Embassy Suites by Hilton (Raleigh-Durham Airport/ Brier Creek) to the rescue! The entire world is dealing with the effects of COVID-19 and handling it by re-opening in phases based on how the local government deems necessary based on the current stats. I’m in North Carolina and we’re currently in phase two. Some restaurants have re-opened with special seating arrangements to accommodate social distancing and a modified maximum occupancy. Event spaces have reopened with a max capacity of ten people to stay within the current guidelines. Whether the event takes place indoors or outdoors.
Can you imagine trying to plan a “Oh Baby!” Honey Bee themed gender reveal with all these restrictions? A zoom link was created to share with family members and friends who couldn’t be in attendance due to distance, actively on home-quarantine or social distancing. I can’t forget to mention “trying” to comply with rules and regulations put in place for event gatherings. Originally an outdoor space was secured to host the gender reveal however, that changed when thunderstorms were forecasted for the event date.
I literally had 48hrs to secure an alternate location because invitations had already gone out and I didn’t want to cancel the event. With such short notice, the event venue that I would have loved to host the gender reveal was already booked with a drive-thru baby shower for the same day and time slot. The search was on to find an alternative. I started to look at local hotels that I’ve worked with in the past on blogging events, stayed at for business or leisure and had good recommendations and reviews.
After driving around for half the day and speaking to hotel management, looking at a variety of event spaces within the hotels and comparing space, aesthetics, amenities and pricing… I decided to book the Executive Suite at the Embassy Suites by Hilton (Raleigh-Durham Airport/ Brier Creek). After speaking with the Sales and Catering Manager and sharing my dilemma we brain stormed a few ideas and she quoted me a good rate. It was spacious and I could be the hostess with the mostess!
The Executive Suite is 753 square feet with one King Bed – Bedroom and sitting area with fireplace. Free Wi-Fi and wired internet access. In room entertainment – 42-inch LCD TV with premium channels, pay movies and iPod dock. Food and Beverages – Refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker and room service. Bed Type and Features – Blackout drapes/ curtains and linens. Full (private) and half bathroom to accommodate guests. Extras – Laptop compatible safe, double sofa bed and ironing board.
It’s also non- smoking, wheel chair accessible and you can use the climate control for your heating and air conditioning needs. You can request complimentary rollaway beds if needed. Due to COVID-19 there was no room service or food preparation on the premises. We brought in our own food, beverages and desserts because of this. I arrived two hours before guests were due to arrive so I could check-in, decorate the room and set up the food in the dining area.
Guests were staggered in and out that were in attendance so we could adhere to the rules put in place. Everyone had a mask and we had hand sanitizer set out on the tables. The zoom link was available to everyone in case they weren’t physically present for the actual gender reveal. The event was a huge SUCCESS! By the way, it’s a GIRL! We had a great time and after all the guests left, I stayed the night in the Executive Suite with my family. We enjoyed it and the available hotel amenities. I mean after all, I DESERVE it! Lol!
If I would have rented an event venue it would have been roughly around the same price but, we would have left after the event was finished within a 3 to 4-hour time slot. Checking in at 2:00pm and checking out at 12:00pm the next day was AWESOME! We also got to enjoy the indoor heated pool. I scheduled a time to go with the front desk because they were monitoring how many people would be at the pool at the same time and restricting it to 2 guest rooms at a time.
Overall, I had a great experience with Embassy Suites by Hilton (Raleigh-Durham Airport/ Brier Creek). I’ve stayed with them before but, never in the Executive Suite so now I’m spoiled. Lol! Everything worked out great and I would totally host another intimate event in the Executive Suite. It’s like a luxury Studio Apartment. The suite I booked had more open space for what I was trying to do. There is a different Executive Suite room layout and theme that I’m eager to see. Stay tuned…