Post # 1
I was wondering if you are typically supposed to/are be able to negotiate the price per room for a block of rooms? I just called a local hotel, and at the same time was looking up the cost per room on their website, and the block is only $10 cheaper. Doesn’t seem like big savings.
I’m not that familiar with room blocks though, so my guess is it’s more for the assurance of having a room available for your guests than a discounted rate, I was just under the assumption that they were indeed discounted.
I requested 15 rooms for 60ish guests (how many we are expecting), is that enough?
Post # 3
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.