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The First Look
The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is a National Historic Landmark that has been open since 1931, built and decorated in the French Art Deco style. A charter member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza has 40,000 square feet of event space. It is also the Hilton chain’s #1 Food and Beverage hotel for four consecutive years. Its restaurant orchids at Palm Court, is Ohio’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant. Couples who are looking to hold their wedding and reception in a modern luxury hotel with historic roots and gracious Old World service, will want to take a closer look at Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.
Three breathtaking and sumptuously decorated ballrooms await couples who want to have their wedding at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Each ballroom has a distinctive design that lends a unique personality and ambience to the space.
Patterned after the Palace of Versailles in France, the Hall of Mirrors has been called the most beautiful ballroom in the Midwest. The most famous ballroom at this venue and for good reason, it has majestic 30-foot ceilings original German light fixtures in gold and silver, gold-plated mirrors and an elegant balcony encompassing the entire room. Subtly lit in warm light, stunning friezes of rose, lavender and metallic flower garlands catch the eye, even as the enormous mirror and majestic staircase vie for the viewer’s attention. Awesome and beautiful are two words that immediately come to mind, when stepping into the Hall of Mirrors. This ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests.
The Pavillion Ballroom was the original “Big Band” night club from the 1930s to the 1950s. Doris Day had her professional debut in this room. Built to resemble the night club on board the S.S. Leviathan, a luxury ocean liner in the 1920s, the Pavillion has German silver railings around a three-tier setting. History abounds in this room, which still has its original Art Deco chandelier and authentic Art Deco lighting fixtures in a unique starburst design, all along the room’s perimeter. Up to 534 guests can be accommodated in this ballroom in a seated banquet configuration. For a standing reception, up to 750 guests can be accommodated.
Originally housing a quaint ice skating rink in the center of what was once the hotel restaurant, this room has been re-purposed into a luxuriously appointed ballroom, decorated with Italian marble urns and dressed with Italian draperies of the Empire period. The original chandeliers, metalwork and sconces lend character and a timeless elegance to the room. Murals depicting the Four Seasons decorate the four corners of this ballroom. This ballroom can host 200 guests at a seated banquet or 380 guests at a standing reception.
Several smaller spaces are also available throughout the hotel. On the lower level, Mayflower I can host 70-90 guests; Mayflower II, 20-40 guests; and Mayflower III, 70-90 guests. Mayflower I and II can be combined for a bigger space.
On the third floor, sharing the same level as the Hall of Mirrors is Julep, which can accommodate an intimate group of 40 guests at a seated banquet or 70 guests for a cocktail reception.
On the fourth floor, Caprice, Rookwood and Rosewood can hold 200 guests each at a seated banquet or 300-400 guests at a standing cocktail reception. There are also 10 different Salons on this level, with varying sizes and configuration, to hold groups from 20-50 guests at a seated banquet or up to 100 guests at a standing reception.
What You Should Know
The culinary packages at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza are among the best in the country. All of the exclusive menu packages are prepared by award-winning Chef Todd Kelly, a rare Hilton Hotels Signature Chef and recipient of USA Chef of the Year citation from the American Culinary Federation. All packages are customizable. The culinary team is also experienced in preparing menu packages with specific ethnic requirements, such as Jewish/Kosher, South Asian or Indian cuisine.
All weddings at the hotel have their own individualized online reservation code and personalized webpage. A dedicated captain will be assigned, along with white-glove service staff, exclusively for the event. Amenities also include linen and napkins, votive candles, table numbers, cake and gift tables, cake cutting and presentation. A coatroom attendance will also be included, based on seasonal requirements.
