Posted on 8/15/2011 by An Eventective User from beverly Hills CA
There's nothing like being next to the sea, and The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, towering over the sailboat-filled marina, offers all the amenities of a luxury hotel with the added benefits of a waterfront location. As you enter the lobby, you get your first glimpse of the sophisticated style of this chic hotel. Although the decor is quite elegant, the atmosphere is surprisingly relaxed and casual. Given its premier setting, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey is extremely popular for weddings. Its Rose Garden, specifically designed for ceremonies, features a stone and patina-finished wrought-iron gazebo at the end of a flagstone aisle, flanked on both sides by manicured lawns, rose bushes, palm trees and topiary shrubs. Guests will have a hard time taking their eyes off the bride and her entourage as they make their entrance, gliding down a sweeping double staircase with a stone waterfall and koi pond at its center. Fanned by gentle sea breezes, the Rose Garden stays cool even on the warmest days. You may have trouble choosing from among the lovely reception sites at this fine hotel, so let the size of your guest list be your guide. The Marina Vista Room is ideal for parties of up to 150. Warm and bright, it has a wraparound veranda that overlooks the sparkling pool area and marina promenade. If you're planning a larger gala, you'll want to reserve the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. Tastefully decorated with delicate crystal chandeliers and silk wall coverings, it can be used in its entirety or divided into three sections. The ballroom's foyer has views and access to the marina. The adjacent Ballroom Terrace is wonderful for smaller receptions. Like the ballroom foyer, it has large windows, and French doors that open onto the marina promenade, allowing you to walk to the edge of the water.