Wednesday, November 12, 2008

room service

I think that it may be premature to move the wedding outside the city. It was just me over-reacting, something that I am want to do.

Anyways, in the spirit of over-reacting, I decided that it would be a good idea to block out rooms now, at hotels that are near to where we plan on having ceremony/reception. The two that I checked out were the Mosser and the Intercontinental. I've never stayed at either and the Jr. Travel Agent in me would not allow people to stay at a place I've not set foot in.

So, I went to the Mosser first. The lobby was pretty nice, done in an urban modern deco style. The guy at the front was pretty helpful and the door guy showed me around the place. My initial impression was pretty good until I stepped off the elevator and noticed the carpet. This is key in noticing a property, see how in repair it is. So that was a strike against. The second thing was the rooms were really small, I mean really small. Did I mention they were really small? And they were a lot more than I thought they were going to be because of Oracle. Thanks guys.

The upside is that it is centrally located in SOMA and its the cheapest hotel in the area. I think I'm going to have to do more research.

The second place I checked out was the Intercontinental Hotel. I walked in and spoke with the check in guy who was less than helpful. I had to push him to get me to another check in person who finally got me the group sales person, but I had to wait like 10 minutes for that. She was really helpful and took me around to all the rooms. They were nice, but the bathrooms were dissapointing. They were standard tub/shower combos. They said they had better bathrooms, but I didn't see them. She did show me the ball room too, but I don't think its in the budget to hold the reception there.

All in all it was really depressing. So I had a chocolate chip cookie and a peppermint latte at Peet's.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Oracle and Fleet Week

So I called about information about a particular park in SF where I was thinking of having the ceremony. However I found out some particularly disturbing news.

1) That weekend is the end of fleet week. I might be having Blue Angels sonic booming my ceremony and sailors crashing my reception (though I think my maid of honor will be happy with having her pick of navy men.)

2) That is the week before the Oracle Convention, and all the rooms are booked starting from the 8th of October for people coming in for set up (and probably every single extra chair in SF will be rented to them too!)

3) Who owns the park is still in limbo, and they don't even know if it will be "finished" by then, since it's still not done.

Maybe October isn't going to work out in SF. Sonoma anyone?