Lafayette, California 94549
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Why We Like This Place
Few hotels are given any kind of special recognition, so the fact that the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa is one of the few in the East Bay to have received a Four Diamond Award should tell you something: namely, that they maintain an impeccable standard of comfort, ambiance and service. With its distinctive architecture—dormers, shuttered French windows, and peaked roofline—this local landmark looks like a French chateau. Behind its high walls, European charm abounds in lovely courtyards, a variety of event spaces, and a luxurious full-service health spa.
Just by walking around the hotel, you're struck by how its design and décor make you feel welcome. In the atrium-like lobby, sunlight streams in through windows 60 feet overhead, illuminating the sweeping oak staircase and white marble floor. On cool days, the couches in front of the oversize fireplace are the obvious place to relax. The warmth of wood is everywhere—even in the intricate inlaid floors in front of the elevators.
Step outside into the sunny Fountain Courtyard, and you quickly realize how idyllic this spot is for a ceremony or champagne reception. Enclosed by the golden walls of the hotel, the space becomes an Old World plaza with a trickling limestone fountain in its center, ringed by potted trees, clinging ivy and flowers.
From the Fountain Courtyard, it's a short walk inside to the Independence Ballroom where larger receptions and parties are held. The coffered ceiling is outfitted with handmade crystal chandeliers and spot lighting, which can be adjusted to create any mood.
Smaller ceremonies take place upstairs in the Wishing Well Courtyard. Named for the rose-entwined stone wishing well in its center, this petite patio is also embraced by the hotel's walls. As you gaze up at the shuttered windows, wrought-iron balconies and clinging ivy, you once again feel like you're in the middle of a French countryside inn. That European flavor carries over into the nearby George Washington Room, a more intimate reception space. Here, the Early American/French décor features gilt-framed mirrors, marble-topped consoles and a deep green carpet set off by fleur de lis border designs.
The Diderot Library, with its packed bookshelves, 18th-century marble fireplace mantel and hardwood floor, is custom-made for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, brunches and executive meetings.
A wonderful Lafayette Park amenity is their European Day Spa. In addition to providing an appealing selection of face and body treatments, the Spa features a fitness pavilion, a pool, a seasonal poolside café, an outdoor fireplace and a spa. The bride and her attendants will not be able to pass up an opportunity to indulge here before and even after (why not!) the Big Day. Everyone staying overnight will appreciate the nicely appointed rooms, many of which have their own wood-burning fireplaces. The hotel also offers a complimentary premium room for the honeymoon couple, and special rates for wedding guests.
Melding European elegance with California comfort, the Lafayette Park Hotel is indisputably one of the East Bay's favorite locations for weddings and special events.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 130
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 160
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 220
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 230
- Max. Seated: 200
CEREMONY CAPACITY: For seated groups, the Fountain Courtyard accommodates 160, the Wishing Well Courtyard 64, and the George Washington Room 130.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The hotel can accommodate 24–150 seated or 30–200 standing guests indoors, and 60–220 seated or 50–230 standing outdoors. The Independence Ballroom and Courtyard combined hold 300 seated or 350 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: A variety of spaces seat 15–200 theater-style, or 8–45 conference-style.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
25% of the total wedding cost is due as a nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit to secure your date. The hotel's wedding packages include butler service hors d'oeuvres, beverages, linens, champagne toast, candle centerpieces and a premium guest room. The rental fee starts at $1,000 and varies depending on the spaces reserved. Wedding packages start at $115/person. Tax and service charges are additional. Fees for business functions vary depending on overnight rooms, services and menus selected.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride's Dressing Area: CBA
AV/Meeting Equipment: full range
Parking: complimentary self-parking, valet available
Accommodations: 138 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: courtyard and pool
Other: event coordination
Venue ViewsFountain/Water Feature
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified within limits
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required