Why You'll Love This Place
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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.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- $1,000/event and up
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Space reserved
- $115/person and up
The hotel's wedding packages include butler service hors d'oeuvres, beverages, linens, champagne toast, candle centerpieces, and a premium guest room.
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 200.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: For seated groups, the Fountain Courtyard accommodates 160, the George Washington Room 130, and the Wishing Well Courtyard 64.
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.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- On-Site Accommodations Details
$ • $$
Year-round, daily. Weddings, 11am–4pm or 6pm–11pm; business functions, 8am–5pm or 6pm–11pm.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- Resort / Spa
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Fountain / Water Feature
- Pool Area
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
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
But take note of the following limitations!
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified within limits
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
This venue is so versatile!
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