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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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Rishona
Wedding:
12/6/2015
5.0/5.0
Our ceremony in The Don Room was pretty amazing. The room decorates itself and the shape of the space makes it feel both intimate and spacious at the same time. The cocktail hour was fun on the Terrace, the lighting and lounge options that were setup gave it that extra sparkle, especially as the sun set. Jessica did a great job at coordinating day of both her crew and managing the vendors. You could feel that she was eager to help and make our vision come to life. We flipped the room during cocktail hour for the reception and on our sneak peek, everything looked beautiful and just the way we wanted it. We loved that there was both inside/outside and our out of town family could enjoy the fantastic San Diego weather and see a bit of downtown. We planned the wedding from another coast and it was great to have Jessica's insight and coordination throughout the planning and especially day of. The venue is amazing with an even more fantastic staff. If we could choose again we would totally choose El Cortez.
Our ceremony in The Don Room was pretty amazing. The room decorates itself and the shape of the space makes it feel both Read more...
Our ceremony in The Don Room was pretty amazing. The room decorates itself and the shape of the space makes it feel both intimate and spacious at the same time. The cocktail hour was fun on the Terrace, the lighting and lounge options that were setup gave it that extra sparkle, especially as the sun set. Jessica did a great job at coordinating day of both her crew and managing the vendors. You could feel that she was eager to help and make our vision come to life. We flipped the room during cocktail hour for the reception and on our sneak peek, everything looked beautiful and just the way we wanted it. We loved that there was both inside/outside and our out of town family could enjoy the fantastic San Diego weather and see a bit of downtown. We planned the wedding from another coast and it was great to have Jessica's insight and coordination throughout the planning and especially day of. The venue is amazing with an even more fantastic staff. If we could choose again we would totally choose El Cortez. Read less
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Rochele
Wedding:
11/22/2015
5.0/5.0
Jessica and the team at El Cortez were amazing! Our wedding this past Sunday was absolutely perfect. We had more than a few personal touches we wanted to add to our wedding and everything went off without a hitch. Jessica and the team were so attentive to our needs and well as our guests, we can't thank them enough for a truly spectacular wedding day!
Jessica and the team at El Cortez were amazing! Our wedding this past Sunday was absolutely perfect. We had more than a Read more...
Jessica and the team at El Cortez were amazing! Our wedding this past Sunday was absolutely perfect. We had more than a few personal touches we wanted to add to our wedding and everything went off without a hitch. Jessica and the team were so attentive to our needs and well as our guests, we can't thank them enough for a truly spectacular wedding day! Read less
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Martha
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
This was an absolutely gorgeous place for my daughter's destination wedding in October. The ballroom did not require much decoration, in fact less is better. We had tall, all white, flower arrangements as centerpieces, which was perfect for the high dark/gold beautifully carved ceilings.

The staff was wonderful. Jessica Beiringer from sales, was quick to answer any questions and provided EXCELLENT service whenever we called her. The "day of" staff were very friendly and everything ran smoothly.

It was a beautiful warm day and evening, so having such a large outside terrace for our guests to enjoy was wonderful. You must use their preferred caterers, but they were also great to work with. We used Abbey Catering (which is yet another good review to be written about them). Chairs and tables must be booked through Tavolo Chaise and we had Best Beverage Catering for the drinks. Again, excellent company to work with. They provided 2 bartenders for over 225 guests, so they were kept busy, but they kept on smiling to the end.

The venue is downtown, but parking was not an issue as we made arrangments with The Holiday Inn Express (which is directly across the street) They were able to provide parking to our guests for $8 (a great price for downtown)

We went over budget on the overall wedding, but I am very happy we took the leap and chose The Don Room. It was money well spent and every penny worth it. My daughter and her husband couldn't have been happier. Our guests are still talking about the day and how much they enjoyed themselves at such a beautiful location.
This was an absolutely gorgeous place for my daughter's destination wedding in October. The ballroom did not require much Read more...
This was an absolutely gorgeous place for my daughter's destination wedding in October. The ballroom did not require much decoration, in fact less is better. We had tall, all white, flower arrangements as centerpieces, which was perfect for the high dark/gold beautifully carved ceilings.

The staff was wonderful. Jessica Beiringer from sales, was quick to answer any questions and provided EXCELLENT service whenever we called her. The "day of" staff were very friendly and everything ran smoothly.

