Monterey Wedding Venue
1 University Circle
Monterey, California 93943
Club Del Monte is an Art Deco jewel set amongst 25 acres of sprawling lawns dotted with oak, cypress, and pine. Originally built in 1880 as the grand Hotel del Monte, it was destroyed twice by fire and rebuilt. The present imposing structure (which is the 1926 incarnation) resembles a Spanish-Moorish fortress. It remained an elegant hotel until 1951, when it was acquired by the Navy for its Naval Postgraduate School. As you can see, this facility’s history is long and illustrious.
Your guests will step back in time and feel like royalty, when welcomed with cocktails in the Quarterdeck Lounge. This majestic lobby was built on the scale of a castle foyer, with soaring 30-foot ceilings which are crosshatched with hand-painted wooden beams. Two stately rows of stone columns grace both sides of the room, framing a towering floor-to-ceiling window that overlooks the estate-like grounds.
Proceed to the Ballroom for a formal dinner-dance; you’ll be transported back to the era when Jean Harlow, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard danced here, and when water cascaded down the room’s main attraction: an ornately tiled fountain that dominates one wall. The fountain and the elaborate tilework bordering the floor-to-ceiling arched windows at either end of the room bring the Moorish influence inside, and give the space a spicy, exotic ambiance. Other Art Deco details include the lacy plasterwork ceiling, huge wrought-iron chandeliers, and matching wall sconces. French doors opening onto the terrace and overlooking the European-style rose gardens are the finishing touch.
For a buffet luncheon or catered business meeting, La Novia Room, with plaster walls and rich wood trim, offers the elegance of the ballroom but on a more intimate scale. It opens onto La Novia Terrace, an atrium with a rustic brick fireplace, window benches and a brick floor. There are outdoor settings, too. The lawn works well for a romantic Victorian wedding. Club Del Monte offers a treasure-trove of site options, and as you’d expect from a naval facility, everything here is top rank.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The facility accommodates up to 400 seated or standing guests on the lawn.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, several rooms hold 25–600 seated or 25–1,000 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Ballroom holds 600 seated in rounds of 10, 500 seated theater-style; the La Novia Room holds 90 in rounds of 10, 75 theater-style.
For weddings and receptions, a $550–1,600 nonrefundable deposit, depending on the room reserved, is required to book the facility. 75% of the estimated event total is payable 4 weeks prior to the function, and the balance is due 1 week prior.
Catering is provided starting at $45/person, with a $3/person cake-cutting fee. Wine, champagne and a 19% service charge are additional.
Weekday meeting fees vary depending on catering services required.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes, additional fee
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: on-base lot; weekday carpooling recommended for large events
Accommodations: military or Department of Defense cardholders only
Outdoor Night Lighting: no
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: of lawns and gardens
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, no BYO
Smoking: outside only, 20 feet away from building
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed, glitter, confetti, bubbles or wall decorations
Year-round, daily. Weddings can be booked 11am–4pm or 6pm–11pm; conferences or other special events, 7am–4pm or 6pm–11pm. Extra hours are available for an additional charge.
Alternate Info: Club Del Monte at Monterey Naval Postgraduate School