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Hotel Whitcomb

San Francisco Wedding Venue
1231 Market Street
San Francisco, California 94103

Contact: Catering Department
Phone: 415/487-4439, 415/487-4478
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Why We Like This Place

Walking through the doors of the Hotel Whitcomb, you leave behind bustling Market Street and enter the relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere of this unique turn-of-the-century boutique hotel.

As soon as you step into the lobby you’re surrounded by historic grandeur, from the polished marble foyer and the Austrian crystal chandeliers adorning the reception area to the hand-carved wood paneling gracing the high, beamed ceiling. Completed just after the 1906 earthquake, the Whitcomb was chosen by city leaders to serve as a temporary City Hall from 1912 to 1915, a shining stand-in for the building that was destroyed. The words “City Hall” were faintly etched above the hotel’s entrance for years, and some of the original jail cells are still intact in the basement.

While the hotel’s historic elements captivate visitors, contemporary amenities also abound: a Starbucks coffee shop in the lobby, free high-speed WiFi internet in guest rooms, an internet café and a fitness room. The hotel also features over 17,000 square feet of event space, with free internet access in each meeting room.

Just off the main lobby are the Whitcomb Ballroom and the Ghirardelli Room, the hotel’s two main function spaces. With its magnificent crystal chandeliers, a grand staircase for a dazzling bridal entrance, and the largest parquet dance floor in the city, the ballroom is a dream setting for a ceremony and reception. There’s even a mezzanine level from which to snap those signature photos of your celebration. The smaller, more intimate Ghirardelli Room, which is popular for rehearsal dinners, features warm, wood paneling and gold leaf accents throughout.

These rooms, however, are not just for weddings. If you’re hosting a business function, the ballroom is ideal for large keynote speeches, while the Ghirardelli Room works well for board meetings. Six smaller meeting rooms are also available.

Regardless of the type of event you hold, your guests will appreciate the hotel’s experienced catering staff, comfortable, updated guest rooms, and proximity to everything San Francisco is known for: Union Square, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Embarcadero, Chinatown, and Civic Center, which is just steps away from the hotel’s main entrance. The Hotel Whitcomb really does offer the perfect mix of vintage charm, modern amenities and world-class hospitality.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 400
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 400
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 600
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 400

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Whitcomb Ballroom holds 400 seated, and the Ghirardelli Room 100 seated guests. Some standing guests can also be accommodated.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Whitcomb Ballroom holds 400 seated or 600 standing guests, and the Ghirardelli Room up to 100 seated or standing guests.

MEETING CAPACITY: There are 6 rooms that accommodate 8–400 seated guests.

Fees & Deposits

For weddings, a deposit is required to reserve your date. The event balance is payable 14 business days prior to the event along with a guest count guarantee. Wedding packages start at $35/person; some packages include champagne toast. Menus can be customized.

For other special events and business functions, a deposit is required and varies depending on the services and menu selected. Room rental/setup fees may apply. Call for more specific information.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations


Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: suite provided with package
Meeting Equipment: full range, extra charge
Parking: garage or adjacent parking
Accommodations: 447 guest rooms, 12 suites
Telephone: pay or guest phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: n/a
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
Cleanup: provided
View: no

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Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building


Alcohol: provided
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK, midnight curfew
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: may be required

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Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year‑round, daily, anytime including holidays.

Alternate Info: Ramada Plaza Downtown

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