One of the better upscale values in town, this rambling boutique hotel with a prime location just east of downtown and steps from Canyon Road's art galleries has rooms that are every bit as attractive and cushy as many pricier properties, and there's a very good breakfast included in the rates (it's buffet-style, but with lots of choices and several hot dishes). Inn on the Alameda (303 E. Alameda St., 505-984-2121) has no restaurant or spa, or much else in the way of common areas, although there is an attractive, airy lobby lounge (The Agoyo Room, in which you can order a cocktail, beer, or glass of wine, including the inn's signature Turquoise Margarita) that's a great place to relax in the evening with a glass of wine during the complimentary afternoon wine-and-cheese reception. In 2013, the hotel added light tapas-style dinner service as well. There's also a good-size breakfast room and several outdoor hot tubs set among the several buildings that contain the hotel's 71 rooms, suites, and casitas.
The emphasis here is squarely on the rooms, which are spacious, warmly furnished, and - in many cases - have balconies or private patios as well as fireplaces. All come with robes, high-end linens, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi and parking. Decor include handsome hand-crafted armoires, colorful textiles, bathrooms done in Spanish tile, and beautiful pine and aspen woodwork. For an attractive and extremely comfortable hotel with such an ideal location, the Inn on the Alameda is quite the bargain, with off-season rates starting under $200 nightly. This is also a pet-friendly property.