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El Cortez Don Room and Terrace

San Diego , CA

LOCATION

702 Ash Street, Lobby Level
San Diego, CA 92101 US (map)

PHONE

619-338-8338

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The Don Room at El Cortez is San Diego’s most beautiful space designed to embrace your most important day. Since 1927 the Don Room has not only served as host site for Presidential... Read more
The Don Room at El Cortez is San Diego’s most beautiful space designed to embrace your most important day. Since 1927 the Don Room has not only served as host site for Presidential parties and numerous special events, but it has also served to hold the delightful memories of couples who have entrusted their special day to this historic site.

The 24 karat carved ceiling imparts a golden glow over guests, and at its heart hangs the original mica glass and gilt chandelier. The intimate shape of the room gives rise to a sense of connection with your guests who have come to unite with you on your most important day. The room adjoins to a 10,000 square foot outdoor patio with an urban fireplace and gently illuminated fountain. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
20
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Glamorous, Vintage, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
400
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Outside Cake OK
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Aisle Runners, Altar/Arches, Audio Equipment, Chair Covers, Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables, Tent Accessories

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
20
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Outside Cake OK
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Private Events

REVIEWS

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Gretchen
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Gorgeous venue and the staff there (I worked with Jessica B) were so professional, responsive and helpful. They came up with great ideas and I was not stressed at all because I knew they were well equiped and experienced in providing a quality event. Everything went perfectly day of!! Thank you so much!
Gorgeous venue and the staff there (I worked with Jessica B) were so professional, responsive and helpful. They came up Read more...
Gorgeous venue and the staff there (I worked with Jessica B) were so professional, responsive and helpful. They came up with great ideas and I was not stressed at all because I knew they were well equiped and experienced in providing a quality event. Everything went perfectly day of!! Thank you so much! Read less
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Ellie
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
The El Cortez was the one and only venue we looked at for our wedding. A good friend had gotten married at the El Cortez a few years ago and she had only good things to say about the experience and I completely agree with her. I loved that the El Cortez is a San Diego landmark with a perfect location to Balboa Park for photos. The fact that our wedding is the only event of the evening made it such an intimate experience. Our ceremony on the terrace was perfect and the commute to cocktail hour was easy for guests. The Don Room speaks for itself. It does not need much decoration to make this room glow. The El Cortez made planning simple by providing outstanding vendor recommendations. Jessica, from the El Cortez worked with my husband and I to make sure that we were totally happy and organized. She was the best and it felt like I was planning a wedding with the help of a friend.
The El Cortez was the one and only venue we looked at for our wedding. A good friend had gotten married at the El Cortez a Read more...
The El Cortez was the one and only venue we looked at for our wedding. A good friend had gotten married at the El Cortez a few years ago and she had only good things to say about the experience and I completely agree with her. I loved that the El Cortez is a San Diego landmark with a perfect location to Balboa Park for photos. The fact that our wedding is the only event of the evening made it such an intimate experience. Our ceremony on the terrace was perfect and the commute to cocktail hour was easy for guests. The Don Room speaks for itself. It does not need much decoration to make this room glow. The El Cortez made planning simple by providing outstanding vendor recommendations. Jessica, from the El Cortez worked with my husband and I to make sure that we were totally happy and organized. She was the best and it felt like I was planning a wedding with the help of a friend. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were married just over a month ago at the El Cortez. We had reserved the venue almost a year and a half before the date, and during that time I exchanged many emails and phone calls with the venue coordinator, Jessica. My husband and I live in Portland (although we are both from SD), so planning the wedding and hashing out details required constant communication and quick responses from Jessica and the El Cortez team. Jessica was beyond wonderful. Additionally, we hired Jessica for "day-of" planning services, which was a great choice and was paramount to making sure the day went off without a hitch, and relieving much stress. The terrace where the ceremony took place ended up looking beautiful; the Cortez has a rental company that they work with, which made renting chairs, decor, a pergola and chandelier very simple. Once we moved into the Don Room (which is gorgeous on its own), everyone was blown away. The detail in the carved ceiling is so ornate, and the floors and chairs are so elegant. It was a wonderful, fun,beautiful, wedding thanks in large part to Jessica's professionalism and skill. I would recommend this venue to anyone- it certainly gave us the wedding of our dreams!
