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The Don Room at El Cortez opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1927, nestled atop San Diego’s prestigious Cortez Hill, this carefully restored landmark has been hosting San Diego ‘s finest events for nearly 100 years.

The Don Room at El Cortez opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1927. Nestled atop San Diego’s prestigious Cortez Hill, this carefully restored landmark has been hosting San Diego’s finest events for nearly 100 years. Deemed as one of the best San Diego historic wedding venues and a first-class corporate event venue, The Don Room offers a luxurious, gorgeous setting for you and your guests to celebrate the most special occasions worthy of the finest location in the city. With exquisite lighting, a “Lounge Line”, terrace trees, exclusive details and quality furniture, adornments and decorative accents, there is no better venue in San Diego for your special event than The Don Room. The classic, stunningly beautiful room is ideal for any type of event, from cocktail parties, corporate meetings and of course, weddings. We can accommodate up to 230 guests, and have pre-determined placement layouts for various sizes of groups to ensure the utmost in space and comfort.

The Don Room

Events in the Don Room at El Cortez represent attention to detail well considered and carefully planned. We offer the finest and most experienced event services to keep you stress-free and able to focus on other matters regarding your function. Food and beverage is important to the success of an event and we offer a wide array of signature drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic and add a warmth of spirit. Our caterers will present your favorite menu options beautifully presented. Set a lively mood of your San Diego wedding or special event with one of our preferred disc jockeys, and enlist the services of one of the many professional photography artists recommended by our Don Room experts. We provide recommendations for invitations and floral designers as well, all of whom have shown a great respect for the intimate nature of The Don Room and are always professional.

The Terrace

The Terrace provides 10,000 square feet of room for your guests to mingle and chat as they delight in the ambiance of the urban fireplace. If it is your wedding that brings you to El Cortez, the fountain is a popular focal point for brides and grooms, or join in celebration under a grand gazebo. Your décor may include elements such as an arbor, rose topiary, hurricane candles to light a path, and even man-made snow! Guests can mingle in between The Don Room and The Terrace, making the most of their time, while celebrating your special day.

Contact The Don Room Today

Known as one of the most beautiful wedding venue locations in San Diego, The Don Room promises an event to remember! When you book your event with The Don Room, we ensure that everything is perfect, and guarantee that even the most discerning guest on your invite list will enjoy a fun, memorable and magnificent time. Contact The Don Room now to get started!


“I fell in love with the Don Room when I saw a video at the Bridal Bazaar. I knew this is where I wanted to get married and my dream came true. Kathi & Jessica were helpful. If you’re looking for a classy & beautiful venue, Don Room at the El Cortez is the one.”
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“What’s not to love?! The Don Room was so incredibly beautiful! We fell in love with it the moment we walked in. Kathi helped us with the different options, days, times, prices etc. She was very nice and always quick to return my calls and emails with any questions I had. The room is perfect for weddings. I’d highly recommend having your wedding there!”
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