Universal City, California 91608
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Why We Like This Place
A gleaming tower that rises up from the back lot of famed Universal Studios Hollywood, the Sheraton Universal has provided a swank place to stay for an impressive roster of actors and actresses. Celebrity patrons have earned it the nickname “The Hotel of the Stars,” and a similar moniker could be applied to its most spectacular wedding spot—the Starview Room on the 21st floor. In this case, however, “The Wedding Site of the Stars” derivesits sparkle not from Hollywood’s brightest, but from the heavenly bodies glittering in the night sky.
A botanical haven, the Starview Room is a glassed-in aerie with wraparound views of the Hollywood Hills and the San Fernando Valley as far as the eye can see. At night, twinkling lights in the ceiling compete with the great L.A. Basin light show.
If a sky-high perch isn’t what you had in mind, the first floor offers a series of handsome banquet facilities, starting with the Grand Ballroom. It features rich woodwork, beveled mirrors, sparkling chandeliers, and carpeting in subdued shades of taupe and ocean blue. The Ballroom’s foyer—aptly named the Great Hall—is a terrific prefunction space, with six crystal chandeliers and floor to-ceiling windows framed in flowing, sheer white fabric. They overlook a garden ringed with magnolia trees. You can tie the knot in the Grand Ballroom, although some couples prefer to have their ceremony outside in the garden.
There are several other spacious banquet rooms, all with a similarly refined décor. And for a small wedding, you might want to reserve the Terrace Room, which opens onto a terracotta patio next to the pool.
The Sheraton Universal offers a full range of gourmet menus that can be customized for each client—and it’s one of the few event sites in L.A. that can provide glatt kosher catering. As we discovered, there’s a great deal of choice and flexibility here, and this is one place where the sky is, quite literally, the limit.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 300
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 500
- Max. Seated Indoors: 850
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 500
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 1200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 600
- Max. Seated: 1200
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Starview Room seats 300 guests indoors and the Ballroom Garden seats 500 outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoor spaces accomodate 150–850 seated or 250–1,200 standing. Outdoors, the site holds up to 500 seated or 600 standing.
MEETING CAPACITY: 3 areas accommodate 150–1,200 seated guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For weddings, a nonrefundable $4,500 deposit is payable within 10 days of your receipt of the contract. The guest count guarantee and the balance of all estimated charges are due 4 days before the event. Each event is customized; reception luncheons start at $44/person, dinners at $54/person. Alcohol, tax and a 22% service charge are additional. For ceremonies, there is a $1,000 charge.
For business functions and meetings, rental fees vary depending on room(s) and services selected, guest count and time frame; call for more specific information.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, 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: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: full range, in-house audiovisual company
Parking: self-parking or valet, extra charge
Accommodations: 451 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: city view from Starview Room; San Fernando Valley skyline, Hollywood Hills skyline
Kosher: glatt kosher kitchen
Other: event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Alternate Info: Sheraton Universal City, Sheraton Shearaton Universal