About Us

Steeped in New Mexico’s rich heritage, Casa Esencia redefines entertaining. The fully furnished, full-service Albuquerque event venue features approximately 8,000 square feet of elegant rooms for up to 298 people. The hacienda offers guests a variety of unique spaces to socialize and celebrate.

Located across from Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Casa Esencia is locally operated by the parent company Heritage Hotels & Resorts. The expert professional catering and special events team at Hotel Albuquerque ensures every special event at Casa Esencia is flawless. 

Casa Esencia features 17 different indoor and outdoor rooms with elegant contemporary decor and historic architectural elements. Relax in an elegant, serene setting while your guests wander through various private rooms, patios and courtyards during graceful wedding receptions, corporate functions or intimate gatherings. Listen to live music, a customized playlist, satellite radio or just the trickle of water from our fountains for a serene and sophisticated Albuquerque, New Mexico event. Enjoy the aromas from dramatic food displays throughout the venue. Sip our Mixologist’s unique cocktails and taste the delectable creations from the customized menu. 

Our Hotel Albuquerque Special Events Manager can coordinate every aspect of your event from start to finish. Experience a contemporary, glamorous and refined event unlike any other.

Casa Esencia History

Originally built in 1783 by Salvador Armijo, Casa Esencia is one of New Mexico’s most historic buildings and a landmark with the National Register of Historic Places since 1976. Originally a privately owned hacienda, the building’s architecture was typical of the time with thick adobe walls, an absence of windows and an enclosed courtyard. Over the years, the building saw multiple renovations including the addition of windows and a wing which allowed the Armijo family to rent rooms to generate additional income.

In 1977, after almost 200 years of ownership and residence, the Armijo family sold the building to the Tinnie Mercantile Company of Roswell, NM. The Maria Teresa restaurant, named after a coin, opened later that year. The property changed hands several times before local restaurateur, Larry Guitierrez of Little Anita’s restaurant in Old Town, purchased the building in 1993. The restaurant doors closed in 2004 and the property sat empty until Heritage Hotels and Resorts purchased the building in November 2008. 

Casa Esencia was extensively renovated by Heritage Hotels & Resorts with a modern interior and carefully maintained historic architectural elements. This beautiful and important New Mexico landmark reopened as the exclusive private events venue Casa Esencia in 2009 and since then it has earned the reputation as being the most elegant special events venue in the state.