checking into Albuquerque’s Hotel Parq
Central today are very different than the ones who checked in 87 years ago,
when the building served as the Santa Fe Hospital.
1926, the New Mexico hospital was originally frequented by employees of the Atchison,
Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, who worked on the railroad that cut
through the city. After a brief stint as
a psychiatric hospital for children and teenagers in the 1980s, the building
fell into despair in the late 1990s and sat vacant for years.
finally reopened as the Hotel Parq Central in 2010 and was listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, thanks to its railway history and impressive
Italianate architecture, featuring arched windows, a flat roof and exterior
Though the hotel’s
furnishings have a distinctively clean and modern feel, the 74-room property pays
tribute to its past with hallway display cases featuring old railway maps and historic
medical equipment such as an operating room lamp.
In another nod
to its 1920s origins, the hotel’s rooftop Apothecary Lounge
serves Prohibition-era cocktails like The Pink Lady, made with gin, egg whites
and grenadine, and the Sazerac, made with rye whiskey, absinthe and bitters. Those
with more contemporary tastes can try the prickly pear margarita or local brews
Marble IPA and Santa Fe Nut Brown.
Sip on one during sunset for a 270-degree view of Albuquerque old and new.