Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 24 March 2016

Morning view from Junior Suite #1909 @ Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

I’m working on re-qualifying for Hyatt Diamond in 2017, so I’ve been mattress running Hyatt properties whenever possible. The HR Albuquerque is one of the cheaper properties (<100 USD), and also close to the airport for our early flight, making it a perfect candidate. Additionally, I also have a number of Diamond Suite Upgrades expiring soon, so I used one on this one night stay.


It’s in downtown. It seemed rather dead in the evening, because the downtown is a business district. But it’s a quick, 15-min drive to the airport, so there was that.

Check In/Check Out:

Check in was relatively quick, but not without some drama. Our parking charges (~18 USD) were waived on account of my Diamond status, which I appreciated. We were given suites, which are two connecting rooms, but to our shock, we opened the door to an un-cleaned, previously-occupied room. We were given the wrong room.

While check out was quick, there was also some fuss with the bill. One of the diamond benefits is complimentary breakfast for up to 4 guests in the same room, but I ended up getting charged for it.

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Junior Suite Living room


The suite (#1909) is decent, but not much to write home about. It’s basically two rooms joined together. The living room actually has a murphy bed, giving it the opportunity to transform into another room, if required. We basically had two rooms. It’s a high floor, so in the morning, we had great views of Albuquerque and the hot air balloons floating over the mountains.

The rooms are of an average size, and the bathrooms are slightly larger than average, and come with a bathtub with shower. One annoyance is that they don’t provide complimentary water, and the bottles they leave in the rooms are charged at $5 a bottle.

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Junior Suite Bedroom

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Junior Suite bathroom 1


The HR Albuquerque does not have a club lounge, so we could have our breakfast at Forque restaurant. I ordered French toast, which was amazing, a juice, and a latte. The breakfast was excellent.

Forque @ Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Sticky Bun French Toast with Pecans and Blueberries at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque


It’s an ok property. I’ll probably stay here if I’m in Albuquerque and need a cheap Hyatt mattress run. The breakfast is great, but I wouldn’t use a Diamond Suite Upgrade on this property.


Hotel Review: Sheraton Uptown Albuquerque, 23 March 2016

Sheraton Uptown Albuquerque

Sheraton Uptown Albuquerque is a category 2 SPG hotel. We opted for it because it costs 4000 Starwood points. Sheraton Uptown is about 30 min drive in average traffic from the Albuquerque airport and in a good location if you want to buy things or eat, because it’s located in strip malls and close enough to a freeway.

Check In/Check Out:

Quick and painless. I am just a SPG preferred member, which is what you can get if you sign-up for their loyalty program, and was given a room at the second highest level. I showed my SPG Business card, which gives me Sheraton Club Lounge access, and this was processed with no problems.


The room is very large, and had some views of the surrounding mountains. The King bed took up about 2/5 of the room, and there is also a nice lounge chair in the room.

The desk and TV console are together. While this created more space in the room, it also left less space for work. I do prefer standalone desks.

Sheraton Uptown Albuquerque


It’s an average-sized bathroom. Part of it contains amenities like coffee brewer and complimentary bottles of water. The toilet seat is slightly broken, but ok. The bathtub and shower was also average. I did appreciate that they had a wall-mounted container with the bottles of shower gel and shampoo.

Sheraton Uptown Albuquerque shower amenities

Club Lounge:

Located on the top floor, the Club Lounge is a decent size. We didn’t get up in time for breakfast, but the evening hors d’oeuvres was substantial. They had two types of lasagna, one meat, one vegetarian. There were also other usual crudités. There’s also a great self-serve coffee machine in the Club Lounge.

Sheraton Uptown Albuquerque Club Lounge Sheraton Uptown Albuquerque Evening Hors D'oeuvres at Club Lounge


Wifi is free with SPG membership and of decent speed, as is parking.


This is a lovely property, and excellent candidate for redemption or a cheap paid stay (depending on season). I won’t hesitate to return to this property if I’m in Albuquerque.

Costa Rica to USA: I LOVE Hobby Border Control! SJO – HOU – ABQ, 23 March 2016

Morning view from Junior Suite #1909 @ Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

I got sick overnight – puked out the contents of my stomach. The whole day was iffy, and that we had 3 different airports and dreaded US border control ahead didn’t help. I could barely stand up when we were waiting in line to check in at SJO airport, and was sitting on my roller.

06 00: God, I hate early flights. I hate them even more when I’m sick. On a bright note, Uber was on time, we made everything in good time. Check in lines at Southwest counter was long. Go early!

07 00: Thank god for the small mercies. Sitting at the SJO lounge, sipping hot tea, and just hoping the pain will go away.

12 00: I get a lot of anxiety at US border control. Hobby is one of the most painless experiences so far! I got through border control in record time.

16 30: Picked up rental car. Arrived at hotel. Day over. We did get a nice rental car upgrade to a Chrysler 200. The mister liked it. I have no feelings about cars. I did get told repeatedly not to accidentally shift gears, because the gear shift is a dial between us, and looked exactly like the audio volume switch. 😀

New Mexico

Itinerary: That’s a Lot of Baseball, 17 – 27 March 2016

Thanks to two credit card sign-ups with Southwest, my US baseball plan will be funded by my stash of Southwest points. Beyond that, I also earned the very lucrative Southwest Companion Pass on 02 February, giving me the privilege of taking someone with me for free (well, just the $5.60 security fee and international taxes) from 2016 – 2017.

I have a rather weird itinerary for this trip, because my partner wants to visit his grandparents in El Centro, and he wants to watch the World Baseball Classic qualifiers in his hometown of Mexicali.

17 Mar: Seattle – San Diego – El Centro

18 Mar: El Centro – Mexicali – El Centro

19 Mar: El Centro – San Diego

20 Mar: San Diego – Houston – San Jose, Costa Rica

21 Mar: San Jose, Costa Rica

22 Mar: San Jose, Costa Rica

23 Mar: San Jose, Costa Rica – Houston – Albuquerque

24 Mar: Albuquerque

25 Mar: Albuquerque – Phoenix

26 Mar: Phoenix

27 Mar: Phoenix – Seattle