Post # 1
Last night my mom and I were discussing some wedding plans and I told her that FI had called the hotel near our reception site to see about setting aside a block of rooms. FI told them we would probably need between 30 to 40 rooms, seeing as a large majority of our guests are coming in from out of town. I told my mom that the hotel said rooms would be around $90, which I didn’t think was bad. She said “That’s a little pricey.” Now I’m wondering if I’m just clueless about this portion of wedding planning. I know that not everyone will stay where we have a block of rooms but there are only 3 hotels that are close to our reception site (10 minutes or less away), other hotels are probably at least 20 minutes and probably higher in price. Am I crazy for thinking $90 isn’t a lot for a hotel? Should I keep looking? I’m so confused right now.
Post # 3
See what other hotels in you area are going for before you decide. To some people $90 is pricey, to others it’s not.
Post # 4
I’ve blocked 3 hotels in my area also – and $90 was the least expensive! I suggest blocking rooms at 3 different hotes 1 low-end, 1 mid-range, and 1 high-end. This way your guests can choose!
Post # 5
$90 is an okay price I think. I’ve definitely paid twice that! How about you book rooms at two places–the expensive one (some guests like nicer hotels) and something cheaper like a Days Inn for $60 or so a night? If you only have 3 choices, that’s all you have!
I didn’t book rooms online b/c a) there was a chintzy motel 8 nearby that our friends wanted to stay at and b) prices were cheaper ONLINE than the group rates!!!!! So i instructed everyone to book their own!
Post # 6
I would check the other hotels as well. It depends on the area. $90 in Chicago is a steal, but $90 is a small town for one night for one person is outrageous! So it all depends. But generally, I don’t think that’s SUPER bad. But I would still check out the other hotels!
Post # 7
The hotel where we are having the reception is $119 a night and that is a deal for our guests! I think 90 is good – on most occasions I haven’t paid less than that staying in a hotel!
Post # 8
I’ve been doing some research in the last few minutes and the other 2 hotels nearby are on average $70 and $80…the more expensive hotels are on the other side of town (30 minutes away)and I really don’t want guests driving that far if they don’t wan to. We were thinking of getting a shuttle for the last hour and a half for the guests to take back to the hotels. Two of the hotels are right next to each other and the third is just a bit further up the road. Do you think that might ease people’s mind a bit to know they can drink and party it up and get a ride back to the hotel, or should I still look into a third option even if it’s 20 minutes away?
Post # 9
I personally would not like paying $90 for a hotel room … but in all honesty they don’t get THAT much cheaper – I’m sure it’s a nice place. If guests want a cheaper place to stay … they can find one!
Post # 10
Based on how popular our “Drunk Bus” was, I think people will be moer than willing to pay $10 or $20 more for a hotel room if they know they won’t have to worry about getting home at the end of the night!
Regardless of where you block rooms, some people will go elsewhere.
Post # 11
I think that $90 is *that* bad. It is a little pricey, but the others are close in price. I’d probably list all 3 as options.
Post # 12
Well, I’m not sure that I have any clue either because I don’t think that’s expensive at all. I’d love that rate. Then again, I live in NY so its a little different. Especially if family can share a room with two double beds, that’s great.
Post # 13
I think $90 is very reasonable for a hotel, especially one that is so close to your reception. I feel like that is just a cost that you take on when you accept an invitation to an out of town wedding. Don’t sweat it, but maybe look for something in the $70 range too. Good luck!
Post # 14
$90 sounds great to me! But I’m also in NYC, so my perception is a little skewed. I don’t think I’ve ever paid as $90 for a hotel at any wedding I’ve ever attended, they’ve all been more expensive. We’re getting married in Wilmington, DE and we have room blocks at two hotels — one is really nice and historic and it’s $169/night. The other is more basic, but has larger rooms for families and it’s $105/night. I also think two options is plenty. If people don’t like either one, then they can go out on their own.
Post # 15
I don’t know what hotels go for in your area, but hotels rarely are much cheaper than $90 in my experience. Especially if the location is good, why not reserve the block of rooms? I guess you’ll find out pretty quickly if your guests don’t like it. Guests tend to be pretty vocal I gather.
Post # 16
I’m in New Jersey, our hotels are 99 a night, 90 sounds good.