Post # 1
We’re trying to secure a block of rooms for our guests and we’re having so much trouble! There seems to be a big convention in town, so we can’t find rooms under $200. Is that crazy to ask guests to spend that much for just a room for the wedding?
Post # 3
I’ve been to two weddings at the beach here in NC and there aren’t hotel rooms for much less than $200 at any decent hotels. All the guests had to pay that much to stay.
If you wedding isn’t in a destination location though, I’d be a little worried about not having a cheaper option.
Post # 4
Most average people do not pay $200 per night when travelling.
I would try to find an option for people that is a little lower in price.
Here’s a link to a search done on hotels.com. You can further narrow the results by picking the area of Chicago you prefer. These are hotels 3 star and up, rated 8/10 or higher by guests.
I realize these are not block bookings but maybe they will give you some ideas for further contacts.
Post # 5
Thanks for checking hotel.com! Sadly, lots of the hotels below $200 are way outside the city and would be pretty difficult for guests to get to the festivities. I think we managed to get one of the hotels down to about $160 plus free breakfast and free happy hour. Maybe I can just distract my guests with free food and drinks all weekend long
Post # 6
Are you right in the city? I think that for city hotels, $200 is the norm and around what I would expect to pay. I would suggest you try and get the lowest price you can for the hotel blocks and if it’s too much for your guests, they can find other options. Good luck!
Post # 7
I think $160 for being in Chicago is pretty good.
Post # 8
As a guest I would be ok with $160 especially when breakfast is included.
Post # 9
$160 might be steep for some, but if that’s the best you can do, that’s the best you can do! I had my wedding in DC on a weekend when something was going on in town, and I also was not able to block any rooms for less than about $160.
There were some hotels under $100/night that were on public transportation but were a long trip outside the city. I told people about these hotels, but did not create a block there. Maybe you can tell people, especially those who will be strapped for cash, about hotels that might be cheaper but farther away? Then it is clear that you don’t think the hotel is convenient to the wedding, but they still have the choice to sacrifice location for price. If you blocked rooms at a cheap-yet-far-away hotel, people would assume that you think that is an easy place to stay for the wedding when it is not.
Post # 10
I am having a Chicago wedding as well– and found some rates under $200! I used the website hotelplanner.com and I got bids sent to me…really easy to manage the process that way. Good luck!
Post # 11
@happy924: I wish I’d known about Hotel Planner before… I’m sure it would ahve saved me a ton of headaches!