1880 Union Hotel is a unique wedding venue located in Los Alamos, California. Located 30 miles north of Santa Barbara, near the popular wine country towns of Los Olivos, Solvang, and Buellton, this historic landmark offers a rustic and vintage venue that is both authentic in its history, and fresh for the most luxurious of celebrations.
Facilities and Capacity
The 1880 Union Hotel offers two outdoor event sites - a great lawn and brick courtyard - each capable of seating 300 for ceremony and reception. Nine private Old West guest rooms, including two suites, provide accommodations for up to 20 overnight guests. An expansive dining hall and lobby lounge are perfect for rehearsal dinner, after-party, or a smaller indoor reception. And the upstairs lounge, along with dressing room, kitchenette, game room, poker room and library, provide ample entertainment throughout the wedding weekend.
The 1880 Union Hotel has a reputation for excellence and service throughout its many years of existence. In addition, you can expect the following:
This grand building was constructed in 1880 by Wells Fargo as a stagecoach stop, and served as a hotel and saloon for over 100 years, from the early nineteenth century until 2016 when it was refurbished and began offering private accommodations and events.
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17 Reviews for 1880 Union Hotel
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Erika A. · Married on 01/23/2021
Just booked this venue!
This place is amazing. It’s not cheap, but for what you get, it’s an amazing value. The venue is unbelievably gorgeous, with lots of fun details, and options for customization. Also, the surrounding neighborhoods is so cute — your guests will love it. The staff is really kind and helpful, and it’s a relief to know they do weddings every weekend (and that’s all they do!) so you’re in good hands, with people who know the space. I can’t imagine finding a place I loved more.Sent on 01/13/2020
Veronica B. · Married on 03/14/2020
Amazing Venue, Even Better Staff
1880 Union is an awesome venue!! Beyond how beautiful the grounds are the staff truly went above and beyond for us. Leading up to our wedding they made everything really easy and seamless. So much was included - catering, lodging, rentals, coordinator - and every element of that was truly stellar. My husband talked about the steak from our tasting for MONTHS and that was possibly the thing he was most excited about going into our wedding day. The rooms were so cozy and well maintained. And Jessica, our coordinator, was incredibly easy to work with and made sure everything went smoothly despite our wedding being the week before CA shut down because of COVID. Even though we weren’t able to celebrate with all of our friends and family, 1880 made sure all of our guests had an incredibly warm welcome and we all felt taken care of every step of the way.Sent on 07/06/2020
Kelsey · Married on 08/10/2019
We feel so lucky to have been married here!
1880! We are speechless. Our wedding was on 8/10/19, and 1880 was our perfect venue and a dream come true for our wedding day.Sent on 08/29/2019
The venue is such a unique gem in the area- the ambiance, decor, the rooms, the exterior- it's like something out of a book! When we started our venue search, the most important thing for us was having overnight accommodations on-site for the weekend. We wanted to stretch our wedding day out as longgg as we could, and not feel rushed in/out of our venue especially because most of our family/friends were coming in from the East Coast. It took us 4 months before we stumbled upon 1880, and it was SO worth the wait! We loved waking up with our friends and family there for the big day. The set up is also the best- the rooms are all upstairs in a circle around a lounge with game rooms, a kitchenette, etc. A perfect hangout! And as the bride, I could NOT have had a better experience- a giant room equipped with a huge bathtub all to myself all weekend to unwind.... yesss, please! :)
On the wedding day, the backdrop was perfect for getting ready with our crew- so many rooms to tuck into! Additionally, once our guests arrived, they were 100% loving the energy of the place. We used the gazebo for our ceremony space- it's beautiful and feels so intimate- and we used the brick patio with string lights for the reception- which was so dreamy and romantic for our dinner and dance party! We also loved that we could steer the party next door to the Saloon when the night ended (avoiding that transporting to the bar buzzkill!)
Additionally, the staff was SO nice. Ben/Jordan, Aly/Jess, the Chef Josh, Juan... all incredible people. Jordan was ready to help us with whatever we needed around the venue, Jess and her assistant kept us so seamlessly on our schedule like a bunch of secret service agents, Juan was the most attentive soul we've ever met, and Chef Josh threw down some absolutely amazing food! Not to mention, Josh also made us some off-menu items we requested and totally nailed them!
Los Alamos itself is also SO fun! It's so cool because your wedding kind of takes over the town, and it's like being in a small village with all your loved ones. All our guests had an amazing time exploring wineries and spots to eat in Los Alamos and SY valley.
Anyway, our weekend was perfect. We love this venue and still feel so lucky to have been married here!
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If you are looking for a unique and historic venue to have your wedding, there isn't a better spot than the Union. The possibilities for photos are endless, with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations. I feel like I could shoot there many, many times before running out of great new places to take portraits. The staff was friendly, and there was cool water in the lobby to keep us hydrated during the warm day of photographing.