At the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, the perks just never end. The wedding couple will also receive:
- A bridal party and holding room with hors d’oeuvres and beverages
- Preferred room rates for wedding guests
- Two junior suite upgrades for guests of the couple’s choice
- Complimentary menu tasting for up to four guests
- Special pricing for rehearsal dinner and celebration brunch
- Complimentary suite for the wedding couple, with champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries on the Wedding Night
- Complimentary hospitality parlor and one adjoining guest room for two nights
From the Vendor
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
When an entire hotel is a work of art, how could your event be anything less? National Historic Landmark featuring some of the world's finest examples of French art deco. Three breathtaking ballrooms that create a sense of timeless elegance and romance in a setting that is one-of-a-kind.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Museum, Historic Venue, Hotel
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
The Perfect Venue!Reviewed on 3/24/2014 Michelle M
We initially went to the Hilton because I don’t believe there is any place more beautiful in this city. We had both our wedding and reception in the Continental Room, and it was absolutely gorgeous… just like we pictured it. We knew it would be beautiful, what we didn’t know was just how amazing the Hilton staff would be to work with. We worked with Taylor Chubb for our planning, and if I could go back and plan this day over and over again, I would have Taylor there every time. She made our wedding perfect. I can’t say enough about how incredibly smooth the planning process went and how special everyone involved with the wedding felt during our wedding weekend. It was a perfect day, and I can’t imagine it being anywhere else. I can’t recommend the Hilton enough. They were awesome!
Kelly Carigan is amazing!Reviewed on 9/23/2013 Sarah W
Kelly helped me plan the accommodations for my perfect day! She was extremely helpful in organizing all of the details for my guests as well as my bridal party. We had several rooms the night before the wedding, but needed to switch to other rooms for the night of the wedding. Kelly made the transition so easy for us! I will definitely use the Hilton again!
Incredible IncredibleReviewed on 8/19/2013 Jessica S
I worked with Ashley J. at the Hilton and had a reception of 300 people in the Hall of Mirrors. She was so attentive to all the little details/touches and made sure that the entire evening went on without a hitch. It was the most perfect, beautiful night I could have imagined.
I've always known I wanted to have my reception in the Pavilion Room at the Hilton and Taylor Chubb & her team did not disappoint! The room was beautiful and the service is unparalleled!
In May 2016, we hosted a wedding with a large number of out of town guests in Cincinnati. In order to offer our guests a true Cincy experience we arranged a block of rooms at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in downtown. This choice proved to be one of the best decisions we made during our wedding planning. First, the hotel is gorgeous. The art deco feel, restaurant, arcade and the rooms are all so unique. Our guests all commented on how beautiful the hotel was, especially the bar. In addition to the ambiance and location, the staff could not have been more accommodating. It all started by working with Karen in the group sales department. She was so professional, responsive, and excellent to work with. She offered us a great rate and answered all of our questions throughout the entire (almost) yearlong process. For the wedding block there are even several incentives for the organizing group (extra Hilton points, free stays, room upgrades, etc.) that made the weekend extra special. She even organized tours of the rooms and set us up with dressing rooms for our bridesmaids and groomsmen. Upon arrival at the hotel the staff was nothing short of wonderful. The valet was very easy to use and the front desk associates and staff made us feel as we were the most important guests in the hotel. This was quite a feat on a weekend when there as a music convention and at least five other wedding blocks in the hotel. I highly recommend anyone who needs to organize group rates to look at the Hilton Netherland. Our out of town guests loved the central location and the high end accommodations. The staff was great, and we will certainly stay again when in Cincy.
Taylor Chubb was our wedding coordinator for the Hall of Mirrors at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza for my daughter's wedding reception in April. She was very professional and we were extremely happy with the food, the cake, the venue, the decor and the fabulous service. I would highly recommend this venue - you'll be glad you did!
