(Closed) Hotel Room Block – need advice!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Trash the idea or stick to it and hope for the best?
    Trash the idea, not worth the risk : (21 votes)
    100 %
    Stick with it, the rooms could get picked up and fee isn't that bad if they aren't : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @princess_r:  if you do it, only go with one hotel.

    Post # 4
    1193 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I say trash it. You could probably find an Internet deal that will save you more than $50

    Post # 5
    3574 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    How much are the rooms without the block?  If you only think a small number will take advantage, maybe a block isn’t worth the risk to you.  Especially if the rooms are reasonably priced without the discount.

    Post # 6
    16216 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    If you anticipate that only a few guests will need a hotel, I’d trash the idea of booking a block. You could include a note about “these are some accommodations in the area.” If you don’t mention anything to your guests about a block of rooms being reserved, they’ll understand.

    Post # 7
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @princess_r:  I would only go with one hotel. It doesn’t sound like you need two. This fill or pay contract is pretty standard. We’re in two right now and sweating it out!

    Post # 8
    293 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I help set up room blocks at the resort I’m at currently. We are usually pretty strict, but some people get away with reseserving lesser rooms.  I would ask, and see but definately stick with one hotel.

    Post # 9
    2775 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Since most of your guests are local and you anticipate that most of the OOTers will stay with friends, a hotel block is not necessary.  

    Post # 10
    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I just went through the whole block/reserving thing for our Nov. wedding… I say in no way should you sign up for something that leaves YOU liable for costs of unfilled rooms. A wedding is expensive enough! I was able to negotiote with my 2 hotels, one I got not a reserved block, but just a “group rate”, so its a little lower rate, but also based on availability so when occupancy is reached, its no longer available, hence not a held block but just a discount. Win win for me and hotel. Im not liable for any costs. The other hotel  (holiday inn) actually holds a block with NO costs to the requesting party. I suggest trying the website service hotelplanner.com. You post your info, and hotels compete to meet what you are looking for.. thats how I got the terms we were looking for… Good luck!

    Post # 11
    50 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    You should not have to pay a deposit or sign any clauses that make you responsible for unused rooms. Get rid of this hotel and find one that offers a courtesy room block. I copied and pasted the below:

    A courtesy room block is a way to block hotel rooms with no deposit. In this kind of room block, the hotel does not “block” any rooms for you. They simply agree to honor a discounted group rate for your wedding guests. Guests can still call and make reservations under a group code just like a traditional block.

    Read more: http://grouptravel.org/wedding/what-is-a-courtesy-room-block-do-i-need-one-for-wedding-guests/#ixzz2i123ZJ4c

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