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The Rotunda by The Fairmont San Jose

San Jose , CA
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LOCATION

200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113 US (map)

PHONE

408-998-3990

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Create your special event at The Rotunda by Fairmont San Jose. Distinctive and dramatic modern architecture suited for those looking for something unique. The glass Rotunda and white... Read more
Create your special event at The Rotunda by Fairmont San Jose. Distinctive and dramatic modern architecture suited for those looking for something unique. The glass Rotunda and white interior provide a blank palette for your event designs.

The Fairmont San Jose’s professional wedding and social event planners, service staff, and culinary team overseeing every detail for a seamless event.


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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
100
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall
Describe the style of your venue
City, Modern, Garden
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?
300
What event services do you offer?
Cake, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Outside Cake OK
What event items are available?
Chairs
What food and beverage items are available?
Linens

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
100
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Outside Cake OK

REVIEWS

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Recently Married
3.5/5.0
I haven't had my wedding there yet so can't really comment on it until after it occurs. The space is very airy and bright so I think you will need very little $ to decorate and just let the venue speak for itself. Our event coordinator is responsive to emails and all the costs are transparent. My only issue is that we when reserved the date, it happened to be the same weekend as a race through downtown. I wish we were warned of this since the race goes right pass the Rotunda and starts/ends in front of the Fairmont. Will update review once the wedding happens to provide details on everything else.
I haven't had my wedding there yet so can't really comment on it until after it occurs. The space is very airy and bright Read more...
I haven't had my wedding there yet so can't really comment on it until after it occurs. The space is very airy and bright so I think you will need very little $ to decorate and just let the venue speak for itself. Our event coordinator is responsive to emails and all the costs are transparent. My only issue is that we when reserved the date, it happened to be the same weekend as a race through downtown. I wish we were warned of this since the race goes right pass the Rotunda and starts/ends in front of the Fairmont. Will update review once the wedding happens to provide details on everything else. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.1/5.0
San Jose City Hall staff were very professional and organized. They communicated with us through emails about everything we need to know for our event. They answered all of our questions promptly. They set up our floor plans and communicated the details with all our vendors. Jennifer, the coordinator, was especially helpful on the day of the event. She was there to make sure things were on track. She even volunteered to help out when we were a little behind with our decorations. The only thing we didn't like about the Rotunda was that there were many restrictions due to the fact that it is a public facility. Other than that, the facility is beautiful and modern. Our guests really enjoyed the venue. The pictures turned out really great!
San Jose City Hall staff were very professional and organized. They communicated with us through emails about everything Read more...
San Jose City Hall staff were very professional and organized. They communicated with us through emails about everything we need to know for our event. They answered all of our questions promptly. They set up our floor plans and communicated the details with all our vendors. Jennifer, the coordinator, was especially helpful on the day of the event. She was there to make sure things were on track. She even volunteered to help out when we were a little behind with our decorations. The only thing we didn't like about the Rotunda was that there were many restrictions due to the fact that it is a public facility. Other than that, the facility is beautiful and modern. Our guests really enjoyed the venue. The pictures turned out really great! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
Jennifer at the rotunda worked with us to make our day a smooth and awesome experience! Though there were a few nuances to the planning that we were unaware of, she helped timely and appropriately navigate through all the details and worked with our caterers and other vendors to ensure the details were all handled with excellence. Though the approved list of caterers is not as extensive as one might like, they were all reasonable and it probably reduces the amount of trouble that can arise with unfamiliar caterers or vendors.

The rotunda itself is a beautiful venue in late summer due to the lighting, although it can provide a comfort issue for guests if they're sitting near the outer edges (we had the AC on and so we either had guests who were too hot or too cold). The bamboo garden used for caterers is spacious enough for preparation and the security and the layout are also very good. The only troubles with the rotunda have to do with timing the lighting and figuring out a good speaker layout for audio, since glass does cause acoustic noise.
Jennifer at the rotunda worked with us to make our day a smooth and awesome experience! Though there were a few nuances to Read more...
Jennifer at the rotunda worked with us to make our day a smooth and awesome experience! Though there were a few nuances to the planning that we were unaware of, she helped timely and appropriately navigate through all the details and worked with our caterers and other vendors to ensure the details were all handled with excellence. Though the approved list of caterers is not as extensive as one might like, they were all reasonable and it probably reduces the amount of trouble that can arise with unfamiliar caterers or vendors.

