Club Del Monte at Historic Hotel Del Monte 1 University Circle • Monterey • CA 93943


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

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 the elegant Hotel Del Monte, 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 foyer. 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, 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.

And in case a beach wedding ceremony is on your wish list, then you'll love Crocker's Cove, which overlooks the Monterey Bay. Club del Monte's event staff can even throw up their party tent so you can host an outdoor beach reception, too!

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.


Beautiful + Spacious Beach, Ballroom, & Lawn Event Sites are Social Distance Ready!
The historic Club del Monte has three amazing spots to spread out and enjoy your special day:

  • Both Peacock Lawn and the waterfront Crocker’s Cove host outdoor ceremonies and receptions.
  • Or bring the party indoors to the huge 10,000sf ballroom, where 250 guests can dine at a reasonable distance—and dance on the 900sf dance floor, too!

It gets better: Book your wedding at Club del Monte, and they'll include a free champagne toast with your wedding package. Cheers!

The Club’s experienced event team will help arrange your wedding in a way that’s memorable while observing the most current safety guidelines. Contact Melanie for more details:, 866-992-6779.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $450–4,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of day
    • Space reserved
Meals (when priced separately)
  • $70/person and up
Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 23%
Additional Info
  • Weekday meeting fees vary depending on the catering services required.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 0 400
Cocktails, etc. Standing 1000 400
Reception Seated 600 150
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 600.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The facility accommodates up to 400 seated or standing guests on the lawn, and Crocker's Cove accommodates up to 150 for a beach ceremony.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, several rooms hold 25–600 seated or 25–1,000 standing. The tent at Crocker's Cove holds up to 150.

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

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • On-Site Accommodations

Essential Info


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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible

  • Year-round, daily.
  • Weddings can be booked 11am–4pm or 6pm–11pm; conferences or other special events, 8am–4pm or 6pm–10pm.
  • Extra hours are available for an additional charge.
  • Please note that Crocker's Cove and Peacock Lawn are only available May 1-September 30.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • College Campus / School
  • Garden
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Beach Wedding Ceremony
  • Unique
  • Hotel

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Ocean / Bay

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Dressing Areas: yes, additional fee
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: on-base lot; weekday carpooling recommended for large events
Accommodations: 217 rooms, active or retired military, their families or their sponsored guests only
Cleanup: provided
View: lawns, gardens, Monterey Bay


But take note of the following limitations!

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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