(Closed) Hotel Venue…..Opinions, please!!!

posted 10 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I would totally go for the Sofitel.  It looks like a much more memorable experience.  I used to live in Oakland, and I’m not sure what touristy things you are thinking are by the airport in Burlingame.  If I was travelling to go to your wedding, I’m going to want to go to the city, which is not that much farther from Redwood City than from Burlingame.  Or down to Half Moon Bay, which is even closer to Redwood City.  Maybe I’m missing something though – in all the time I lived there, I can’t remember ever going to Burlingame/Daly City except to go to the airport.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Well, obviously price is also a consideration – and reward points are practically money.  My sister and her husband did most of their honeymoon on frequent flyer miles and Marriott points.

And you have to be able to count on the venue.  Ours is probably not the fanciest place we could have reserved, but we have known the staff for years, and they are taking really, really good care of us – which is priceless.  Also the included DOC is a great deal – our venue also provides the DOC, and I couldn’t be happier with him.  I originally thought he only coordinated their staff, but it turns out he is basically ours for the day, to coordinate everything.  Since he knows the venue inside and out, and has been involved with our planning from the beginning, that is huge. 

It sounds like you really like the Sofitel though.  Maybe you could schedule an appt to sit down and talk with their banquet manager or whoever is handling your event, and express your concerns.  If you schedule this one day, and then an appt with the coordinator at the Marriott the next day, I think you could come away a pretty good idea of what you want to do.  The most important thing is that you’re happy with your decision.  I wouldn’t go with Marriott just for the points, but if you feel like they will take better care of you, that is probably worth a slightly less photo-fabulous backdrop.  After all, your photographer will make it look great, and nobody is going to spend the reception looking at the ballroom divider.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

uuummmmm… i’d go with the sofitel – only b/c the marriott is an airport hotel – and in all honesty, if your’e looking for a "wow" it would not be with jets flying overhead – the lobby is kinda older looking and bare, no??… it’s for sure convenient to sfo, but still, it’s an airport hotel… yes i’m a bit of a snob when it comes to that…sorry if i’m offending you – but that’s just my take…

have you looked at the sheraton in burlingame if you want an airport hotel??  i think hands down, the starwood hotels are much better than any other brand…

i dunno – i’ve stayed at that marriott while traveling for business b/c it’s so close to sfo and it’s just "eh" nothing really spectacular, kwim??

also, make sure the "coordinator" is going to do just that – not just serve as the liaison between the banquet captain and all other hotel staff.  get in writing what duties she is going to perform.  if your’e looking for a doc, please make sure (for your own piece of mind) what responsibilities s/he will be taking care of. 

good luck and happy planning!  

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Something about "airport hotel" and "wedding" does not go hand-in-hand for me. I’d pick the more glamourous one 🙂 But that’s just me.

I think it’s best to decide what your priorites are: price, location, alcohol, food, look of the hotel, how they will take care of you, and then see which hotel meets your priorities best.

Our priorities were food and the look of the reception room. So we ended up with a beautiful venue with amazing food, but now we can barely afford to give out drinks 🙂 But it’s all about what is important to YOU.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I would second Anti-Zilla’s comment about the coordinator.  My venue also comes with an event coordinator, who I assumed was basically the banquet manager.  I was getting to the point of thinking I should actually have a DOC, so I decided that maybe he could recommend someone.  And it turns out that he is basically dedicated that day to our event, and will do anything we need, including coordinating all the vendors (delivery times, set-up, etc), and will also coordinate set-up of all our stuff (guest book, favors, altar decor) as long as we give him directions on how we would like it to be placed.  But the point is, at no other venue did we find anything like this – the banquet coordinator was generally in charge of coordinating only venue staff in their duties.  So I would make sure that the DOC is actually coordinating the event for you – rather than just for the hotel. 

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