The rotunda itself is a beautiful venue in late summer due to the lighting, although it can provide a comfort issue for guests if they're sitting near the outer edges (we had the AC on and so we either had guests who were too hot or too cold). The bamboo garden used for caterers is spacious enough for preparation and the security and the layout are also very good. The only troubles with the rotunda have to do with timing the lighting and figuring out a good speaker layout for audio, since glass does cause acoustic noise. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We put together a wedding within a month at the Rotunda. Despite the city having many specific rules, they worked with us to allow us a lot of flexibility and create the event in the way we wanted. A large part of this is Jennifer Garcia, who is the most awesome event coordinator. Jennifer is extremely professional and helpful in every way. She responded to all our questions and was flexible in working with us to make any adjustments. The Rotunda overall is a beautiful setting and we highly recommend the facility and staff.
We put together a wedding within a month at the Rotunda. Despite the city having many specific rules, they worked with us Read more...
We put together a wedding within a month at the Rotunda. Despite the city having many specific rules, they worked with us to allow us a lot of flexibility and create the event in the way we wanted. A large part of this is Jennifer Garcia, who is the most awesome event coordinator. Jennifer is extremely professional and helpful in every way. She responded to all our questions and was flexible in working with us to make any adjustments. The Rotunda overall is a beautiful setting and we highly recommend the facility and staff. Read less
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Sharon
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Jennifer Garcia in Event Services to make the day special was truly a delight. The day of the event (a wedding) the staff was on time, helpful, professional and took extremely good care of any needs that arose.
Working with Jennifer Garcia in Event Services to make the day special was truly a delight. The day of the event (a Read more...
Working with Jennifer Garcia in Event Services to make the day special was truly a delight. The day of the event (a wedding) the staff was on time, helpful, professional and took extremely good care of any needs that arose. Read less
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Sandy
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
San Jose City Hall's Rotunda Building was absolutely gorgeous! This venue was worth every dollar we put in!! From the rentals to the lighting to management of the entire event - everything was flawless. Jennifer Garcia, the events manager, was continuously in communication with us. She ensured that everything will run smoothly on the Rotunda's end on the day of our wedding and she surely followed through on everything we contracted for. Moreover, she had back-up plans in place should anything go wrong. We received raving reviews from our family, friends, and guests about how beautiful the venue was. We are glad to have done our wedding there and would definitely make recommendations to other people!
San Jose City Hall's Rotunda Building was absolutely gorgeous! This venue was worth every dollar we put in!! From the Read more...
San Jose City Hall's Rotunda Building was absolutely gorgeous! This venue was worth every dollar we put in!! From the rentals to the lighting to management of the entire event - everything was flawless. Jennifer Garcia, the events manager, was continuously in communication with us. She ensured that everything will run smoothly on the Rotunda's end on the day of our wedding and she surely followed through on everything we contracted for. Moreover, she had back-up plans in place should anything go wrong. We received raving reviews from our family, friends, and guests about how beautiful the venue was. We are glad to have done our wedding there and would definitely make recommendations to other people! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
1.0/5.0
I DO NOT recommend this venue to anyone. Working with the City is like pulling teeth - no one in the office communicates with other departments. We had all these random charges at the last minute for all these city fees that we were not informed about earlier. Additionally you have to use a list of their approved caterers - which is what we did, and our caterer was running a fraud business and ran off with several thousand dollars - which the city has not addressed. The venue has SOO much red tape you have to follow and the red tape changes arbitrarily. Find another venue - this venue is not even remotely worth the hassle you will have to endure. I regret signing the contract for this venue - which is in no means cheap either.
I DO NOT recommend this venue to anyone. Working with the City is like pulling teeth - no one in the office communicates Read more...
I DO NOT recommend this venue to anyone. Working with the City is like pulling teeth - no one in the office communicates with other departments. We had all these random charges at the last minute for all these city fees that we were not informed about earlier. Additionally you have to use a list of their approved caterers - which is what we did, and our caterer was running a fraud business and ran off with several thousand dollars - which the city has not addressed. The venue has SOO much red tape you have to follow and the red tape changes arbitrarily. Find another venue - this venue is not even remotely worth the hassle you will have to endure. I regret signing the contract for this venue - which is in no means cheap either. Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
The people working at Rotunda were a pleasure to work with. They were very helpful, straight forward, and understanding. They are great with emails, which worked best for me as I was planning the wedding while working. I thought the value was great, as the venue is extraordinary and not as expensive or complicated as San Francisco. We had no problems with security or parking. Our vendors did not have any complaints about working at the Rotunda (lighting, florist, cake, catering, tables, linens). We had to choose from a lister of preferred caterers and our caterers delivered 100% on the day of.
The people working at Rotunda were a pleasure to work with. They were very helpful, straight forward, and understanding. Read more...
The people working at Rotunda were a pleasure to work with. They were very helpful, straight forward, and understanding. They are great with emails, which worked best for me as I was planning the wedding while working. I thought the value was great, as the venue is extraordinary and not as expensive or complicated as San Francisco. We had no problems with security or parking. Our vendors did not have any complaints about working at the Rotunda (lighting, florist, cake, catering, tables, linens). We had to choose from a lister of preferred caterers and our caterers delivered 100% on the day of. Read less
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mother of the bride
Wedding:
6/9/2012
4.2/5.0
The San Jose City Hall Rotunda is a gorgeous venue, full of light, space and style--just what we were looking for our wedding party. (We held the ceremony a couple of weeks before in another state.) We filled the space with multiple food stations, tables for sitting at, a jazz band, displays about the bride and groom, lots of candles and flowers...and our family and friends loved the celebration!

