Wedding Weekend at Illinois Beach Hotel
29/05/2019 Howard K, Chicago
We hosted our family and friends(250) for a weekend wedding and celebration at this hotel. Saturday we took about 25 rooms and Sunday we took the whole hotel. Every room. If you can do it, take the ... more
We hosted our family and friends(250) for a weekend wedding and celebration at this hotel. Saturday we took about 25 rooms and Sunday we took the whole hotel. Every room. If you can do it, take the whole place. It made for a destination wedding and all our guests did not have to drive home after drinking. And most stayed for brunch the next day.
Starting with the General manager to the front desk staff to the Food and Beverage manager, everyone could not have been better or more cooperative.
We used the pool, the gym, the bon fire pits on the beach, the outdoor patio for a cocktail reception, the main dining room for the wedding reception and Sunday brunch, the outside lawn for the wedding ceremony, etc. We used the whole place. And when we needed more space they just gave it to us. They did not nickel and dime us for this and that. They respected that we were "the big client" for the weekend and treated us as such. Anything to make our experience better.
The family had a lot of specialized requests and the hotel staff position was, "YES" to anything we asked (as long as it was legal and safe). I couldn't walk more than 10 steps before a staff member would ask me if they could help. I needed stuff from my car, they went and got it. I left something in my room, they went and got it. I needed something special that required a trip to the grocery store and they went and got it.
I know hotels and I know food service. I guess I could try and find something wrong but I was having too much fun to even care. You have to learn to let it happen.
The weather was beautiful and the hotel is in pretty good shape. Since we were an hour from home it could have been 5 hours from home. It truly felt like a destination wedding, even if it was just Zion Illinois.
If you want a great wedding and don't need to impress your friends with a Michigan Ave address, take them here. Everyone loved it. less
Illinoisbeachhotel, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at The Illinois Beach Hotel and Conference Center, BW Premier Collection, responded to this review
Thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to write such a great review.
We were so honored to have been a part of your son and new daughter in law's special day!
We enjoyed having all of you as guests at our hotel and hope you will come back to visit soon.
Wishing the newly weds the best as well as the rest of the family!
All of Illinois Beach Hotel Staff