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New Mexico: Albuquerque to gain modern hotel inspired by the ancients

Albuquerque's newest boutique hotel will have a modern design that evokes traditional Anasazi style

A new boutique hotel coming to Albuquerque that is meant to be a modern take on Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon will break ground this fall and open in spring 2016 in the city's Old Town.

Design elements inspired by New Mexico's distinctive Southwest style and culture will be used inside and out, Heritage Hotels & Resorts says. For example, the new hotel (no official name yet) will have a kiva-style lobby and 118 rooms on five stories built to be "stacked pueblo style."

Like ancient dwellings, the building will be oriented to the sun to keep rooms warm in winter and cool in the hot summers.

Rooms will feature contemporary furniture with colors taken from those used by Navajo wool weavers.

The multimillion-dollar property also will have a rooftop terrace, spa and restaurant featuring modern Native American foods. It will be built behind the current Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, which the company operates, and share that hotel's pool, ballrooms and chapel.

Room will start at $150 a night.

It's designed by Gensler, the design firm that changed L.A.'s cityscape with the 54-story tower that's the Ritz-Carlton Hotel near L.A. Live. Heritage also operates Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, the Lodge at Santa Fe and five other hotels in New Mexico.

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