My husband and I were married just over a month ago at the El Cortez. We had reserved the venue almost a year and a half Read more...
My husband and I were married just over a month ago at the El Cortez. We had reserved the venue almost a year and a half before the date, and during that time I exchanged many emails and phone calls with the venue coordinator, Jessica. My husband and I live in Portland (although we are both from SD), so planning the wedding and hashing out details required constant communication and quick responses from Jessica and the El Cortez team. Jessica was beyond wonderful. Additionally, we hired Jessica for "day-of" planning services, which was a great choice and was paramount to making sure the day went off without a hitch, and relieving much stress. The terrace where the ceremony took place ended up looking beautiful; the Cortez has a rental company that they work with, which made renting chairs, decor, a pergola and chandelier very simple. Once we moved into the Don Room (which is gorgeous on its own), everyone was blown away. The detail in the carved ceiling is so ornate, and the floors and chairs are so elegant. It was a wonderful, fun,beautiful, wedding thanks in large part to Jessica's professionalism and skill. I would recommend this venue to anyone- it certainly gave us the wedding of our dreams! Read less
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Jeff
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
The Don Room at the El Cortez was the perfect place for our wedding. Jessica Beiriger was incredible kind and helpful all through the preparations. The room was so beautiful - many people told us it was the best wedding they've been too, and I'm sure the room and the terrace - also awesome - were a big part of that. I wouldn't do it anywhere else if I had to do it again. Thanks so much Jessica and everyone at the El Cortez for helping to make our day so incredible!
The Don Room at the El Cortez was the perfect place for our wedding. Jessica Beiriger was incredible kind and helpful all Read more...
The Don Room at the El Cortez was the perfect place for our wedding. Jessica Beiriger was incredible kind and helpful all through the preparations. The room was so beautiful - many people told us it was the best wedding they've been too, and I'm sure the room and the terrace - also awesome - were a big part of that. I wouldn't do it anywhere else if I had to do it again. Thanks so much Jessica and everyone at the El Cortez for helping to make our day so incredible! Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
6/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Jessica was great to work with. We had an amazing wedding.
Jessica was great to work with. We had an amazing wedding.
Jessica was great to work with. We had an amazing wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We just got married and loooooved everything about this venue! Our wedding was only 75 people, and this space was perfect. Both my husband and I are in the hotel industry (he is in banquets), so we have seen quite a few weddings. Our expectations were already high, and I must say that we were blown away by everything. We planned the wedding from Texas (where we live now), so we were a bit nervous about how everything would turn out. Jessica from the El Cortez set our minds at ease. She was very responsive and knowledgable. Everything went off without a hitch. Both our wedding and reception were in the Don Room (cocktails on the Terrace). The guests commented on how it felt very intimate and just looked beautiful. Ranch events did our catering, and they also did a great job. Our cake was amazing!!! April, the florist provided with Ranch Events, exceeded our expectations with the flowers. DJ Manny from Sound Illusions was also great, and Godfrey, our wedding officiant, was perfect as well. I would defintely do it all over again the exact way we planned. Great job El Cortez and all those involved in making our wedding day great!
We just got married and loooooved everything about this venue! Our wedding was only 75 people, and this space was perfect. Read more...
We just got married and loooooved everything about this venue! Our wedding was only 75 people, and this space was perfect. Both my husband and I are in the hotel industry (he is in banquets), so we have seen quite a few weddings. Our expectations were already high, and I must say that we were blown away by everything. We planned the wedding from Texas (where we live now), so we were a bit nervous about how everything would turn out. Jessica from the El Cortez set our minds at ease. She was very responsive and knowledgable. Everything went off without a hitch. Both our wedding and reception were in the Don Room (cocktails on the Terrace). The guests commented on how it felt very intimate and just looked beautiful. Ranch events did our catering, and they also did a great job. Our cake was amazing!!! April, the florist provided with Ranch Events, exceeded our expectations with the flowers. DJ Manny from Sound Illusions was also great, and Godfrey, our wedding officiant, was perfect as well. I would defintely do it all over again the exact way we planned. Great job El Cortez and all those involved in making our wedding day great! Read less
