Post # 1
Where are you doing your hotel blocking? I’m hoping to get somewhere in the Boston/Cambridge area for my out of town guests, accessible by the MBTA. We have about 40% of guest list being out of town, and a good number of them are around mid to late 20’s and students/just starting a job so they probably do not want to spend a ton of money on the rooms.
Right now I’m getting a quote from Cambridge Marriott by Kendall Square for $184/night. While not totally unreasonable and one of the better quotes we’ve heard from the Cambridge area, I’m having a hard time with that cost. Any tips/tricks on getting better rates? Any other hotels I should check out? I haven’t called hotels in Boston specifically since I’m not as familiar with the options there.
For any one else, is $184 a huge turn off for you? If you were a guest would you consider staying there? It is REALLY convenient public transportation wise, which is why we were seriously considering it.
Post # 4
$184 for the Boston area actually seems very reasonable to me.
Post # 5
@busyinboston: I ran into this in DC. I found that the hotel I wanted to block cost $99 a night on Kayak, but they were charging $150 for a room block! What we did was recommend 3 hotels in the area and have people book directly. I was honesty about why on my website and people seemed to be really happy to save money. I am seeing a lot of good deals for that area on Kayak, so you might want to consider it.
When my good friend got married, his wife booked $175 a night hotel. I looked on Kayak for their city, booked a $110 a night room, and all of my friends joined me. I almost always book directly now (even when there is a room block, I will book directly at that hotel if it is cheaper).
Post # 6
Yeah I’m having my wedding in upstate NY, and the cheapest I could find was $128/night, and that’s at a shitty Holiday Inn Express… lol. $184 sounds like a good price for the Boston area. 🙂