Thursday, April 19, 2012

Venue Spotlight - Waterfront Beach Resort

Last month my beautiful couple, Felicity & Jeffrey were married at the sprawling Waterfront Beach Resort, in Huntington Beach. This was my first time working at this venue. When you enter the doors of the resort, you are taken away to a place of luxury and unrivaled service. You instantly become relaxed, and feel pampered.

The staff at The Waterfront are the best in the business. Vanessa Rockafellow is the Senior Catering Manager. At her right hand is Catering Manager Danielle Wagner. These two are consumate professionals. Under their supervision, no detail is forgotten. The Waterfront truly is their passion and it shows. When you meet with them in their cozy Events Boutique, until the your wedding is finished, they will take care of everything for you.

The Waterfront Beach Resort is now on top of my list for favorite venues. I love it so much I want to share it with you. Vanessa answered my "Venue Spotlight" questions, and provided me with the pictures that will make you want to come see for yourself. So sit back and enjoy Vanessa's story about why you should come visit THE WATERFRONT. Take it away Vanessa.

Q: What is the history of your venue?
A: For over 22 years, The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, was the first “major” branded hotel to open in Huntington Beach. Starting as just a hotel and banquet space, it quickly and comfortably grew into the resort that it is today. Weather relaxing by the pool, getting more adventurous at the beach, having the seaside wedding of your dreams or dining and relaxing in Shades restaurant and lounge, The Waterfront will always mark the change for Huntington Beach from sleepy surf town to the center of gravity as a true destination for business or for pleasure.

Q: How many guests can you accommodate?
A: 300 max for Ceremony and 400 max for reception.

Q: Do you provide In-House Catering?
A: Yes our award winning culinary team can provide many options for lunch or dinner receptions.

Q:. Is parking provided on-site?
A: Yes we are 100% valet here. $14 for day use and $26 for overnight.

Q: Do you book more than one event per day? Yes we have four ballrooms, two of which are ocean view.
A: Our Ceremony & Reception Sites are outlined here:

Pacific Terrace- 30-100 guests

Ocean View Pool Deck- 50-250 guests (Only available after Labor Day up to Memorial Day)

Garden Gazebo- 20-300 guests

Reception Sites
West Coast Club- 20-70 guests

Pacific Ballroom and Terrace- 150-200 guests

Cielo Mare Ballroom- 70-150 guests

Grand Ballroom/Waterfront Ballroom- 200-400 guests

Q: How will that affect my event?
A: We stagger all events and require that all events have a professional wedding coordinator (like Mrs. Jeannie Ward) to ensure that each guest has a personalized experience for their event.

Q: What is your favorite feature of your venue? 
A: Aside from our incredible ocean views, our staff and service is what makes this place awesome.

Q: Give us the top three reasons why couples should book your venue for their wedding/reception.

1. Vanessa and Danielle (Danielle is getting married here too she loves it so much!!)

2. We are one of the only hotels with all ocean view guest rooms. We take pride in the fact that our property always looks new and is constantly enhanced with new furnishings and creative touches to ensure that our guest experience remains unique with each visit. Our ocean view ballrooms are obviously what attracts most of our clients.

3. We also have our Waterfront Events Boutique which gives you an interactive experience where you can see your event come to life. Let our experience create yours!!

Now you know why I love the Waterfront Beach Resort. If you're getting married, and want a resort that offers you everything in one place, go visit Vanessa and Danielle. You'll be in good hands. I'd love to take you there myself and introduce you. Come on...let's go play at The Waterfront.


  1. Having our wedding at the Waterfront Beach Resort was truly beyond a dream come true. Our family and friends immediately felt like they were on vacation when they pulled up to the beautiful hotel. The staff is so friendly and helpful. I worked with Cathy for several weeks prior to the event, securing a room block and making reservations for our guests, and she was so delightful and made the entire process painless and actually enjoyable. Vanessa and Danielle really know how to throw a party and their professionalism is unmatched. They take the stress off the bride and groom and they always have a back-up plan for say an unexpected tropical storm that calls for a quick move from outdoor to indoor ceremony.
    Everything from my bridal preparation suite to our ceremony and reception sites, to the honeymoon suite, were classy, elegant and comfortable. The grounds are lovely and relaxing. The food was exceptional! Our wedding guests are still talking about it. And of course, Wedding Jeannie and the Hilton Ladies made a great team providing us with what will always be known in our circle of friends as "THE Wedding of the Century". The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort will always hold a special place in our hearts.

  2. The hotel will always hold a special place for me as well Felicity. It's where I first met you. Everytime I visit, you'll be on my mind and in my heart. Next time you're in OC, let's go visit Vanessa and Danielle.