I was blown away during our year of planning when working with the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza! The venue is historic and absolutely stunning. All of the staff are exceptional, and you will not find better service in all of Cincinnati! I was truly confident that they Hilton would execute our dream wedding, and they gave us so much more! royalty. royalty and felt totally confident
Choosing to have our ceremony and reception at the Hilton Netherland Plaza was easily the best decision we made throughout the entire planning process. I live out of town and had to plan everything over the phone or by email. They made this very easy for me and were always quick to respond with an answer. Our original coordinator/catering manager ended up leaving her position, but Taylor Chubb stepped in without missing a beat, and made sure everything was perfect! She is amazing. Weddings can be stressful, but the Hilton is a well-oiled machine that takes so much of the burden off the bride and groom! At first glance, the price seems high, but you have to consider all that is being provided..a catering manager & banquet captain, a suite to get ready in (equipped with mirrors, chairs, tables, a steamer for your dress), an adjoining guest room, a private holding room for the bridal party during cocktail hour with a mini food and drink display, upgraded rooms for the parents, a suite for the bride and groom on the wedding night (stocked with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries), exquisite service, and not to mention the BEST food in town. The Continental Ballroom was perfect for our small-ish wedding of about 110 guests, and is breathtakingly beautiful with the art deco decor. The room flip between the ceremony and the reception was executed perfectly, while our guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the mezzanine, overlooking the Orchids restaurant (with live jazz music). Many people told us it was the best wedding they had ever been to, and that is thanks to the Hilton and their excellent service.
Perfect from Beginning to EndReviewed on 7/09/2015 Allison S
My advice for any new bride is the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is the venue to have you wedding at! From working with Jillian, the coordinator, to the Catering Manager, to the Catering Captain, I felt pampered every step of the way! Not only was I able to get ready at the Hilton before my big day, and stay there in the evening but I felt like the Hilton was my exclusive wedding venue even with other weddings going on! I cannot gush enough about how wonderful the Hilton is! It catered to every one of my wishes and my wedding was everything I ever dreamed about!
The Hilton made our wedding day more than we could have ever imagined! Our family and friends RAVED about the food and the service was incredible. We worked with Taylor (someone who I've known since I was young) and she's phenomenal at what she does. Any question we had while planning was quickly and clearly answered- and she patiently answered questions I'm sure we asked more than once. I can't recommend this gorgeous venue enough!
A PERFECT 4th of JulyReviewed on 7/26/2014 Kelsey K
The Hall of Mirrors was the first and only venue my fiance and I looked at for our July 4 wedding. It was so beautiful and unique we just had to have it! Our coordinator at the Hilton (Annette) was the epitome of responsive, professional and knowledgeable. Everything we wanted our wedding reception to be, Annette and the Hilton made it happen. From passing a signature Netherland Plaza cocktail to our guests during the reception to chocolate covered strawberries and champagne in our bride/groom suite that evening - No detail was overlooked! Guests loved the Hall of Mirrors and the history embedded in the hotel. The food and drinks were also spectacular! A huge THANK YOU to the Hilton for making our wedding day absolutely PERFECT!
Magical Wedding at the HiltonReviewed on 6/29/2014 Jennifer M
Taylor was EXCELLENT at assisting us to create the wedding of our dreams! She went above and beyond to try and make our day as complete and worry free as possible. The only thing that was frustrating was that we were never told where our groomsmen would be entering and didn't find out until minutes before the wedding started (we had to practice in a different room due to a wedding in our room the night of rehearsal). Otherwise it was perfect and I would highly recommend it!
Amazing staff, gorgeous hotel, wonderful time!Reviewed on 1/22/2013 Stephanie G
We had our ceremony in the Hall of Mirrors, our cocktail hour in the Continental Ballroom, and our reception in the Hall of the Mirrors this past January . We worked with Marianne, and she was amazing! She helped us with everything we needed, down to the last detail. The rest of the staff was perfect as well the entire evening. The food was TO DIE FOR, and people are still raving about it (the short ribs are the best!). The whole evening went perfectly an we have the Hilton to thank!
VenueReviewed on 12/29/2012 Wendy G
Impecable attention to detailReviewed on 11/29/2012 Amanda T
When my husband and I walked into the hall of mirrors we were in love. The room was perfect and to make it even better Marianne and the rest of the staff's attention to detail was unparalleled. All of our requests were fulfilled and our guests just raved about the service. We could not have been happier with our service from the staff.
