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Club Del Monte at Monterey's Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey Wedding Venue
1 University Circle
Monterey, California 93943
Contact: Catering
Phone: 831/656-1049

Why We Like This Place

Club Del Monte is an Art Deco jewel set amongst 25 acres of sprawling lawns dotted with oak, cypress, and pine. Constructed in 1926 as an elegant hotel, the building resembles a Spanish-Moorish citadel and has a gently commanding air. Frequented for decades by celebrities and socialites, the hotel was finally acquired in 1951 by the Navy for its Postgraduate School. Today, this illustrious landmark is once again making an impression, this time as a standout special occasion venue.

Your guests will feel like royalty when welcomed with cocktails in the Quarterdeck Lounge. This majestic lobby was built on a palatial scale, with soaring 30-foot ceilings, crosshatched with hand-painted wooden beams. Two 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 glittering Barbara McNitt Ballroom for a formal dinner-dance, and be transported back to the era when movie stars like Jean Harlow and Clark Gable danced the night away inside these very walls. Then as now, the room's main attraction was an ornately tiled wall fountain with cascading water, quite the glamorous statement piece—especially when backlit with colorful lighting. Elaborate tilework bordering floor-to-ceiling arched windows at either end of the room brings the Moorish influence inside, and gives the Ballroom a spicy, exotic ambiance. Other Art Deco details include the lacy plasterwork ceiling, huge wrought-iron chandeliers and matching wall sconces.

The Ballroom opens onto a Veranda that overlooks European-inspired rose gardens and the Peacock Lawn, a favorite site for wedding ceremonies. Stretches of grass offer spacious seating, while manicured hedges, an occasional peacock and the stately building form a handsome backdrop for exchanging vows.

Smaller gatherings might celebrate on La Novia Terrace, a sun-splashed venue that's wonderful for an open-air ceremony or cocktail hour. This terrace adjoins La Novia Room, similar in elegance to the Ballroom but on a more intimate scale. Its rich wood trim and hand-painted wooden ceiling beams are distinctively vintage touches. Finally, the mid-sized El Prado Banquet Room has a grand, historic feel, enhanced by the cherrywood dance floor, dark wood beams and arches that surround your event in high style. Beautiful chandeliers and coordinating sconces bathe the space in a soft, warm luster.

Club Del Monte holds a treasure trove of site options, along with noteworthy catering; and as you'd expect from a naval facility, everything here is top rank.

Note: Since this is a military facility, private events require prior approval. Please contact the Catering Department for more information.



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

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 600
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 1000
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 400


  • Max. Seated: 600

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.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Ballroom holds 600 seated at rounds of 10 or 500 seated theater-style; the La Novia Room holds 80 at rounds of 10, 75 theater-style. The El Prado seats 140.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

For weddings and receptions, a nonrefundable deposit of $550–1,600 (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 starts 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 the catering services required.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: in-house, 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
Cleanup: provided
View: of lawns and gardens

Venue Views

Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
College Campus/School
Historic/Landmark Building


Alcohol: in-house, 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

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