Art in the Heart of Albuquerque, N.M.

by Debra Bokur

Jul 15, 2017
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With 118 rooms of luxury close to Albuquerque’s lovely historic quarter, the new Hotel Chaco boasts a soothing interior décor by designer Kris Lajeskie that pays tribute to the surrounding area’s ancient civilizations — notably through the commission of original works by a selection of contemporary Native American artists. Some of those whose work graces the new hotel space are sculptor Joe Cajero from Jemez Pueblo, who created a sculpture titled “oneness” that greets guests in the lobby; rug and wall hangings by Master Navajo weavers of the Toadlena Trading Post displayed above the beds in guestrooms; and sister pieces created by Rhett Lynch, a Navajo artist who creates paintings, drawings, sculptures and hand-woven tapestries that feature Lynch’s signature intensity of color.

A team from the Gensler architectural design firm immersed themselves in nearby Chaco Canyon, then focused on sustainability while incorporating elements such as stone masonry, vigas and latillas in the final hotel design. The building is even aligned with the movements of the sun, adding an additional layer of authenticity to the natural design elements. Head to the roof for dinner and cocktails at Level 5, or to Equinox Café & Lounge in the lobby for breakfast, handcrafted hot drinks, juicing options and nibbles. Relax in the pool and hot tub, or explore the surrounding area, where more than 100 locally owned shops, restaurants, galleries, bars and cafés await. Nearby sites include Chaco Canyon National Monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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