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Characterized by a vintage-meets-vogue aesthetic, the Holbrooke Hotel is a refined wedding venue nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Our newly remodelled historic hotel has welcomed couples and vacationers alike since 1852. We are situated in downtown Grass Valley and boast an elegant Saloon, Speakeasy and full service restaurant with a wine shop and gift shop all onsite! Combining timeless allure with contemporary amenities, our iconic hotel will set an elegant backdrop for your dream wedding.
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Boasting renovated event spaces and luxurious guest rooms, Holbrooke Hotel can comfortably receive up to 90 attendees for weddings and up to 150 guests for a full hotel, bar & restaurant buyout. Celebrate your wedding weekend here, from your “I do” moment to your reception. Each wedding is curated to your specific vision. Depending on the time of year, you may wish to pledge your love on the outdoor Purcell House Lawn, a tranquil setting that you and your beloved will surely adore. Or if your special date is in the winter, you may wish to say I-DO indoors in our resplendent North Star Hall. Enjoy a post-vow cocktail hour on the Holbrooke back-back or in our indoor Iron Door Bar, an on-site speakeasy that serves tasty cocktails and delicious bar bites. You can mix and mingle with guests before you enjoy your dinner reception replete with toasts, cake cutting, and dancing the night away in the North Star Hall! Spacious with eye-catching decor, this banquet hall provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening. A variety of guest rooms are available, including two luxurious King Suites, beautiful King and Queen Rooms, and two Double Rooms.
The Holbrooke Hotel’s team takes delight in inviting soon-to-be newlyweds to realize their dream weddings with them. As such, they offer a range of services and amenities designed to bring their clients’ wishes to fruition. Their experienced sales team will assist in planning, and event managers will be present to coordinate the details of your day. The team can assist you with rentals, floor plans, and timelines and can provide you with a detailed list of their preferred vendors. A selection of menu and beverage options is available, with seasonal menus and bespoke cocktails. Additional amenities can be arranged, such as in-suite spa services and delivery of welcome packages for your guests.
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An Elegant One-Stop Shop!
The feedback we got from our guests was “elegant, beautiful, convenient, best wedding food, good service, great drinks” – honestly, we got so many compliments we couldn’t keep track. Not a single negative review on our wedding. And the Holbrooke made it easy!
Events Manager, Sonya coordinated everything for us. She set up our room block, went over the food and beverage options with us, came up with a floor plan for the reception, and even sent brunch up to the bridal suite while we were getting ready. She found a place for us to store our decorations, helped us monitor our beverage count (so that we stayed on budget), and curated a 5-star team for our event. She even got the chef to make a special Horchata drink for us to serve our guests. She took care of so much!
We hosted our ceremony and reception in the North Star Hall (there’s a 360 virtual tour on their website! Makes planning the room so easy when you can see it AND measure it in real time) – a room so beautiful that it needs minimal decorating! We hosted our cocktail hour downstairs in the Iron Door Bar, our guests loved it so much down there that they went back after the reception. The food was amazing and the bar and catering service was great!
They offer the venue for a Food & Beverage Minimum and included in the price are the tables, chairs, linens, silverware, drinkware... everything you need! They even print out menus for your guests with your special tagline at the top and offer a list of preferred vendors. Right down the street, you have bakeries, restaurants, bars, a candy/ice cream shop, and gift shops – plenty of places for out-of-towners to enjoy within walking distance.
Aside from Sonya and the Holbrooke, our dream team was:
DOC – Fairy God Coordinator, Shelby Coppin
DJ – Someone Said Yes!, Matt Connelly
Officiant – Frank Swastek
Photobooth - Someone Said Smile!, Matt Connelly
Photographer – Caillah Virginia Photography, Caillah Chandler
Hair & Makeup – Wanderlust Beauty Collective, Shannon Wilkening & Jacquie Clemens
Florals – Foothill Flowers and Thorns & Berries
The Holbrooke...what an amazing experience!
You can’t afford NOT to use Holbrooke Hotel!
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Sonya hails from the midwest with a strong background in stage managing and design. Her charm, aesthetic and straight-forward approach are all vital attributes when planning your special day!
Chef Ahrenholtz trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis, and spent his early career cooking in Napa Valley's best hotels and restaurants including Calistoga Ranch, Hotel Yountville, E'toile at Domaine Chandon and Il Posto.
Now, as head Chef at the Holbrooke, Ahrenholtz combines culinary prowess with the comfort-styled cookery of his Midwestern upbringing. His philosophy for the Holbrooke's menu is "refined yet approachable" with a fresh take on familiar menu items that highlight the unique flavors of Old California.
With many years in hospitality, Amanada Anderson has been instrumental in managing the Holbrooke Hotel for over two years to much acclaim! Her genuine demanor, helpful and joyful attitude and commitment to the property make the guest experience warm and inviting.
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- Historic Building
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