller houses scattered throughout. The front entrance has a dramatic curved driveway that allows you to drive directly to the front awning while keeping the paparazzi at bay.
Hotel Parq Central is a wonderful place to stay; with friendly staff, top-notch accommodations, and historical fanfare. 806 CENTRAL AVE SE, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO 87102