ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) â€” A seminal Albuquerque motel along the historic Route 66 is set to reopen after an $18 million upgrade.
KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports Albuquerque's El Vado Motel is preparing for its grand opening and will start renting rooms this week.
The face-lift of the storied El Vado motor lodge in Albuquerque includes a boutique hotel, a new mixed-use building next door and an events center.
The lobby of the pre-World War II hotel will have a taproom that will feature local brews.
General Manager Carrie Confair says construction took about a year and a half to complete
The original motel opened in 1937. It's among the sites highlighted by the National Park Service as a historically significant example of the automobile tourism that sprouted up along Route 66.