Post # 1
In the process of booking wedding blocks for my out of town guests and I’m finding the rates really aren’t that beneficial ….
Example: Hotel 1 regular rate 209.99 – Block rate 204.99? (5 dollars off…)
Hotel 2 rate 259.99 – online special 235.99 – Hotel Block 249.99 (basically the online special is much cheaper )
Has anyone else had this ppens?
I called another hotel and they quoted me a price… went to priceline and its about 15.00 cheaper to book there
I live in a Metropolitain city and am looking to block off about 10 rooms!
Anyone have any tips or tricks or has anyone had the same experience as me?
At this point I’m thinking it may be better to just direct everyone to priceline or Hotels.com and avoid signing a contract for this…
Post # 2
We got a really good rate because we are hosting an open bar block of time in the hotel bar the night of our afternoon wedding. normal rate around $400, block rate $200 – for a nice beachside hotel in LA! So in our case the blocked room rate majorly worked in our favor – we just to spend an extra $1000 at the hotel to get that price.
Post # 3
I think unless hotel rooms are likely to be hard to come by in your town/when the wedding is due to a big convention etc then I wouldn’t bother. We don’t really do them here in Australia and guests just sort themselves out.
Post # 4
We did it and it was helpful to have everyone at the same hotel. Plus, we were able to get a great $99 rate at a Hilton hotel when many of the other hotels were $160-200.
Post # 5
We’re saving over $100 a night on ours (4 hotels), and they’re allowing a 1-night stay, over a 3-day holiday weekend, which is probably tough to get. Our one block is on one floor, of the Hotel where the ladies are getting ready. It will be fun to have our friends and family staying close together. If you can get one without a financial committment from you (I had to sign contracts to commit, with no $$$), it may be worth it.
Post # 6
I think if you want everyone to try and stay at the hotel, then it’s helpful. I personally like staying where my friends/family are and I would be disappointed if there wasn’t blocked off rooms and the hotel was full. But if you don’t care where people stay, then it’s no big deal! Although we have a contract for our block, it simply states that whatever rooms in our block are not booked by 30 days before, they are released back to the hotel. We are not responsible for anyone’s bill in the event they cancel. And our guests have just a normal cancellation policy (24 hours). There really was no risk to us and I bet other hotels would have similiar policies.
Post # 7
louisianablue: PABride: anneh1990: Hmm.. it seems like some of you got some really good deals? Maybe I’m not booking enough rooms for them to warrant such a decrease? I am grateful for what they give but 5.00??? lol
Post # 8
MeandMyLouboutins: We got a good deal because our wedding is Thanksgiving weekend; one of their lowest times. If you live in an expensive city and the wedding is on a popular weekend, then you might not find huge discounts. But to me it was not as much about the deal as it was the simplicity of our guests to know where to stay and so the families could stay together.
Post # 9
We never signed any contract for our room block….they just held the rooms until a specific date for a lower price. If they’re requiring you to pay for the rooms if they aren’t filled or anything like that, I’d say forget it.
Post # 10
MeandMyLouboutins: The purpose of a hotel room block isn’t necessarily to get your guests a better rate on the room. It is to set aside rooms for your guests’ use. The rate may not be the best rate the hotel offers.
You have nothing to lose by reserving a room block. If your guests think they can get a better deal through Priceline, they’re obviously welcome to do so. But a room block will ensure that there are rooms available to them, which may or may not be a concern depending on what else is going on in town that weekend.
Post # 11
I think that it is definitely worth it to get a block of hotel rooms. You aren’t required to fill them and I feel like it makes it easier on the out of town guests. That way everyone can be close to each other and don’t have to search for hotels when they aren’t familiar with the area.
Post # 12
Everyone should make sure you read the contract first. Some hotel blocks do require you to fill a certain number of rooms or you have to pay for the balance. In some cases, you do in fact have something to lose. In other cases, the hotel offers a free room to the brode and groom if they fill a certain number of rooms.
As a wedding guest, I have almost always been able to obtain a hotel room for less than the room block rate.
Post # 14
Also, our hotel provided free shuttle service to/from our wedding if over 9 rooms were booked so that was a plus.
Post # 15
merpitymerp: I thought it was a dual goal of having rooms set and the discount but maybe I’m wrong…lol