Hotel Chaco Part 2: An Inspired Design

“From the moment you enter, your senses will be activated and you will know you are in a very special place.” That’s what award-winning interior designer Kris Lajeskie says about Hotel Chaco, Albuquerque’s newest luxury hotel.

Hotel Chaco, a Heritage Hotels & Resorts property, is inspired by the mystique and grandeur of Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was a major center of Pueblo and Native American culture for thousands of years, with its height of activity between roughly 900 and 1150 AD.


Rendering of Hotel Chaco’s circular and inspired lobby design

Lajeskie, founder and principal of firm Kris Lajeskie Design, drew her inspiration for the hotel’s design from the true artisan nature of indigenous artisans. She carefully curated her vision for the hotel’s soothing communal spaces and high-end yet tranquil guest rooms by looking to natural elements for materials, colors and textures.

The result is a blend of luxury and simplicity never before experienced in a New Mexico hotel.

Lajeskie’s design brings together ancestral references – like natural wool variations employed by Navajo weavers – with contemporary materials, furnishings and original artwork by artists including sculptor Roxanne Swintzell, painter Tony Abeyta and painter Mateo Romero.

Guests enter the lobby through a narrow circular vestibule and are greeted by fire and water elements on opposing walls. The circular lobby is lined with banco seating similar to structures found at Chaco Canyon. Above is a custom glass oculus surrounded by wood beams in a traditional Hogan pattern. Custom art pieces are featured throughout.

In the community room, stone pavers lie in a circular pattern representing how rain falls to earth. Stacked stone masonry throughout the main floor is highlighted with recessed rock and wood elements.

Refined guest room at Hotel Chaco

Refined guest room at Hotel Chaco

The refined guest rooms offer a soothing, neutral palette with tile flooring and original wool rugs made by experienced Navajo weavers from Toadlena Trading Post in Northwestern New Mexico.

Rooms are also equipped with 47-inch smart TVs with DRE system and Bluetooth capabilities as well as a large executive workspace and wired and wireless internet. Comfortable furnishings and high-end finishes round out the refined décor.

The overall project has a hand-crafted quality with an intense focus on materiality, texture and light.

“My mission is to evoke the spirit of Chaco Canyon through the use of coloration and materiality in the interiors,” Lajeskie says.

Hotel Chaco is now accepting individual and group bookings at

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