Site visit to Hilton and Dreams
Posted 03 June 2007 - 10:23 PM
Dreams is very much what it looks like from its photos. One of the things I liked was the very airy and open feeling in the lobby areas. For my group, of approximately 30-50 people, we would probably use the gazebo for the ceremony, then do a cocktail hour right next to the gazebo, under the patio. One of the things I liked about the gazebo set up was that the bridal party procession would come out from the restaurant which is a short walk from the gazebo. If the weather is as hot as it was while we did the site visit, the short walk would be a big plus. Oceana Terrace looked like a great place for a reception. By the way, the renovated rooms look fantastic! The color palatte is very neutral and calming.
Hilton also looked as I had expected. It was more Americanized than Dreams. Dreams had a little more of a uniqueness to it. However, the Hilton has just renovated their rooms, and has given them a Mexican ambiance. The renovation was top notch. Our ceremony would be on the beach, but there is a very long path down to the beach. If it gets real hot, I'd probably melt walking all that way. But Emeline, the absolutely fabulous wedding coordinator at the Hilton, said they could send you down to the beach via a golf cart and walk from there. Might be a good option if it's a scorcher.
I'm still trying to decide between the two resorts. I think both have a lot of pluses to them. Emeline has been super responsive, however, I am still waiting to get availability and pricing from Dreams.
Just one more thing. I met with Maye Cortines, a wedding coordinator, while I was there, and she was absolutely wonderful. I am still debating whether or not we need an outside coordinator, but I definitely recommend meeting with her if you are interested in one. If we do decide to go with a coordinator, we'll go with her. On extremely short notice, she made some time to meet up with us to take us to visit the two hotels. Since Yesica, the wedding coordinator at Dreams, was unable to meet us at our scheduled appointment time, Maye showed us around most of the resort. Yesica did meet up with us later. Maye seemed to have a very good relationship with the wedding coordinators at both hotels.
Anyways, I hope this helps anyone who is looking at either of these resorts.
Posted 04 June 2007 - 01:20 PM
Thanks for the review. It's always nice to hear good things about your chosen resort!! lol, a bad review just puts a pit in your stomach!! Do you have pictures from your visits?
Did you meet with anyone else while you were there? A few people on this forum have met with Maye and love her. She's also a newly joined member on this forum. Honestly, if you think you might need her help, she might be worth the $$. However, I've heard (as per Sarah's awesome review) that Mariana at dreams is amazing and she didn't use another WC. Which brings me to the next thing: I'm surprised at the poor response you've gotten from Dreams. I've always had people e-mail me almost right away, what e-mail address did you send to? I think if you go to the weddings packages and you request information, you get a response back from Yesica or Mariana.. you might want to try that route.
Proud Mama to Evelyn Eileen since June 8, 2010
Posted 04 June 2007 - 01:41 PM
Glad to read about your good review on Dreams though (especially since I've never been and we picked the resort based on lots of glowing reviews and gorgeous pictures, as well as them having our wedding date available).
Posted 04 June 2007 - 01:59 PM
Posted 04 June 2007 - 02:30 PM
I've been anxiously awaiting the information from Yesica, but who knows, maybe something came up. Emeline at the Hilton, however, e-mailed me back that same day I met with her. Honestly, I am not sure I'll need a wedding coordinator if we choose Hilton, since Emeline seemed really prepared and on the ball. We might still hire Maye though, since I'm sure she'd be helpful for securing the canopy and flowers and such. After my experience though, I won't even consider Dreams, without an outside planner. That's just my opinion. By the way, the e-mail address I have been contacting Yesica by is email@example.com. I'm sure it does depend on who you get. You girls with Mariana will probably be well taken care of. I'm sure you'll be happy with the Dreams resort!
Posted 04 June 2007 - 08:12 PM
Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:35 PM
Did Maye take you to meet Emeline? I didn't think that they had worked together before but I had asked many many months ago so they probably have since then. Thanks for your review and let us know what you decide! Maye was actually Tammy-host's wedding coordinator so she's been around here for a long time - though I think she only recently posted up on this forum (it used to be a different one). Emeline is also a member!
Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:45 PM
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