Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out hotel blocks and a big part of whats frustrating me is figuring out how much an Out of Town guest expects to pay. Some will be driving and some flying. If you were traveling for a wedding how much would you pay for a hotel? (Keeping in mind its a pricey city during “high” season)
Post # 3
it really depends on your guests and their finances. i would try to block a hotel that’s around $100 or less and a hotel in the $130-150 range.
Post # 4
As long as you take blocks at a range of hotels with a range of prices (3 is ideal) you should be fine.
Post # 5
It depends on the area. I would look at smaller less expensive places. Most people probably aren’t going to want to stay at a 5 star hotel or something.
Post # 6
I’d say somewhere between $100-150 for something along the lines of a Best Western or Holiday Inn type chain hotel. Something reasonable but clean are my requirements. And fairly updated. I hate scary motels with linens from the 80s! LOL!
Post # 7
I see that you are getting married in Charleston. They have a lot to choose from in the way of hotels but $100 -$150 will get you a stay in a pretty nice hotel. The hotels along the battery tend to cost more but if you aren’t blocking rooms in that area of Charleston you should be good.
Post # 8
For me this REALLY depends on where the hotel is.. i’ve been to weddings and paid $79/night, other weddings I’ve paid (begrudgingly) $250/night. Totally depends on where and what’s available.
Post # 9
I’d pay around 200 a night. I’ve honestly been happier when the Bride/Groom pick out nicer hotels for the block. I like plaintains idea of blocking rooms at multiple hotels.
Post # 10
In Charleston your guests are most likely not going to pay less than $150 per night unless you find a GREAT deal. Especially if your hotel is close to downtown. We stayed at Aloft near the airport in Charleston and it was around $150 for the night I believe. I’m sure there are groupons and that sort of thing but I wouldnt count on it. In Charleston I would expect to pay between $150-200 but probably closer to the $200 mark.
Post # 11
It really depends…with our military discount, I’d be surprised if we had to pay more than $80 a night! I’ve never had to, so far, anyways. I’m not really opposed to staying at a shithole, though, if there’s not a Marriott or Drury nearby…..but Marriott is what I stay in for work and I like it….and a hot breakfast!
Post # 12
@ejs4y8: I love the Marriott as well. I try to stay at a Marriott whenever I travel. LOVE those new mattresses they have.
Post # 13
@ejs4y8: and @JamaicaBride: I LOVE Marriott too! Darling Husband travels every week and stays in Marriotts with work so we get super high status and tons of free nights. We therefore always stay at Marriotts when we go anywhere together.
To the OP – if I couldn’t get my free Marriott room, I’d want to pay less than $150 a night for my hotel. It can definitely be done in Charleston – I’ve done it multiple times in the past without problem (and that was without any kind of group discount for a hotel block).
Post # 14
I was a little peeved at a wedding where I had to pay almost $200 for a room. My sister had the same feelings when my best friend got married and her block was that expensive as well.
Some locations you can’t get around the high price because of the season or city, but if you can, I’d say to definitely have a block with below $125/night if possible. Then two other blocks, one below $200/night, one above $200/night.
Post # 15
@JamaicaBride and ejs4y8 – The only hotel block I actually have right now is for a Marriott 🙂 It’s 159.00 a night and technically downtown but not within walkking distance.
I think I’m going to find another option, I have one place I called its about 230.00 a night, that will be my pricey option and then I was thinking for a 3rd maybe something not downtown? But in all honesty the guests I have coming will want something nicer so I’m tempted to not even do that. Do you think people will be upset if the cheapest option is $159.00 a night?
Post # 16
We gave two options for our hotel blocks, one was $200 (the hotel where our wedding was held and rooms are normally $350/night) and the other was a hotel 3 blocks away at $140/night (Normally $160). We got discounts for our blocks.
I would say if your wedding is during high season, try to do teh same I did, shoot for a $200ish option that’s really nice and convenient and another under $150. People can always book other hotels on their own, which some of our guests did, but you couldn’t get a much better deal the night of our wedding than what we offered.
We set it up so no one could complain about the hotel prices, if they wanted cheaper it was available and close by.