Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Heritage Hotels & Resorts Opens Hotel Chaco in Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. August 7, 2017 – Hotel Chaco, a contemporary luxury hotel inspired by the architecture and ancient civilization of Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has opened in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque. The 118-room property – the first from-the-ground-up design/build project from Heritage Hotels & Resorts – is located adjacent to sister property Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town.

Key features such as precise stone masonry, vigas and latillas for rooftop structures, and aligning the building to the sun’s movement are incorporated into the architecture of Hotel Chaco. The hotel was designed by the award-winning global architectural firm, Gensler. Hotel Chaco is Gensler’s first design project in New Mexico, fusing ultra-modern design with sustainable building strategies. The Gensler team traveled to Chaco Canyon to draw inspiration from the ancient architecture.

The hotel comprises five levels and 25 different guestroom configurations. Many extend outdoors onto gracious terraces showcasing majestic views towards the Sandia Mountains and downtown skyline, while others overlook the beautiful gardens and pool terrace below. A rooftop restaurant and bar, called Level 5 in honor of Chaco Canyon’s legendary Pueblo Bonito, which also had five stories, features a local ingredients - and Native-inspired menu conceived by legendary chef Mark Miller and Hotel Albuquerque Executive Chef Gilbert Aragon. Additional dining options include the lobby level Equinox Café and Bar, as well as room service. Plans for a 6,000 square foot spa are in progress. Hotel Chaco offers a variety of meeting and event spaces along with access to an additional 62,000 square feet of meeting space at the adjacent Hotel Albuquerque.

Another key aspect of the guest experience at Hotel Chaco is the property’s art program. Together with interior designer Kris Lajeskie, the hotel commissioned an elite cadre of contemporary Native American artists to create works for both public spaces and guestrooms.

“Typically hotels are built like stackable boxes,” explains Jim Long, CEO, Heritage Hotels & Resorts. “But Hotel Chaco’s design, while very modern, captures the spirit of the civilization and the beautiful architecture of Chaco Canyon. The services, ambiance and accommodations this hotel provides embrace the native people’s artistic sensibility and oneness with nature. ”

In conjunction with Heritage Inspirations, LLC, Hotel Chaco offers its guests luxurious guided day and overnight camping trips to its namesake Chaco Canyon National Monument. The trips offer visitors an easy way to experience this rather remote UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered by many to be the “Machu Picchu” of North America.

For extensive background on the Hotel Chaco concept and to read more about its architecture, design, common areas, guest rooms, amenities, food & beverage, meetings and event spaces, and original Native American artwork, please download a full press kit here. For more information visit www.hotelchaco.com, or contact Jan Sheehan at jan@tuckerpr.com or (817)348-9490.

About Hotel Chaco

Hotel Chaco is a 118-room boutique, luxury hotel located in Old Town Albuquerque. Heritage Hotels & Resorts has partnered with the esteemed architectural firm, Gensler, to create the world’s first boutique hotel inspired by the mystique and grandeur of Chaco Canyon. Every aspect of the hotel: artisan-made furnishings, choice of building materials, native-inspired cuisine, spiritual and natural art and architecture; purposefully connect the modern traveler with Chaco Canyon’s ancient and remarkable presence. Between 850 and 1250, Chaco Canyon was a cultural center for the ancient pueblo peoples. Located in Northwestern New Mexico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park represents the most exceptional concentration of pueblos in the American Southwest. www.Hotelchaco.com

About Heritage Hotels & Resorts

Founded by Jim Long in 2005, Heritage Hotels & Resorts is a collection of culturally distinct hotels in New Mexico and is the largest independent hotel brand in the state. Through their architecture, interior design, landscaping, cuisine, art, entertainment and music, Heritage Hotels & Resorts provides guests with a very rich, authentic, cultural experience. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Hotel Chaco and Nativo Lodge are located in Albuquerque; Hotel St. Francis, Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe and The Lodge at Santa Fe are located in Santa Fe; Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces is located in Las Cruces; and El Monte Sagrado and Palacio de Marquesa are located in Taos. Each Heritage Hotel donates a percentage of its revenue to cultural causes. The company and its affiliate companies provide over 3,000 jobs in New Mexico. You can find Heritage on Twitter at @HeritageHtls or on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeritageHotelsandResorts or www.hhandr.com

Contact:
Jan Sheehan
jan@tuckerpr.com
(817)348-9490

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