Small Group Meeting Locations in New Mexico
Small Groups, Big Opportunity
Partitioned rooms may be the norm, but consider selecting something different for your next event.If you’ve ever attended a small meeting or retreat before you know these events are usually relegated to a section of a larger ballroom meaning air walls and little or no natural lighting.
But that doesn’t have to be the case.
Make it Unique
Meetings with history – Casa EsenciaThis 300-year-old historic adobe home adjacent to Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, the flagship Heritage Hotels & Resorts conference hotel, feels anything but old. Yes, there are historical elements; you can see some of the original adobe bricks and the floorplan of connecting rooms surrounding a courtyard exemplifies traditional hacienda homes, but from the modern sculptures by Yuri Zararain and line drawings by Amy Stein to the elegant furniture and state-of-the-art lighting, Casa Esencia is the ideal small group meeting location in New Mexico for a sleek but quirky-in-a-good-way meeting space.
The larger rooms comfortably fit conference setups for 20 people. The smaller rooms feature couches and easily fit two or three rounds, perfect for breakouts, group discussions or a setting to meet and mingle. The outdoor spaces feature a reflecting pool, water features and intimate seating. Hotel Albuquerque provides exciting catering options, AV and guest rooms for events at Casa Esencia.
Intimate Dinners with a Vintner’s Flair – Wine Room at El Monte SagradoEscape to the Mediterranean in New Mexico! The secluded Wine Room at Taos' El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa offers the perfect setting for intimate dinners. This elegant room fits up to eight guests surrounded by stores of some of the best vintages. (Bonus: Be sure to visit the restrooms off the Wine Room, perhaps the resort’s best kept secret. Cork wood walls and sinks with fossilized fish won these restrooms awards.)
Presentations are at Home in a Chapel – San Isidro de Capilla & La Capilla de OroWhat better venue for a presentation or lecture, presentation or concert than a chapel? Our non-denominational chapel at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, San Isidro de Capilla, offers space for about 150 attendees apart from the main conference hotel space. This chapel features great acoustics, rustic wood pews and a clean-palette interior suitable for any kind of presentation. AV and other services are provided by Hotel Albuquerque.
In Santa Fe, Eldorado Hotel & Spa’s chapel, La Capilla de Oro, offers a modern space with natural lighting easily accessible from the hotel’s main conference area. This non-denominational chapel also makes a lovely setting for a reception or private dining area, and features movable and removable seating and a standout, hand carved altar piece and wonderful acoustics. Customizable colored LED lighting allows groups to set their own mood. AV and other services are provided by Eldorado Hotel.
Mixing Business with Entertainment – Maria Benitez Cabaret TheatreThe Maria Benitez Cabaret Theatre at the Lodge at Santa Fe makes a fun, out-of-the-box venue for a reception for board members and their guests, especially if there’s going to be live music or a show. The theater usually plays host to dance, theater and other performances, but makes a great venue for award shows and media-heavy presentations.
Stay Together but Separately
Rent Out Your Own Inn – Palacio de MarquesaFor a true getaway, think about renting an 8-room inn nestled in a quiet neighborhood just a short walk or drive from the historic Taos Plaza, museums and Taos Pueblo. Palacio de Marquesa features sleek and elegant rooms and suites while maintaining that comfortable feel of home. One suite features its own library for small meetings. A spacious living room and dining room located in the main house opens into a lush garden popular for receptions.
Rent Out Your Own Hotel Floor - Hotel Chimayo de Santa FeHotel Chimayo de Santa Fe boasts a fantastic Presidential Suite – a favorite among our past celebrity guests – for meetings or entertaining. This two-bedroom space also features a complete living room and balcony. The suite can be connected with other rooms and suites to allow your group to remain together while enjoying separate space.
Hotel Chimayo also offers group excursions to Taos and Chimayo, NM (home to the Santaurio de Chimayo, called the “Lourdes of America,” and the culinary delicacy heirloom red chile).
Take it Outdoors
Poolside with a Side of History - Nativo LodgeArguably the most unique spot for a board reception is the teepee at Nativo Lodge, in Albuquerque. This authentic teepee located near the indoor-outdoor pool offers a secluded area to mix and mingle along with a great outdoor space to enjoy the 310 days of sunshine Albuquerque is known for.
Rooftop Views of Historic Santa Fe – Eldorado Hotel & SpaThe Presidential Suite and adjoining rooftop patio at Eldorado Hotel & Spa are great spots for receptions and small dinners. The Santa Fe Mountains, whose aspen trees turn a beautiful gold in autumn, provide the backdrop for the perfect rooftop experience in Santa Fe.
Poolside & Fireside – Hotel Encanto de Las CrucesIf a poolside tropical paradise is what you desire (without the high prices of extended travel), then consider bringing your board to Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces for a resort feel without the resort fees. Towering palm trees surround an picturesque pool, and guests can cozy up to the fireplace and fire pits on the terracemaking it a wonderful venue for a formal dinner or more casual reception.
Rooftop Views of the SandiasOpening in 2017, Hotel Chaco, adjacent to Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, offers the height of luxury when it comes to guest rooms and reception spaces. This Gensler-designed hotel pays architectural homage to the Ancestral Puebloan people of Chaco Canyon (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Park). The rooftop restaurant and lounge will provide unsurpassed views of the Sandia Mountains, which glow with pinks and oranges at sunset. Hotel Chaco will share larger conference space as well as the pool with Hotel Albuquerque.
Urban Gardens - Pavilion & Portale at Hotel Albuquerque at Old TownThe lush outdoor pavilion at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town is a favorite spot for weddings and receptions. This flower- and vine-covered trellis offers beauty and shade just outside the elegant Fireplace Room – itself a great indoor room for hosting small groups. An L-shaped portale, or covered patio, surrounds an events lawn and makes a wonderful setting for luncheon or dinner.
People-Watching in Santa Fe – Loggia at Hotel St. FrancisThe covered loggia patio in front of Hotel St. Francis, fronting on Don Gaspar Ave., is a popular place to gather and work out business. Pair the space with Secreto Lounge, famous for its garden-to-glass cocktails, and you have the recipe for success.
Hotel St. Francis also offers group excursions to Taos and Chimayo, NM (home to the Santaurio de Chimayo, called the “Lourdes of America,” and the culinary delicacy heirloom red chile).