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Garden Court Hotel

Downtown Palo Alto Wedding Venue
520 Cowper Street
Downtown Palo Alto, California 94301
Contact: Events Manager
Phone: 800/824-9028, 650/323-1912

Special Offer or Discount

Qualifying wedding couples will receive both of the following:

  • Complimentary Wedding Night Stay
  • Complimentary Honeymoon: A 7-consecutive-night stay at any Vincci Hoteles location (excluding USA properties). Deluxe sister hotel locations include Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Canary Islands, Tunisia and many more. This offer extends through your first year of marriage, ending on your anniversary date. 

These offers are subject to availability. Upgrades are available for an additional fee.

Why We Like This Place

Garden Court Hotel is the only luxury boutique hotel in Downtown Palo Alto, and it's an excellent choice for a local or destination wedding. Nestled on a treelined street and designed around an open-air courtyard and fountain, the venue has a contemporary-chic, elegant ambiance and provides an amazing backdrop for your special event. Their professional staff is also renowned for personable service with extraordinary attention to detail.

All of the hotel's event spaces offer a relaxed, indoor/outdoor flow and may include fire, a fountain or lighting as individual features or in combination—the ideal mix of amenities for California-style entertaining. You can gather around the fire for s'mores, float flowers in the fountain, hang lanterns overhead along with the existing string lights or showcase your personal style by adding your own special touches. Celebrations hosted in the Courtyard Ballroom on the ground floor often begin around the adjacent patio and fountain, where your signature cocktail and passed hors d'oeuvres are served. Then guests are invited into the spacious ballroom for the main reception, leaving the courtyard open for guests to enjoy a respite after dinner and during dancing.

The newly renovated Grove Ballroom on the second floor boasts floor-to-ceiling arched windows on three sides. An outdoor balcony runs the length of the room and overlooks downtown Palo Alto and a lush landscape design. Guests are free to step outside to mix and mingle before, during and after the main event in the ballroom. Several unique spaces on this floor can be used to set up a specialty dessert station or bar.

At Garden Court Hotel, the guest experience is well thought out: With the venue's prime location in the immediate city center, your family and friends will have access to plenty of entertainment options between organized activities, and they'll find a variety of cafes and shops nearby. Plus, there's an energetic, high-tech vibe to the whole town.

A complimentary wedding-night stay at Garden Court Hotel and a complimentary honeymoon in Spain (offered through their Spanish partnerships; certain requirements and restrictions apply) are available for qualifying couples.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 210
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 230
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 300
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 200

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Grove Ballroom accommodates 210 seated or 290 standing. The Courtyard Ballroom holds 120 seated or 200 standing.

EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: For a reception, various rooms accommodate 8–230 seated or 8–300 standing. For a meeting, the hotel seats 8–60 conference-style or 8–200 theater-style. Removable dividing walls can vary the room size.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

A nonrefundable deposit based on your event is due at the time of booking, when a payment schedule for the estimated event balance is also determined. The final payment is due 10 days prior to your event. Facility fees vary depending on the day of the week and event space reserved. Menu and beverage packages range $65–95/person. A 20% service charge and tax are additional.

Facility fees for meetings and corporate events vary based on group size, room(s) selected and catering requirements. Please call for more details; a customized estimate and an event packet will be sent directly.

Location Uses

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


Catering: in-house

Kitchen Facilities: n/a

Tables & Chairs: provided

Linens, Silver, etc.: provided

Restrooms: wheelchair accessible

Dance Floor: provided

Bride's Dressing Area: CBA, extra fee

AV/Meeting Equipment: full range CBA, extra fee

Parking: complimentary valet, large lot, free street parking on weekends

Accommodations: 62 guest rooms and suites

Outdoor Night Lighting: yes

Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no

Cleanup: provide

View: open-air courtyard and fountain or Downtown Palo Alto

Venue Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility


Alcohol: in-house or BYO wine and champagne; corkage per bottle applied

Smoking: outside only

Music: amplified OK indoors only, outdoors acoustic music only

Wheelchair Access: yes

Insurance: not required

Other: no birdseed or rice

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