Post # 1
Hi WB friends,
My FI and I are looking into reserving a block of rooms in downtown Seattle for our OOT guests. We are not getting married in a hotel (in a venue close to downtown), so we have the option to pick any hotel.
Questions: Where are you reserving your block of rooms? How many rooms did you reserve? What was the rate and is there a penalty for the un-reserved rooms?
Post # 3
I’m in Baltimore, but I went through Marriott. I know they have a couple of choices in downtown Seattle. Call your first choice, you will be transfered to a sales center who can check the majority of the hotels downtown for you. Ask for at least 15 rooms, so you will get a better deal. There is no penalty for any unreserved rooms.
Post # 4
I would strongly suggest checking out HotelPlanner. We made an estimate of how many rooms we would block, entered in our contact info and the dates we wanted the block for, and then started receiving bids from hotels the next day. More than 25 hotels contacted us with bids. We immediately excluded all hotels that would charge US if the block did not fill up, and any hotels that weren’t in the neighborhood that we wanted. After that, we compared hotels by price, location, price for parking, etc.
We went with the Maxwell Hotel and so far have received great service. They are getting awesome TravelAdvisor reviews and were given an editor’s choice award by Seattle Bride Magazine this year. They gave us a rate of $129 and intially said that was for 1-2 guests and $10 extra per additional guest. We bargained with their salesperson and got 1-4 guests for $129 and their parking is free (which is a big deal downtown, some hotels charge >$30/night for parking). This is on New Year’s Eve, BTW.
Our final choices were between the Maxwell and one of the Marriotts, but the Marriott wouldn’t budge about parking and it was $19/night.
Post # 5
Just start early. Many hotels will have varying rates that they offer for blocks, and some have varying things that they will offer depending on how many rooms you end up blocking.
Our venue was at the W Hotel; however, the Hotel Monaco across the street gave us a better rate and had more to offer for our block. Be sure to ask about attrition- a lot of times, the sales manager will waive it just to get the business (meaning you wouldn’t be responsible for paying for the rooms in your block if they don’t get picked up by your guests)
Also, keep in mind that almost all downtown hotels will charge for parking- anywhere from $20-$30 is normal- and so it’s just something that you’ll have to factor in. There’s always street parking, and if your wedding is on a Saturday then it’s free after 6 pm and all day on Sunday, so that’s something you can suggest to your guests.
Post # 7
We booked Hotel Max for a Friday and Saturday Oct 1-2, they gave us a rate of 115, and I blocked 12 rooms there. Because it’s a young and trendy hotel, I wanted to give another option for families, so we booked the Red Lion on 5th, it was $135 and parking is $30, so I wasn’t thrilled about the cost, but it was better than most and it’s so central to downtown. We’re having our reception at the market so we wanted our hotels to be within walking distance for some guests.
Post # 8
@seattlemeg: wow great rates at the 5th, for our oct 23 date this year their rates are 199?!
@neontl:our venue is a hotel (Mayflower park), so we booked like 10 rooms there plus wedding guest parking is free that night, if people don’t mind an economy hotel the holiday inn express at seattle center is like $80, granted its also a non peak time (sort of) versus April. we didn’t book a block, but their best available rate was good. I didn’t want to get into any more contracts than we already have 🙂