The Clyde Hotel: A Love Note to Albuquerque, New Mexico

A large black and white stylized photo of Clyde Tingley greets guests at The Clyde Hotel in downtown Albuquerque. It’s just part of a visual love note to the city. There is also a timeline of photos that spans the impact of Tingley’s influence on Albuquerque and New Mexico. Visually, the hotel’s photos create a nostalgic look back when Albuquerque and New Mexico were growing into unique tourist destinations.

Clyde TIngley photo at Clyde hotel

Political Ties that Transformed Albuquerque

Tingley was a two-term governor of New Mexico starting in 1934 during the Great Depression. He also served as the mayor of Albuquerque from October 1939 to April of 1946.  These are only part of his 50-year political career that helped shape the state. It’s fitting that a downtown Albuquerque hotel is now named for him. The Clyde Hotel’s visual history lesson of Tingley is informative, stylish and creates a sense of place.

The Clyde Hotel is a downtown gem

A Sense of Place Shines Throughout The Clyde Hotel

bronze statue, Clyde Tingley hotelPart of the Heritage Hotels and Resorts brand, The Clyde Hotel was once a Hyatt Regency. In April 2022, the transformation from a Hyatt property into its new life began. Heritage Hotels are centered on New Mexico’s blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and American Western cultures. Each property reflects the significance of its location. 

I was smitten by the hotel’s dedication to being a New Mexico history love story using Clyde Tingley as the centerpiece. Plus, the Art Deco style lettering and other deco designs are classy features that tie in Tingley’s time period influences. Throughout, artwork is pure New Mexico like the bronze statue between the first floor and the second. Guest rooms have framed prints of a southwest theme. 

Glass atrium at Clyde Hotel

Although the past is a highlight, The Clyde Hotel also embraces modern. The lobby is just one example. The glass atrium lets in natural light above contemporary furniture where guests share drinks or settle in with a laptop or book. 

Because the hotel is part of the 22 stories of the Albuquerque Plaza that includes shops and other businesses, there are browse worthy spots. I noticed the neon sign of the gift shop right away. If you can’t find a gift for someone here, even if that someone is you, you’re not looking. Cliche or not, there’s something for everyone. Most items are New Mexico related. I brought my son a Breaking Bad T-shirt. Albuquerque is cashing in a bit on its Breaking Bad fame, and I was happy to participate.

Food and Drinks

Off the lobby, the 1922 Bar & Lounge is another example of past meets present day. The Prohibition era is reflected in the menu, and the decor is a nod to contemporary.

Carrie’s Restaurant, named after Tingley’s wife combines classic dishes with New Mexico flavor. New Mexico Prime Rib Dip Hatch Green Chile, Onions, Swiss cheese Au Jus is just one example. Because the restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch during the week, weekends are out. The in-room dining menu is available every day and for dinner. For casual eats, stop in Mercantile Cafe Express for breakfast or lunch, Monday through Friday.

King bed room Clyde Hotel

Guest Rooms

My king bedroom was spacious and comfortable. The earth tone color palate is still the Hyatt Regency flavor since the rooms have not been renovated but renovations are coming that will reflect the Heritage Hotel brand. Still, I found all that I needed, although some guests may wonder about the lack of a minifridge, but there is a coffee maker. 

I found the Albuquerque magazines and travel guides on the desk a terrific touch for creating a sense of place. I slept great and would have spent a leisurely morning, but a friend called and asked if I was up for a hike and breakfast out.

Hotel Amenities

The Clyde Hotel pool

Because most of my Albuquerque stay involved seeing friends, I didn’t have time to take in the outdoor pool or fitness studio. I did check out each. Both are terrific. The pool is larger than many hotel pools and the fitness studio has several types of equipment.

The Clyde Hotel Location

I’m glad I chose The Clyde Hotel for its downtown location. Located across from the Albuquerque Convention Center, the hotel is a quick drive to many of my favorite Albuquerque go to spots. Old Town is just minutes away. So are the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Rio Grande Botanic Garden and the Albuquerque Museum.

A don’t miss is the bronze sculpture “Sidewalk Society” by Glenna Goodacre. It was installed in 1991 as part of Albuquerque’s public art program. One of the figures is Clyde Tingley. The statue is right outside the Albuquerque Plaza entrance. 

 The Helpful Staff

I’d be remiss not to mention The Clyde Hotel staff. Throughout my stay, the staff was friendly, helpful and seemed delighted to be part of a venture to showcase Albuquerque and New Mexico in such a positive light. There is a pride in place that is catching.

I booked my room through Hotels.com. My $201 rate (including taxes and resort fee) included parking in the connected parking garage. You can also book through The Clyde Hotel’s website. Check out the package deals.

Here’s a shout out to the helpful staff at Hotels.com and The Clyde Hotel who worked together to transfer my what was to be a Thursday night stay to Friday night. I had to change my reservation due to missing my connecting flight to Albuquerque. As soon as I knew I was missing the flight, I called both the hotel and Hotels.com who were happy to help out this weary traveler. You can also check rates at Booking.com as well but I can’t vouch for help from the staff.

Post and photos courtesy of Jamie Rhein

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  1. blank Buzzy Gordon July 16, 2023
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