Crowne Plaza Albuquerque to Open After a $14 Million Renovation and Brand Change

By on August 19, 2011

The world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms today announces that the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque will open in Sept. 2011 following a brand change from a Hilton that included $14 million in renovations throughout the property. The 261-room hotel features 26,000 square feet of meeting space that includes an 8,000 square foot conference center and is conveniently located just six miles from the airport and three miles from historicOldTown.

   The hotel is on a 14 acre oasis in the university and midtown district that captures the unique flavor and artistry of the popularSouthwest New Mexicodestination. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated and spacious with breathtaking views ofAlbuquerque’s spectacular high-desert landscape of mesas, volcanoes and theSandiaMountains.

   “We’re pleased to bring theCrownePlazabrand to theAlbuquerquearea, especially in such a convenient location for business travelers and meetings,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, theAmericas, IHG. “There are several major employers in the area that will benefit from the meetings-savvy products and services that only aCrownePlazacan provide.”

   “We are excited to be re-opening as aCrownePlazaat a location that is ideal for both business and leisure guests,” said General Manager Eric Rossena. “It is the perfect facility for meetings and business travelers and it offers our guests the opportunity to enjoyCrownePlaza’s upscale experience.”

   A recipient of the “New Mexico Green Zia Environmental Excellence Award,” the hotel is convenient for leisure travelers as it is minutes from historic Old Town, Balloon Fiesta Park, the world’s longest tramway, championship golf courses, Indian gaming casinos and wonderful shopping. Sante Fe is a short 55 minute scenic drive away.

   The hotel features the famous Ranchers Club of New Mexico restaurant, the only AAA 4 Diamond Award Winner inAlbuquerque, and is also a repeat winner of the prestigious DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants ofNorth America) Award. Recently opened, the new Stonestreet Restaurant features innovative New Mexican cuisines for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

   The full-service hotel is located at1901 University Boulevard NEinAlbuquerqueand includes 22 meeting rooms in 26,000 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor pool, fitness center, complimentary wireless access throughout the hotel, business center and complimentary parking.

   TheCrownePlazais “the Place to Meet” with the signature comprehensive meetings program that ensures a seamless planning process and exceptional meeting experience consisting of three key components: a Two-Hour Response Guarantee, a Crowne Meetings Director and a Daily Meetings Debrief. When the hotel opens, it will be participating in “The Big Reward” that gives meeting planners up to 500,000 bonus Priority Club® points when they book rooms at participating IHG locations acrossNorth America.

   Consistent with theCrownePlazabrand, the hotel features the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage® that encompasses the entire sleep experience, from training staff on how to create and maintain a restful environment to providing innovative products and services. Program components include signature bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones, nightlights, drape clips and amenities such as eye masks, earplugs and lavender spray.

  CrownePlazawas recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry’s top-growing brands. Additionally, for the second consecutive year, Business Travel News magazine named Crowne Plaza as the No. 1 upscale brand as voted by travel buyers in its annual U.S. Hotel Chain Survey. As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has more than 300 hotels in nearly 60 countries, located in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations.

   The Crowne Plaza Albuquerque is independently owned and will operate under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit or call 1-800-2CROWNE

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