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Sherry
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
The Don Room at the El Cortez is beautiful. Our guests and family raved about how beautiful the ballroom was decorated. The ceiling and the floor of the Don Room is one of kind and added to the elegant theme of our wedding. The circular shape of the ballroom allowed everyone a great view of the wedding party and the dance floor. We had our wedding and cocktail reception outside in the patio and again, it was a wonderful venue for both. The fire place was an ideal area for wedding party pictures. We could not have been happier with this venue.
The Don Room at the El Cortez is beautiful. Our guests and family raved about how beautiful the ballroom was decorated. Read more...
The Don Room at the El Cortez is beautiful. Our guests and family raved about how beautiful the ballroom was decorated. The ceiling and the floor of the Don Room is one of kind and added to the elegant theme of our wedding. The circular shape of the ballroom allowed everyone a great view of the wedding party and the dance floor. We had our wedding and cocktail reception outside in the patio and again, it was a wonderful venue for both. The fire place was an ideal area for wedding party pictures. We could not have been happier with this venue. Read less
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Giovanna
Wedding:
9/30/2012
5.0/5.0
The Don Room at El Cortez was absolutely beautifully and looked amazing with the floral and all other elements. The Bride & Groom could not have chosen a better venue. Jessica Bereiger, Sales, was great to work with. Always available, attentive and reliable. Her and her team were outstanding and don't skip a beat the day of the wedding. Would recommend this venue a million times over!!!!
The Don Room at El Cortez was absolutely beautifully and looked amazing with the floral and all other elements. The Bride Read more...
The Don Room at El Cortez was absolutely beautifully and looked amazing with the floral and all other elements. The Bride & Groom could not have chosen a better venue. Jessica Bereiger, Sales, was great to work with. Always available, attentive and reliable. Her and her team were outstanding and don't skip a beat the day of the wedding. Would recommend this venue a million times over!!!! Read less
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Kerry
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I loved the Don Room and Terrace. The space is beautiful, the ornate ceiling is stunning. Aside from the beauty, we loved the space because the layout of the Don Room is a complete octagon, with the dance floor in the middle. So, all guests have a fantastic view of the action. In addition, this setup allows for the room to feel full, whether you have 75 guests or 175.
Jessica was our contact at the El Cortez. She was very receptive to our needs and easy to contact. She recommended some great vendors for us as well (Ranch Events, Best Beverage!)
Overall, we would do it again in a heartbeat. The building is full of history, and it perfectly fit our elegant and modern wedding.
My husband and I loved the Don Room and Terrace. The space is beautiful, the ornate ceiling is stunning. Aside from the Read more...
My husband and I loved the Don Room and Terrace. The space is beautiful, the ornate ceiling is stunning. Aside from the beauty, we loved the space because the layout of the Don Room is a complete octagon, with the dance floor in the middle. So, all guests have a fantastic view of the action. In addition, this setup allows for the room to feel full, whether you have 75 guests or 175.
Jessica was our contact at the El Cortez. She was very receptive to our needs and easy to contact. She recommended some great vendors for us as well (Ranch Events, Best Beverage!)
Overall, we would do it again in a heartbeat. The building is full of history, and it perfectly fit our elegant and modern wedding. Read less
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Cheri
Wedding:
6/29/2012
5.0/5.0
The terrace and Don Room were set up beautifully for our wedding/reception. Jessica was amazing to work with throughout the whole process. It could not have been better.
The terrace and Don Room were set up beautifully for our wedding/reception. Jessica was amazing to work with throughout Read more...
The terrace and Don Room were set up beautifully for our wedding/reception. Jessica was amazing to work with throughout the whole process. It could not have been better. Read less
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DEALS

EL CORTEZ DON ROOM AND TERRACE AND YOUR SUMMER WEDDING 2015!
Print Deal
Redeem In-Store   $1,000 Value
Book your wedding and or reception for June or July, 2015 and receive $1,000 off a Friday night. Contract and deposits must be completed on or prior to Tuesday, March 31st, 2015.

Offer Expires: 03/31/2015
Deal #WWd75304c966c8707c
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