Post # 1
So, the area where we are getting married is just outside of Boston, but not close enough to actually have our hotels there. It’s kind of a no-mans land for hotels. People usually only go to that area because they live there, or maybe for business needs. We hope our guests coming in from far far away for a trip will decide to stay in Boston for most of their stay, but for hotels we are looking for something relatively convenient to our venue for at least tnight night. The options are dire. Which would you choose?
1 – “Hotel Indigo”, it’s a converted Holiday Inn, made to look more modern and boutiquey, sleek and cool looking but cramped, still figuring out what’s best for guests as reviews are mixed and it seems things aren’t quite smooth, and has issues here and there, has an ourdoor pool area made to look clubby which could be a good hangout, and a hoppin bar. It’s right next to a T stop (a far far, end of the line stop, 50 minute ride to Boston). Supposedly has a shuttle to the local town. Sounds like the air conditioning sound could be a potential problem. View is of the parking lot or the highway.
2 – Marriot – this is a giant, corporate looking conference hotel that is rather dated. Roomier and more well established, time-tested quailty. Corporate-type restaurant bar area for business travlers. Indoor fitness center type pool . There is a shuttle to the same T stop until 8pm. Also a 10 minute walk to the commuter rail so if people really wanted, they could take the train to our venue – but be an hour or so early. View is of the parking lot or a nice river view but a highway behind it.
Post # 3
What’s the average age of your guests?
What is the price difference?
I feel like older guests would prefer the Marriot while younger would prefer the Indigo.
You could block off rooms when the majority would likely stay and just let everyone know about the other as an option…
Post # 4
Can you block off rooms at both just to give guests options? Most weddings I’ve been to will have a couple different hotel blocks…all the ‘kids’ / friends of newlyweds usually end up staying at one hotel for the afterparty…
Post # 5
I would go with Hotel Indigo since it is right next to the T stop for it to be easy to get into Boston. It would suck to have to rely on a shuttle back to the hotel that stops at 8pm. Personally, I hate to pack up and move, so I rather stay near the wedding and take the T into town. Unless I was leaving right after the wedding and had to pack up anyways, I wouldn’t switch hotels. Is it really an hour from Riverside to Boston? I used to take the T from Newton Center or Chestnut hill and I thought it was only 30 minutes from there, so maybe 45 tops from Riverside to get to Copley station, which isnt so bad.
Post # 6
I think reliability trumps style. Save the style for the wedding, and make sure the guests have rooms with working facilities.
Post # 7
Honestly, theyre not going to spend THAT much time in the hotel room, so go for the dated hotel and feel comfortable in the fact that while dated, it’s reliable.
Post # 8
Most people won’t be there to party at the hotel, so go for whichever is most cost efficiant & comfortable.
Post # 9
Speaking as a former travel agent, I say go with the old blocky Marriot. Marriot is a solid brand with a good reputation. Like others have said, your guests won’t be spending a ton of time there anyway. If they’re coming in for a few days, they’ll stay in Boston. This is most likely just for a night. Rather be comfortable and know their reservation will be there & complaints will be resolved, than go with an unreliable “hotter” hotel.
Post # 10
i picked the 2nd one; no ac in june would not be fun imo. but also, why not book a block at both & let them choose?
Post # 11
if i were a guest, i would rather stay at the dated but reliable hotel. i would only stay there the night of the wedding and then stay in boston for the rest of my trip. also, if i’m going to be on public transit for more than 40 minutes, i’d rather be on the commuter rail than the T so the fact that the Marriot is only a 10 minute walk to the train is awesome. i don’t have anything against the T, it just seems the commuter rail would be faster.
Post # 12
Thanks for these responses – super helpful! We are going to be blocking room rooms in a different area for those coming into town from the west. Those guests will be older and have more families. These two are going to be for the younger guests who will mostly be coming fron points esat or the airport. They are close to each other and we have a very small guest list, so it won’t make sense to do room blocks at both.
The reason we are considering the “coolness” factor of the hotel is that we are having a daytime wedding and reception, and at night most likely many of the younger people want to all hang out together. So we want a decent place to spend our evening with guests after the reception ends at around 5 or 6. Boston would be the best option to do this, but would be logistically problematic and increase the chance that everyone will scatter trying to get over there.
Being near the train is nice, but also pretty lame on the weekends when one only runsby every few hours.
Post # 13
Hotel indigo all the way, it’s part of the holiday inn family, and may be more modern but features many common HI features :]