Defense Language Institute Community
Dining and Lodging
NAVY GATEWAY INNS & SUITES
Continuing the tradition of excellence in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Navy Gateway Inns & Suites provides quality lodging and hospitality services, which contribute to mission accomplishment and quality of life for a mobile Defense community. NGIS welcomes NAF and DOD employees, active-duty and retired military members; you can sponsor friends and family to stay at NGIS, too. For out-of-town family and friends joining you for the holidays or family festivities, it is the perfect solution. It offers comfortable accommodations, affordable rates, and the amenities you want and deserve. Why stay anywhere else!
While staying at NGIS, take the opportunity to experience the history of the former Del Monte Hotel, a property that established a reputation as “the most elegant seaside resort in the world” and “America’s most loved resort.” Living history paraded through its corridors as its notable guest list expanded, including presidents William McKinley, Rutherford Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan; Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman; Gen. “Black Jack” Pershing; Charles Lindbergh; Hawaiian Monarch King Kalakaua; and England’s Marquis of Queensberry. The personalities who helped make its Club Del Monte “the queen of American watering places” include Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, Eleanor Roosevelt, Will Rogers, Gloria Vanderbilt, Walt Disney, Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dali and Douglas Fairbanks.
THE DEL MONTE HOTEL
The Club Del Monte staff continues its historic tradition of serving its customers great food in the elegant setting of the historic Del Monte Hotel. The executive chef, Hugh Butler, has worked at the world-famous Greenbrier Hotel and Resort, the Quail Lodge and Pebble Beach Resort, as well as owned and operated two of his own restaurants. Only the freshest fruits and vegetables are purchased from “America’s salad bowl” in Salinas Valley. Additionally, the freshest seafood, right from Fisherman’s Wharf, is purchased less than 2 miles from the kitchen.
THE TRIDENT ROOM
Beverage service hours: 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 3 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Dinner service hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Originally called the Del Monte Tap Room and renamed the Trident Lounge in 1952 when the Navy took over operation of the Old Club Del Monte, the Trident is perhaps one of the most famous bars in American history. Featured are 10 draft beers, from the standards to a great assortment of microbrews, all served in NPS’s own Trident mugs. Also offered are a variety of wines, cocktails and nonalcoholic beverages. The Trident Room is in Herrmann Hall, Building 220, on the ground floor, and is open Monday through Saturday.
Families may order meals to take out or to enjoy in the Trident Room as well. Children are allowed in the Trident bar if accompanied by a parent. Check out the great social hour specials and hors d’oeuvres that are made with customers in mind. Come for the food, stay for the fun. For more information, call 831-656-7508 after 3 p.m.
THE EL PRADO DINING ROOM
The El Prado Dining Room is on the ground floor of Herrmann Hall, Building 220. Seating up to 150 guests, the Spanish-style El Prado Room is a unique site for both meetings and weddings. The room can be divided to accommodate a varying number of guests. It is open on weekdays for breakfast and lunch. It is closed weekends and federal holidays. For more information, call 831-656-2170.
Breakfast in the El Prado Room
A la carte breakfast: 6:45 to 10:45 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Hot breakfast: 6:45 to 9:15 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Breakfast is served continental style with an assortment of breads and breakfast pastries, fresh fruit, cold cereals, yogurt, juices, and a choice tea and coffee selection. Hot breakfast options range from pancakes, waffles, French toast and oatmeal to scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. The menu varies daily.
Lunch in the El Prado Room
Hours: 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed on holidays.
Patrons may select from several hot entrees with side dishes, the salad bar, soups and chili, and made-to-order sandwiches. Specialty menus are offered every Friday in addition to daily specials.
CAFE DEL MONTE
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed federal holidays. Open for lunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cafe Del Monte is next to the Knox Library.
Club Del Monte catering is available for special occasions of all kinds. A quality event is not complete without memorable first-class service. When choosing Club Del Monte for an event, the catering department will assist with the utmost in quality and service. Each of the gathering rooms will be catered using the finest foods and beverages. There are rooms ranging in size from intimate patios and alcoves to the grandeur of the great ballroom. Whether planning holiday parties, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, hail and farewells, conferences or any other special event, the Club Del Monte catering department is here to take care of all the details. See the event planning guide for more details or contact the catering department directly at 831-656-1049.
Store hours: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and federal holiday weekends.
Starbucks is located in the Dudley Knox Library.
THE BARBARA MCNITT BALLROOM
The ballroom seats up to 550 guests, and a reception can accommodate up to 900 guests. This magnificent ballroom was created in the tradition of the grand ballrooms of yesteryear. The immense windows that line this extraordinary room create an aura of natural light and wonder. At night, the twilight lighting in the room becomes iridescent, almost magical, and is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding. This truly grand ballroom is adorned with ornate details such as inlaid mosaics, magnificent iron chandeliers, an intricate Spanish colonial ceiling and stunning, oversized, carved double doors. A large private veranda overlooking the gardens and grounds is accessible as a comfortable break for guests. It is a perfect room for any occasion.
The Quarterdeck can accommodate up to 250 reception guests. The Quarterdeck has a spiritual quality, with high, hand-carved ceilings and massive windows, creating the perfect setting for a daytime — or evening — reception. Many choose this room for guests to gather and mingle, enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres when waiting for the main reception to start. This is also a premium room to host meetings, luncheons and other events.
THE LA NOVIA RECEPTION ROOM AND THE TERRACE
The La Novia Room seats up to 90 guests and can accommodate up to 160 guests for a reception.
The La Novia Terrace dining area boasts a unique diorama of a bride and groom on horseback, set into a black walnut case created by renowned artist Joe Mora. The historic room lets out onto a large, bright patio called the Terrace, creating an outdoor feeling, including natural foliage.