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Pesach Hotel Experiences I was wondering what peoples experiences have been like with Pesach programs, good or bad, would be interesting to hear.

I just came back from a program at the Sheraton in Niagara Falls and was not happy with it at all.
I had gone to a program from the same organizers two years ago at the White Oaks resort and Conference center at Niagara on the Lake and had the best experience. The hotel staff was amazing and all the of the Pesach programs events were equally as good. This year at the Sheraton, i started out by waiting over 5.5 hours to get my room. I arrived around 9 AM and was not expecting anything to be ready right away, but 5.5 hours seemed to be more than i should of had to wait (Shouldn't SPG Gold helped get me a room faster?). The hotel was under staffed when it came to cleaning tables in the tea lobby(?) in addition to the actual dining room. During the six days i was there, we were treated to 2 meals that were served by a waiter, even then. they did not have enough waiters to really serve the tables. While the food we were treated to when we were at the White Oak hotel was always great and plentiful, this year, they constantly ran out of food ( French fries three days into the program?!) which made the already long buffet line even longer. In the years past, the table were always set machine and shmura matza in addition to the regular table settings. This year we were lucky to get machine matza and salt and pepper shakers, the salt and pepper normally showed up in a large bowl on the table which consisted of dirty dishes. The speakers were pretty good and even had a great speech from Senator Joseph Lieberman. Not having a designated Tea Room was a bit disappointing, having it in the lobby in front of the dining room made things very cluttered and messy all the time. Overall i was not really happy this year and most of it seemed to come from the hotels lack of preparedness or lack of staffing/caring. It was sad to see the organizer having to deal with frustrated people day after day when most of the issues where from the hotels end of things. I would readily go back to this program, granted it was at a different location and preferably reserved the entire hotel making the staff more attentive.

April 03, 2013, 03:26:58 PM
Re: Bermuda Master Thread
Nicer island than Aruba?

Worth going to because there is a Fairmont there where I can stay free or should I look for something in the Caribbean?

Anyone have a TR for Bermuda?
I have been to Bermuda on a cruise as well. IMO, you don't need more than 2 or 3 days to experience/get a feel of the island. Like BrooklynCPA said, it is mainly beaches and water sports. They do have a fort/museum you can visit which was nice to see and burn a few hours. They have a glass blowing shop which has demonstrations throughout the day, though they don't last that long. When i was there, they had some kind of festival with some of the locals dressed up and performing, not sure if this is a regular thing or not. They offer some kind of dolphin interaction experience which was overpriced and did not appeal to us. Since we were docked for 3 days, we had bought a 3 day ferry/bus pass which was great. You can take the ferry from the Royal Navy Yard to Hamilton which was about a 20/30 minute trip, or you can take a bus which goes along the whole island (not that big). One thing we did which was really fun was a night "voyage" on a glass bottom boat into the Bermuda Triangle. The boat takes you out into the triangle and you walk downstairs where they open the floor and turn on underwater lights. You get to see some shipwrecks and lots of marine life. It was fun as well as a bit nerve wracking. The captain/tour guide on the boat must have mentioned we were on a glass bottom boat in the Bermuda triangle in the middle of the night every other sentence. Overall, the beaches are really nice and that glass bottom boat tour was fun, otherwise Bermuda did not have much to offer.
Additional note, the prices there are regular, if not more than in the states.

Any questions, feel free to ask.

June 26, 2013, 04:52:11 PM
Re: Where were you on September 11, 2001?
I see that you Googled it....
Thinking the same :) 

I'm sure most people are doing that.

September 12, 2013, 10:21:15 AM
Re: Fdu in's and out's
She has something against yeshiva guys.
Well she is working for the wrong part of FDU then.

October 21, 2013, 08:23:10 AM
Money Orders (USPS RIP 11/3/17) Not sure if there is a thread on this(couldn't find one), but maybe it will be a good idea for people to share which GC's they have been able to cash out with a MO, where it worked and what the cost was to buy. 
December 13, 2013, 10:10:40 AM
Crocs Master Thread 25% off and FS over $25 with FF25.
June 06, 2014, 09:06:41 AM
Re: Mauritius or Seychelles
We live here
Year round?

January 04, 2015, 08:11:44 AM
Re: Los Cabos, Mexico Master Thread
Was expected.

March 28, 2015, 11:42:53 PM
What Hotel Award Reservation Did You Just Book/Hold Don't think we have one for hotels, so here we go.

Conrad Bali 5 nights (July/August) Paid nights at base price of $171.50.
Conrad Dubai  1 night (August)  HH points used at 43,056.

June 02, 2015, 01:16:32 PM
Which Conrad/Waldorf Astoria Have you Stayed At. Seems that Hilton should have it's own representation of the top tier brands.

Conrad Koh Samui
Conrad Tokyo
Conrad Bali
Conrad Dubai
Conrad Maldives (booked for January)

August 25, 2015, 08:46:04 AM
Re: Sports Teams With Kosher Food Stands
Anyone know what type of kosher food they have at jet games?
Depends where you are seated. The stands have hot dogs, knishes and i believe chicken nuggets and pretzels. There is a little more selection in the Chase and Toyota clubs. If you have access to MetLife 50 or the Coaches Club, they have hot dogs and other hot food (similar idea to legends at Yankees).

November 12, 2015, 02:12:00 PM
Re: Absent DDFers Polo ;)
June 23, 2020, 09:46:11 AM