My team initially booked a block of rooms at the Edward Hotel & Convention Center through the FIRST Championship web-site and their travel vendor, Experient. Three days later I was called by Experient, notified the hotel was condemned and informed that my block of rooms was being transferred over to the Greektown Hotel & Casino.
The other day I was looking up photos of the Greektown Hotel & Casino on Trip Advisor to see what the guest rooms looked like and found out they all have mini bars WITH alcohol. I called the hotel regarding this and they were ZERO help. They said it’s their policy that children under the age of 21 must have an adult staying in the hotel room with them, and that mini bars cannot be removed. They were also clueless that the FIRST Championship was coming to Detroit in two weeks and that they would have large groups of students staying there.
I reached out to Experient via the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the FIRST Championship travel web-site and just got back a less than satisfactory response that basically said the hotel will remove the mini bars for a charge of $25/room/day. That’s $1,350 they are asking my team to pay so we can not have liquor in the rooms with minor students. Outrageous!!
So, if you block booked rooms at one of the casino hotels out there, or if you had your block transferred to one of these hotels, you’ve been warned that the rooms have mini-bars in them. I am currently working with the hotel, Expierient, and FIRST to figure out an acceptable solution to this issue. If I get one, I’l update this thread. In the meantime, now you know.