The Inside Scoop


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The First Look

Cape Rey Carlsbad, part of the Hilton chain, is a San Diego oceanfront resort in sunny Southern California. The hotel takes pride in being located only 150 steps from the surf, and a short drive away from San Diego’s famous leisure destinations, wineries and craft breweries. At Cape Rey Carlsbad, couples can choose to have their wedding ceremony at any of several indoor and outdoor locations within the resort.

Chandler’s is the hotel restaurant, known for its creative, unpretentious cuisine and for serving familiar dishes with a unique twist. This 4,118-square foot restaurant can accommodate 230 guests in a banquet-style configuration, for the reception.

The Shearwater Ballroom has 6,000 square feet of space for both the ceremony and the reception. The ballroom can be configured in a number of ways to accommodate large groups of 400-650 guests, or smaller groups of 80 guests, without seeming cramped or cavernous.

The Shearwater Lawn is an appealing choice for couples who wish to wed outdoors against the sweeping vista of the white-capped Pacific surf. Traditional seating for up to 300 guests can be provided.

The Shearwater Terrace is a pre-function area for receptions that complement bookings at the Shearwater Lawn. It has a magnificent sunset view, and can accommodate up to 192 guests for banquet-style seating, or 400 guests for a standing reception.

For smaller, more intimate cocktail receptions, or pre-wedding events such as the rehearsal dinner, Cape Rey Carlsbad also has smaller venues that are no less inviting, all with the obligatory ocean view.

Pelican Watch is a meeting room that can accommodate 70 guests for a cocktail reception, while its adjoining Pelican Watch Terrace can accommodate an additional 60-70 guests.

Sandpiper is another meeting room that can be used for a rehearsal dinner or cocktail reception for 50-60 guests. The Sandpiper Terrace can accommodate an additional 40-50 guests.

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What You Should Know

All wedding ceremonies at Cape Rey Carlsbad have the following standard amenities:

  • The Cape Rey arch and chairs for the ceremony
  • Fruit-infused water station
  • Tables for the guestbook and gifts
  • Cordless microphone with stand and speakers

Reception amenities vary, depending on the wedding package. Food is catered by the hotel kitchen.

The Signature Wedding Package includes:

Cocktail Hour:

  • Open Bar and signature drink
  • Cheese and crudité display or selection of four tray-passed hors d’oeuvres
  • Round cocktail tables and belly bars
  • Hotel linen and votive candles

Dinner and Dancing:

  • Champagne toast
  • Wine service for one hour at dinner
  • Dining tables with hotel linen and votive candles
  • Custom-fit dance floor
  • Stage and risers

The Brunch Wedding Package offers:

  • Omelette station
  • Champagne toast
  • Custom wedding cake
  • Dining tables with hotel linen and votive candles
  • Custom-fit dance floor

The Ethnic Weddings Package is for couples with special culinary requirements that cannot be serviced by the hotel chefs. Outside catering service is permitted. Amenities for this package include:

Cocktail Hour:

  • Open Bar (one hour)
  • Round cocktail tables and belly bars
  • Hotel linen and votive candles

Dinner and Dancing:

  • Champagne toast
  • Wine service for one hour at dinner
  • Open bar (three hours)
  • Wait staff
  • Dining tables with hotel linen and votive candles
  • Custom-fit dance floor
  • Stage and risers
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Extra Perks

Cape Rey Carlsbad has a Romance Director to coordinate all wedding arrangements for the convenience of the bridal party. Couples who book their weddings at Cape Rey Carlsbad enjoy the following perks:

  • Complimentary oceanview room (Signature or Ethnic Packages)
  • Discounted room rates for all guests
  • Certificate for a complimentary overnight stay on the first wedding anniversary

Couples who book the Signature or Ethnic Weddings Package receive their choice of one of the following freebies:

  • Upgrade to silver Chiavari chairs
  • Complimentary uplighting in the ballroom
  • Additional complimentary oceanview room
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From the Vendor

Fine choice lovebirds!

Nestled along the coast, Cape Rey offers a magnificent wedding venue for you and your guests. We want your special occasion to be absolutely perfect and with our gorgeous location and attentive staff, your wedding is sure to be unforgettable. Flexible event spaces can accommodate the most intimate of celebrations and the grandest of affairs. For those who like to mingle close to the ocean, we offer a sweeping ocean-view lawn and terraces. As a luxury resort, the Cape offers the perfect place to start your life together, and we believe your menu should be just as impressive as your location. Choose from an array of culinary creations made with fresh, local ingredients. Whether it’s your bridal brunch, rehearsal dinner or reception, feel confident that your guests will enjoy every last bite.

