This is my first big event to plan/sponsor. It's fun, but also a bit nervous-making. I thought this would be a great place to get some well-considered input. (If you know another source of good info, please let me know about that, too!) TIA...
I'm organizing a workshop and researching places to hold it. It'll be an all-day event for about 200 people and need AV facilities, so I doubt restaurants will suffice. In addition to the technical requirements, I'll need to arrange a continental breakfast and buffet lunch.
Top consideration is price; I need to keep it low. So, we can skip the luxe offerings, but neither do I want rock-bottom cheapo blech (that's so subjective, I know!). I'd like to avoid Mpls, as it's my understanding that within city limits there's an additional 3% on top of the already ridiculous taxes and surcharges.
Given my preferences, what do you think is a reasonable per person $ amount (room rental, food, and inclusive of all taxes and fees)?
Do you know of any non-hotel options?
Any personal recommendations, hotel or non? Any hearsay suggestions?