A lot of people might not think of a smaller hotel like this for a party but it's perfect. I had heard from several friends about great experiences holding their child's bar/bat mitzvah here, but wasn't too sure I wanted to use it. I have 9 years experience working in 4 & 5 Star large resorts and have always thought that was way to go. I decided to check it out after many recommendations.
There is only one ballroom, so you will be the only party and when I say you get all the attention because of that, I mean it. The staff bent over backwards to meet our every need! With having experience in this field, I am pretty specific to my needs and details. The Catering Manager Terri Miller was attentive and responsive and wonderful! As the party neared, our phone calls became more frequent and she was able to remind me of things I needed to do that weren't part of her job but little details I may forgotten that I needed to take care of. She helped me when I was the most frazzled! I was on a strict budget and Terri worked with me and helped me figure out what would work best. (I will talk about the food later). I was not working with a decor person and was doing it on my own. I was able to drop of a bunch of decorations the day before and Terri and her staff happily set everything up so it looked amazing! A big amount of time I didn't have to worry about using up during my busy weekend.
Last minute I called Terri because I had forgotten one of my guests was gluten free. Terri called me back with in 5 minutes with exactly what my guest could eat that I had already included in our menu and what exactly they would do for substitutions. There was also a boy at our party who didn't tell anyone until the actual party that he was gluten free and he was taken care of immediately and with no problem.
During the party I felt that not only did everything go smoothly and perfectly, but that again, the staff was there to make us happy. Terri was always easy to find and if I had any need it was quickly taken care of and with a great attitude. The F&B Manager Bill Songer was also highly visible and checking in with me to make sure we had everything we needed and was super nice. All of the banquet staff, Manny, Daniel, Ema, and Shari were terrific!
On to the food...one word...AMAZING. As I've mentioned, I've had many 4-star and 5-star experiences and this easily compares! I had heard the food was great here, but thought with a smaller hotel it might not be the same experience as a resort. We had a buffet for the adults with a mushroom chicken that was delicious and a lemon salmon that my guests talked about for days! Buffets can be iffy but everything was hot, plentiful and cooked to perfection! I have to mention also, that I had met with a few of the hotels in the area where everyone has their bar mitzvah's and for what I ordered for my guests I would've paid double and been required to meet a much higher minimum. This was perfect! A 5-star experience in my book and I would book them a gain in a heartbeat if I have another event!
Overall, a perfect experience. The MOST important part was that my son had the time of his life and said he wouldn't have changed a thing.
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