Post # 1
I am having a hard time selecting what hotel be my back-up room block. Where we are having the reception is a hotel, but is small and there is a high chance of rooms booking up so I want to make sure to have a second option for our guests. Picking this should not be this hard! I know I’m making it wayyy too difficult. So – figured I’d list out the pros and cons and have you all vote! Thanks!
Doesn’t look very “nice” but not completely dumpy
Has a bar and restaurant open late, they actually look pretty good
2. Courtyard Marriot
No real restaurant (just a little cafe)
(little bistro area – but I guess it does serve breakfast and dinner?)
Looks nice (I’d say equal to the Courtyard)
Has a restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I would go with this, but $139 will quickly be atleast $150 with taxes and thats a little more than I wanted people to pay.
Post # 3
I prefer the DoubleTree and don’t think that’s too much for a hotel, especially in NYC (if that’s where your wedding also is). I think that any of those options are good, though.
Post # 4
I voted Doubletree I mean it’s only $20 more than the cheapest option and I too think that’s a good deal for a hotel in NYC
Post # 5
what type of guests are you having and where are they coming from? Yes, Doubletree is nicest but I think I would choose the least expensive option. People will likely stay more than one night and are also bringing you a gift, buying outfits, travelling, etc. I took that all into consideration for my wedding and picked the cheapest option. None of those hotels look very nice and none look like a dump IMO.
Post # 6
@abbie017: Can you reserve rooms at two? Thats what we are doing…we are reserving the min amound of room at each (10 rooms/block) with two options a decent but affordable hotel and then a nicer hotel, that way people have an option.
Post # 7
Why not just give a list of alternative hotels and let people choose for themselves. Surely they will be able to get a cheaper price on one of the discount websites. I have never used a room block for a wedding because the price has always been more than I can source myself online.
Post # 8
You guys are right, these would be GREAT prices for NYC! But we’re actually getting married in NJ near the beach – so that’s why I feel like they aren’t exactly bargains – but nothing is “cheap” in the area!
@gelaine22: Guests will all be mostly family friends, and a few of my friends from NYC (but I imagine most of them will stay at the hotel we are having the reception). I think most guests would honestly prefer “nice” over “budget”, I just don’t want it to be overpriced. I’m kind of leaning towards the Courtyard bc it’s nice but still affordable, I just wish it had more of a restaurant.
@hazyleyedbeauty: That’s a good idea!
@j_jaye: I hadn’t thought of that, but you are totally right. We don’t need to necessarily make a block since this is the back-up hotel. Maybe I’ll just provide a list of alternative options? I liked the idea of a block bc then I can keep track and drop off welcome bags, but I do think most people will stay at our reception hotel, it’ll just be the late planners that might not be able too.
Post # 9
We’re doing two options: a slightly less expensive one and a more “boutique” option for those who want to splurge. I think it’s great to have that flexibility for your guests!
Post # 10
I’m guessing these are the discounted rates the hotel is offering you?
if the hotels are close to each other, go back to the nicest one, or one you like most and tell them you need the rate lowered. They may still have some flexibility in the rate.
I am a meeting planner! Hotels want your business, and they won’t give you a thing unless you ask.
Post # 11
I would definitely look into which hotel offers breakfast. I was recently a BM and there was a choice between 3 hotels, all about equal distance and price. We chose the one that offered breakfast, cuz you’re getting more bang for your buck! Plus it was nice that we didn’t have to shell out extra dough for that the next morning.
Post # 12
I voted for Sheraton. Honestly, they won’t be spending all that much time in the room anyway, and if they would like something a little nicer, they can always book elsewhere.
Post # 13
@JrzyGurl: I voted Doubletree, for the food. It is really nice to have a restaurant in the hotel.
Post # 14
DH and I would personally go for the Courtyard, mainly for Marriott points. But the doubletree looks fabulous as well! I’m with whoever mentioned room blocks at two places, so people could choose themselves?
Post # 15
@cranraspberry: I think I will do this! I’ll have the option of where the reception is (but that might sell out), an affordable chain option, and then a beautiful boutique B&B!
@bella_graystone: This is true! Unfortunately, everything in the NJ/NY area is $$$ and these place don’t feel a need to negotiate. The rates they gave us are pretty much their standard nightly rates.
@castaway83: UPDATE! I really wanted a place with free breakfast so I ended up getting a quote from Hampton Inn and added that in.
@jenilynevette: True – I just don’t want people thinking we recommended a dump you know?
@Astra: I agree – I want somewhere they can at least grab a bite at.
@pengoala: Good idea – I think I will do a few options!
Post # 16
I’m almost positive I stayed at that SHeraton for a wedding, and it was FINE!