3 featured reviews
Member Since: 8/16/2011
I held my 160-person reception in the Crystal Ballroom at the Eldridge. Not only is the space beautifully restored and elegant, needing only table centerpieces added for decoration, but the staff was fantastic. I realized about half way through my wedding planning what a blessing it was to have the Eldridge staff helping out. Their catering (which is required) was so tasty, and there were so many options, from more casual to quite fancy. The wedding director, Whitney Webber, was a godsend. She'd only been in the position a month when I got married, but she already had all the answers to my questions and responded very quickly to any email. The bartending and serving staff were friendly and efficient. The best part was the details they took care of so that I didn't have to worry about them: setting up and taking down the few decorations I added, taking gifts up to our hotel room, even delivering a plate of food to us at the end of night so that we could finally eat. We stayed the night in the Eldridge, too, and it's easily the most elegant hotel in Lawrence. I'd highly recommend the Eldridge to anyone!
Member Since: 3/28/2011
The Eldridge staff were amazing! Everyone was extremely helpful and went above and beyond my expectations. We held both the ceremony and our reception at The Eldridge and the staff helped out during every step of the way. The food was delicious and the service to our guests outstanding. I cannot recommend The Eldridge highly enough for your special day.
Member Since: 8/23/2010
I knew I wanted my reception at The Eldridge and I was not disappointed. We had many out of town guests come and stay in the hotel and at the Eldridge Extended. While the staff changed several times during the year we spent planning our reception, the night turned out perfectly. We had 146 guests, so three tables were in the lobby. While that sounds odd, the hotel opens the 3 sets of French doors and made everyone feel included. The food was delicious at both the cocktail hour and the sit down dinner. We had an open bar (closed during the hour dinner was being served) and the bartenders worked quickly and efficiently for the very thirsty crowd. We hired Red Door Design and they did an amazing job decorating for our black and white wedding. They work VERY well with the Eldridge staff, so it's a great match if you want an event/wedding planner and a place to have your reception. We also hired The Michael Beers Band and they rocked it. We partied until the very last minute! Everything was beautiful. The service went very well -- it helped that I was a super organized bride. Dinner service (sit down) went very quickly and efficiently. I was worried this would take a ton of time out of the dancing part of the reception, but the servers were great.
Our guests had nothing but great things to say about staying at the Eldridge. The staff even accommodated my parents by putting welcome chocolates in each person's room before they checked in. The Eldridge also gave each of our guests a "Buy One, Get One Free" appetizer coupon to use at The Jayhawker during their stay over the weekend, which was great.
There was a bit of last minute stress dealing with the set up of the room, but everyone we worked with was very willing to put in long hours to figure out a solution.
If you want an elegant and classy reception, The Eldridge is the place for you. I would not change one thing about my wedding day.
Where History and Hospitality Converge
Located in the heart of historic downtown Lawrence, The Eldridge creates the perfect backdrop for your special day. Whether you are planning a small, intimate gathering or a grand affair, the warmth and elegance of this property will delight you and your guests.
- Price Range: $$$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: No
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: No
- On the Water: No
- Tented Area: No
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: Yes
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: No
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: Yes
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: Yes
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: Yes
- Liability Insurance: No
- Site Fee: No
- Capacity: Up to 200
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Hotel/Resort, Loft/Raw Space, Mansion/Historic Site, Restaurant, Unusual/Alternative