The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Just eight minutes from the Albuquerque International Airport, Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has everything a bride and groom need to have the wedding of their dreams. There are multiple indoor and outdoor venues to choose from and the property really wows with its combination of historic elements and modern-day conveniences. Below is a list of ceremony and reception spaces that to-be-weds have available to them.
Alvarado Ballroom. The largest space within the property is the Alvarado Ballroom. It measures an astounding 14,000 square feet and features 22-foot ceilings that make the room seem even bigger. All who enter this space love the hand-stamped tin chandeliers, historic photographs that adorn the walls and southwestern decor, such as the Navajo carpeting. The room can be used for large indoor ceremonies or a big reception.
The Franciscan Ballroom. Just 3,796 square feet, the Franciscan Ballroom is much more intimate for smaller ceremonies and receptions. The room is decorated with the Pueblo Deco period in mind, which means couples discover wooden chandeliers and Native American layered ceiling tiles. This grand space's biggest feature, however, is its hand-forged wall sconces that are carved to resemble thunderbirds.
Pavilion and Gardens. When it comes to outdoor spaces, you can't beat the pavilion and surrounding gardens. There's plenty of space for up to 300 of your closest friends and family members and it truly wows with its impressive water fountains and Spanish-style gardens. Couples are welcome to use the rose arbor to say their vows and photographers are encouraged to take plenty of first-look photographs in this space.
The Fireplace Room. Take a look at The Fireplace Room, which provides the right atmosphere for a cocktail hour in between the ceremony and reception. The wood floors decorated with Native American rugs provide warmth, while the ceiling vigas and latillas add sophistication to the room. In addition to the pottery pieces on display, the fireplace is truly captivating. There are doors in this room that open up to the pavilion and gardens, which makes them a great pair when booking more than one space.
Casa Esencia. Listed on the National Historic Registry, this picturesque 18th-century adobe home is begging to be photographed. In addition to an excellent spot to take pictures, the space is excellent for a cocktail hour or small reception. There are hardwood floors and intricate architectural details to admire.
San Isidro de Capilla. Couples who prefer to get married in a traditional chapel love San Isidro de Capilla. This non-denominational southwestern-style chapel has a vaulted beam ceiling and decorative wooden pews. There's a beautiful stage with a draped trellis to say your vows under while 156 guests watch.
What You Should Know
All catering for your cocktail hour and evening reception is done by Garduño's at Old Town Restaurant & Cantina. The culinary team is known for its ability to cook the most mouthwatering Mexican dishes. Couples are welcome to meet with the chef to discuss possible menu items. A few suggestions for popular hors d'oeuvres include a shrimp avocado cocktail, chicken quesadillas and a Mexican Cobb salad. For the main entree, you may wish to serve grilled salmon and mango salsa, a 10-ounce rib-eye steak with shrimp diablo or a grilled chicken taco. The on-site restaurant also has a bar, so all of your adult beverages are handled by the catering team as well.
Couples are given the assistance of a wedding planner immediately after booking the venue and a wedding concierge the day of the event. The bride and groom may provide additional decorations if they wish; however, many of the rooms and spaces are so elegant that they really don't need much in the way of decor. The front desk staff is more than happy to hand out gift bags. There's no need to worry about setting up tables and chairs either, as the hotel staff has everything ready for you when you arrive. It also handles the cleanup afterward.
As an added perk, the facility has 188 guest rooms and suites available for booking. The bride and groom can retreat to a suite after the reception and out-of-town friends and family have a comfortable place to stay while in town. A few more perks associated with a rental at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town include the following:
- Handicap accessible
- Wireless Internet available
- Liability insurance
- Fitness center
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Complimentary parking
- Hot tub
- Free historic walking tours
From the Vendor
On-site Southwestern Wedding Chapel & Best Venues
With more than 62,000 square feet of event space, including two grand ballrooms, we offer an unforgettable backdrop for your most important day. The centerpiece is our 19th-century style non-denominational chapel which seats 156 wedding guests under a soaring vaulted beam ceiling, the San Isidro de Capilla.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Historic Venue, Hotel, Restaurant, Tented
Food + Catering, Planning
Hotel ABQReviewed on 10/28/2014 Vieng B
Liz Robinson is phenomenal! Hotel Abq was a great venue for our small, intimate wedding of ~60 guests. We used the outside pavillion in early October for the ceremony and the fireplace room for our reception and it was the perfect size. Liz made sure all the details were perfect so that everyone could enjoy themselves during our ceremony. The food at the reception was delicious. We would highly recommend this location for anyone seeking a hotel venue.
Hotel AlbuquerqueReviewed on 7/21/2011 Samantha S
It was hands down the best place in Albuquerque to have a wedding. The hotel is beautiful, the outside garderns incredible and the wedding chapel romantic. The food was delicious and the service impeccable!
As the mother of the groom and clueless about how to plan a wedding in eight weeks for two professional people, I am eternally grateful to Beth Schelling at Hotel Albuquerque. I am experienced in planning and attending many banquets through the years. But I have never encountered a more professional coordinator. Beth is innovative, helpful, unflappable..a true professional. We had guests with special dietary restrictions, vegans, and children. Her response to every request was "no problem, we'll take care of it." I cannot give her enough praise. Also, the entire staff at Hotel Albuquerque was amazing. They were polite, friendly and helpful. Well done.