Jennifer and Connie, the event coordinators, offered very helpful expertise and support all along the way, from recommending caterers to providing tables to providing parking information we should share with our guests.

A few things we learned along the way: there is a limited list of approved caterers; there is limited space/equipment in the pantry (so we needed to rent the courtyard and a tent for our caterer); there are requirements for event insurance; there are strict windows of time for set-up/clean-up, etc. These all add to the cost and complexity of planning....but in the end, it was worth it for us.

All in all, the Rotunda is a beautiful venue for a memorable celebration!
The San Jose City Hall Rotunda is a gorgeous venue, full of light, space and style--just what we were looking for our Read more...
The San Jose City Hall Rotunda is a gorgeous venue, full of light, space and style--just what we were looking for our wedding party. (We held the ceremony a couple of weeks before in another state.) We filled the space with multiple food stations, tables for sitting at, a jazz band, displays about the bride and groom, lots of candles and flowers...and our family and friends loved the celebration!

Jennifer and Connie, the event coordinators, offered very helpful expertise and support all along the way, from recommending caterers to providing tables to providing parking information we should share with our guests.

A few things we learned along the way: there is a limited list of approved caterers; there is limited space/equipment in the pantry (so we needed to rent the courtyard and a tent for our caterer); there are requirements for event insurance; there are strict windows of time for set-up/clean-up, etc. These all add to the cost and complexity of planning....but in the end, it was worth it for us.

All in all, the Rotunda is a beautiful venue for a memorable celebration! Read less
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jasminaut
Wedding:
8/21/2010
4.1/5.0
Everyone was very helpful and responsive, but keep a few things in mind here. The event coordinator is a coordinator, not a wedding planner -- they will make sure you have everything you need from the facility, but they do not work for you the way a wedding planner does. On the day of your wedding, you will need someone else to keep guests to your schedule and keep your vendors coordinated. But they had great recommendations for vendors that really helped out with those things on the day of the wedding.

I highly recommend going with vendors that have worked at that location before just to reduce the amount of paperwork and headache of coordinating with all of the legal regulations. It is essential to pick a good DJ or get live music so you don't pierce your guests ears or drown out the music with bass. Most DJs don't realize the huge difference between playing in a concrete hall and a glass dome. We splurged on the DJ to get someone who had a degree in sound engineering and it turned out really well. A friend of mine got a live band and that turned out beautifully.

We were able to save quite a bit of money because our caterer allowed us to purchase our own alcohol that they served for us from an open bar. I loved that it's not a hotel, so I didn't have to block rooms or sign crazy one-sided contracts (make sure you read the fine print for any hotel contract -- you're signing up for a lot more than you would think!)

All in all, there's more work required here than some other wedding sites because you have to cover more bases and get the vendors coordinated to make sure you have all the plates, linens, chairs, tables, mics, etc. that you need, but it's a beautiful venue and it was totally worth it for me!
Everyone was very helpful and responsive, but keep a few things in mind here. The event coordinator is a coordinator, not Read more...
Everyone was very helpful and responsive, but keep a few things in mind here. The event coordinator is a coordinator, not a wedding planner -- they will make sure you have everything you need from the facility, but they do not work for you the way a wedding planner does. On the day of your wedding, you will need someone else to keep guests to your schedule and keep your vendors coordinated. But they had great recommendations for vendors that really helped out with those things on the day of the wedding.

I highly recommend going with vendors that have worked at that location before just to reduce the amount of paperwork and headache of coordinating with all of the legal regulations. It is essential to pick a good DJ or get live music so you don't pierce your guests ears or drown out the music with bass. Most DJs don't realize the huge difference between playing in a concrete hall and a glass dome. We splurged on the DJ to get someone who had a degree in sound engineering and it turned out really well. A friend of mine got a live band and that turned out beautifully.

We were able to save quite a bit of money because our caterer allowed us to purchase our own alcohol that they served for us from an open bar. I loved that it's not a hotel, so I didn't have to block rooms or sign crazy one-sided contracts (make sure you read the fine print for any hotel contract -- you're signing up for a lot more than you would think!)

All in all, there's more work required here than some other wedding sites because you have to cover more bases and get the vendors coordinated to make sure you have all the plates, linens, chairs, tables, mics, etc. that you need, but it's a beautiful venue and it was totally worth it for me! Read less
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