(Closed) Another speed bump….hotel question

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How many hotels do you have blocked for guests?
    Just 1 : (10 votes)
    53 %
    Split between two places : (7 votes)
    37 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I say hold onto that block of rooms until you can guarantee enough at another hotel. Even after that, you may want to hold those rooms for other guests just in case. What’s their cancellation date?

    We had ridiculous problems with our hotel too, same sort of thing happened to us. It was SO annoying. The worst thing was that it was either the Best Western where we booked, or little gross strip mall type motels, nothing else, so we were stuck.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I say hold onto those room and book more at another hotel.  You might not be a able to book more in time depending on your timeline.  You can use what your other hotel is charging as a way to get more deals at another hotel.

    Post # 6
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    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @Nola: I would talk to the people who are already booked and give them the option to switch over and stay with everyone else. They likely will once you explain the situation.

    Post # 7
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    661 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Definitely hold onto those rooms before anything.  You do need to fnd out if there is another hotel that can snag the 20 extra rooms that may be needed.

    But, I would say something to you.  I would inform her that she said not to worry about it prior which is why you didn’t up the count earlier.  Do you have it in email?  I would forward it to her actually (I keep everything through email for that reason).

    If not, I would still inform her and if she’s unwilling to budge, I would ask to speak to a manager saying ‘I”m sorry, but I have to fight for this becuase its my wedding day.  I”m sure you understand.”  Its a nice way of saying “Man, I’m going higher than you because YOU messed up on this one”

    If all else fails – have to get the rooms outside and assign a designated driver to pool.  🙂 Hope it works out hun!

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We aren’t blocking rooms because there is an event the weekend of my wedding and all the hotels are pretty much booked up in the area. None would block rooms for us. So we are going to suggest some hotels further away from the venue site and if they chose to battle the hotels for rooms they can do that. But I am sending out a notice w/ our save the dates so they have plenty of time.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Does it matter that people won’t be at the same hotel? I would think it would be best to give your guests a choice of where to stay, rather than blocking rooms at just one hotel. If your bridal party is split up, maybe you can still ask them all to come and get ready at the hotel where you’ll be (if you were planning on having everyone get ready in one place).

    In my experience, many hotels will not block off a huge number of rooms at once, especially if you do not have to guarantee that you will fill them. It seemed like the norm at the hotels I talked to to only let you block 10-20 rooms at a time, with them expanding the block as it fills. That protects the business—if you blocked off 50 rooms at one hotel and then only filled half of those, the hotel might have turned other paying customers away while your block was still active.

    Post # 11
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    1030 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We have about 6 hotels for our guests. I’m getting married in a small beach town and there is no big hotel anywhere near there, nor one that will do a big block for us. We have 80 Out of Town guests and a block of 16 rooms at an inn. Once the block is full, people will find other places to stay..we have 5 other inns recommended on our website. It’s just helpful to find people somewhere to stay, not a requirement.

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