Amazing Venue!Reviewed on 12/09/2015 Rebecca W
We had our ceremony on Nov 14 outside in the Pavilion and our reception in the Franciscan Ballroom. Liz Robinson was so responsive and helpful throughout the whole planning process. Once the wedding weekend arrived, Hotel Albuquerque took care of every last detail! Everyone was so professional and made sure everything was exactly how we envisioned it. Almost all of our guests were from out of town and they had nothing but great things to say about the hotel. Not only was the venue great, the pricing was incredibly reasonable and our guests raved about the food. It was the most fun and least stressful weekend of my life thanks to Hotel Albuquerque!
Hotel AlbuquerqueReviewed on 6/21/2015 Laura H
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Hotel Albuquerque on 5/24/2015. The wedding and reception were beautiful and our guests had a great time! We had our ceremony in their outdoor pavilion and it was gorgeous! Their food is awesome and was just as good at the reception as it was at our tasting. The wedding coordinator, Liz Robinson, is very professional and on top of everything and overall great to work with. She did a great job helping us through the planning process and making sure we weren't forgetting anything. The only small issues we had were with minor details. My name was spelled incorrectly on the signs outside of the reception room, my mom was given the wrong linens when she went back the day after the wedding to pick everything of ours up, and some of our items (our cake topper and a few other items for the reception our families had brought) were misplaced and our cake was mistakenly thrown away. We would definitely recommend having your wedding at Hotel Albuquerque! Our only advice is to be specific with what you want done with things after the reception so that you're on the same page with the banquet staff.
Hotel AlbuquerqueReviewed on 9/21/2014 Michele G
You could not have a more beautiful place to have your wedding. We had ours ceremony outside in the Pavilion and reception in the Spanish Gardens. It was just beautiful with all of the greenery and flowers. Liz Robinson does such a great job in helping and overseeing everything. I had an unforgettable wedding that everyone will be talking about and I had no worries the day of. If I did have one tiny complaint, it would be our wedding concierge, at times we felt like we were on her timetable and not ours. Other than that I cannot not say enough about Hotel Albuquerque! Just an overall wonderful venue!
Lovely ChapelReviewed on 9/01/2014 Barbara L
We used Hotel Albuquerque Chapel for our ceremony and it was such a lovely setting. The chapel worked well for us because we didn't need to decorate it to much and it was large enough to accommodate all our guests. I was a little disappointed with having to wait for earlier scheduled wedding to be done and the place was not cleaned up upon our arrival.
Wedding VenueReviewed on 7/18/2014 EJ P
Ceremony was held outside in Pavilion...just beautiful. Reception/dinner/dance was held inside in Alvarado Ballroom...great setup, food, etc. The staff was great throughout whole planning process and day-of event...Liz and Ashley made it all go smoothly. No stress on the bride or groom.
Exceptional reception, horrible hotel roomReviewed on 8/25/2013 Marisa D
Hotel Albuquerque is a beautiful venue with service to match. I was a little skeptical when it came to quality as we ordered 250 plated filets for dinner, but they proved us wrong. Dinner was absolutely fantastic and each guest commented to us about how wonderful the food and service was. Hotel Albuquerque has a fantastic special events/banquet department, however the hotel accommodations leaves a lot to be desired. The front desk forgot to hand out our gift bags to people checking in, but they did make the situation right by providing breakfast to all our hotel guests. The hotel rooms are outdated and all smell like they have been smoked in. There's no central A/C and the cleanliness of the room is substandard.
FunReviewed on 8/14/2013 Adriana S
We used the hotel to celebrate my bachlorette party. We were not able to get conjoining rooms. They were not willing to cooperate with us to make sure that our stay was exactly what we wanted. The rooms were nice, and it was a good location of a couple places to go out.
Beautiful minus the people wanderingReviewed on 7/08/2013 Lauren T
We had our ceremony out in the pavillion. It was absolutely beautiful and everyone enjoyed it. The only negative was while we were trying to take pictures afterwards...the hotel let its guests and artists wander around, meaning we were constantly asking people to move (and some of our pictures ended up with people in them!). When you pay that much for a space, you would expect them to keep people out for the 2 hours you have it. Overall, very beautiful and scenic...maybe just ask that other guests be kept out!
Beautiful June WeddingReviewed on 7/03/2013 Heather S
I absolutely love Hotel Albuquerque. The hotel is absolutely beautiful, the staff is super friendly, and they are so on top of their work that I had no worries on my special day. Liz Robinson is THE BEST coordinator I have ever had the privilege working with. Because of this amazing woman, I had an unforgettable wedding that everyone will be talking about and I had no worries the day of. I say this out of sincere honesty, even though the service can get a little pricey depending on what you want, it is ABSOLUTELY worth every penny. Thank you Liz and Hotel Albuquerque for making my wedding unforgettable!!
