Hotels & Room Blocks

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I just went to the closet hotel and blocked out 10 rooms. They have until May to book and if they don’t the rooms are available to the public, if they don’t get used no harm done. See if you can get a discount too, we got 10% off

 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@eliseemma:  When I set up my block I jsut went to the hotel that I wanted and told them I wasn’t sure how many rooms. Maybe 10 max?  They set aside 20 rooms (the maximum amount they can do).  That way if there’s an 11th person they won’t have trouble booking a room.  Like the other commenter said – any rooms that are not booked end up being released back to the public and there’s no harm done.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

just make sure they don’t charge you a fee for any rooms not booked- some hotels have sneaky charges like that. Depending on where your venue/hotel are located, you may also have local guests who want to stay over vs. driving home.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@eliseemma:  yes they will get a discount regardless if it’s 1 room or 20 rooms and we’re getting the same discount on their bridal suite.

Post # 9
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our hotel was cheaper if you booked online than it was with the “block discount”. So we didn’t block off any!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

@eliseemma:  Not every hotel has this charge, just make sure to ask about it.

They should also give YOU something special- we had a two-level room upgrade to a suite, and had one-level upgrades for our parents. And we also had free parking included, some places will include breakfast, etc.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@eliseemma:  Hello Fellow VA Beach Bride! The block I did does NOT hold me liable if no one reserves the rooms. It’s just a group block, so that they can get the rooms at a discounted price. I only blocked off 10, if they get used then I can add. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I booked with the Fairmont.  They gave me 2 options

1)block a specific # of rooms,  they were 100% secure but I was responsible for guaranteeing 80% of the reservations.

2) don’t block any rooms,  just have a group rate, I’m not responsible for anything but there are no guarantees the hotel won’t be booked. 

I’m from Toronto and there are many options around my venue so I went with #2. The hotel also created a cute little website for our guests to book on that had our rate. 

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@eliseemma:  It depends on where you are and where the hotels are. Call the hotel and ask what their rate is for a room block and then check the website to see what the normal rate is for the hotel. I found that our hotel was way more expensive through the block than through their website!

If it is cheaper, estimate the number of guests who live more than 3 hours out of town and block off about that many rooms. Ask what happens if you don’t fill the block (we had a huge penalty and would have to pay for them) or if too many people wanted a room (there was no way to get more).

Based on those conditions, we told people to book directly at one of three hotels. However, there were 15 hotels within 2 miles of the reception, so there was a lot of space.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@eliseemma:  We’re getting married at the Founders Inn, so that’s where we are going our room block. It’s usually much cheaper, but for memorial day weekend the best rate we got was $139. Most of our guest our local or know someone they can stay with. 

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