San Francisco is a city full of icons with the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars snaking its hilly streets and colorful rows of Victorian Painted Ladies waiting to be Instagrammed. It’s a town with a personality. When celebrating in a place this grand, you need a space equally glorious and our list of San Francisco’s best luxury ballrooms won’t disappoint. From ornate and opulent to intimate with a view, these venues offer flexibility and beauty for every type of celebration.
The Four Seasons San Francisco provides luxurious spaces for celebrations in the heart of the city, just steps from the Financial District. With tray ceilings and contemporary crystal chandeliers, their elegant Veranda ballroom is perfect for large events requiring sophisticated staging. The space can also be divided in half for smaller soirees. Or your guests can enjoy cocktails overlooking the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and breathtaking city views on the chic Veranda Terrace.
Veranda Ballroom Capacity: 540 (seated) – 1200 (standing)
Veranda Terrace Capacity: 180 (seated) – 300 (standing)
This 1909 Neoclassical landmark is a luxurious retreat perfect for elegant celebrations. The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco Ballroom’s chic design was inspired by couture fashion and the dramatic fog over the Bay. With Bavarian crystal chandeliers and silver leaf wall coverings, the beautiful space can be divided into smaller salons to accommodate a variety of celebrations. The Terrace Courtyard offers the option for outdoor events that are protected from unexpected turns in the weather under a lovely white tent. It’s a landscaped setting complete with an ornate water fountain for events under the stars or beneath the draped glamour of a more enclosed space.
The Ballroom Capacity: 175 (seated) – 500 (standing)
The Terrace Courtyard Tent Capacity: 140 (seated) – 200 (standing)
Perfectly-situated near museums and shopping, the St. Regis is one of San Francisco’s most popular luxury hotels. It offers two beautiful spaces for entertaining: the Gallery Ballroom and the Yerba Buena Terrace. The Ballroom offers a soaring wall of glass that floods the space with natural light. Meanwhile the Terrace allows guests to enjoy the delight of celebrating alfresco under the city sky. All St. Regis events receive the highly-personal level of service the hotel has become known for.
Yerba Buena Terrace Capacity: 350 (seated) – 600 (standing)
Gallery Ballroom Capacity: 300 (seated) – 550 (standing)
The Regency Center is one of San Francisco’s most architecturally-stunning venues. This versatile landmark offers three separate event spaces, each with unique architectural characteristics. Capacities range from 70 to 1,000 guests with the entire facility accommodating up to 2,000 of your closest friends. With over-scaled details, a dramatic horseshoe-shaped balcony, and 35-foot ceilings, the Beaux-Arts inspired Ballroom is a stunner. Meanwhile, the Social Hall boasts a brand-new 40-foot wood bar and is perfect for celebrations with two-parts like a cocktail reception then seated dinner. The Lodge features arched open-beam ceilings with dark wood-paneled walls and stained glass windows that give the large space a cozy feel.
Regency Ballroom Capacity: 400 (seated) – 900 (standing)
SF Social Hall Capacity: 425 (seated) – 600 (standing)
The Lodge Capacity: 240 (seated) – 300 (standing)
Set on top of a 48-floor high-rise in heart of Union Square, the Loews San Francisco offers unparalleled views of the city and the bay. The contemporary high-end hotel offers several spaces for memorable events. The Embassy room has a neutral palate and mirrored installations that reflect the lovely light. The show-stopping intimate space on the 40th Floor is their Sky Deck which is the highest outdoor event venue in the city. It offers panoramic views of the bay as well as the city with the iconic Transamerica Pyramid taking center stage for a truly San Francisco-feeling celebration.
Embassy Capacity: 120 (seated) – 130 (standing)
Skydeck Capacity: 25 (seated) – 50 (standing)
Part of the Originals brand of sbe (a well-respected lifestyle experience group), the Clift is one of the trendiest hotels in San Francisco. Its Velvet Room is as luxurious as it sounds with lush red velvet curtains, dark mahogany and leather banquettes and hand-blown Murano glass lamps. The Rita and Ava rooms offer luxe settings as well, but in a stunningly chic all-white palette with white velvet curtains, gorgeous modern white banquet furniture and etched Venetian mirrors. The spaces can be combined for a double dose of glamour.
Velvet Room Capacity: 150 (seated) – 200 (standing)
Rita Capacity: 108 (seated) – 125 (standing)
Ava Capacity: 40 (seated) – 50 (standing)
The legendary Fairmont San Francisco opened in 1907 and hasn’t lost an ounce of its historic charm. The gorgeous property features 55,000 square feet of elegant and well-equipped event space ranging from ballrooms to more intimate spots. The Grand Ballroom is indeed immense with towering ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Or imagine saying “I do” in the glamorous Venetian Room with its 22-foot ornamented ceiling under which Tony Bennett first sang, “I Left my Heart in San Francisco.” The Gold room offers a space for celebrating surrounded by glittering French provincial detailing like ornate bas-reliefs and indoor balconies reaching up to its gilded ceiling.
Grand Ballroom Capacity: 970 (seated) – 2300 (standing)
Gold Room Capacity: 400 (seated) – 800 (standing)
Venetian Room Capacity: 350 (seated) – 800 (standing)
A San Francisco icon since 1875, the recently-renovated Palace Hotel boasts three stunning ballrooms full of historic glamour. The Grand Ballroom features 18-foot ceilings, rich ruby and gold carpet and intricate crystal chandeliers adorned with fruit details. Named in honor of one of the hotel’s founding fathers, the Ralston Ballroom is home to dramatic coved ceilings and intricate filigree wall details as well as crystal chandeliers original to the space. As the name would suggest, the Gold Ballroom is rich with gold detailing, vintage crystal chandeliers, an ornate fireplace and a gilded balcony.
Grand Ballroom Capacity: up to 550
Ralston Ballroom Capacity: up to 330
Gold Ballroom Capacity: up to 300
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