Albuquerque Native American Architecture & Design at Nativo Lodge

The look and feel of Nativo Lodge is distinct from other unique hotel designs in the country, as well as other Albuquerque historic hotels. The aesthetic of Nativo Lodge celebrates a mix of North American Native American cultures. This diversity can be seen in our several specially designed Artist Guest Rooms and throughout the hotel.

By drawing inspiration from inside and outside Albuquerque, Native American architecture at Nativo Lodge is evident in its outdoor teepee and the beautifully carved and brightly-colored totem poles that greet guests before they enter. Rock and wood detailing in the grand lobby speak to the natural world, and the cathedral ceiling with natural lighting gives a feeling of being out in the wide open. The grand lobby is watched over by a towering Shaman, whose dual faces can be seen close up from the lobby’s grand staircase. The multi-level lobby, including its mezzanine, afford guests several views of each piece of the unique hotel design’s pieces. Stand beside the towering Shaman who watches over the Grand Lobby and feel like you’re soaring into the sky as you ride in our glass-enclosed elevator.

The Grand Lobby is only a gateway to the Albuquerque historical hotel’s marvels. Several Native American artists shared their talent and their views on art, culture and spirituality by creating a number of this Native American-designed Albuquerque, NM accommodations and artwork.

Learn more about our unique hotel design’s elements and come see them for yourself!

  • Totem Poles - Totem Poles are representative of Native Americans from the Pacific Northwest. Our totem poles create a distinctive and welcoming sight. 
  • Entrance Pot - The large vessel just to the side of our entrance was created in the style of pottery from Acoma Pueblo.
  • Teepee - The grand teepee adjacent to the indoor-outdoor pool speaks to Native Americans of the continent's Great Plains. Teepees are mobile - easily constructed and deconstructed.
  • Shaman - The towering Shaman, called Destino Humano (Human Destiny) and crafted by Horacio Cordova, could also be considered a "medicine man" who foretells human destiny. 
  • Dragonflies - Dragonflies are important to the Zuni as messengers to the spirit world. They are also a sign of water. Dragonflies are a prominent theme of the carved wood detailing created by Gregory Lomayesva around the lobby and restaurant.
  • Hopi Sun - The Hopi Sun - with its eyes closed - is depicted throughout carved wood detailing around the lobby.
  • Drum - During PowWows men gather around large drums, like the one in our lobby.
  • Baskets - The baskets are woven so tightly that they may be used to carry water or other liquids. Similar baskets may be purchased around Albuquerque and New Mexico.
  • Dreamcatchers - Five dream catchers created by Robert D. Nez hang above our Mezzanine. They depict the Hopi Sun Face (Giver of Life), Rain Cloud Motifs, The Badger Claw, The Hopi Bird and Turtle Holding a Cloud.
  • Rugs - Rugs hanging around the Mezzanine are museum-quality Navajo rugs, illustrating the natural reds and beiges dyed by the rugs' weavers.
  • Carpet - In our unique hotel, designs for guest room carpeting come from Navajo chief blankets.
  • Painting by Ehren Kee Natay - See a painting by artist Ehren Kee Natay hanging on the left side of the second floor landing.