Post # 1
Does anyone have an advice on what the best hotels to book blocks of rooms are?
I would like to find a hotel that will block some rooms for us with out making us pay for them upfront or a charge if they arent all booked.
I also would like to find one that will give us a price break, and possibly even through in a Bridal Suit with so many rented rooms.
Anybody had any luck with any of these things??????
Post # 3
I just called the two hotels closest to the reception site and got lucky with one of them. They are giving us a break on the rate, and didn’t ask for a deposit. Good luck!
Post # 4
We’re using Courtyard Marriot.. they give you a break on a room if a certain number of rooms get booked.. I’m not sure on the deposit (i haven’t actually blocked them yet) but I don’t believe they require that.
Post # 5
I bLocked at 3 different hotels and none of them required a deposit and all gave a discount. The only thing was they release the rooms at a certain point …in my case it was about a month before.
I would just go look at the hotels and decide which you’d like to block and talk to the group sales agent.
Post # 6
I didn’t have much luck with the Hiltons in the area where I’m getting married.
I talked to the person at my venue though and she suggested a hotel (Hyatt Place). They were great! They are even providing a free shuttle for hotel guests to and from my wedding!
Post # 7
The hotels I’m familiar with for room blocking do a certain number of rooms with an attrition rate.
For example: We can block 50 rooms at $120 each with a 40% attrition policy.
Translated: You have to pay for at least 30 rooms (they allow you to cancel up to 40% at no penalty).
I think the attrition rate policy is pretty fair because it allows both sides to get something in the deal. If you think you’ll need 15 rooms, you could book 30 with a 50% attrition policy and be fine. It also allows you to negotiate price depending on the attrition rate (aka risk) you’re comfortable with and how high of rooms you’re willing to go.
Post # 8
I used HotelPlanner.com. Basically you put in all of your requirements and matching hotels submit bids to you online.
We ended up with Courtyard by Mariott. We don’t have a minimum that need to be reserved. For every 10 rooms booked, we get a free room and an upgrade.