2017 IAPS Convention
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The two convention hotels, Hotel Albuquerque and Best Western, are currently sold out of rooms for the convention. You are welcome to contact them to be placed on a waiting list, or check back from time to time to see about any cancellations.

Since both our convention hotels are fully booked, we have arranged to block rooms at a special IAPS price, at two additional hotels. The NATIVO LODGE, is a sister hotel to the Hotel Albuquerque. The HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HISTORIC OLD TOWN is closer to the convention and offers convenience at a great price.

Nativo Lodge

6000 Pan American Freeway NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
Reservations: 505-798-4300 or 1-866-505-7829

Nativo Lodge The NATIVO LODGE, sister hotel to the Hotel Albuquerque is operated by Heritage Hotels & Resorts. This hotel is inspired by vibrant Native American culture and traditions, with Native American influences including art, design, architecture and events.

The Nativo Lodge is 8 miles from the Hotel Albuquerque, but with a much lower room price, you can easily rent a car for transportation between. Free parking is available at both hotels.

The IAPS Nativo Lodge room rate is $75 per night plus tax for single or double occupancy, $90 for triple occupancy, $105 for quad occupancy. Rooms are blocked for check in Wednesday June 7, and checkout Sunday June 11, the rate will be good for up to 3 days before and after these dates subject to room availability.

To make reservations, call 505-798-4300 or 1-866-505-7829 and specify that you are with the 2017 IAPS Addendum Room Block at Nativo Lodge. You will need a credit card to guarantee your booking. You may cancel up to 24 hours prior to scheduled arrival, if you do not cancel your credit card will be billed for one night plus tax cancellation fee.


2300 12TH Street
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
Reservations: 505-842-6000

Holiday Inn Express Holiday Inn Express is in Old Town Albuquerque area, 2 miles from the Hotel Albuquerque, a very short taxi ride.

To make a reservation call the hotel direct at 505-842-6000 and speak to the front desk. Tell them you are with the IAPS Convention at the Hotel Albuquerque, and they will offer you their best available rate. You will need a credit card to guarantee the booking.


800 Rio Grande Boulevard Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
505-843-6300   Toll-free: 800-237-2133

Hotel Albuquerque Our Convention hotel is conveniently located in Old Town Albuquerque, within walking distance to shops, galleries and restaurants. All Convention activities will be at the Hotel Albuquerque — registration, optional classes, trade show, banquet and the PastelWorld Exhibitions will all be on the ground floor. The hotel has a new Flamenco dancing venue Tablao that features dancers from all over the world, an authentic New Mexican restaurant, Garduño's at Old Town Restaurant & Cantina, and the Q-Bar lounge, voted Albuquerque's best Happy Hour spot. Rooms feature in-room WiFi, gourmet coffee and tea, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.

Convention attendees can also enjoy the spacious seating areas throughout the first-floor convention center, and the outdoor seating on the covered area overlooking the beautiful courtyard and beyond to the swimming pool and chapel. Throughout each day, artists congregated in these areas to rest between classes, talk, compare notes about classes and workshops, and enjoy the company of other artists.

Hotel Albuquerque room interiorThe special rate for IAPS attendees at Hotel Albuquerque is $129 per night plus tax, single or double occupancy. Rate applies from June 5 through June 12, 2017, subject to hotel availability. The cut off date for this special rate is May 15, 2017. For bookings after that date, higher rates may apply — book your room early, we expect this hotel to fill quickly, and have additional rooms blocked at the Best Western (see below).

A big thank you to the Hotel Albuquerque - they have given us this same room rate since our 2011 convention!


  • Call the hotel at 866-505-7829 which is the direct line to reservations. If you get a recorded message it means all reservations agents are busy, don’t leave a message, hang up and redial. Leaving a message will not book you a room; you need to speak to a reservations agent, give them your credit card and get a confirmation number.

  • To obtain the special rate you must ask to be placed with Block Code 1706INTLAS or within the IAPS 2017 block of rooms.

  • Reservation Office hours are Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 9am-6pm. Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card, and the room must be cancelled 24 hours prior to scheduled arrival date to avoid a cancellation fee.

  • Do not book your room through the hotel’s online system, or through other online hotel representatives. IAPS has all rooms at the hotel blocked for our main convention dates and they will be confirmed on a first come/first served basis from the direct phone calls only.

  • There is a maximum of two rooms allowed to be booked per person or credit card.


1015 Rio Grande Boulevard Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
(505) 843-9500

Hotel Best WesternIAPS has also blocked rooms and arranged a special rate for convention attendees at the Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn, which is two blocks from the Hotel Albuquerque, about a four minute walk. The Best Western also operates a complimentary shuttle van between the two hotels.

