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Hotel Chaco named among best new hotels

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Hotel Chaco. (COURTESY PHOTO)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque’s Hotel Chaco has made the list of the Best New Hotels in USA Today’s “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest.

Situated in Old Town, Hotel Chaco was voted No. 10 overall. In describing the 118-room luxury hotel, USA Today’s website says “Hotel Chaco celebrates American Indian heritage through a collection of works by contemporary Native American New Mexican artists. The hotel features a rooftop restaurant and lounge, outdoor swimming pool with hot tub and 24-hour fitness center.”

The results were announced Friday.

“We are ecstatic at the news,” said Jim Long, founder and CEO of Heritage Hotels & Resorts, the company that opened Hotel Chaco last June. “The article helps bring attention to the uniqueness of our product,” said Long, adding Chaco was the only property in the Southwest region to be recognized by USA Today as one of the top hotels to have opened in 2017.

Long said the USA Today ranking adds to the accolades that Hotel Chaco has received lately. Those include being listed No. 1 of 144 hotels in Albuquerque by TripAdvisor and a Conde Nast Traveler ranking that named the property as one of the top hotel destinations in 2018.

The top 10 winners in the category Best New Hotel by USA Today are as follows:

1. Wm. Mulherin’s Sons — Philadelphia

2. Lodge Kohler — Green Bay, Wis.

3. Detroit Foundation Hotel

4. San Francisco Proper Hotel

5. Pendry San Diego

6. 21c Nashville

7. The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens — St. Augustine, Fla.

8. Dossier Hotel — Portland, Ore.

9. Ace Hotel — Chicago

10. Hotel Chaco — Albuquerque

A panel of experts partnered with the 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA Today), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of American travel, according to the USA Today website.

Heritage Hotels & Resorts also has announced it will partner with the owners of the Grove Cafe & Market in developing the Sawmill Market, which is envisioned as an artisan food market in a former lumber warehouse across from Hotel Chaco.

The 25,000-square-foot market will include restaurants, craft cocktails, local food vendors, an artist gallery and retail shops, according to Long. Opening is planned for sometime in 2019.

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