And now I am confused again. I really like the Le Salon of Hyatt Hotel but the initial package they gave me was so much more expensive than that of Diamond Hotel. But since they agreed to lock in on their rates, that makes them roughly around 30k to 40k cheaper!
In terms of function hall, I kind of liked Hyatt's Le Salon better than the Diamond Ballroom. Here are some pictures of their function halls. Please note that the shot for Hyatt's Le Salon is only half of the room because there was an event on the other half when we got there.
HYATT HOTEL AND CASINO
What I didn't like about the Diamond Ballroom is the fact that it is beside the swimming pool entrance. So there is that tendency that I will again see people running around in their bathrobes because they are on their way to the pool.
What I didn't like about Le Salon is that you would have to take the elevator going to it which may take some time since there are only I think 2 elevators going up.
Here is a comparison of the packages being offered by the 2 hotels.
The projector would probably cost around Php 15,000 if we were to rent it. And also for the special effects part, Rejectkrew will already have a fog machine in their package so I don't really need the special effects part of the package. I am, however, very much attracted to the set menu meal for 20 heads from Hyatt.
We can use that for the rehearsal dinner, you know! That would already save us a couple of bucks!
I am kinda sad, though, that the bridal car of Hyatt is only in silver and grey. And has the hotel name on it, at that. Here is a sample shot sent by my AE.
So, again, I am confused. I need to make a decision before this year ends if I want to get the locked in rates of Hyatt. They both have their pros and cons and right now I am inclined to book Hyatt because I feel that they are willing to go the extra mile for their customers by approving a lock in of the rates. And also, if we were to get more than 10 rooms they will be giving us a discount for that.
Another thing I like about Hyatt is that they are flexible when it comes to crew meals. They both allowed us to bring crew meal for preparations, but during the event this is not allowed anymore. Diamond informed me that their crew meal is Php 650.00 per head, the same for Hyatt. But with Hyatt, they told us that the suppliers can instead go to the employee's cafeteria for a meal which will only be Php 250.00 and that is way cheaper! Maybe I can ask my coordinator to buy food from the suppliers so it can still be taken up to them.
I also like Hyatt's AE better. She is very accommodating and responds really fast. Unlike with Diamond, my email has been sitting in their inbox for a week and I had to be really aggressive before someone got back to me. And it has now been another 3 days since my last query and still nothing.
So there you have it! Looks like we are going to book Hyatt Hotel and Casino for our wedding reception. I will have a talk with the future in laws this weekend to see what they think, too.