Post # 1
We reserved 20 rooms each at two hotels for our wedding. Hotel A is a 4-star hotel charging $329 a night, and Hotel B is a 3-star hotel charging $249 a night. The rehearsal dinner at the restaurant in Hotel A (which all guests staying the night will be invited to). The walk from one hotel to the other is 3 minutes (0.1 mile).
Our invitations just went out and our room block at Hotel A is already booked! They can set aside additional rooms for us, but at $399! (The best rate online now is $429 a night) The insert in my invites said Hotel A was $329 a night 🙁 ETA: They would honor all rooms already booked at orginal rate.
There are still 15 rooms left at Hotel B at $249 a night. What should I do? No other hotels in the neighborhood have room blocks available at rates anywhere close to this. We have a wedding website where I will update the hotel situation.
Post # 3
sometimes you have to play dirty and mention to the hotel that you might just have to cancel everything there because of the rate hick and move it to tand other hotel because they are willing to work with you . Not that you really would but let them think that .
Post # 4
Wholly, that is pricey hotel room but I see you are in New York 🙂 I agree with the post above this, try working with them otherwise I would find another hotel that is willing to give you a block.
Post # 5
I actually just had a situation like this. I made Room Blocks and Hotel A and B- A was for wedding guests, B was for wedding party and I didn’t tell guests about it. Hotel A is where we’re having Sunday brunch, and the hotels are about 2 blocks from each other. After a miscommunication (on their part), Hotel A ran out of rooms for Friday night. I quickly sent out a mass email/facebook message and updated the website, saying that guests arriving on Friday should book with Hotel B. Guests don’t seem to have any problems with the short distance in between.
I think you should tell your guests about the block filling and they should use Hotel B. I know I’d much rather walk 3 minutes than pay $70 more per night.
Post # 6
Thanks! I know my friends won’t care, but I’m worried about FMIL’s fancy friends who will be mortified at staying in a Hampton Inn. I guess they can just paying the regular rate at Hotel A if they want to stay there.
Because that weekend is graduation weekend for NYU & FIT, most hotels are actually pretty close to sold out, so we can’t get another block. And we already have shuttles going to and from these hotels, and can’t add another.
I know it seems super pricey, but these are actually really good rates for NYC this time of year. Most of our guests are from the tri-state area and fully expect to pay an arm & a leg for hotels. And if they don’t want to, they can hop on a train or drive home after.
Post # 7
@CityBearBride Not sure that you can cancel the block and move the whole thing to another hotel. I think your best option is to offer the second hotel to guests and also maybe list other area hotels that still have rooms.
You mentioned that there are no other hotels that offer group rates in the area. Try filling out this form and see if that works for you. This way, you’ll get responses via email from all the hotels in the area you are looking for instead of having to research and call each one seperately. Good luck.
Post # 8
It’s not really a rate hike unless they are changing the price of the intital rooms you blocked. Reserving additional rooms could naturally end up with higher rates, simply because of demand.
I would maybe reserve say 10 more rooms at Hotel A, explaining the new rate on the website; that way you’d be covered for your “fancy” friends. Anyone who doesn’t want to pay that, can do hotel B, which they would probably be planning to do anyway.