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ES Manager Reception Definitive Thread

Old Apr 13, 11, 8:31 pm
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ES Manager Reception Definitive Thread

I will start by putting on my flame retardant suit...

OK, now that I am ready for flaming... I will throw this little topic out for discussion.

I am one of those who actually finds pretty good value in ES properties. I know that a lot of them are older and they are not at the top of the Hilton chain, but I think the amenities are generally worth paying a fare rate for when they are properly implemented.

My issue is that the Manager's receptions at many of the properties seem to be less than par and do not go along the chain's theme of "Evening Manager's Reception with complimentary beverages"... Some of the properties are on the.... let's just say it "CHEAP" side. While I recognize that their are state and local laws that dictacte alcohol distribution, their are some properites that just try to limit the number of drinks in an effort to be cheap, and in my opinion this practice is TACKY....

If the chain is going to put this amenity on the table, then it should enforce and enact it consistently.

I wanted to put a list of properites together based upon FT experience. Before I book a hotel, I want to know that the amenitity that I expect is what I am going to get... I do not want to be limited to two beers...

I have started the list and will update based upon your feed back. THis can be a reference tool and help other avoid properites that do not wish to play ball in the same league.

ALASKA

ANCHORAGE - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS - GOOD BEER SELECTION / GREAT FOOD

ARIZONA

FLAGSTAFF - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
PHOENIX AIRPORT 24 TH STREET - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
SCOTTSDALE - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS


CALIFORNIA

ARCADIA - RESTRICTS GUEST TO 6 DRINKS, VIA A TICKET. (BAR TENDER ACTUALLY BROUGHT DRINKS TO THE TABLE ON A COUPLE NIGHTS)
ANAHEIM NORTH - REGULAR MANAGER'S RECEPTION. UNLIMITED DRINKS
ANAHEIM SOUTH - REGULAR MANAGER'S RECEPTION . UNLIMITED DRINKS, PIZZA FOR SALE. (Nice Reception)
IRVINE - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
LOS ANGELES LAX NORTH - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
LA JOILA - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
MONTEREY - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
NAPA VALLEY - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
PALMDALE - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS - ABOVE AVG. FOOD.
SACRAMENTO CAPITAL - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
SAN DIEGO BAYFRONT - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
SFO AIRPORTBURLINGAME - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
SAN JOSE SILICAN VALLEY SANTA CLARA - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS. CAN ALSO ORDER FOOD FROM RESTAURANT.
SAN LUIS OBISPO - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
SAN RAFAEL - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
WALNUT CREEK - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS

COLORADO

DENVER SOUTHEAST - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS


FLORIDA

JACKSONVILLE - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
ORLANDO AIRPORT - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS AT THE BAR.
ORLANDO - LAKE BUENA VISTA DISNEY - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS, HOURS ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT 6-8/5-7.. I CANNOT REMEMBER RIGHT OFF...
TAMPA USF - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
TAMPA WESTSHORE - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS

GEORGIA

ALPHARETTA - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
ATLANTA AIRPORT - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS.. IN THE SIDE BAR WHICH CREATED A BOTTLENECK TO GET DRINKS.
ATLANTA GALLERIA - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS

HAWAII
HONOLULU - NICE MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS FROM EXPANDED MENU. GREAT BAR TENDERS AND ENTERTAINMENT

ILLINOIS

EAST PEORIA - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS

INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS NORTH - REGULAR HAPPY HOUR - UNLIMITED DRINKS (it has been a while. so updates?)

KENTUCKY

COVINGTON - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
LEXINGTON RIVERFRONT - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
LOUISVILLE EAST - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS

LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS

MAINE

PORTLAND AIRPORT - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION, BUT RUMOR OF LIMITS TO COME.. ANY UPDATES???

MASSACHUSETTES

BOSTON LOGAN - NO ALCOHOLIC BEVS. DUE TO STATE LAW....

MISSOURI

ST LOUIS AIRPORT - OK, THE HOTEL IS A DUMP, BUT THE BARTENDERS ARE GREAT.... THEY HAVE IMPLEMENTED A 2 DRINK LIMIT, BUT WAS NOT ENFORCED BY MY FAV. BARTENDERS..... THIS IS THE ONLY REASON THAT I STILL STAY HERE....

NEVADA

LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS, BUT LONG LINES...

NEW MEXICO

ABQ - REGULAR MANAGERS RECECPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS - NICE HOTEL

NEW YORK

]MANHATTAN WORLD TRADE CENTER - DRINK COUPONS FOR SOME, WITH STATUS YOU GET THE PLAT. KEY THAT ALLOWS FOR UNLIMITED DRINKS. I WAS GOLD.. ASSUME IT IS GOLD AND DIAMOND.

NORTH CAROLINA
GREENSBORO - LIMIT OF TWO DRINKS PER STATE LAW
WINSTON-SALEM - LIMIT OF TWO DRINKS PER STATE LAW

OHIO


PENNSYLVANIA

PHILADELPHIA CITY CENTER - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS - AND DUCKS...

UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS

TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE VANDERBILT - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
NASHVILLE AIRPORT - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS

VIRGINIA

ALEXANDRIA OLD TOWN - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
CRYSTAL CITY - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
WILLIAMSBURG - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS


WASHINGTON DC

CONVENTION CENTER - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS - GOOD FOOD



I appreciate all updates.. I will continue to add my experiences...

