(Closed) A Deposit for a Room Block?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Is it normal to have a 10% deposit for a hotel block
    No! I've never heard of a deposit for a hotel block. : (14 votes)
    67 %
    Yes, but 10% seems high. : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Yes, you expect to pay a lot to reserve a room block. : (6 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    No, I didn’t have to pay a deposit. They did say the would release the unreserved room in the block 30 days before the wedding, which was fine. Can you check around with other hotels in the area to see if a deposit is common?

    Post # 4
    Member
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    My town is a tourist destination, so hotels were asking for at least a 1k deposit to do a room block.  Ridiculous!  If you have the option, you might want to call other hotels and find out if this is common in your area.  If it’s not common, you may be able to do a room block at another hotel without paying anything in advance.

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    11167 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    I have two wedding blocks (Holidy Inn Express and Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites) and neither one required any advance payment.

    I did give one my credit card that was for their protection in case I waited until after the cancellation date to remove the hold. Otherwise nothing is to be charged.

     

    Post # 6
    Member
    4336 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’d answer “yes,” but it’s neither too high necessarily nor do you have expect to pay a lot. Some hotels have a similar thing, some hotels have nothing. Hit or miss.

    Post # 7
    Member
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I was never asked for a deposit but I did talk to a lot of hotels that required credit card holds and would make me responsible for any unfulfilled rooms.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1014 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Our hotel wanted a guarantee for room blocks, so if we wanted to block rooms, whether 1 or 100, we had to guarantee 90% occupancy from the get-go.  So that meant we were responsible for 90% of the cost of the rooms we had blocked, regardless of if they were booked, or if we released the rooms in the weeks/months leading up to the wedding.  There was no way I could sign myself up to potentially pay that, so we politely declined.  I had my guests book their rooms on their own early.  I wish I could have done a block, but it wasn’t worth the risk for us.

    Post # 9
    Member
    3773 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    We had two hotels in a completely tourist town- it may or may not be the waterpark capitol of the worldTongue Out, and neither one required a deposit. I would switch to a different hotel if possible.

    Post # 10
    Member
    1697 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    No deposits required BUT the only hotels I could get to give me a block require me to pay in full for all rooms reserved. So we get a bit of a discount on rooms but we MUST pay for them. I’m worried as we only have a few out of towners and just not sure how many friends want to get rooms.

    Post # 11
    Member
    1370 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    We didn’t have to pay for our block, each person pays for their room (discounted rate) when they book under our name. The unused rooms will be release 3 weeks before the weddng date, no penalty. This a hampton inn, by the way.

    Post # 13
    Member
    5668 posts
    Bee Keeper

    10% seems low to me. Our hotel is asking for first night upfront as the deposit on every room in the block.

    Post # 14
    Member
    378 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Wow – I had no idea that some required so much money down. Our wedding is not by a touristy town but there are many to choose from so I may not even reserve a block if that’s the case (we have a small wedding party and most are going to be close enough to home to drive back [and won’t be drinking anyway])

    Post # 15
    Member
    376 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I didnt vote because I have two situations. 

    1st. at our wedding venue, we had to Manditory block 9 rooms… all of the 1st two levels with ocean view.  If they were not booked by one of our guests, we would have to pay for them with the rest of our ceremony/reception final payment.  It is written in our contract.

    Secondly, we are looking into room blocks at other locations close to the venue. I have a few potential written contracts in my e-mail currently from hotels… there is no deposit, however this is 2 night minimums, and if they are not booked within 30 days prior we loose those rooms  and the discount is no longer valid. This is a very popular coastal/tourist area if that helps as well. 

    So with that being said I have one where we have to pay anyways full price and no deposit at all… 

    Post # 16
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    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @MrsBroccoli: I work for a hotel company and I got married in Baltimore – don’t pay a deposit for room blocks!

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