(Closed) Room block-do you negotiate prices?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
Member
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

I think ours was $10 cheaper as well, I laughed when the guy said that and he said it was standard.  I didn’t try haggling because honestly there isn’t another hotel in the area that I would want my guests staying at.

Post # 4
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I negotiated rates for room blocks at 4 different hotels ranging from 200 dollars down to 120 so my guests had a large selection of different tiered hotels to stay at. Most places whacked off 30 bucks… the expensive hotels discounted around 50.

Post # 5
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25 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mine was also $10 less. People could have probably gotten a slightly better rate if they booked with AAA or prepaid for the room. Mine wasn’t a fancy hotel and I thought it was good enough.

Post # 6
Member
597 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I@missporkchops:  Would you mind sharing your haggling techniques? I have yet to do this and am worried I won’t do very well. How many rooms did you book per hotel? 

Post # 7
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1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The rate for mine went down about $20, but the big savings was for us – because our guests bought out the room block, the GM gave us $100 off of our room for the night of the wedding.

Post # 8
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I contacted the sales department for each of the hotels they ranged from 5 Star Boutique hotels, Hyatt/Hiltons, to 3.5 star boutiques, and requested a room rate quote. When I got the pricing back, I negotiated from there; asking if it could be dropped. The prices I originally got were comparable to military discount/AAA pricing.  I told the sales office that I would prefer to have my guests have great locked in pricing instead of having them go on Priceline and bid for cheaper rooms which is something I do when I travel for weddings and the block rate is higher than what I can bid for.

Post # 9
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17 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didn’t negotiate (I am horrible at haggling) – but when I asked for rates at a boutique hotel near our venue, they quoted me a price that was $40 over what was available online! (which, incidentally, seems to change when you search in the morning compared to the afternoon).  I simply told her thanks & that it would be too expensive for my guests.

She came around and asked me what price point I was hoping for.  I told her my price (this is where I am a poor negotiator – I gave her the upper end, haha) and she came down to within $10 of it.

So, not that I recommend it (probably real negotiation will work better), but sometimes just saying no will get them to respond.

Post # 10
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464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I used bidding software–just put in my dates, number of rooms, and location. Since my wedding is on a boat, I have this huge fear that guests will miss it so picked a hotel within reasonable walking distance of the dock.

I also put that info on my wedding website right away with a bit of a promo for the block (near venue, near light rail station, etc.) so that even if my out-of-town guests don’t use the block, they’ll figure out what’s important to consider.

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