Beautiful VenueReviewed on 6/14/2013 Michelle R
Everything came together on our special day. We didn't have any issues with the banquet staff or the hotel. The food was delicious and the service was good.
Great Cerimony SpaceReviewed on 5/30/2013 Katy D
Used the chapel, and I didn't decorate much to preserve the simplicity and beauty of the space. My coordinator changed three times though, and the wedding concierge that was provided was the best out of all of them. Would do it again. Communication to others about the wedding block of rooms wasn't the best ever though.
BrideReviewed on 4/08/2013 CINDY M
Overall the staff was great! They let us in early and the wedding cordinator Cindy was so sweet! She took care of the music for us and made sure we were ready to go! She kept us informed of the time and the amount of people in the chapel. The staff after the ceremony in the hotel was just as nice! We ended up renting a suite there and it was perfect! If you are looking for a nice place with great staff and a pretty scene then you have to have your wedding there!! They are great!!
Ceremony and ReceptionReviewed on 2/02/2013 jenny h
Great place for both! The staff was great, food was great, and all my guests had a great time!
Nice, but would not recommendReviewed on 12/06/2012 Cassandra H
Chapel was lovely, and wedding concierge that helped with rehearsal was very nice. The catering department sent a cheese tray to the bride and groom room, accompanied by sparkling cider. Are we teenagers? In order to get two real bottles of champagne we paid $84 to the hotel. After spending so much money on the chapel rental at the hotel, I would have thought more care would have been put into our ammentities. Also, there is no exit to the outside from the bridal room in the chapel, so the bridal party was forced to wait outside "hidden" for 45 minutes, in the freezing cold, so that no one got sight of us. It's the little things that really stick out in your mind; something so nice, dampened by things that were overlooked. My bridesmaids and I got ready in the "bridal suite" in the hotel. The room was ridiculously hot and having my hairdresser have to do my hair and makeup in this chair made out of tree branches was hard on my back and overall just uncomfortable. The room was shabby and needs to be modernized.
Beautiful ReceptionReviewed on 11/15/2012 Katie
Hotel Albuquerque was the best place I could have had my reception. They took care of everything! The food was amazing! The reception ballroom was decorated beautifully. I left some of my own decorations with instruction and they followed them perfectly. They were very accommodating for my other vendors! We also had the bridesmaid luncheon there too! Plus the honeymoon suite was beautiful.
A wow factor!Reviewed on 11/11/2012 Mary P
what an awesome experience! The Hotel event planners work with you on every single detail to provide an overall amazing experience. The Chapel they have is so amazingly gorgeous didn't even need decorations! The hotel also provided a 5 star meal! I had a great time and our guests were very impressed!
Venue-great, service-horrible!Reviewed on 11/05/2012 Heather O
I had my ceremony and reception at their outdoor pavilion. The venue was phenomenal and I am SO glad I chose to get married at Hotel ABQ. However, their service was horrible. They say one thing and do another. Make sure you get EVERYTHING in writing or you will most likely regret it later. They are super expensive for what they offer and when I think about how much money we gave them for them to run an event so horribly it makes me sick. If you choose to get married there, make sure you give them a very detailed outline for everything you want on your wedding day! Although, I did that for them and they still got everything wrong... so good luck!
Happy BrideReviewed on 11/02/2012 Jackie B
Overall we had a good experience with Hotel Albuquerque. They worked with our budget and we got exactly what we wanted. Our wedding was absolutely beautiful and the food was delicious. Our only complaint was we had a cash bar and the ATM wasn't working and the hotel said there was nothing they could do about it. So, I would suggest making it part of your contract if possible so that you make sure your guests can get cash for the bar if they wish to do so.
Gorgeous chapel and wonderful staff!Reviewed on 10/02/2012 Katie B
Cindy and Liz made our day amazing and flawless!
beautifulReviewed on 8/10/2012 Letitia S
Staff was very helpful. The ceremony and reception was outside and it was gorgeous! They had it together the whole time. There were a few glitches on the wedding day, but pretty much what you would expect might go wrong. My only complaint would be the swamp coolers were not equiped to deal with the amount of guests, and a few of the rooms were extremely hot. But the pool is great! I recommend the Ice Luge at the ceremony too...
Decent but Talk to the Right PeopleReviewed on 8/14/2011 Ashby A
It was pretty good. The food was wonderful and the room was amazing. The one thing I would say is if you want anything specific done make sure to talk to the manager overseeing and not one of the staff. That was our mistake.They also had champagne in the room when I'm allergic to alcohol and I had made that clear at the tasting. Easily fixed however.
VenueReviewed on 6/14/2011 Ruth H
Our experience with Hotel ABQ was, for the most part, very good. The staff and coordinator were very open to negotiation and customization. The food was also very good. All our guests enjoyed the filet, salmon, and stuffed chix menu. Our only trouble happened the day of the wedding. My wedding party had to push the staff to get the reception site set up before the ceremony started, and our coordinator was not there that day. She had a stand in, but she never introduced herself to me. Also the bridal suite was prepared by my bridal party, not the cleaning staff. The money we payed for this venue went mostly to the ambiance and food and planning before the day, not necessarily the customer service the day of.