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Old Apr 13, 11, 8:33 pm
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Old Apr 13, 11, 9:30 pm
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Well, I gave up booze in August. But back when I had an occassional drink:

Illinois:
EAST PEORIA: one drink per bar visit. You have two hours in which to visit the bar. (This is an excellent property although the new water softener ruined it for me).
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Old Apr 13, 11, 10:43 pm
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Is there any ES's that have real food anymore for Mgr's receptions?
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Old Apr 13, 11, 10:55 pm
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Originally Posted by mnredfox View Post
Is there any ES's that have real food anymore for Mgr's receptions?
only for sale....
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Old Apr 14, 11, 12:49 am
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Irvine- Regular Managers Reception- Unlimited Drinks
San Diego Bayfront- Regular Managers Reception- Unlimited Drinks
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Old Apr 14, 11, 3:45 am
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Originally Posted by mnredfox View Post
Is there any ES's that have real food anymore for Mgr's receptions?
I think there are a few. I know when I stayed at the ES Anchorage a couple of years ago they had Mussels. Last year I was at the ES Detroit Airport and they had breadsticks with marinara and soup.

I just wish that all ES posted the beers which they offer online. I hate showing up at the manager's reception only to find Bud, Coors, etc. Uggg. The ES in the NW seem to have good beers on tap. ANC was the best with 5 or so on tap when I was there.
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Old Apr 14, 11, 4:50 am
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My two most frequented ES's:

ES Atlanta Galleria - awesome service, unlimited drink refills, Sam Adams, Yuengling, Miller Lite on tap. Typical munchies.

ES Alpharetta - Annoying bartender, unlimited drink refills, MGD on draft only. Other beers on tap but you aren't allowed to have those as part of the reception. Typical munchies.
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Old Apr 14, 11, 4:58 am
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Originally Posted by Crazyhotelguy View Post

CALIFORNIA

ARCADIA - RESTRICTS GUEST TO 6 DRINKS, VIA A TICKET. (BAR TENDER ACTUALLY BROUGHT DRINKS TO THE TABLE ON A COUPLE NIGHTS)
ANAHEIM NORTH - REGULAR MANAGER'S RECEPTION. UNLIMITED DRINKS
ANAHEIM SOUTH - REGULAR MANAGER'S RECEPTION . UNLIMITED DRINKS, PIZZA FOR SALE. (Nice Reception)
LOS ANGELES LAX NORTH - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
SFO AIRPORTBURLINGAME - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS
SAN JOSE SILICAN VALLEY - REGULAR MANAGERS RECEPTION - UNLIMITED DRINKS. CAN ALSO ORDER FOOD FROM RESTAURANT.
There are two Embassy Suites in the "San Jose" area, but neither are actually in San Jose. One is in Santa Clara and the other is in Milpitas. Which one are you referring to above? You should correct the city because you could be referring to either one.
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Old Apr 14, 11, 7:29 am
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Arizona

Flagstaff- Standard Manager's reception. Small, cozy location

California

Monterey-Standard Manager's reception, although a little short on wine choices
Sacramento (Capital)- Standard Manager's reception
San Luis Obispo- Standard Manager's reception, few more food choices
San Rafael- Standard Managers reception, not well laid out or designed
South Lake Tahoe- Standard Manager's reception, can be long lines, separate location for Golds and Diamonds

Philladelphia

Downtown- Standard Manager's reception.
Airport- Standard Manager's reception, with ducks!

Washington DC

Convention Center- Standard Manager's reception. Best food selection!

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Old Apr 14, 11, 9:32 am
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Louisiana

baton rouge - regular managers reception - unlimited drinks
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I can't imagine evaluating a reception on whether I can get more than two beers, and frankly, I can't even remember most of the Managers' Receptions at most of the ES's I've been to. The only one that stands out at all is the South Lake Tahoe one (because Diamonds may go to the regular bar/restaurant and order -- it appears, although it's difficult to know since there is zero documentation of what Diamond status gets you by way of this "special" reception -- anything on the menu.)

I slightly remember the ES in ABQ as being nice.

All the rest I've stayed in leave no trace.

But for the most part, I try to avoid them because at the beginning they're packed with folks obsessively getting their free booze + thousands of children, and at the end the floors and tables usually look there was an explosion in a popcorn factory.
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ES Napa Valley - Unlimited drinks
ES Walnut Creek - Unlimited drinks, standard manager reception

Utah

ES Salt Lake City - Unlimited drinks, only popcorn, chip, and pretzels and a few dips
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Old Apr 14, 11, 10:17 am
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its been so long since I have been to an ES that I forget what the reception usually includes . . .

I was at the ES Sacramento, CA recently and it was

unlimited drinks (lousy bottled beer and no draft - wine was chardonnay or merlot - vodka, gin, whiskey plus basic mixers)

food was chex mix, tortilla chips and salsa, carrots and celery sticks with ranch dressing

you could also order hors d'ouevres from the restaurant and the regular bar was open if you wanted to buy other drinks besides the free selection
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
I can't imagine evaluating a reception on whether I can get more than two beers, and frankly, I can't even remember most of the Managers' Receptions at most of the ES's I've been to.

...

But for the most part, I try to avoid them because at the beginning they're packed with folks obsessively getting their free booze + thousands of children, and at the end the floors and tables usually look there was an explosion in a popcorn factory.
That pretty much sums it up. The breakfast and booze reception really aren't attracting me to ES properties.
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