Post # 1
Hey ladies! So my FI and I just started looking into prices for hotels for our guests in the area and our avg price for a standard room is anywhere from $150-$300. We feel super uneasy about this since we have a lot of out of town guests aka my entire family. We figured that rates for hotels in VT would be reasonable but we were clearly mistaken 🙁
Were any of you able to get lower rates?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
Generally, if you do a room block you will get a discount!
Post # 4
yeah. i am trying to look into this now. you should get a discount if you block rooms. did you speak with managers? always ask for the manager 😀 a lot of times the front desk staff dont know
Post # 5
yes, mine had a special person who did “blocks” and they told me it was the cheapest rate they ever give…I think I had tried to negotiate them down from their first price, hehe
Post # 6
room blocks sometimes get you a discount – it helps ifyou do research online to see what their online lowest rate is and ask them to beat it since you will be guaranteeing them business.
Post # 7
We were able to get about $20 off the regular rate.
Post # 8
We got a courtesy block at a Westin hotel in Dallas. A courtesy block means that we don’t get charged if all the rooms are not booked and our guests get a discount on the rooms. We also negotiated a discount on breakfast.
Post # 9
Yes we did about 10%…Ask your hotel what they offer..
Post # 10
I used hotelplanner.com to help reserve a hotel block, and it was VERY easy to negotiate the price down. You could give it a try. 🙂
Post # 11
wow! for vt that sounds a little more than i would expect. i used to live in nj and we’ve stayed in vt a few times. ok but anyway! you can def get a discount, did you ask the hotel people? tell them you have a lot of out of town guests and you are looking for nice but affordable hotels and ask if they can work with that. the hotel i blocked for all my guests is typically $147 a night and I got the lady down to $116. make sure that you don’t get charged for any unclaimed rooms though. some hotels will charge you for that.
Post # 12
Also, see if your venue is affiliated with a certain hotel. My venue is a country club but they are “affiliated” with a downtown hotel and therefore you get discounted rates when you hold your wedding at the CC. Worth a try.
Post # 13
i second what pp’s have said – ask for a room block (and pull the wedding card!). we got a room block at the doubletree downtown. rooms typically go for ~$240/night there, but with the discount, our guests are able to stay for $80! granted, we are also having the reception in the ballroom of that hotel, so they’re already scoring major bucks off of us, lol, but still – $80 compared to $240 is a major steal! so, yes, look into room blocks, tell them it’s for your wedding guests, and if you’re having your reception at a hotel definitely start there first! good luck!