That lengthy renovation of the historic La Posada de Albuquerque paid off, resulting in a “full service boutique hotel” that has locked down a Four Diamond AAA rating and lured countless visitors with its gourmet restaurant, glamorous lobby bar and slinky rooftop hangout.
This lush Los Ranchos retreat is among the most magical places in all of New Mexico. The lucky folks who stay here enjoy cozy, refined rooms and menus that mix high drama with Middle Rio Grande Valley vernacular cuisine.
2) Mauger Estate Bed & Breakfast Inn 3) Tie: Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast, Bottger Mansion of Old Town, Casa de Sueños, Cinnamon Morning
Defined is going to pump (clap) you up ... with convenient locations and reasonably priced month-to-month memberships. Included are classes, swimming and sauna facilities, aerobics equipment, and workouts that are very high in iron.
2) Planet Fitness 3) New Mexico Sports and Wellness
eVOLV does yoga in a 105° F room with 60 percent humidity and hardwood floors. But yoga isn’t all it does. Find whatever your workout regimen requires, including cardio and strength training with onsite childcare.
A peaceful North Valley oasis, Betty's offers beautiful environs in which to simply soak, sun and sauna; or be massaged, scrubbed and waxed. Frazzled patrons leave feeling as if they've spent the day lounging seaside.
2) Casa Verde 3) Green Reed Spa (inside Sandia Resort and Casino)
Volvo owners are a special breed of people, and they won't take their Swedish chariots to just any repair shop. Mom-and-pop hand-holding, like lending you another car for the day, have earned Independent Volvo a loyal clientele.
2) All In The Wrist 3) Don Brown's Parts & Automotive
1500 Girard NE 268-9834
Doing your laundry isn't the most pleasant of tasks, but if you've just gotta have some clean undies, you might as well wash them in a place that's got free Wi-Fi, TVs, arcade games, magazines and a decent range of convenience food (Hot Pockets!). It's open late and has been since 1950.
2) University Laundromat 3) Wash Tub Laundromat
Best Dry Cleaner
5200 Eubank NE 298-2629 5901 Wyoming NE 797-2278 6200 Coors NW 792-8432 thecleanery.com
No one wants their down comforter in a bunch or their silk in shreds. The Cleanery, which is the only Green Business Bureau-certified dry cleaner in the state, deals in couture, delivery and anything else your dresses desire.
Thanks to our country's economic downturn, more people are choosing to repair rather than replace. If our readers need a new heel on their Tony Lamas or Christian Louboutins, they point their feet toward the venerable Nob Hill Shoe Repair.
Chances are pretty good that you or someone you know already has a CPT tattoo. The hallmarks of Partain's work: fast, clean and classic. And when you flex your ink in a certain light, the word "awesome" appears in sparkly holographic Olde English.
2) Jespah Torres (Archetype Tattoo) 3) Marie Sena (Stay Gold Tatto)
If you've got a body part, the guru-level piercers at Evolution can probably put a hole in it. And if you've already got the hole, they can guide you to exquisite body jewelry, troubleshoot your aftercare or even gauge you up to the next size. The spa-like shop is super clean and comfortable, too.
With locations in the Northeast Heights, the Westside and Santa Fe, you're never too far away from smooth, tidy bits. The skin care spa also offers personal polishing in the form of facials, tanning, and lash and brow tinting.
2) Casa Verde 3) European Wax Center
Best Nail Salon
Lilly Nails & Spa
10701 Corrales Road NW 899-2900
Keep your fingertips buffed, or make your talons long, bejeweled, bright and fierce at this Corrales salon, which also offers waxing.
2) Casa Verde 3) Envy Spa & Nails
Best Gift Shop
3500 Central SE 262-1900
This little boutique—tucked into the vintage, 1946-built Nob Hill Shopping Center—brims with fun: Cards, jewelry, office supplies, toys, candy and knickknacks make up a melange of gift-giving possibility.