The IAPS special rate is $123 per night plus tax, single or double occupancy; rate applies June 5 through June 11, 2017, subject to availability. Cut off date to book the special rate is May 2, 2017; for bookings after that date, higher rates may apply.

Making a Reservation
Call Reservations at 800-959-4726 or call the hotel direct at 505-843-9500, and identify yourself as being with the IAPS group, to receive the special price. (If you do not refer to IAPS, you may given a higher room rate, or be told no rooms are available). Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card, and the room must be cancelled 24 hours prior to scheduled arrival date to avoid a cancellation fee.

The Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the Albuquerque International Airport from 7am to 10pm daily. Pick up location is on the airport “baggage claim” level; you will need to call the hotel front desk at 505-843-9500 after retrieving your luggage. If you arrive outside these times, you will need to arrange your own transportation to the hotel.


Since both of our convention hotels have filled, there are other accommodations within a few miles of the convention location. Following are some properties, most within half a mile of the Hotel Albuquerque. Some offer room rates lower than the convention hotels, so with the funds you save you could rent a car or pay for taxi transfer.

Please understand that IAPS is offering this information to assist you, we are not recommending any particular hotel and cannot guarantee prices; you will need to contact the hotels for more information.

Hotel Chaco - walking distance
You may have heard that a new hotel is being built immediately next door to the Hotel Albuquerque. This is under the same ownership and it will be a deluxe hotel with higher room rates. Unfortunately, the anticipated completion date is not until after our 2017 convention.

Bottger Mansion of Old Town - walking distance
The innkeepers are reachable via phone or text, for any questions or concerns.  Parking in one of the reserved spots in the municipal lot across the street.

Excerpt from review: “In a building more than a century old, the Bottger Mansion is a bed and breakfast inn just steps from Albuquerque's Old Town Plaza.  For the past dozen years, Kathy and Steve have been the innkeepers and owners, and they are warm hosts. The pink building is fronted by a small lawn with a few tables and chairs.  The communal dining area has access to the kitchen, with fresh baked cookies, tea options, and a Keurig offering a 24-hour coffee besides freshly brewed coffee in the mornings, and a small refrigerator available for use.  A living room has a fireplace, books, and a PC terminal.

Casa de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn - walking distance
Three Blocks from Historic Old Town. Built in the 1930's and 1940's, Casas de Suenos features 21 spacious casitas. Hot tub suites, glowing fireplaces, soft adobe walls, hidden courtyards, inviting patios and beautiful gardens.

Reviews: “Great price, personable suite and decor, friendly staff, good breakfast.”
- Great value for the price.
- Nice decor. Much more inviting than a plain white box hotel room.
- Pretty grounds and sunny breakfast room.
- Very tasty made-to-order breakfast at no extra charge.

Monteray Non-Smokers Motel Old Town - walking distance
Only non-smokers welcome. Great location, 2 blocks to Historic Old Town, Museums & Galleries; Outdoor heated pool (seasonal), guest laundry, in-room refrigerators & coffee makers. High-speed internet. All ground floor units, drive-up access.

Review: “This hotel is a gem. It is clean and efficiently managed. Not many rooms so you need to book ahead. It is one of those places you would stayed at on the 1950s while traveling on Rte 66. The pool is a hidden oasis in the back of the property. Rooms have good AC and really vintage printed sheets on the beds. There is also a coin laundry with folding shelf, ironing board and magazines! Just an amazing place!”

ClubHouse Inn & Suites Albuquerque – 2.4 miles
1315 Menaul Blvd. NE • Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
Phone (505) 345-0010
Toll Free (800) CLUB INN
Friendly staff and clean, beautifully appointed rooms await you at the ClubHouse Inn & Suites in Albuquerque. From our complimentary managers' reception to our hot breakfast buffet with create-your-own waffles, check out our reviews on TripAdvisor, and see why our guests say we have the best hotel in Albuquerque!

Unique but further away:
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm - 3.4 miles
Review: “Hands down one of the best places I've ever stayed in while traveling in America.”

"The rooms are clean and unique, with many subtle amenities that make your stay more pleasant. Everyone on the staff--from the front desk to the Farm Shop, the restaurant to the groundskeepers--are friendly and attentive. The ground's four peacocks, two cats, and numerous cranes add a layer to the experience. And the grounds itself is magnificent, with a few walking trails and splendid mountain views. Being tucked away in Northwestern Albuquerque, it's quiet (hidden among numerous ranches), yet easy to get anywhere from. If I need to visit this city again, this will be the place we stay."

Adobe Garden B&B - 4 miles
Review: “Comfortable beds and great decor. The breakfast is fantastic and the hosts are helpful and informative. The fire pit is perfect for a night under the stars. Close to the airport for easy access. Highly recommended.”

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