It was a beautiful warm day and evening, so having such a large outside terrace for our guests to enjoy was wonderful. You must use their preferred caterers, but they were also great to work with. We used Abbey Catering (which is yet another good review to be written about them). Chairs and tables must be booked through Tavolo Chaise and we had Best Beverage Catering for the drinks. Again, excellent company to work with. They provided 2 bartenders for over 225 guests, so they were kept busy, but they kept on smiling to the end.

The venue is downtown, but parking was not an issue as we made arrangments with The Holiday Inn Express (which is directly across the street) They were able to provide parking to our guests for $8 (a great price for downtown)

We went over budget on the overall wedding, but I am very happy we took the leap and chose The Don Room. It was money well spent and every penny worth it. My daughter and her husband couldn't have been happier. Our guests are still talking about the day and how much they enjoyed themselves at such a beautiful location. Read less
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Macey
Wedding:
8/29/2015
5.0/5.0
There are TONS of wedding venues to choose from in San Diego! All of which are stunning and beautiful! The Don Room at the El Cortez is one of them. For my fiance (now husband) and I the moment we drove up to the building and then entered the lobby and walked into the actual Don Room - we KNEW - we had found our venue. Being built in the 1920's the building set the tone for the tone of our wedding. The ceiling of the Don Room is spectacular and the circular room creates an intimacy you won't find else where.

Jessica Beiriger - the point of contact for weddings at the Don Room is very helpful and PATIENT! She knows how to handle brides and is the perfect combination of supportive and assertive.

I wish I could get married all over again - and my wedding was only last weekend!

Still walking on rainbows !
There are TONS of wedding venues to choose from in San Diego! All of which are stunning and beautiful! The Don Room at the Read more...
There are TONS of wedding venues to choose from in San Diego! All of which are stunning and beautiful! The Don Room at the El Cortez is one of them. For my fiance (now husband) and I the moment we drove up to the building and then entered the lobby and walked into the actual Don Room - we KNEW - we had found our venue. Being built in the 1920's the building set the tone for the tone of our wedding. The ceiling of the Don Room is spectacular and the circular room creates an intimacy you won't find else where.

Jessica Beiriger - the point of contact for weddings at the Don Room is very helpful and PATIENT! She knows how to handle brides and is the perfect combination of supportive and assertive.

I wish I could get married all over again - and my wedding was only last weekend!

Still walking on rainbows ! Read less
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David
Wedding:
8/28/2015
5.0/5.0
We just had out wedding at El Cortez and loved it! We had a destination wedding so we were trying to limit having to decorate as much as possible. The venue is beautiful and just a few up-lights really helped make the Don Room a great reception location. We also hired Jessica as our D.O.C. and she did an AMAZING job! The best money we spent the entire wedding was on her. She helped make sure everything day of ran smoothly and efficiently!
We just had out wedding at El Cortez and loved it! We had a destination wedding so we were trying to limit having to Read more...
We just had out wedding at El Cortez and loved it! We had a destination wedding so we were trying to limit having to decorate as much as possible. The venue is beautiful and just a few up-lights really helped make the Don Room a great reception location. We also hired Jessica as our D.O.C. and she did an AMAZING job! The best money we spent the entire wedding was on her. She helped make sure everything day of ran smoothly and efficiently! Read less
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Anthony
Wedding:
7/25/2015
5.0/5.0
We fell in love with the Don Room as soon as we walked in! Then, once we saw the outdoor terrace we were blown away! This venue has it all, history, romance, beautiful architecture, and it is unique!

Jessica was amazing to work with, and Joe (Tavolo Chaise) made everything run smoothly. Our wedding was absolutely perfect, and because of the attention to detail, we had no stress leading up the big day.

Our guests raved about the venue, and we would recommend The Don Room to anyone looking to get married in San Diego.
We fell in love with the Don Room as soon as we walked in! Then, once we saw the outdoor terrace we were blown away! This Read more...
We fell in love with the Don Room as soon as we walked in! Then, once we saw the outdoor terrace we were blown away! This venue has it all, history, romance, beautiful architecture, and it is unique!

Jessica was amazing to work with, and Joe (Tavolo Chaise) made everything run smoothly. Our wedding was absolutely perfect, and because of the attention to detail, we had no stress leading up the big day.

Our guests raved about the venue, and we would recommend The Don Room to anyone looking to get married in San Diego. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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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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DEALS

FALL SUNDAYS IN THE DON ROOM, THE PERFECT TIME OF YEAR!
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Redeem In-Store   $200 Value
Book a Sunday in October or November, 2016 and receive $3.00 off in house rentals. Lighting packages excluded from offer.

Offer Expires: 09/30/2016
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