Post # 1
Our wedding is in Wilmington NC in August and man are we having a hard time with hotels. These Inn Keepers just don’t want to negotiate when you are guaranteeing an ENTIRE block of rooms. They just keep saying “our published rates are our rates.”
Anyone have a similar situation? Anyone have advice on negotiating them down. We’re not getting married in a ballroom or hotel, so we are looking at boutique hotels for the wedding party (which is huge… 9 BM’s 9 GM) and then larger hotels for the wedding guests.
Any advice would be awesome.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I think this is actually fairly common – reserving a block does not necessarily guarantee that you’ll get a discount. It really depends on supply and demand for that hotel during that time period. Ours said that they are usually at 95% occupancy that time of year, so there’s no incentive to negotiate a rate. :/
Post # 4
even with blocked rates, many of our guests were able to get lower rates using AAA, military, and other discounts.
August is “in season” so they probably won’t budge on this, because they aren’t concerned about filling up their rooms that month.
Post # 5
Also make sure that if you dont use all the rooms they dont charge you for it. A lot of times they will put in the contract that if there is a room block and all the rooms are not used you have to pay for them if they cant book them. Then they book that room last and you get charged. If you do have to sell them back make sure they have to sell your rooms first.
Post # 6
The hotels we used for our wedding only offered our guests a discount of $10 per room, so, what you’re hearing isn’t too surprising.
Post # 7
I negotiated a room block in a touristy city during high season. I used an app called HotelPlanner, which put out my proposal and returned bids.
Besides checking the condition–ie. if I’m on the hook if the room doesn’t get picked up–I checked location, Yelp review, and other prices for the venue. I managed to book at the lowest price I found online for the dates I was choosing. The hotel I chose had decidedly mixed reviews, but they were comparable to other hotels in the area (downtown hotels will have lousy parking and smaller rooms) and none of the negative reviews were about dirtiness or broken a/c.
I wanted a hotel located where guests would be close to the boat (and less likely to miss the sailing) and the airport rail, so they could forgo renting a car (and expensive parking fees).
The compromise my block has is that the rooms release a month before the wedding. I was sure to tell all the out-of-towners about that.