Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, competing worldwide against projects ranging from Bali to Shanghai, has won Hospitality Design Magazine’s best midsize hotel design.
A panel of hospitality experts and industry leaders said “the environment and the mood tell a beautiful story,” referring to the renovation and expansion at Los Poblanos. They chose it from more than, 1,000 entries from around the world, Los Poblanos officials said in a news release.
Los Poblanos executive director Matthew Rembe accepted the award during a ceremony in New York City earlier this month
Atkin Olshin Schade Architects designed the expansion, which was completed in 2017.
“The project demonstrates that distinguished old inns need not choose between historical correctness and modern amenities,” AOS principal Shawn Evans said in a statement. “These cherished places can be given room to evolve and grow without compromising their integrity.”
Rembe, also in a statement, said the primary focus of the project was about “being respectful of the past while introducing new ideas and innovation.”
The 28 new guest rooms and suites were the centerpiece of the expansion, designed to reflect the 1930’s dairy-style buildings once common to the Los Rancho de Albuquerque area, according to the release.
Historic structures on the property were there to house the working dairy and experimental farm in the 1930’s, and since have been maintained and restored for an expanded field-to-fork restaurant and bar, 2,800-square-foot commercial kitchen and bakery, retail shop and lavender production facility, Los Poblanos said.
New Mexico’s foremost architect, John Gaw Meem, designed it in 1932.
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm sits on 25 acres of lavender fields, cottonwoods trees and formal gardens.