A friend of MH's who does a lot of business with our company asked us to go to Disney with them in November for 5 days/6 nights (they have 3 boys). We started planning and looking into hotels and whatnot and discovered the only one in our budget for that length of time is one of the cheapest ones. MH called his friend and asked what he had in mind as far as hotel (since we can't afford much). He replied with the Grand Floridian (the most expensive!) and said he is 100% paying for our hotel and not to make a big deal out of it because its already decided.
I'm in shock. I mean, this family is really wealthy, but we don't know them that well and the dad has been selling heavy equipment to my dad's business for years. I'm worried there is some kind of ethical dilemma here and I also just don't feel comfortable taking that kind of money. We are talking like $2000-$3000 for 6 nights.
Its super generous and would be an absolutely amazing trip, but I'm unsure. I asked MH to ask if we can pay for their flights in exchange or even just pay them whatever it would have cost us to stay in the cheap hotel, but I doubt he will let us pay him anything. This is the same man that flew my dad and I to FL on his company's private jet yesterday for deep sea fishing.
WWJ12D? Accept this gift as it is and be grateful? Opt out of the Grand Floridian and insist on paying ourselves and staying at the cheap hotel?
Note: If we do stay at the cheap hotel, we won't be close to our friends and will have to drive/bus to and from hotels to see them.