ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Plans have been finalized for a new multimillion-dollar hotel in Old Town here, according to Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc.
The 118-room project will break ground by late fall with completion set for spring 2016.
The property will be built adjacent Hotel Albuquerque and will share Hotel Albuquerque’s pool, ballrooms and chapel. The hotel will have five levels with guestrooms designed to extend outdoors onto terraces showcasing views toward the Sandia Mountains and downtown skyline.
“We’re creating a hotel where guests will experience the true culture of New Mexico in a way that has never been done before,” stated Jim Long, CEO, Heritage Hotels & Resorts. “We are blending ancient building techniques from New Mexico Native Americans with modern amenities and designs from the best designers in the world to create a new hotel that will redefine and advance the architectural building style in our state.”
Global design firm Gensler drew inspiration from the Anasazi people and the indigenous ruins of Chaco Canyon. “The design creates an unprecedented architectural aesthetic for New Mexico and the greater Southwest region,” stated Adam Gumowski, design director at Gensler. “Heritage Hotels and Resorts presented a captivating conceptual vision as a catalyst for the design team. The result is a one-of-a-kind property that embraces the spirituality, sensibility and legacy of the indigenous ruins of Chaco Canyon, while simultaneously striving for a contemporary sophistication.”
Specific designs that have been incorporated from the Native American cultures include building the hotel in solar alignment. The hotel will be constructed so the property’s solar orientation can make the most of heat in the winter and coolness in summer. Guestrooms will be deeply recessed to allow for solar gain in winter but protect from the sun in summer. The hotel’s five floors will be built in traditional stacked pueblo style with the façade stepped back at the upper floors.
Local landscape architect Mimi Burns of Dekker Perich Sabatini has designed a landscape reflecting the randomness of raindrops touching the earth. She also will design gardens and open areas.
Interiors of the hotel will done by Santa Fe-based designer Kris Lajeskie. The color palette for the project will be the natural wool colors used by the master weavers of the Navajo reservation.
Other plans include a signature restaurant featuring modern Native American cuisine, a spa, a rooftop restaurant and a rooftop wedding chapel.
Hotel Albuquerque will be the owner of the new hotel and will be managed by Heritage Hotels and Resorts.