ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Hotel Andaluz on 2nd Street in Downtown Albuquerque, opened in 1939 by hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, is once again becoming part of the Hilton brand.
As of May 1st, the hotel will be renamed the Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque Curio Collection by Hilton.
Hotels that are part of the Curio Collection “offer travelers a more authentic, non cookie-cutter experience, where the property has a story to tell and is a destination in itself,” said hotel general manager Phil Snyder.
Indeed the Hotel Andaluz has quite a history. It was the fourth hotel built by Hilton, who was born in the little town of San Antonio, best know as the town closest to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. As a child, Hilton helped his enterprising father turn the family’s adobe home into an inn for traveling salesmen — a harbinger of what was yet to come.
Years later, Hilton spent his 1942 honeymoon at his territorial-style 10-story Albuquerque hotel with the second of his three wives, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.
It was the first modern high-rise hotel in New Mexico, and the tallest building in the state at the time. It was also the first building in the state to have air conditioning and the first to have an elevator.
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