Situated in Cedar Falls, Iowa, The Black Hawk Hotel is a historic hotel and wedding venue. In the center of the city, there is plenty for guests to do before and after your event. Full of Midwestern charm with employees that offer exceptional customer service, the hotel provides a welcoming retreat for celebrations. The dedicated staff enjoys seeing your wedding come to life against the hotel's antique setting.
Facilities and Capacity
When you host your wedding at The Black Hawk Hotel, you can book the entire property. This allows you and your nearest and dearest privacy as you celebrate your love and commitment. The venue is flexible, providing the chance to celebrate with between 10 and 150 guests. There is a cocktail area called Bar Winslow as well as a dining room known as the Farm Shed. Ceremonies can take place in the lobby. With varied spaces throughout, couples can arrange the proceedings of their wedding in multiple ways.
As a hotel, room blocks are available. This allows you and your partner the ability to turn your wedding into a weekend event and provides convenience for guests and your wedding party. There are a total of 43 rooms in the hotel. To help you see your wedding dream materialize, the hotel employs a professional event planner. Catering and bar services are provided through the Farm Shed and Bar Winslow, satisfying guests' appetites with expertly crafted courses.
Originally, The Black Hawk Hotel was named The Winslow House. The establishment initially opened in 1853 and offered both drinks and accommodation. Over the course of the 1800s, the hotel went through renovations, a fire, and a number of name changes. The final design that guests can appreciate today was completed in 1914 by John Ralston, an architect. Today, the hotel is on the National Historic Register of Historic Places.
Cedar Falls is a bustling city that offers both cultivation and entertainment. Numerous shops and eateries line the streets and many special events take place in this dynamic locale. Your loved ones also have ample opportunity to enjoy nature, with trails and parks, like the Hartman Nature Reserve Center.
2 Reviews for The Black Hawk Hotel
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Cindy K. · Married on 06/09/2021
A wedding to remember...
The Black Hawk Hotel offers a beautiful, historical and intimate setting to begin anyone’s married life. Our event coordinators Deanna and Liz were accommodating throughout the entire process, assisting us with recommendations for vendors, caterers and every detail of our wedding. Their flexibility during the pandemic helped us make our wedding exactly how we wanted it.
Most of our guests stayed at the hotel and loved the uniqueness of each room and the ability to come and go during the weekend.
One of the highlights of the hotel is the Winslow Bar where you are magically drawn to a time of calming gracefulness where the cocktails are smoothly made by expert bartenders. I recommend the “sailors delight”.
We heartily endorse Deanna and Liz as the most helpful event coordinators and the black hawk hotel as the perfect venue for any event you may be planning.
Mike and CindySent on 11/06/2020
Veda L. · Married on 10/03/2020
Nothing short of fantastic!
We needed a last minute venue for our rain location for our small intimate ceremony and mini-reception this fall and the Black Hawk Hotel was nothing short of fantastic! We contacted them the Monday of our wedding and we were able to reserve a small room and have the bar to ourselves for a couple hours before they opened it up to the public. Deanna and the rest of the staff were clear with their communication and so helpful with all of the brainstorming we did at the last minute and answered all the questions we had. The space itself is absolutely gorgeous and made for some stunning photos - we didn't do much decorating at all other than some table-top stuff! They allowed us to set up the room however we liked and didn't charge us a set/up tear down fee since we did it all ourselves. We were also able to bring in our own food and cake, so we can't vouch for any catering or event services like that. If we had it in our budget we would've reserved the entire space for the whole evening. I had to dock a star because of the slower speed behind the bar and all of the mixed drinks were burnt and did not taste too good. I attributed that to the fact that we were a younger crowd and don't usually order any of the specialty drinks the Bar Winslow is known for. The bartenders did not wear their face masks the whole time, but our guests did not either. However I think it is worth noting, especially during the time of COVID-19 weddings. I am so happy with the way our day turned out and I'm even thinking about using them for future parties and events! If you're thinking about booking with them they are definitely worth contacting and touring! They made sure our day was absolutely as perfect as possible!Sent on 10/26/2020
The Black Hawk Hotel Price Rates
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We're now offering a special rate for couples whose wedding plans have been impacted by COVID-19. Micro weddings allow couples to keep their wedding date booked and host a small celebration that fits within local and state guidelines. For $500, host a ceremony and/or reception at The Black Hawk Hotel. We'll connect you with our preferred florist and bakery, all you have to do is wear your white dress and alert your guests.
Micro weddings include: A 2 hour weekday venue rental for up to 25 guests, marble top tables and farmhouse chairs, a Bose sound system and mic, our professional on-site event staff, a bridal suite for getting ready (most couples use this as their honeymoon suite and stay overnight!), commercial prep kitchen for caterers, and a guaranteed room block for your guests to stay on-premise.