Hotel Andaluz Keeps Romance Tradition Alive

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Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, NM Offers Hot Tango & Romance Packages

As summer officially begins, the Hotel Andaluz is turning up the heat at its historic Downtown Albuquerque hotel. The Hotel, the favorite hangout of its first owner Conrad Hilton and his bride Zsa Zsa Gabor, has been a romantic hot spot since the 1930s. And the Hotel plans on taking its reputation as the “hot” spot in the Southwest to new heights this summer.

“What’s hotter than hot Latin music and dance,” asked the Hotel’s owner Gary Goodman. “I can’t think of anything more romantic than dining in Lucia then dancing the night away in a world class setting.”

In July, the hotel features live Latin music every weekend. On July 10 and 24, a Tango Exhibition & Classes will focus on the sensuality of the Tango with acclaimed regional Tango band – “Q-Tango” in the Living Room Lobby from 9 pm to midnight. The preceding Fridays July 9 and 23, Award-Winning Cuban Salsa Band “Tradiciones”, featuring Cesar Bauvallet, will perform in the Living Room Lobby from 9 pm. to midnight. In addition to hot Latin music, the hotel offers a new unique Tapas menu, Sangria and Argentine wines.

Hot Romance packages include deluxe accommodations for two, breakfast in bed or at Lucia and complimentary valet parking starting at $119 or add dinner for two in Lucia to the package and it’s only $199. Packages do not include alcohol, taxes or gratuity.

Tango traces its roots to Spain and Africa. The music derived from the fusion of various forms of music from Europe. The word "Tango" seems to have first been used in connection with the dance in the 1890s. Initially it was just one of the many dances, but it soon became popular throughout society, as theatres and street barrel organs spread it from the suburbs to the working-class slums, which were packed with hundreds of thousands of European immigrants, primarily Italians, Spanish and French.

“In 2009 the tango was declared as part of the world's "intangible cultural heritage" by UNESCO,” Goodman added. “Now the Hotel Andaluz will build on the Tango tradition and giving it a new home in Albuquerque. I know once people experience the mystique of the Hotel Andaluz, they’ll keep coming back. Every inch of the hotel was designed with a Spanish theme. In fact, the photos in many guest rooms feature live Argentinean Tango, shot by world renowned Argentinean photographer Estela Mary Fernandez.”

The Hotel’s name is short for Andalucia – the region of Spain that inspired not only the décor and architecture, but the menus and entertainment. Like Spain, the Hotel is rich in history. It opened in 1939 as one of Conrad Hilton’s first hotels. Following a $30 million renovation, The Hotel Andaluz re-opened as not only one of the “greenest” hotels in the country, but the most unique and tantalizing. Branded as a fusion of urban chic and historic elegance, the hotel offers specializes in unique entertainment and get-away packages – ones not offered anywhere else in the country.

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Joanie Griffin
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