I’m researching meeting space for seminars that Catalyst will be holding in the coming months.
Most often, when I’ve made an appointment to see the physical layout of a venue to determine its suitability, I’ve often been directed to see The Front Desk and “They’ll tell you where to go.” My experience has usually been one of two things: The Front Desk (what an odd name for a human) either points in the direction of the meeting room, i.e. “It’s down that hall, make a right and it’s the 3rd door on the left,” or, they summon someone from the banquets department who walks me to the room, unlocks the door, and disappears.
Yesterday, I went to the Marriott Portland Waterfront Hotel. I’d spoken with their sales manager, Andrea, and she’d set an appointment for me with their on-site sales person, Curtis.
A few hours prior to the designated time, she emailed to request info about my car, so that she could set me up with the valet, rather than requiring me to park in a lot or on the street. Nice touch. Unusual.
I arrived at the hotel, the valet directed me to go thru the doors to the right and ask for Curtis, which I did. I was directed to a seating area to await Curtis’ arrival (I was early.) After I’d been sitting there, looking around for a minute or so, something caught my attention that was familiar, yet out of place. I was surprised to realize that the big reader board at the entrance had my name, my company’s name and one of the company logos, right there in HD on the reader board! At first, I didn’t even notice it, as it was “familiar.” I see the logo all the time! Just not in the front lobby of the Marriott. Wow. That’s not ordinary. Had to get a picture of that!