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"Groups can get the 'keys to the
castle' and create a truly intimate
and exclusive retreat for
Tucson in 30 years-a key piece of a larger redevelopment puzzle.
In recent years, the downtown area has also seen new restaurants
and retail, a renovation to the Tucson Museum of Art and the
addition of the Sun Link Streetcars, which run from the west side
of downtown through the heart of the city and along the Fourth
Avenue shopping district.
attendees," says Herb Rackliff, general manager. "Because they
don't have to buy all 350 rooms, this option is also a great value."
The new 118-room Hotel Chaco is the first New Mexico
property by the well-known global design firm Gensler, drawing
inspiration from the Anasazi people and the indigenous ruins of Chaco
Canyon. It has 1,400 sf of meeting space and also shares 62,000 sf
of event space with the adjacent Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town.
The 395-room Hyatt Regency Albuquerque completed a $5.6
million renovation at the end of 2016, and the Hotel Cascade has
been rebranded as a Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center and
undergone a refresh to its lobby, meeting and guest rooms. It has 300
rooms and 30,000 sf of meeting space, as well as an indoor water
park. Just seven minutes from Albuquerque and from the airport,
the 201-room Isleta Resort and Casino has more than 60,000 sf
of meeting and event space, the largest space at 26,000 sf. Resort
amenities include a fitness center and the Eagle Golf Club.
At the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, locally inspired
pottery, bread and adobe brick-making classes are taught by
members of the Santa Ana Pueblo along with the hotel staff. Or for an
edible team building experience, there's a salsa-making competition.
Groups can also volunteer at the Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation
Program, or hold their own private rodeo. Located between
Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the resort is nestled in the foothills of New
Mexico's Sandia Mountains and offers 350 pueblo-style guest rooms
as well as 34,000 sf of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
A new program offers groups the chance to buy out the entire
property with a booking of 200 rooms in November, December
and January, 250 rooms in February and March or 300-room
bookings between April and October. "Groups can get the 'keys to
the castle' and create a truly intimate and exclusive retreat for their
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Groups of up to 16 can get hands-on in the kitchen together,
cooking up local favorites at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.
Classes include relleno-making, where they make four different
types of chiles rellenos (New Mexican tempura rellenos, ancho chile
rellenos, cream cheese-stuffed jalapenos en escabeche and chiles
en nogada), taco and burrito making, and a class devoted entirely to
hot sauces, from smoky adobo tomato to green chile poblano.
Many meeting planners choosing Santa Fe prefer its historic
hotels because of their old world Southwestern charm, among
them the 219-room Eldorado Hotel & Spa and 180-room
LaFonda on the Plaza. Inspiring local art is woven throughout
many of these charming properties, such as La Posada de
Santa Fe, which was one of the first places to exhibit the work