The Raleigh Sheraton Hotel was only 5 blocks away from our ceremony site which made it a possible candidate to use for our wedding reception and food venue. The hotel option was the best one for us due to our enormous out of state guest list. After researching hotels in the local area, the Raleigh Sheraton Hotel won hands down in price point for food and alcohol and in architectural elegance (they were making a 6 million dollar renovation several months before our wedding date.) When John and I first booked the hotel for our reception venue, we were working with a different catering manager. Ana was very kind and helpful in answering all of our questions. Once you sign the contract, it will be several month later before needing to finalize more details of your wedding with the catering manager. As our wedding grew closer to the date, I called back and found out that Ana had left and was replaced by someone else. Between a new catering manager, renovations, and me planning the wedding from another city, John and I (more myself haha) were anxious to meet the new staff member.
To our joyous surprise, we met Lauren DeAlto, the new catering manager. The first meeting, was a lot of firsts for the both of us. We were her first clients to have a food tasting and it was our first time meeting the chef (at Jimmy V's) for our reception. Lauren was a delight to work with as she listened and took notes of all the food choices. She put us at ease as we got to know each other better, had a few laughs, and enjoyed a delicious meal. The chef was very professional and accommodating in creating the two meal choices for us. From that point onward, John and I knew we were in great hands. On our big day, Lauren provided those helping us with the set-up of our reception with hand's on direction and assistance, bringing to life what we had envisioned. We can't thank Lauren and the rest of the Sheraton crew enough for making our special day one that we'll always remember.
We had a great experience at the Sheraton! We worked with Ana, the Social Sales Manager, to get everything planned. Ana was very helpful and responsive. She helped us find the best space for our needs, and plan a delicious menu. She really went above and beyond post-wedding; when I accidentally left a rented cake stand at the hotel, she dropped it off at the bakery for me!
Our guests loved the beautiful, and newly-renovated, ballroom, and everyone loved the food! We did have a small problem with our room block. Our rate included parking and internet, but not all of the guests received the log-in information or parking vouchers at check-in. A quick follow-up with the check-in staff took care of this.
Overall, we had a great experience at the Sheraton. The staff is so nice and responsive. The facilities are beautiful, and the food is delicious!
The Sheraton was the perfect venue for the wedding because it is located in the heart of Raleigh and we had the majority of our guests traveling from out of town. The ceremony and reception were coordinated so that our guests could stay at the same hotel as the reception. The rooms were very nice with beautiful dÃ©cor and were exceptionally clean. The ceremony room needed to be decorated by us because the pictures that they show on their website with white curtains and up-lighting cost about $4,000 extra. The food at both the cocktail hour and reception were excellent! Ana Garcia, who is the Social Sales Manager and contact for any questions or problems, was very caring, helpful and professional. She is a delight to work with and we will miss our frequent contacts with her. When you are planning a wedding, you want someone who answers you quickly and calms your anxiety with helpful advice. Ana was this person. If you decide on The Sheraton as your venue, Ana comes as a bonus.
The only complain we had was that the hotel is now under renovation of it's lobby, restaurant and main bar. We signed the contract sometime in December but were not told of the demolition which began on March 25th until March 21st. Ana began working at The Sheraton sometime around Feb/Mar. and helped us along with the management, through the anxiety that came with the news. I'm sure when the renovations are done, The Sheraton will be an excellent venue for your event.
The Sheraton staff is wonderful. I was one of the "lucky" brides that got married during the worst snow storm of 2010 in Raleigh on January 30. The Sheraton really stepped up to the plate and saved the day. Susan, Martha, and all of the Sheraton staff were EXTRA friendly and went above and beyond to make sure my wedding reception was a success. For example, we had a few vendors cancel the morning of the wedding due to the weather, including the limo bus. One of the Sheraton staff members took the time to call around to other limo services and find an alternative limo for my wedding party. Next thing I know, a hummer limo is sitting out front waiting to transport us in the snow from the Sheraton to the church. This is one small example of so many kind things done by the Sheraton staff to make sure our wedding reception was a success. Some of the staff even stayed at the Sheraton overnight to make sure they were available to help with our wedding reception. As for the rooms, we had over 70% of guests arrive from Maryland that Friday afternoon. Over 50 rooms were booked at the Sheraton for our guests. We did not hear one complaint. The rooms were great! To top it off, when my new husband and I headed up to our room for the evening, the staff had created a heart made out of rose petals on our bed along with champagne and a few snacks. It was great! A million thanks to the Sheraton for pulling off such an awesome event in such terrible weather. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
If I could give extra credit points I would! Susan and the staff were wonderful! I felt that I was part of the Sheraton family and that I had known Susan all my life! My mom wanted to do it all again the next weekend, and the next weekend, and the next weekend- that's how easy she made it! Martha was also wonderful. The food was incredible, the service was awesome, and Susan was available for ANY and EVERY thing I needed. I miss working so close with her now that it's over!
