(Closed) Hilton Singer Island

posted 6 years ago in Miami and South Florida
Post # 3
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7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I went to a wedding there in December in the outdoor area that is tented that leads to the beach.

It was very nice. doesn’t give the hotel feel since its mainly a wooden structure set looking out at the water. Not sure about pricing but brunch is cheaper and just depends how many people you have and courses/elaborate stuff you want.

Post # 4
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3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve not stayed there but I stay at a lot of Hilton’s so my advice is for the chain in general. Like any hotel chain or airline, having status (frequent guest) helps A TON in terms of how you’re treated if things go wrong, and can also help you get some decent freebies (room upgrades, free Internet, free breakfast, etc). You have to spend A LOT of money with Hilton for the status to get you a catering/event discount, but if something were to happen with your event that made you dissatisfied, you will get better satisfaction as a status-holding member. That’s not to say they treat the general public like dirt; they don’t, and generally I find Hilton staff to be well-trained, helpful and polite. But they do treat their elites just a bit better.

Hilton often does various promos (sometimes through credit cards) that get you free Gold status, which is mid-tier and has some nice perks. Ask google what’s being offered currently, and check back often.

When selecting a Hilton (or any chain, really) for the guest room block, try to negotiate for some free Hilton points for you. It’s very hit-or-miss, as it’s at the discretion of the property and you’ll get more generous offers if you are looking at a non-peak time and/or an area where there’s a lot of competition. I got ~20k Hilton points for myself by planning an event in a medium city on a slow weekend with only 10 room nights (20k points is enough for 2 off-season nights in a mid-range hotel in Florida); by comparison, my wedding block totals at 68 room nights but since it’s in a big city during a busy holiday weekend, I got no extra points (but I did get free Internet for all guests). It’s worth asking, at least.

If you’re just doing reception there and not rooms, you may want to consider renting a single room and charging your catering to the room so you can get points for it. Hilton pays 10 points/dollar; on a $10k catering bill, that’s 100k points, or 2 free nights in Sydney or London (or almost a week in Florida).

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