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Pesach HOTELS 2012

How were the hotels in 2012. reviews for any pesach hotels please.

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  1. Ocean Place - Matza Fun Tours. Food was exceptional. Great entertainment and great crowd.

    1. Stayed Home this year. (was great!) Heard first hand;

      KMR: Packed, Unorganized first night, but went fine from there, great food. Cold.

      Lake Las Vegas (Dorothy S.) Nice Hotel, mediocre food, sometimes not enough, NO Shmurah Matza after first days (!!!) Lower cost, so "you got what you paid for" Some people very upset, seems this not the first time food was sub par

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      1. re: Cholent Fresser

        Was at Eden Tours - Hyatt Windwatch in Long Island. Catering was by Hoffman & Co out of Maryland. Food was terrible. Overall program was disorganized.

        1. re: Cholent Fresser

          To repeat myself since i don't know why my post was removed. i WAS at the Lake Las Vegas program where there WAS shmurah matzo the entire pesach and the food was definitely superior to previous years by a long shot. They made the effort to upgrade the food and it showed. Did not see anyone "upset" about the food though i have seen in previous years. over 1000 people were in attendance and most were repeat customers of theirs from lake las vegas and palm springs program

          1. re: Cholent Fresser

            Cholent fresser, please dont comment by hearsay. stick to your own current experiences. I was at Lake Las Vegas like Sparkys mom and although this was my first year there I experienced a terrific foody experience. The breakfast were very good and plentiful, she didnt put out pickled lox but she did have NOVA every day and rotated Sable Carp(the real stuff), whole smoked white fish and baked salmon(whole) each day plus the usual deserts,cheeeses, egg stations etc. Lunches were buffet and she had all the usual hot and cold dishes and salads. she also had an ice cream/ices sorbet bar every day with a pizza and fries option for kids. The hot lunches had carving stations with roast beef,corned beef,pastrami and turkey and TONGUE. plus the usual hot items. The food was so plentiful(buffets never ran dry) and very tasty that the only complaint was the dairy meal soups were strange(my perosnal taste) the chicken soup was salty and not homemade and I gained too much weight. Dorothy really upgraded her program and the food program was very very good. Lastly they had HAND Shmura matzohs thru the whole yom tov. after the sedarim the waiters only put the machine out on the table but if you asked they brought out the hand in sealed boxes till even the last day which tells me she had plenty left over. Lastly by the way the hotel is beautiful and nice as any ive ever been to and the two pools are excellent(always open lounge chairs) and she had 1250 ppl and i would say 1249 were extremely satisfied.

            1. re: Cholent Fresser

              Which Lake Las Vegas program are you talking about? There are two this year....at the Westin or at Ravella? I'm interested in hearing feedback on either program...thanks!

              1. re: Hautie

                we were at the Westin run by Dorothy at Worldwide tours(LA). The Ravella new this year is run by Afikomen(Booky and Leah) also LA people and they have been in Aruba for the last few years.

            2. We were at kibbutz lavi in Israel's northern region and loved it. It was our first Pesach hotel experience so I don't have anything to compare it to but I was really happy. The food was amazing and plentiful and the dining room didn't feel crowded at all. There were a shiur or two a day, in english and hebrew, but I didn't get to any because I was with my three littles, 6 months, 2 and 4. The pool and kids' pool were great, beautiful parks and grounds, lots to see and do in the area. We want to go back next year IYH.
              Oh those Israeli breakfasts! We didn't miss bread at all.

              1. we were at majestic retreats at westin in FLL, Florida - program costs about half of what the expensive ones charge and while the food isn't fancy it is tasty and plentiful - breakfast and lunch were buffet style -tasty and with good choices - dinners - except for the first seder - were less creative but still good. beach across street and beautiful - speakers very good, but rabbi lamm was advertised as heading the speakers' program and only spoke once - (that was what was scheduled). the program is very kid friendly - kids seemed to be having a lot of fun.

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                1. re: a727

                  Just my humble opinion, but there seems to be a large range in terms of costs, which makes it hard to evaluate the programs. I know the programming is important, but you also need good food, and yes it is different for everyone.
                  However, If one program has good food and is $2,000, and another program has outstanding food but costs twice as much, is it worth it. Not sure what I would do, and would depend on the differential and probably location.

                    1. re: njkosher

                      Depends on the number of people and savings. If it were 5 people I would take the $10,000 savings and go out, many times, to fancy Manhattan restaurants throughout the year. Another option would be to give the savings for Tzedakah I would imagine that 10 grand would go a long way to pay for 10 poor families to make pesach next year.

                      Pesach cost me between $700 - $800 for food. This was for 3 people with 8 for the seder. (I am NOT counting the ridiculous $250 that I paid for a dinner at T-Fusion steakhouse for 3 on chol hamoed).

                      1. re: MartyB

                        was it the 250 that was ridiculous or the fact that it was at t-fusion?

                        1. re: ahuva

                          The $250.

                          It started with a simple fishing trip using Groupon bought tickets on chol hamoed. Checked with Google to find eating places open in Brooklyn on pesach and this was the closest to Sheepshead Bay. I knew I was in trouble when I saw the Delmonico 22oz for $60 but, hey, that is my favorite steak. I should have cut out the soups @$10/bowl and $12 for the Crème brûlées.

                      2. re: njkosher

                        Its really very simple. if your going to pay less than 2500 per person(adult) than they cant possibly put out much of selection and a better hotel. the food may still be good but its gotta be a lower tier program. From 2500 and up you can get really nice beautiful hotels(not resorts) and a large selection of better foods and options. At the 3500 and up level your get true luxury resort(by resort i mean full faclity with golf course etc) and over the top food. Dual lunches dairy in the dining reoom and meat bbq by pools, theme dinners or bbqs everynight and top notch entertainment for adults and kids every day. For my money and waistline I find after 40 plus years the mid level is just fine as long as the caterers food is tasty and varied.

                        1. re: pesachmaven

                          I agree with your analysis but, I think you need to up each category by $750-$1,000 per person.

                          1. re: a727

                            I see now why the programs don't include prices in their ads!

                    2. Anybody know if there are any Shavous programs in the greater Los Angeles/southern CA area? Since it's a 3 day yontif & memorial weekend we are looking to go away. Thanks!

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                      1. re: KozyshackLA

                        I'd recommend starting a new thread with this question. This one seems to be dedicated to Pesach hotels versus places to stay for Shavuos.

                        1. re: tamarw

                          True, pesach is but a memory and I am starting to get hungry again. A three day yom tov is much too taxing for many and a hotel getaway is a must.

                          Last year Shavous was Wed-Thurs and Kutcher's had an extended program that ran from Tues - Sun 6 days 5 nights. That was a great vacation getaway. The hotel had seen better days, but it brought back some nice memories and I enjoyed my stay. Since Shavous this year robs us from Memorial day I may be compelled to go away to take away the pain of having a 3 dayer to deal with compounded by the loss of Memorial day.