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El Vado Motel prepares for grand opening

Kassi Nelson
July 13, 2018 10:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -  Albuquerque’s iconic El Vado Motel is preparing for its grand opening. Rooms will be available for rent starting July 16.

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In 1937, the motel was one of the first to greet travelers on Route 66, but now people don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy the motel.

“All of us here love Albuquerque so it’s a lot of fun for us to be a part of something Albuquerque, Burquenos, are going to love and the feedback has been amazing,” General Manager Carrie Confair said. “We know everyone is excited to have it back and we’re excited to share that with everybody.”

Construction took about a year and a half to complete, but Confair is confident guests will love the renovations.

“The majority of the rooms are standard king rooms, they’re your standard one king bedroom,” Confair said. “What’s not standard about them is the vigas are original, all the furniture is custom made, and there’s local art on all the walls.”

Visitors can also enjoy a beer on the patio.

“It’s fenced in so you can get a beer at the taproom and come and sit at my counter and drink your beer,” Greg Ritt, Owner of Bosque Burger said.

Ritt is one of several owners of eateries on the patio. Confair said for many of them, it’s their first brick and mortar after owning food trucks.

While the effort to get the motel up and running while keeping elements of the old wasn’t easy, Confair said it was worth it.

“Things happen when they’re supposed to and we certainly didn’t want to rush this and I think it’s going to show,” she said.

To celebrate the reopening of the historic El Vado, managers are inviting the community to a grand reopening party on Friday, July 20 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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