Amazing experience!Reviewed on 11/19/2012 Lauren K
Absolutely amazing from start to finish. I knew the Continental Ballroom was for us as soon as I saw it. The only "decorations" we used were flowers and uplighting. Our catering manager, Heather, was phenomenal to work with from planning to post-reception. The entire staff at the Hilton was absolutely wonderful and the food was delicious! My guests are still talking about the braised beef short ribs.
Wonderful Experience!Reviewed on 9/04/2012 Elizabeth H
I would recomend having either your reception or both teh ceremony and reception at the Hilton downtown Cincinnati! My reception was in teh Hall of Mirrors and it was breath taking. We added flowers to teh tables and pin lighting and the hotel staff did the rest. I loved working with their staff. Everyone was very polished and had everything under control the entire evening. Not to mention the food is excellent!
BeautifulReviewed on 6/27/2012 Jennifer N
We chose the Hilton because we loved the architecture and really liked the first person we worked with. As our wedding got closer, we received a new person to handle our wedding (the other person left the company). We felt that she lacked the passion needed to work in the wedding business. It appeared that this was "just a job" to her. It was very hard to get her to respond to our questions via email and phone messages. The day of the wedding went well and everything worked out. I was a little disappointed when the banquet manager was upset that I wanted all of the table decorations (maybe I'm cheap but I spent a lot of money on everything and I had to return some things to the florist). The week after the wedding I realized that I was shorted some of table decorations. The person we worked with never responded to my messages (both phone and email). I finally talked with the manager and he quickly took care of things. Overall I was happy with the reception but felt that the service needs to be improved especially with the price we paid.
perfect!Reviewed on 5/09/2012 asha s
Everything at my wedding reception was flawless and done perfectly! Comes highly recommended if you can afford to hold your reception here. Food is great, service is impeccable, coordinators know their stuff!!!
The Best!Reviewed on 5/06/2012 Alexandra A
The Netherlands has a wonderful reputation which is well deserved. They were outstanding and very professional. The food was delicious and the ballroom and hotel are gorgeous. We worked with Ashley Judy and she was exceptionally helpful and made sure that the day went smoothly.
Outstanding ServiceReviewed on 12/13/2011 Cherilyn M
They were VERY professional, helpful, and wonderful to work with. Amazing staff and service. Our food was delicious and the Pavillion Ballroom was spectacular. A very romantic hotel with a lot of history for a glamorous wedding.
Stunning venue with great service!Reviewed on 11/03/2011 Suzanne S
Most of our wedding was made up from out of towners, we had both the wedding and reception in the Hall of Mirrors, so guests would not be driving around Cinti. The food was good, service was great and overall we were extremely pleased!Everything ran like clockwork and the staff were just wonderful!
Hall of MirrorsReviewed on 9/11/2011 Brittany C
The staff at the Hilton was wonderful! They took care of everything, I did not have to worry about coordinating vendors or the reception. The room is breath taking and the food and drink were wonderful. They truly made our day even more special! It is totally worth the money and the peace of mind, of knowing that everything went smooth!
PerfectionReviewed on 5/17/2011 Stacey S
Not only are the halls at the Hilton beautiful beyond belief, but the staff there have events down to a science. Everything ran incredibly smoothly and the service was perfect. In planning with the Hilton I had the pleasure of working with Hanna Minor. She was incredibly helpful and kind and quick with her phone and e-mail responses. I would definitely recommend both her and the Hilton!
took care of everythingReviewed on 5/07/2011 Kasey H
My groom, family, and I got to be guests at our wedding! We didn't have to worry about anything, they took care of it (no wedding planner needed). The food was delicious and the venue is so gorgeous, you don't need much by decorations. We had our reception in the Continental ballroom and it was perfect. Also loved the complimentary rooms they provided for my bridesmaids and I the night before, my parents the night of, and my new husband and I the night of.