(Closed) Picking a hotel for guests- what is reasonable?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: What kind of hotel(s) should I book?
    Just a 2-star- if guests want to pay for a better hotel they can do it on their own. : (4 votes)
    5 %
    Just a 4-star- keep it super classy, and encourage guests to treat themselves : (7 votes)
    8 %
    Just a 3-star- seems like a decent compromise : (42 votes)
    50 %
    A 2-star and a 4-star- let them decide/figure it out for themselves : (30 votes)
    36 %
    Other (please explain!!!) : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    At the end of the day its a bed, no big deal.  I’d go three star $80-120.  I think that’s very reasonable.

    Post # 4
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    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    @KristenGotMarried:  I agree!  More than likely, your guests will just be crashing there!

    Post # 5
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    635 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Having a hotel with a bar that our guests could mingle and hang out at was the deciding factor for us. We’ll book a large block there (about $100) and have cheaper recommendations handy just in case someone needs it.

    Post # 6
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    14302 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I dont ever really care for fancy hotels and just use the place to sleep.  As long as its clean and not buggy and just decent, I’m more than happy to just sleep there and spend my money else where.  I would perfer a plain old 2 star cheap hotel, but if you blocked off a 3 star, I’d be happy to go with that.  If you booked just a 4 star, I’d probably find something else myself.  If I were to treat myself to a nice stay somewhere, it wouldnt be for someones wedding where I’ll probably be busy not spending time at the hotel.

    Post # 7
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    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We are going to block rooms at a nice hotel (not sure how many stars) that runs ~$130 a night, and also at a cheaper hotel that is under ~$90 a night. I figure it’s free to block hotels anyway, so this way they have a choice on what they want to spend.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    How close are the rooms to the reception?  If it’s right there, I’m happy (and would prefer) the 4 star.  Otherwise, if the hotels aren’t also the reception site, and are equally close, I’d want a 3 star. 

    Post # 9
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    2462 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    most weddings I’ve gone to have had mutliple options for hotels, ie, one really nice place and one that’s cheaper. I’d look in to having blocks at more than one place so guests can choose themselves

    Post # 10
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    3525 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We included five different options from various price ranges and ratings and it worked really well. DH’s family commented on how great it was to be able to choose where to stay.

    Post # 12
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    5993 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    i voted 2 anda 4 and let them figure it out themselves – i personally choose 4 stars

    Post # 13
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    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @eloping: I agree. 

    @MissBananaBread: Since the 2 and 4 are right next to one another, I’d block both. Generally they release your block at a certain amount of time out from the wedding, so it shouldn’t cost your more or be an issue to block two.

    I put our two hotel blocks on our wedding website so guests could get the info. I also listed a few others around that have various price ranges and let them know that they are free to stay wherever they’d like, but that there aren’t blocks at those places so they should reserve early in that case. Your guests will find what they like best, giving them 2 options is more than kind.

    Post # 14
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    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I voted 2 and 4 stars. Even if they can afford it, not everyone wants to splurge on a hotel room they dont plan on being in too much. I dont think we ever stayed at a hotel blocked by the bride and grooom since we always found cheaper (3 star) hotels in the area. For weddings we dont spend too much time in the room so we choose a cheaper hotel and save the 4 and 5 star places for vacation.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    To be honest I would pick one in each price range. That way if you guest choose to spend the money for a more expensive hotel they have that option, but if they are on a budget and want to spend less than $100 you have also provided that information. Now I’m not talking about a Motel 6 or anything like that. But perhaps a Holiday Inn locations like that.

    Post # 16
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    350 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I would do the 2 star and the 4 star… I never check to see how many stars a hotel has, to be honest.  All I care about is that the hotel is recently updated, clean and safe.  Also, my cut off is $100/night.  If it’s less than that, it’s cheap/reasonable and if it’s more, I consider it to be on the expensive side (unless it’s fancy).

    You’ll probably have people who just want to stay at the cheapest place possible and others who want to treat themselves and stay at the nicest.  So if you book one block at each, you’ve pretty much got everyone covered.

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