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The Eldridge Hotel

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About The Eldridge Hotel

The Eldridge Hotel is a full-service venue located in Lawrence, Kansas. The hotel offers couples a simply stunning setting with historic charm and elegant decor. With excellent inhouse catering and a well-trained waitstaff, any event at The Eldridge Hotel is sure to be a hit among your guests.

Facilities and Capacity

There are a myriad of spaces to choose from at The Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas. The Crystal Ballroom is a bright room with gorgeous arched windows and French door openings along with enough space for upto 250 guests. The All American Room is ideal for intimate weddings, featuring black and white photos on the wall and a cozy atmosphere with enough space for about 36 guests maximum. Big 6, with a capacity of 200, is a lower-level room with a large bar that runs along one wall, creating a pub-like atmosphere. The Eldridge Extended is a venue space about a block from the hotel with exposed wood beams and large windows overlooking the main road. It can be broken down into three function rooms, the Valentine Room with a capacity of 150, the Olivia Room with a capacity of 20, and the Bliss Room with a capacity of 100. There is also a Conference Room for more intimate gatherings, such as engagement parties, that can host about 12 guests.

Services Offered

When you are planning a wedding it is beneficial to find as many services in one place as possible. Without compromising quality, The Eldridge Hotel offers couples quite a few services in their wedding packages. To name a few:

  • Wedding planning
  • In-house bar services
  • Set up
  • Clean up
  • Liability Insurance
  • Wireless Internet
  • Bartenders
  • Liquor license
  • Audio equipment
  • Visual equipment
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Linens
  • Barware
  • China
  • Glassware
  • Flatware


From simple lunch choices to fancy plated dinner menus, the catering at The Eldridge Hotel will surely impress every palate. The chef takes pride in his creations and has a few different types of cuisine including Mexican, American, and BBQ. From fancy hors d’oeuvres to delectable desserts, your wedding day events will be marked with wonderful culinary treats. Enjoy a relaxing morning after the wedding by booking a delectable breakfast for all of your guests staying at the hotel. Try a simple muffins and bagels buffet, or a chef-attended omelet station if your crowd is hungry.


The Eldridge Hotel is host to 48 suites within the renovated historic building on Massachusetts Street. The prime amenities include spacious bathrooms, comfortable beds, and a prime downtown location right outside your suite. With the convenience of on-site accomodations, The Eldridge Hotel is even more appealing for couples looking to host their wedding in the city.


In 1855, the Free State Hotel was erected to welcome settlers from the Boston area whose homes were not yet completed. The hotel was burned to the ground a year later and—in spite of the pro-slavery forces—was rebuilt with an additional floor. Colonel Shalor Eldridge, who rebuilt it, swore to rebuild and add a floor every time it was burnt down. In 1863 it was again destroyed, along with 150 people and the rest of the city. Colonel Eldridge did rebuild, and at this point, gave it his name which remains today. It went through a complete renovation in 1925 and was closed down in 1970 due to the popularity of motels in the city. The building was changed to apartments. In 1985, a developer made it his mission to bring back the hotel and so, nearly 20 years later in 2005, The Eldridge Hotel opened its doors as a popular downtown Kansas hotel.


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Married on 01/10/2009

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Wonderful. Working with everybody at The Eldridge, especially Joanna was so easy and fun. She made everything we asked possible and the reception came off wonderfully. Our venue was the Crystal ... Read more Ballroom and it fit our 84 guest perfectly. If anyone is looking for a historic, beautiful venue with friendly and competent staff I highly recommend the Eldridge. They even gave us a substantial discount on the room rental for off season receptions so keep that in mind.


Married on 09/13/2008

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Everything was perfect. It was all organized so well, and the catering director we worked with thought of all of the things that we didn't! I would recommend them to anyone. Also, the venue was ... Read more beautiful. It was The Eldridge Extended, a newly rennovated building a block away from the main hotel. Our honeymoon suite was located right upstairs, and it was amazing.


Married on 05/01/2014

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

We stayed here the night of our wedding. It was a very nice room, and the bathroom/shower were huge. It was very clean and the staff was very helpful with checking in around our ceremony time. It was ... Read more a bit pricey for the size of the room, but that's the only negative.

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