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Breakfast at hotel for large party

SarahKC Aug 26, 2008 02:48 PM

Hi there,

I am looking for a tasty, inexpensive hotel breakfast for a large party. Preferably near BART. Suggestions anyone?

Basically, I'm figuring out which hotel to have my wedding guests stay at and one element is where we can host a post-wedding breakfast. Some places we've looked have charged an alarming amount of money. Thoughts?

-- SKC

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  1. rworange RE: SarahKC Aug 26, 2008 04:34 PM

    How many people? What is the budget? What day of the week?

    Here's a few hotels in this list that serve breakfast and have event facilities.


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      SarahKC RE: rworange Aug 27, 2008 12:39 PM

      I don't know re: the size of the party. 50? We'd love it to be under $18/person.

      Thanks for your help.

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        Robert Lauriston RE: SarahKC Aug 27, 2008 01:13 PM

        You might consider Town's End as an alternative to a hotel. Not near BART but a block from the streetcar stop.

        Town's End Restaurant & Bakery
        2 Townsend St Ste 2, San Francisco, CA 94107

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          SarahKC RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 27, 2008 01:19 PM

          Thanks Robert.

          Our goal was to find a hotel where our guests could also stay to make it as convenient for them as possible. Any thoughts? I know you are near encyclopedic when it comes to these matters.

          1. re: SarahKC
            Robert Lauriston RE: SarahKC Aug 27, 2008 01:42 PM

            Sorry, I know zip about SF hotels, and tend to avoid hotel restaurants.

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          rworange RE: SarahKC Aug 27, 2008 07:29 PM

          The trouble is that most hotel breakfasts are either overpriced, not that great or overpriced AND not too good.

          One though would be to consider hotels with breakfast buffets. That was why I asked what day of the week since some only have Sunday full buffets.

          Then again there is the price of the room. What range are you hoping for guests to pay? What part of the city is acceptable?

          Just on the other side of the Bay Murray Circle has a very nice breakfast buffet in a lovely room. It is $18. However, your guests in addition to having to cross the bridge would be spending big bucks to stay there.

          Hotel Driscoll has a 'complementary gourment breakfast buffet'. Don't know how it is. Don't know if it is avalable for non guests for a charge.

          The Marriot has a $22 breakfast buffet. The King George has a $15 buffet. There's a bunch more, but not sure if you want to go the buffet route. It would seem to eliminate the need for a private room.

          1. re: rworange
            SarahKC RE: rworange Aug 29, 2008 11:38 AM

            Thank you so much for your help. We're looking at breakfast the Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. I'm hoping guests will pay under $200 w/o breakfast. We're having some wedding events in the Mission so we want folks either to say within walking distance of Dolores Park or easily accessible via Muni or Bart. And in a nice neighborhood.

            1. re: rworange
              SarahKC RE: rworange Aug 29, 2008 11:41 AM

              And I think a buffet would be fine. I figure we could take over part of the dining area. Thanks.

        3. Melanie Wong RE: SarahKC Aug 26, 2008 05:53 PM

          I've rec'd an invitation to a wedding in SF that blocked out the nine rooms and suites at the Chateau Tivoli for out of towners. Rates are $130-$290/night, quite a bargain in this town. Looking at the website, it can accommodate 40 seated or 80 for a buffet. Now, anyone know how the breakfast or brunch food fares here?

          Chateau Tivoli Bed and Breakfast
          1057 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA

          1. Mari RE: SarahKC Aug 27, 2008 08:35 PM

            One thing to note is that not all of your guests will stay at the hotel that you reserved rooms for, or at least that was the case when I got married. In that case the Townsend recommendation might be a decent option, although 50 people in that space might be tight.
            Also, in SF you will need to factor in the 21% service charge for a private event plus the 8.5% tax. For example, the Hotel Vitale breakfast minimum for a group event was $500 in 2007, not inclusive of service and tax.

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            1. re: Mari
              SarahKC RE: Mari Aug 29, 2008 02:25 PM

              That's a great point Mari. And the 21% would not be applicable if we just joined the buffet...a fine incentive to go buffet.

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              estnet RE: SarahKC Aug 31, 2008 05:50 AM

              Have you considered trying to negotiate a deal with one hotel with discounts for the rooms for your guests and some deal for your hosted breakfast? If you have enough people you should be able to work out a good deal for both your guests and the breakfast you are hosting.

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                SarahKC RE: estnet Sep 4, 2008 06:45 PM

                Thanks for the idea. Working on it. Any other suggestions for hotels?

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                  Mari RE: SarahKC Sep 5, 2008 01:09 PM

                  A lot of hotels will not book rooms w/o a credit card guarantee from you. The Kimpton Hotels will book rooms w/o a credit card and most should have decent breakfast options. Omni Hotel is another hotel that might work for you.

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