If it is a social function that brings you to El Cortez, convention, corporate, private dinner parties and fundraising events are our specialty. Guests love coming to Downtown San Diego for an elegant evening in the famed 24k Don Room to delight in a great meal and first class bar service. We have a long history of hosting both intimate and grand functions, and charitable events with auctions and casino themes are always enjoyed by all!

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by our uniformed door attendant, and soon welcomed into the octagon shaped Don Room to enjoy the evening’s festivities. For added breadth, the Ballroom adjoins to a generous 10,000 square foot Terrace, the perfect spot for guests to mingle under the stars all evening long!

Please join us in adding your function to our history books!

Very Sincerely,
Kathi Skillman
Director of Sales, Marketing & Events
El Cortez


Don Room:
3,300 Sq. Ft. Ballroom Floor: 1,700.00 Sq. Ft.
Terrace: 10,000 Sq. Ft.

Don Room Seating:
20 – 220 Seated Dinner/Dance
250 Seated Dinner, No Dance
300 Cocktail Receptions

Distance to San Diego Convention Center:
1.3 Miles

Complimentary Basic WIFI – Don Room
Expand to the 10,000 Sq. Ft. Terrace (additional fee applies):
Supporting 2.4GHZ and 5GHZ
10 Meg Down by 3 Meg Up
Password Protected
Customizable SSID

Table settings:
220 Guests: 10 rounds of 12 guests + 10 rounds of 10 guests
200 Guests: 20 rounds of 10 guests or less
150 Guests: 15 rounds of 10 guests or less
100 Guests: 13 rounds of 8 guests or 10 rounds of 10 guests

300-475 Cocktail Reception
Groups larger than 250 – Partial Canopy or Tent essential
Dining on Terrace, Partial Canopy or Tent essential
Don Room with Terrace: Maximum Capacity – 500 persons between both spaces