The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, California, is a beautifully designed statuesque building located within walking distance of the scenic shoreline. This hotel has a charming, historic feel to it, with hints of nautical-themed décor throughout. The palm trees outside create a tropical feel and the San Francisco Bay area ambience is casual and relaxing.
The warm and welcoming staff at the Waterfront Hotel are experienced with wedding coordination and can assist the bridal couple in planning the day they have dreamed about. The property has many banquet rooms with waterfront views that can be used for wedding ceremonies as well as receptions:
Spinnaker Lobby can accommodate a reception of 75 guests.
Spinnaker Room can seat up to 300 guests for a wedding reception and has 2,508 square feet of space available. This is the largest room at the venue.
Spinnaker 1 has the capacity to seat 150 guests.
Spinnaker 2 can also seat 150 guests.
The Regatta Room can seat 200 people and has a slightly more elevated ceiling for a more dramatic space.
The Regatta 1 can seat up to 150 guests and also has a 10-foot ceiling.
The Regatta 2 can seat 100 guests comfortably.
The Chart Room and the Portside Room can both seat up to 70 guests.
The Compass Room can seat a smaller reception of 65 guests.
The Poolside meeting room can accommodate a reception of 150.
What You Should Know
The Waterfront Hotel does not permit outside wedding professionals to provide food or beverage services. If the bride and groom are looking for any unique or special menu items, the hotel will help them source out the items at an additional charge. The gourmet catering menu features local, fresh and organic ingredients in all of its dishes and the finalized selections must be confirmed two weeks before the wedding is to take place.
Confetti and glitter are not permitted at the hotel. Fresh flower petals may be used, but will be subject to an additional cleaning fee. Custom floral arrangements can be coordinated with the hotel or one of their preferred floral professionals can be recommended.
The hotel strongly recommends that a professional wedding planner helps with all aspects of the wedding, especially coordinating outside vendors for photography services, flowers, music and entertainment, cakes and transportation. Audiovisual equipment can be rented directly through the venue.
The boardwalk outside of the hotel is a idyllic spot to take pictures after the ceremony, with views of the beach and the water.
Extra advantages of booking the he Waterfront Hotel include:
- A penthouse suite is available for the couple to rent for their wedding night
- On-site spa services available for the bridal party
- Guests have access to 24-hour valet parking
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Amenities + Details
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$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Hotel, Restaurant
Food + Catering
Great VenueReviewed on 7/24/2011 Anisa M
Waterfront Hotel was a great venue. The area we used was more than big enough for our 150 guest. They have a nice lobby where our guest checked in and it was big enough for them to mingle with one another. The hotel allowed us to use the deck located on the water for our cocktail hour. The staff at the hotel was very nice and pleasant. We also stayed at the Waterfront which is located in Jack London Square. We were able to walk the area and relax. The hotel is attached to the Ms. Pearls Jam House Restaurant. The restaurant has awesome food and good entertainment. The venue was very prices on some items. Apple cidar was $13 a bottle, if you ordered two entrees - they charged you the price of the higher entree for all, however this might just be the going rate for these items. I would recommend Waterfront Hotel for future events.
We had our reception at the Waterfront. Honestly, the venue itself was not amazing at first look. It looks very hotel conference room and not grand ballroom. I was most nervous about the low ceilings and it feel claustrophobic. All my doubts were put at ease by Michelle, the catering coordinator, and the food. Michelle treated us so well when we met with her. We met with a number of vendors who didn't seem to care if we went with them one way or the other. Michelle was dedicated, offered outstanding customer service, and was so personable. We tried some of the food and it was delicious. Michelle had the pleasure of answering all of my questions for almost a year. She handled my annoying questions with poise. She answered my questions thoroughly and promptly. She also answered the questions in a way where I knew she had our interest in mind and wasn't trying to get more revenue for her hotel necessarily. Our initial downside for the venue, the low ceilings, was really minimized by the gorgeous patio and the lighting company we hired. The biggest downside we had was scheduling. We had a Catholic ceremony, which means it was early. There was quite a gap and we couldn't get into the Waterfront any earlier without paying more. Michelle was gracious enough that if someone didn't rent the morning, we could setup early. The only other downside was that one of the bars and photo booth setup was in a sort of hallway that connected the hotel with the restaurant. We had reports of a few people grabbing some free drinks and photo booth shots. Not the end of the world and not too much the venue can do; it's just a design flaw. Besides Michelle, the best part of the Waterfront is the food. I was nervous that the chef could do three or four amazing meals but what about 160 all at once. The answer is yes. If food is important to you, this is the selection for you. The chef and Michelle were also great at accommodating allergies. Everyone raved about the food!