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Opened on Thanksgiving Day 1927 and nestled atop San Diego ‘s Cortez Hill stands the historic El Cortez. The carefully restored landmark is once again hosting San Diego ‘s finest events. In one of the most exquisitely designed rooms in the state of California, renowned Events Director Kathi Ballantyne-Skillman hosts a variety of special events.

Since 1927 Presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy to William Jefferson Clinton regaled in the 24k Don Room. Today influential events include San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to watch” and praiseworthy “Charitable Events Registry Awards”. Daily, the Don Room at El Cortez serves as host to numerous corporate events, fundraising functions, and television and movie projects.

El Cortez accommodates from 20 to 375 persons in an ambiance that will be especially memorable. The outdoor “urban” Terrace with wood-burning fireplace is the perfect spot for guests to mingle over a cocktail, and seasoned party goers delight with our mild San Diego weather under a canopy in front of the fireplace to later join in the Don Room and dance the night away!