by Andrea Doyle | March 08, 2017
Hotel Chaco, a contemporary luxury hotel inspired by the architecture and ancient civilization of New Mexico's Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is scheduled to open near the heart of Albuquerque's Old Town Plaza in April. 

The 118-room boutique hotel is the first from-the-ground-up design/build project from Heritage Hotels & Resorts, a collection of culturally distinct hotels in New Mexico and the largest independent hotel brand in the state. Hotel Chaco will be the world's first boutique hotel inspired by the mystique and grandeur of Chaco Canyon, a cultural center for the ancient Pueblo peoples between 850 and 1250. 

The new hotel is located adjacent to sister property Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. The two properties will share a pool, ballrooms, and chapel. Hotel Albuquerque has 188 rooms, including 20 suites and approximately 80,000 square feet of meeting space; 21,000 square feet of outdoor event space; a 19th-century Southwestern chapel that seats 150 and can be used for special events; and Casa Esencia, a private event venue set in a 300-year-old adobe home.

Hotel Chaco's rooftop restaurant, Level 5, features 360-degree views from the Sandia Mountains to the Rio Grande. Contemporary Native American artists have created original art works to grace Hotel Chaco's public spaces and guest rooms. The first floor of the hotel includes a circular lobby, water and fire elements on opposite walls, with Native American artwork, a 1,500-square-foot meeting room, a living room, and library area. Additional meeting space at Hotel Chaco includes a 2,070-square-foot rooftop terrace suite and an intimate garden courtyard area. 

"We're creating a hotel where guests will experience the true culture of New Mexico in a way that has never been done before," says Jim Long, CEO of Heritage Hotels & Resorts. "We are blending ancient building techniques from New Mexico Native Americans with modern amenities and designs from the best designers in the world to create a new hotel that will redefine and advance the architectural building style in our state. The services, sacred architecture, and accommodations this hotel will provide will embrace the native people's artistic sensibility and oneness with nature."