Post # 1
What is a reasonable price for guests to pay for a night at a hotel after your wedding? I’ve been getting quotes from $140-$160 outside of Chicago. I know for a fact my parents won’t be too happy to pay that. My options are pretty limited…either we book a dumpy hotel down the street from our reception, or our guests have to drive 10-15 minutes to a nice, more expensive hotel. Ugh. Also, is there a way to negotiate a better price? I asked about AAA, AARP, and military discounts, but I was told they either get the group/block rate, or their personal discount. This is beyond frustrating! Thanks! 🙂
Post # 5
I would block rooms at both the nice hotel and the dumpy one and let guests decide where to stay. Unfortunately, that seems to be the norm…group rate or other discounts.
Post # 6
@MrsSweetT: Have this moved to the Chicago board 🙂
I used the hotelplanner site and it didn’t really work for me. I was getting places in the burbs and city places that were way too much money. I sent out a request via the IHG (Intercontinental hotels group) and ended up booking one of the Holiday Inns.
I booked my hotel block for 100.00 a night in Rosemont. It’s not the city, but it’s close enough for my out of town guests. There are also two conferences during my wedding weekend, which complicated things.
Post # 7
I blocked rooms at two hotels – One includes breakfast the next morning and costs $130 and the other costs $100. Then again, I’m getting married in a suburban area, so hotel rooms here are not hard to come by. I’ve been to weddings in major cities where I’ve paid upwards of $200, so it is what it is.
I’d take a previous poster’s advice & book one nice hotel and one lower-end and let people decide where they want to stay depending on the price-point. It’s not like they’re stuck with those two choices either – If they want to stay elsewhere, they can book a room at another hotel on their own.
Post # 8
My wedding is in Long Island, so probably a little more expensive than Chicago and the absolute cheapest hotel I could find was $169/night for a hotel that I considered “decent” – it’s rated as a 2 star hotel on review sites. It’s a small hotel that is one of the brands owned by Marriot in an ok town about 30 minutes away from our venue and includes a hot breakfast and a shuttle to and from the local train station or airport. No restaurant or anything like that, but there’s a quiznos and a starbucks a short walk from the hotel.
In Long Island, anything in a town where there are fun things to do in walking distance is over $250 a night.
Post # 9
Have you considered getting a hotel that is 10-15 minutes away that offers complimentary shuttle service? There are many reasonaly priced hotels that will offer shuttle service to the venue within a certain price range. Some will provide it for free and others will charge you for it. If you want to know who offers shuttle sservice, then fill out this form here and in the comments section, just add “We need shuttle service to XYZ wedding venue”.
Alternatively, try asking your wedding venue (if you havent already) about hotels that offer shuttle service to the venue. Ask them for affordable options. You won’t be the first one to have asked so I am sure they have something they tell everyone.
The shuttle has the added advantage of letting your guests drink without having to worry about driving.
Post # 10
John Conner: I just filled out the form and omg! I’m receiving better quotes than I received on the phone! Thank you thank you thank you!! lol!
Post # 11
It’s going to depend on where you are… our block prices were $99/night for a King-size bed, $109/night for 2 queen size ones
Post # 12
Chicago is not known for affordable hotels. Even in the suburbs. You may want to look for hotels that offer more value for the money; the Embassy Suites brand may be a touch more expensive, but they do free breakfast and free happy hour for guests; Homewood Suites and Residence Inn do free breakfast; most Kimpton hotels do free happy hour; etc. so a $150/night hotel may end up being cheaper in the long run than a $110/night hotel, especially for families, once you factor in breakfast and such. Also look for hotels with free shuttle which you may (or may not) be able to use to transport people to/from the venue (I say “may” because the shuttles often have to service other guests but if you book enough rooms, the hotel may be willing to guarantee transport at a few certain times).