Post # 1
I’m working on setting up a discounted room block for Out of Town guests.
Would you rather have a cheaper, 3-star type hotel for less money. Or, a nicer, 5-star hotel, for more money.
Fiance and I visited the 3-star hotel. The pros are it’s in a great location to restaurants, shopping and entertainment. The cons are – while it’s a newer hotel, the rooms are horribly decorated (appalling, really), and – when you walk outside – the trash dumpsters are by the valet drive and you smell trash! (gross!)
The 5-star hotel is simply awesome.
There’s another hotel I need to check out that’s basically the mid-point between the two…. maybe that’s the one I should go for and forget about the other two. But, I’m pretty sure has a minimum room guarantee – and I’m not sure I’d be able to meet it.
EDIT: re: prices – the 3-star is $99/night, and 5-star is $229. It’s about a $30-50 discount from their regular rates.
Post # 3
what prices are we looking at here?
Post # 4
For most people who are only in town for two days or so, a slightly pricier hotel is probably ok. If you can get a good deal, without requiring a certain number of rooms, at the 4-star hotel, I would go there. It’s a happy medium! Even if you don’t necessarily block off rooms at the other hotels, it may be worth mentioning them as accommodation options in case your guests do want to spend more/less for a room.
Post # 5
I would pick 1 place to set up a block and still tell guests about the other 2 so they have options to go with.
Post # 6
I’d get rooms at both hotels if the price swing is drastic. You may have more people decide to spend the night instead of driving home tipsy if there is an uber affordable option too.
Post # 7
I see you are in LA. Do you mind sharing which specific hotels you are referring to. Perhaps local ladies might have more insight.
Post # 8
the cost def. makes a difference. I chose the 3 star (patially because i like being near bars and coffee shops) but also assuming you meant it was in the $75-100 range. If I am mistaken about the price range, I may choose a different hotel.
Another thing to remember…they don’t HAVE to take your word for it. Some guests might take it upon themselves to check in at a hotel where they have points cards or just a cheap place like motel 6 because that is what they can afford. So don’t worry too much, because each guest will work it out on their own. Of course, if a guest were to call and ask for a cheaper (or nicer) recommendation, I would certainly research that for them.
Post # 9
How close are these hotels to the ceremony and reception site? That makes a huge difference.
Another thing to keep in mind – people loyal to hotel groups and people that may be using hotel points. We have 5-10 people getting rooms elsewhere because they want to earn points or plan to use their points.
Post # 10
Also consider where YOU are staying the night of… a lot of times people will want to be where the bride and groom at. I think $229 is very reasonable for a 5 star hotel in LA.
Post # 11
Personally, I would opt to stay at the cheaper one, and voted thusly.
Post # 12
I def think offering a couple of choices is good. Not everyone has the same budget or preferences. But I also think that it would be wise to see if you can find another budget friendly hotel that doesn’t turn you off so much.
Post # 13
I reserved spots at two and let them know that they could choose between the two prices and what’s offered at each.
Post # 14
Definitely give your guests options and let them decide based on their preferences and budget. While some people will jump at the chance to stay in a 5 star hotel, others will be just as happy with, and prefer the pricing of, the local Motel 6.
Post # 15
I really don’t care if people use their points, stay elsewhere, etc. I guess I was more embarrassed by the 3-star hotel room, than anything (being horrified to stay there myself) – it doesn’t have the appearance of having ugly rooms from the outside or by the chain name, etc – it’s just eh.
Thanks for all the input – I will definitely give the guests options and then they can decide what works best for them.
@Meowkers – I didn’t want to ‘slam’ any particular hotel, thus why I omitted the names.
@texasmeredith – both are about 10-15 minutes away from our venue (3-star is closer). There aren’t really any good hotel options closer to the venue.