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Marriott International

September 24, 2013 16:27 ET

International Balloon Fiesta Takes Over Skies Near Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North Hotel Offers Closest Accommodations to the Festival Grounds

ALBUQUERQUE, NM--(Marketwired - Sep 24, 2013) - Fall is known for its rich colors, but changing leaves are what often come to mind. In New Mexico, the season brings another option to view a beautiful color palette with the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, happening just minutes from the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North hotel.

From October 5th through the 13th, the sky surrounding these Albuquerque accommodations will be filled with colorful hot-air balloons of all shapes, sizes and hues. The annual event draws thousands from around the globe, from enthusiasts to spectators, and is a favorite with families.

The week-long event features flying competitions, special-shaped balloon events, morning glows and spectacular mass ascensions. The latter, held Saturdays and Sundays at 7am, are a true highlight. Balloons launch just minutes from this Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta hotel at the 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park, where an on-the-ground festival also takes place featuring entertainment, food, fireworks and contests. Festival attendees, especially little girls, should keep their eyes open for Saige Copeland, Doll of the Year. Saige is a fan of hot-air balloons and loves to soar above the Sandia Mountains with her father. 

This hotel near Albuquerque airport offers guests the nearest full-service hotel to Balloon Fiesta Park, and as an official event sponsor, it goes all out to create a festive atmosphere for guests. Its 10-story atrium is home to a Balloon Gondola, and mornings feature a complimentary "Grab and Go" breakfast for early risers heading out to the launch site. Families will enjoy the hotel's ice cream socials and football nights, and the High Desert Lounge will be offering balloon-themed drink and appetizer specials throughout the festival. Many hotel guests are also treated to a view of the balloons from their room at some point during the festival, due to the "box" pattern of wind currents.

For more information about the festival, visit To book festival accommodations, visit the hotel website at, or call 1-800-262-2043.

About the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North Hotel
At the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North hotel, guests will find themselves minutes from what matters most, whether it's the Journal Center Business Complex and UNM or the historic Old Town and Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. No matter what brings a visitor to the hotel, each one will find a stay that's suited to their needs. Spacious, luxurious accommodations feature plush bedding, a 32-inch flat-screen LCD TV, executive desk and high-speed Internet access. Conveniently located on I-25 and near Albuquerque airport, the hotel is a top choice for hosting meetings and events, and offers 18 indoor and outdoor spaces spread across 27,000 square feet. Its largest Ballroom space can host up to 1,800. A business center is available to prepare documents and make-last minute changes to an important presentation. Guests can maintain a healthy body and mind at the indoor/outdoor pool and fitness center. The hotel offers various options for dining in Albuquerque including High Desert Lounge, featuring locally inspired cocktails and a robust menu, and Sandia Grill, a contemporary restaurant serving a daily breakfast buffet and nightly dinner specials; both venues offer complimentary high-speed Internet access.

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