Hotel room block and shuttle problems

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: What should I do about the hotel room block situation?
    Go with Hotel A, the $160 nicer, but can be found for a cheaper price hotel : (1 votes)
    13 %
    Go with Hotel B, the $115 not quite as nice, but this is the cheapest price you can find for it : (5 votes)
    63 %
    Don't do any room blocks, but let guests know the shuttle will run from Hotel A : (0 votes)
    Don't do any room blocks, but let guests know the shuttle will run from Hotel B : (1 votes)
    13 %
    Don't do any room blocks, but I have a different idea of what to do about the shuttle : (0 votes)
    Other : (1 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    6506 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    How far are the two hotels from each other? I know your FI said he only wants it going to one hotel but if they’re close to each other I think you should see if it’s possible to stop at both.

    If that’s not possible or your FI is adamantly against it I would really prefer the $115 hotel. I’m going to spend less than ten hours there and those ten hours are going to be spent sleeping so I don’t care if the hotel isn’t as nice. As long as it’s clean I’m happy.

    Post # 5
    Member
    258 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Why do you have to block book rooms? That’s not your job. You supply the shuttle – have it stop at both if you want, or the higher end one that people can get for less?

    Personally when I book a hotel for 1 night for a wedding, even $100 is high…

    We let guests book. Our reception venue had hotel rooms that cost around $140/night and were literally upstairs. Around half our out of town guests chose this option. We also listed local area hotels which cost $40-70 per night. Many people stayed at these and took a cab back ($10-15). 

    Post # 6
    Member
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’d go with Hotel A, the nicer one.

    Organize for a Block of Rooms to be available at a “Group Rate” of $ 160 and on your Wedding Website put the following notation:

    We haver arranged for a Block of Rooms to be held at Hotel XYZ for the Paisley Wedding (you will need that info to get the Group Rate).  The rate is $ 160, this is the rate the Hotel Quoted to us for our “Group Rate”… you may do better on your own if you are a Hotel Loyalty Member, book thru a Discount Website, etc.

    We have also arranged for a Complimentary Shuttle to and from the Reception outside of Hotel XYZ.  Even those who choose to stay elsewhere, can certainly use the Shuttle for transportation.

    What people choose to do then is all up to them.

    Hope this helps,

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    3340 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would block rooms at both to let your guests make that financial decision, and then have the shuttle stop at both, like a loop. Hotel A –> hotel B -> venue

     

    Post # 9
    Member
    2419 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Given the distances, you don’t need to finalise the precise shuttle details until much nearer the event. That way, if guests book at Hotel B, the shuttle starts from there. Although again, given how close they are, would it not be easier to send it to both locations if you have guests staying at both hotels? Only I wonder why your FI is so determined to only have one pick up point. But anyway, ss your wedding gets nearer you’ll have a much clearer idea where people are staying and you instruct the shuttle company accordingly. 

    Personally, if I’m only spending a night in a hotel in order to attend another event, I’d be a lot keener on spending less money than I would worrying about high end hotel facilities at a much greater cost. That’s assuming that the cheaper hotel isn’t an utter flophouse, of course!

    Post # 10
    Member
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @PaisleyMedic:  Honestly, as a wedding guest for one night I would rather be in the cheaper hotel.  I am probably dropping my bags off, coming back to sleep, and leaving in the morning.

    What makes it less nice?  Decor stuck in the 80s?  I don’t mind if the experience isn’t as good as the more expensive one, because I’m not going to be there long enough for it to make a difference.

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