Amenities + Details

Amenities
  • Handicap Accessible

  • Liability Insurance

  • On-Site Accommodations

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor - Not Covered

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$$ – Moderate

Venue Capacity

300+

Settings

Ballroom, Waterfront, Beach, Hotel, Restaurant

Wedding Categories

Food + Catering, Planning

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Contact Info

Address
1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, CA (760) 602-0800
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Reviewed on 10/19/2015 Ashley M

We just got married at the Cape Rey on October 10th 2015 and this place totally rocks! The Cape Rey known also as the Hilton in Carlsbad is a hidden gem. Words can't express what an amazing experience we had at the Cape Rey this newly renovated resort and spa. We had our... Read More ceremony on the grass lawn, the cocktail hour on the patio over looking the beautiful beach at sunset and then had our reception dinner in the Shearwater ballroom. Everything from the food (made by talented French Chef) the service was incredible, the free parking for guests conveniently located behind the venue. We would recommend this venue in a heartbeat to any friends and family who wish to have a memorable time and their money's worth. Cape Rey is all about making your day special. Thank you Cape Rey!! :-) :-)


Perfect Setting

Reviewed on 4/24/2014 Christina C

Less than a month ago my wife and I were married at this beautifully quaint resort and spa hotel. The Oceanfront is relatively new and after one stay, we knew this is where we wanted to be married. After a year of planning with the Oceanfront, our fairy tail day became a... Read More reality with the help of the staff at our favorite resort! Our ceremony, cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing all took place on property and the dinner service was absolutely amazing! Our family and friends from around the country are still raving about the impeccable dinner service! The only downfall would have to be the fact that the sound system during the ceremony kept cutting out. Unfortunately, some of our guest were unable to hear the entire ceremony due to this malfunction.


Reviewed on 4/03/2017 Megha S

We got married at Cape Rey in February 2017. It was supposed to rain on our wedding day, but right before our ceremony the sun came out! Luckily, because of the newly placed artificial grass we were able to have our ceremony outdoors and it was beautiful! Robin N. and Amanda B.... Read More were a pleasure to work with. They were very responsive and accommodative. The front desk staff was also very nice and we were able to hang out in the lobby after the reception. Our dream wedding came to life at the Cape Rey! Can't wait to come back and enjoy the hotel again for our anniversary.


Reviewed on 3/30/2017 Amy S

We just got married at the Cape Rey on March 25th and we had a perfect weekend! The service was amazing and the food was on point. It went perfectly with our nautical design and we even lucked out with an amazing sunset! Can't wait to see my pictures from such a beautiful... Read More venue!


Reviewed on 2/05/2017 Eden T

My husband and I searched for a venue for our wedding for several months and Cape Rey was the perfect fit! Their coordinator, Robin was a pleasure to work with and offered above and beyond support for our wedding. They have several wedding packages to choose from and they even... Read More helped us to personalize our own. The outside lawn and terrace overlook the ocean and make the perfect backdrop for a ceremony and cocktail hour. Inside the ballroom they have beautiful up lighting and will set the room up however you choose. The service during dinner was fabulous and the food was delicious! Our guests raved about the appies from our cocktail hour as well as the delicious meals. The beach is only steps away so we were able to take photos and still enjoy the end of our cocktail hour. They were also extremely accommodating with their space for set up and take down of the wedding. They truly made us feel at home! We would highly recommend Cape Rey if you’re looking for a beautiful waterfront San Diego wedding!


Reviewed on 12/30/2016 Mandy M

Could not recommend this place higher. Beautiful venue with great private space to truly make it your own event. The appetizers were excellent, the cocktails were excellent, the dinner was excellent, and the cake was excellent. Robin is truly exception at what she does and... Read More ensured our day went flawlessly -- she is laid back but professional and incredibly flexible in allowing you to make the day what you want it. Would a million times over choose Cape Rey to host our reception.


Reviewed on 10/24/2016 Katie Z

My husband and I got married at Cape Rey and could not have asked for a better wedding. Every single part of our wedding day was better than we could have ever imagined. From a perfect day to a perfect location to amazing support throughout our whole wedding process, Cape Rey... Read More was the best place to get married. Robin was so extremely helpful from the time we booked the venue until the day after our wedding. She is amazing at what she does and our wedding wouldn't have been amazing as it was if it wasn't for her. I highly recommend Cape Rey to any couples looking for a beachside wedding!


