(Closed) HOTELS?? Did you get discounts for guests??

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Generally, if you do a room block you will get a discount! 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Buzzing bee

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We were able to get about $20 off the regular rate.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes we did about 10%…Ask your hotel what they offer..

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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!

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