Western Academic Leadership Forum


Conference Hotel and travel

Hotel Albuquerque
800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
Phone: 505-843-6300

The Hotel Albuquerque is conveniently located in the heart of Old Town.  Please make your room reservations by asking for the WICHE discounted rate of $83.00 (plus applicable taxes). The cut-off date for the discounted rate is March 31, 2014, unless the block fills earlier.   Room costs are the responsibility of the meeting attendees.

Hotel Reservations. To make reservations, call 505-843-6300 or online at https://secure.netbookerng.com/hotel/hotelalbuquerque/albuquerque/nm/hseoptx_herit/hseoid_10399512.html?&groupcode=1404WESTER

Airport Information

The Albuquerque International Sunport Airport is served by most major airlines. It is approximately eight miles from the Hotel Albuquerque.

transportation options

Shuttle: Sunport Shuttle - http://www.sunportshuttle.com/ - $28 round trip

Taxi: Fare is approximately $30.00 USD from the Albuquerque International Sunport Airport to the hotel via Yellow Cab.

Driving instructions to Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

  • Start out going east on Sunport Blvd SE.
  • Merge onto I-25 N toward I-40/Downtown/Santa Fe.
  • Keep right via EXIT 226AB toward Gallup/Santa Rosa.
  • Keep left to take I-40 W via EXIT 226B toward Gallup.
  • Take the Rio Grande Blvd. exit, EXIT 157A.
  • Turn left onto Rio Grande Blvd NW/NM-194 S.
  • 800 RIO GRANDE BLVD NW is on the left.

What to Wear

Dress for the meeting is business casual. The average temperature in the Albuquerque area in April is 69 degrees.

local Attractions

The true Southwest awaits you in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Come immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage, rooted in centuries of history. Below are a few possibilities if you arrive before the meeting begins or stay afterwards.

Old Town Albuquerque District -Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico was constructed around a central plaza and features historic buildings dating back to the 1700s. Visit the San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793, and see charming attractions along the 10 lovely blocks of Old Town and check out museums, art galleries, boutiques and authentic southwest restaurants. Guided walking tours of Old Town are offered by The Albuquerque Museum. For more information about the fun things to do and see in Old Town Albuquerque, visit www.albuquerqueoldtown.com.

The Albuquerque Museum - The Albuquerque Museum was founded in 1967 to celebrate the history and peoples of the Middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico, specifically the Albuquerque area. Located just east of Old Town Albuquerque in a gleaming modern structure designed by Antoine Predock, learn more about the fascinating history of the southwest through art exhibitions, maps, handcrafts, photos, sculpture and historic artifacts. To learn more permanent collections and upcoming exhibits at the Albuquerque Museum, visit www.albuquerquemuseum.com.

Albuquerque Biological Park - The Albuquerque Biological Park encompasses four distinct facilities which are connected by railroad: The Rio Grande Botanic Garden, a splendid glass conservatory displaying desert climate plants; The Albuquerque Aquarium, which features aquatic life from the Gulf of Mexico in a 285,000-gallon ocean; The Rio Grande Zoo, where you can see more than 250 species of animals along 64 acres, and Tingley Beach, a picturesque fishing lake for enjoying picnics, walking paths and sailing model boats. To learn more about fun things to do and see at the Albuquerque BioPark, visit www.cabq.gov/biopark.

National Hispanic Cultural Center - The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico is dedicated to celebrating the cultural heritage of Hispanic peoples of the United States, Spain and Latin America. One of the fascinating parts of the National Hispanic Cultural Center is its Art Museum, which spans a wide range of Hispanic Arts, from traditional folk arts to contemporary works. To learn more about current exhibitions and the many fun things to see and do at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center, visit www.nhccnm.org.

Albuquerque Tours - What better way to get acquainted with the Duke City and our history and culture than with a tour of Albuquerque by professional tour guides. There are several different tours that we recommend that leave next door in Old Town so you can walk across the street to catch these tours:

  • The Albuquerque Trolley Tour is a great way to see the town. Get a glimpse at some of the top attractions in Albuquerque, NM while enjoying a leisurely open-air trolley tour. To learn more about one of the best ways to see the many tourist attractions in Albuquerque , New Mexico, visit www.abqtrolley.com.
  • Old Town Walking Tour & Sculpture Garden Tour by the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History www.cabq.gov/museum/gallerytour.html
  • Tours of Old Town features walking tours about history legends and lore as well as ghost tours of the Historic Old Town area toursofoldtown.com