After a brief meeting with Coach Paul, we have really narrowed down our options of hotels and are looking to see what other options we can play with. Today I was to see if it was beneficial for us to take the team to a Golden Corral for breakfast instead of risking a bad breakfast at one hotel compared to the cost of the other hotel. The first thing I did was contact the DoubleTree to see if we could get rid of the $16 per plate. What they did was just add it to the room rate for the breakfast and would seat all of us in their Bistro. That rate was $129 though and still more than what we want to spend on a one day stay and breakfast. Next I decided to call the Golden Corral to see what it would cost to feed the 100 people that would be on this trip. They offered to comp 5 of our meals and only charge for 95 of us at $11.75 a head. Adding this to the $95 rate it was still a little high.
I decided to call the DoubleTree back to see if they could do better than the $129. My contact at the hotel came back with an offer of $119. While this is a lot better it is still higher than what we want to pay even though it is everything we want. So putting all the numbers together if we decided to stay at the Holiday Inn and eat there this would be our cheapest option. However, if at the last second decide that this is not going to be a good situation for the breakfast and have to go down the road to the Golden Corral we just added an additional cost of $1200 to the trip. By going to the DoubleTree, there is no inherent risk because they have everything we want, it is just a higher cost than the Holiday Inn but cheaper if you add the Holiday Inn and Golden Corral combo together. So this is the current dilemma that we are facing and hoping that I hear back from another sales manager from another hotel with better news in the next couple of day because it is time to get this done and to move on to other pressing matters. I will be off for the next few days and will return next week and look forward to finalizing this trip.