Post # 1
We are getting married 12/31, and many of our guests (25 rooms are reserved) are staying in our room block at a hotel in downtown Phila. We are thinking we need to host a brunch the next am. So we have a couple of options and I am torn. I am thinking about 40 people will show up –
My FI wanted to have a “continental breakfast”. My feeling – we can’t keep people out until 3am, and the next day at 11 am feed them bagels. So I priced a buffet brunch.
Option 1 – brunch in hotel – $30pp http://www.hotelpalomar-philadelphia.com (restaurant)
Option 2 – brunch at a restaurant 4 blocks away – $20pp http://www.slatephiladelphia.com
My FI is begging to have it in the hotel. He doesn’t want to walk down the street. I think it’s ridiculous. People will walk 4 blocks for a free meal. And $400 is a lot of money.
I want to do the brunch, but this is an unplanned expense.
Post # 3
You’re already being very gracious by hosting the brunch. The restaurant brunch would do just fine. I would totally walk or drive four blocks for the free meal and appreciate the hospitality.
Post # 4
I’m biased because I completely understand where your FI is coming from. I know if I was out till 3 am, I wouldn’t want to walk 4 blocks, even for a breakfast. (but, if I was the groom/bride, I’d be the one paying for it … so I wouldn’t mind feeling that way) lol But, I’m lazy??
Fact is, regardless, its not going to matter. Don’t get me wrong, if you have the funds for it … do the hotel. MUCH more convenient. But, if not … I agree with @meliss … if I were a guest and had to walk the 4 blocks, I would just be grateful that the bride/groom are footin the bill!! (in fact, I’d feel a little guilty that they’re paying for it!!) But, again, maybe its me?
Hope it helps! lol
Post # 5
I voted for restaurant brunch. Walking 4 Philly blocks is like nothing. I used to live in that area and with all the shops and Rittenhouse park it’s really fun just to walk around. I actually lived a block from Slate, never been though. I always used to go to Sabrina’s for brunch but that’s kind of far.
Post # 6
i voted for the hotel brunch because it would be easier for my guests and as your FI has asked for a hotel brunch i would do it
Post # 7
I’m with your FI. If I was up that late, the last thing I would want to do is walk 4 blocks in the middle of winter. If it were me, I would spring for the hotel just for the convenience.
Post # 9
Four blocks is too far to walk …. seriously?? I’d hop on one foot for four blocks for a free delicious buffet breakfast! 🙂 (I’m assuming you don’t have anybody who is mobility-impaired, though.)
[ETA] Maybe people are having trouble picturing how far four blocks is? It’s about 0.2 miles, which is a five-minute walk. So, that’s less than one lap around a track, for reference.
Post # 10
The palomar is on 17th, right? 4 blocks in center city is nothing. I say go to slate.
Post # 11
I vote for the restaurant. 4 blocks is not that bad.
Post # 12
4 blocks seems short to me! I’d go for the restaurant.
Post # 13
I think it is fine to have the brunch down the street. People will really appreciate that you are serving breakfast, and if you want to save, go for it. Plus, it is nice to “get out” of the hotel and get some fresh air.
Post # 14
You’re being super generous by hosting the brunch – which I would maintain isn’t really your responsibility (and, as you said, its an unexpected, additional cost). So if you can save a bit of the cost by having it a measly four blocks away then do so!
And if people don’t want a free breakfast because they’re too lazy/hungover to walk 4 blocks, then they probably don’t deserve a free breakfast in the first place! (ha, I’m evil, sorry).
perhaps organize some people familiar to the area to lead the groups of people to the restaurant if getting lost is an issue? You can make it a fun, perhaps interesting (i have no idea what’s in that neighbourhood but I bet you there’s at least 1 building with a story. Maybe?) “mini tour” of your city. Ta da!
Post # 15
$400 IS a lot of money. you are being more than gracious by offering it and paying it.
if they don’t want to walk 4 blocks, they can pay their own breakfast in the hotel (which many ppl probably wouldnt and go out somewhere cheaper), but if they dont come to yours, then you will save more money! i am on a tight budget, so its a clear decision for me. but i can’t tell you what to do or what to spend your money on.