Reviewed on 8/15/2016 Magi M

Robin at Cape Rey was our wedding coordinator - she went ABOVE and BEYOND what we had expected! She always took time to meet with us at the venue leading up to the wedding whenever we had questions or concerns, was always available by phone or email, and had amazing ideas to... Read More help us through the process. Everything was explained perfectly, and she was extremely laid back, which made my husband and I stay calm (which we really needed!) A few weeks before the wedding, we realized that our guest count was too high for the smaller ballroom that we had originally booked for the reception. Not only was the larger ballroom available (thank goodness), but Robin sent us different layouts/plans for how she could set up the room, and made sure there was 0 hassle in switching our booking from the smaller room to the larger room. We did have some hiccups the day of the wedding, and if it weren't for Robin, we don't know how it would have ended up. 2 hours before the ceremony, we received word that our officiant (a family member), was no longer coming. My Maid of Honor called down to the front desk, who alerted Robin of the situation, and she had an extremely professional officiant there within an hour! He was super polite, was in a suit and tie, and took our ceremony that we had written and performed it perfectly. Check out Eric at www.muzziievents.com if you need an officiant, or any other event services! Here's another issue we had: between the rehearsal, family dinners, and craziness surrounding the wedding, we never had time to print out our place cards/seating chart for dinner. Not only did Robin take care of this for us last minute, she went the extra mile to include our "Old Hollywood" theme on the seating chart! She made everything run smoothly, made sure everyone knew where to go and what to do, and was SO kind and understanding of our day-of stress. She truly did everything and MORE to make our day run flawlessly. More props to Cape Rey - people FREAKED OUT over the food! What an amazing menu! The short ribs with mashed potatoes were raved about by everyone who had them. It took my husband and I weeks to pick out a menu because it was all so amazing! The tasting before the wedding was great, and so much fun, too. The staff all really make you feel at home, and are so warm, friendly and helpful. The ONLY thing we weren't totally happy with had nothing to do with the wedding, but with the room we were in: the night of the wedding, my bridal party called the front desk to ask them to tidy up our room before we got back to it (my bridal party and I stayed there the night before, so the trash cans were full, bed had been slept in, etc.)...they even left a tip on the bed for whoever came to tidy it up. Unfortunately, no one came, so we came back to a messy room after the wedding, and saw the tip still on the bed. Other than that...I highly recommend the venue, restaurant, and ROBIN! I feel like there is so much more to rave about, but it would take me hours to type it all out :)


Amazing food, service, and venue!

Reviewed on 11/05/2014 Lori B

We planned our wedding weekend here and us, along with many of our family and friends in from all parts of the country, stayed for several nights (my husband and I stayed 5) for an incredible and very memorable wedding weekend! The Catering Coordinator and person we worked... Read More most closely with was Robin, who was newly hired after we signed on with the previous coordinator. Robin was professional, on-the-ball, friendly and courteous, experienced, and helped us put together a customized and perfect wedding package appetizers and dinner. As a vegetarian I wanted to make sure there were plenty of delicious veggie options along with the more typical red meat and a seafood option since we were by the ocean. The food was delicious, as is all the food from Chandler's restaurant which we ate at often during the weekend and had visited multiple times previously. We got multiple compliments from our guests raving about the food and how delicious it was. The Chef was great and helped us (through Robin) choose great craft/local beer options to offer with our bar as well. The venue and resort grounds are GORGEOUS and perfectly matched our vision and color scheme of turquoise + grays and neutrals and a cool, laid-back, California vibe. I love the native and sustainable plant life decorating the grounds and the huge, beautiful ocean and surfer pictures up on the wall. The ceremony site was cute and the patio for the cocktail hour looked out on the ocean for sunset and our guests posted selfless of themselves with the beautiful sunset in the background - loved it! The ballroom was nicely sized and the color scheme/design worked perfectly. The service was great and the entire experience was smooth and professional. We worked with Kyle and the previous coordinator to negotiate great rates for our many guests as we wanted to be sensitive to the fact that they were paying to fly out here and stay at a super nice resort! Kyle was also friendly, professional, and courteous and he met with us multiple times as we worked to make the multiple and at times complicated bookings for family members and friends. They extended the deadline for the reduced rate for our procrastinators and even changed the booking for a couple of guests who had mistakenly booked under the general rate. We stayed in the wedding suite for a couple of nights and it was big, spacious, nicely decorated, and perfect for our wedding day festivities and the rest of our staycation! Our guests, family and friends hung out at the fire pits while my dad played the banjo several nights, had pizza and appetizers at the pool, and enjoyed margaritas while watching the beautiful sunset from the hot tub area. We had an incredible wedding weekend and event here and would recommend the venue, catering staff, and the rest of the Hilton Oceanfront team when planning any event or vacation!


Meet The Director of Catering

Robin N

Meet our Romance Director, Robin Naluai. Robin brings an acclaimed background in special events, from the film industry and its extravagantly themed receptions, to elegantly designed weddings that serve a variety of tastes and styles. She has but one goal: let her sweat the details so you can work on that tan.