(Closed) Best Hotel Chain to Block Rooms off at?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Where are you blocking off rooms at?
    Nowhere! : (0 votes)
    Marriott : (5 votes)
    21 %
    Wyndham : (3 votes)
    13 %
    Holiday Inn : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Days Inn : (0 votes)
    Hilton : (10 votes)
    42 %
    Best Western : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Comfort Inn : (0 votes)
    Crowne Plaza Hotels : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    We did ours at Hampton (by Hilton pretty sure) and really had a great experience! They don’t charge anything to block off the rooms, the discounted rate is pretty decent (Rooms originally something close to $150, discounted rate is $109), they upgrade my FH and I’s room to a suite for no extra charge, they have a need online system where you can see if rooms have been reserved, etc.

    Post # 4
    Member
    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I did not check a box b/c our wedding is at a resort.  We are having guests stay there as well as at another local hotel that’s not listed.

    It is usually a good idea to block off rooms at a place that has a less expensive rate and then maybe another with a more expensive rate.

    Our resort is $200/night and the local hotel where we are booking is like $79/night.  Something for everyone.

    Post # 5
    Member
    1428 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Tennis – 4 Points, Sheraton & Westin are all part of Starwood so you can shop them all at http://www.starwoodhotels.com to see what’s good for you location wise & pricewise. Also, check out some of the travel sites like Expedia.com so that you can see all hotels close to a certain area as well as look at reviews from people who have actually stayed there (expedia reviews are only from guests with ACTUAL stays) to see what looks good for you & your guests.

    Post # 7
    Member
    398 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    We had great experiences with Hilton and Marriott both.  No charge for blocking the rooms and great communication (particularly from the Hilton).

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    294 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    Wyndham has a wedding package that you maybe interested in…

    Post # 10
    Member
    10 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Hilton will block rooms for you without any type of credit card hold or deposit. That was not the case with other "brand" name hotels. Also, they have 9 different brands to choose from Hampton Inns to their Waldorf Astoria collections so it fits every budget and taste!

    Post # 12
    Member
    225 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    We initially blocked rooms at Doubletree Club (part of Hilton) for their rates. We later found a good rate at the Marriott, too. This does not go without connections and negotiations!

    But I like about the Marriott is that they give you Event Rewarders.. so I will get 3 Marriott Reward Points for whatever my guests spend on the block of rooms! And my guests will ALSO get marriott rewards points for what they pay as well! 

    And, as mentioned, there were no CCs needed to hold the block of rooms, no penalty for not filling up a block, and free room upgrade for us. =)

    Post # 14
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    291 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Another Marriott block bride here! I’m not really sure if any one chain is better than the other…so much depends on your geographic location (which affects the price), the management, etc. For us we went with the Marriott in my hometown b/c the manager is the DIL of my mom’s friend, who recommended our reception location and was able to haggle down the price for us (it’s an athletic club and he is a long time member). Since he did us that favor, we only chose to block rooms off at one hotel and that was the Marriott =). She was able to offer us a great rate and we’re currently trying to figure out the details of our suite…we might be able to get it for lower! I think the definite plus here was not having to use CCs or put down a deposit, and no penalties! The process was actually much more painless than I thought it’d be and we have our own event coordinator contact who will ensure details like Out of Town bags and day after brunches can be arranged without any hassle.

    Post # 15
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    248 posts
    Helper bee

    Embassy Suites – which is part of the Hilton chain. Hilton sets you up with a web site and password so you can manage your block – see who has reserved for which nights, how many rooms are remaining in your block, etc. We like Embassy becasue we have some larger families and all of their rooms are suites which sleep up to 6 people (2 queens and a sofa sleeper). They also include a fully cooked breakfast and manager’s reception in the evening and they gave us a great rate.

    Post # 16
    Member
    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I blocked at Best Western and at Hilton, so far they’ve both been awesome to work with.  We got reduced rates from both and didn’t have to put down a credit card.  Best Western even went so far as to send me a contract stating that I’m not responsible for any damage but the guest who is in the hotel room is responsible.

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