Albuquerque's Historic Hotel Andaluz Announces Celebration of 75th Anniversary

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Hotel Andaluz, an Andalusian-themed boutique hotel in downtown Albuquerque, will honor each decade of its history with special monthly events, including a Diamond Jubilee Celebration to take place in June 2014.

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We want to offer our guests the opportunity to experience the full canvas of our history throughout the year. --John O'Hara, General Manager

The Hotel Andaluz announces the celebration of 75 years of business on June 6, 2014. Monthly, themed events will commemorate the property to honor each decade the hotel has been open and a Diamond Jubilee Celebration will take place just June 6, 2014, prior to the actual anniversary date of June 9, 2014.

Constructed in 1939 by Conrad Hilton and opened as a Hilton hotel, one of only four in the country at that time, the building was the first in NM to have air conditioning and an elevator. Adding to the hotel’s glamour factor were guests such as Elizabeth Taylor, Nicky Hilton and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

The property was purchased in 2005 by local real estate investor and designer Gary Goodman, who paid $4 million for the downtown Albuquerque establishment and spent $30 million refurbishing it to its current Andalusian-themed glory. With care to restore old murals, fixtures and the elevators, the property’s 107 rooms were also outfitted with “smart technology,” which turns on or off heat, AC and lighting if guests enter or leave the room. 70 solar panels on the hotel’s roof heat 60% of the hotel’s water, and extensive recycling is standard for the property. It is the only hotel in the Southwest to have a Gold LEED Certification; the hotel is also on the historic registry.

“We are very excited about the celebration of the history of one of New Mexico’s most important hotel properties,” said General Manager, John O’Hara. “We want to offer our guests the opportunity to experience the full canvas of our history throughout the year.”

Hotel Andaluz also boasts a new restaurant on site, MÁS-Tapas y Vino, led by Chef James Campbell Caruso (nominated 8 times for the James Beard award, Best Chef of the Southwest), who is known for his culinary treasures La Boca and Taberna in Santa Fe. Additionally, the hotel has outdoor dining and cocktails in the upper level bar, Ibiza.

Events and cocktail specials for each month follows:

March 29: The 40s Swing into Spring & Big Band: Cocktail of the Month—Manhattan Project

April 26: The 50s, Rockabilly, Elvis and hots cars. Cocktail of the Month—Hound Dog

May 31: The 60s & Motown. Cocktail of the Month—Apollo XI

June 6: Diamond Jubilee. Cocktail of the Month—Diamond-tini

July 26: The 70s & Disco. Cocktail of the Month—Watergate

August 30: The 80s & Prom. Cocktail of the Month—Pretty in Pink

September 27: Party Like its 1999. Cocktail of the Month—Y2K

October 31: Halloween. Cocktail of the Month—Black Widow

November 26: Millennium Celebration. Cocktail of the Month—Millennium Martini

December: Holidays & New Year, events to be determined

For Media Inquiries:
Jennifer Hobson-Hinsley
505 603 8643

About Hotel Andaluz:

A leader in eco-friendly hotels, Hotel Andaluz has a rich history in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. The fourth hotel ever built by Conrad Hilton, Hotel Andaluz was returned to its former glory in 2009 by current owner and local resident Gary Goodman. Hotel Andaluz is the only Historic Gold LEED Certified hotel in the Southwest and the only AAA Four Diamond Hotel in Downtown Albuquerque. With 107 rooms and suites with a variety of meetings, Hotel Andaluz is the only boutique hotel in the City Center and a popular destination for parties, business meetings and weddings. The building is on the historic registry and will celebrate its 75th anniversary in June 2014.

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