Maite was amazing. She took care of everything pre and post wedding. She made me feel like a movie star. The venue itself is beautiful and worth every penny. The food was amazing. I'm very happy with how the reception looked and everything that the Sheraton did for us.
Wonderful venue to have a wedding. Staff was wonderful and easy to deal with! Would highly recommend to anyone planning a wedding in Raleigh!
Maite is the best in the business - I would recommend the Sheraton Raleigh, along with Maite, to anyone getting married.
Everyone at the Sheraton was amazing. We received the BEST service! From the friendly concierge service to our outstanding planner Maite, everything was top notch. Many of our wedding guests complimented the hotel itself and the service that was provided for them. We have and will continue to recommend the Sheraton Raleigh to everyone that is planning a wedding in the area or any type of event!
We used the Sheraton for our hotel room blocks. With both familes comming in from out of town we secured 90 rooms for 2 nights. Even with this high number the hotel did not offer any sort of discounts to the bride and groom for their stay or for parking. We also hosted a farewell brunch at the Sheraton on Sunday after the wedding for 100 people. We spent a lot of money here and do not feel that it was appreciated or that we received excellent service. The contact for securing rooms was very unresponsive and often forgot to follow-up with our reqeusts. They also failed to tell us that there was a road race in front of the hotel the morning of the wedding! Everything worked out fine, but it was much more stress and work for the bride's family than necessary.
Overall very good experience. We didn't have the actual reception here, just used them for our hotel rooms as we had alot of out of town guests coming in. They upgraded us to a nice suite and we only one reservation that couldn't be found at first because the name was mispelled. The desk manager helped us get it sorted out quickly though. All of our gift bags got handed out as people checked in as requested, though we did end up being a few sort and I'm not sure why. They were flexible giving our guests a late checkout the next day which was nice.
Our wedding day was awesome! We couldn't have chosen a better venue. The ambiance was incredible and the food was delicious.
I only have one suggestion. When the wedding cake is being served, allow guests to come up to cake table instead of cake being placed at every setting. We had guests that didn't show and a piece of cake was placed at the seat, so we had some cake on tables that wasn't eatin.
I cannot say enough about the Sheraton. They completed exceeded our expectations and gave us the absolute wedding of our dreams!! Maite was a pleasure to work with and did everything to make us happy!! Very Very highly recommend!
The staff at the Sheraton were wonderful and very accomodating to our needs. I would definitely recommend the Sheraton Downtown Raleigh to anyone who is looking for a stress free event.
Our contact went out on maternity leave, but the person who took over for her was great. The one area I would improve is to hire a coordinator if you use the hotel for both ceremony and reception. The hotel helps a little, but I felt that area could have been improved.
The Sheraton Raleigh was the perfect location for our wedding. It is right in downtown so out of town guests who stay there have plenty to do within walking distance.
We had our reception in the Hannover Ballroom - which is all windows - so even though I had a day wedding in a hotel ballroom it was still sunny! (and AC-ed, which was important for a late June NC wedding!). We had the coordinator we were working with changed part way through the planning process but Susan (who ended up doing our wedding) was fantastic to work with and completely made sure everything I wanted happened. The Sheraton staff set everything up the day of so I did not have to worry about anything and they also have their own in house catering - so they provided the food. It was delicious!
I was so pleased and my guests complimented both the venue space and the how great the hotel was to stay in (we did our block there as well and Susan was in charge of the block and I received many compliments on how pleasant she was to work with from my guests).
We also did our after party there and my in-laws were quite pleased with the room we were able to use and the staff's assistance in setting up the room and the ability to have outside catering.
I highly recommend the Sheraton!
We worked with Maite at the Raleigh Sheraton and she is AMAZING! A true professional and also has a great sense of humor. She really made us (bride & groom) her priority and ensured that everything went exactly as we envisioned it. Both sides of our family were from out of town so we had over 20 rooms booked at the hotel. Everyone really enjoyed the hotel itself as well as the location in downtown Raleigh. I would recommend the Sheraton as your reception site or wedding hotel to anyone.
I used the Sheraton for my ceremony and reception. There were a couple snags. The Sheraton forgot to book my room correctly and they messed up on the spelling of my dj's name leaving to several inconveniences. There is a new wedding coordinator named Joanie Waters who I highly recommend. She stepped up to the plate and fixed everything that needed to be fixed. Overall my day was amazing. I would recommend the Sheraton but keep in mind things may go wrong as they do in all weddings but Joanie will be able to fix it and make your day wonderful.
Working with the Sheraton was great. It was a little frustrating at first due to communication problems, but after speaking with the meeting manager, Susan, everything went smoothly. She was accomodating & very excited & passionate about helping us plan our wedding. Thanks Susan.
Beautiful reception - a little more attention could have been paid to making sure the timing of things is spot on. Could have been because there was a new coordinator working there at the time. But, overall the reception was perfect and beautiful.