Distance and price range for hotel block

posted 3 years ago in Guests
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  • Post # 2
    5169 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2018

    Honestly if the hotel is 15 minutes from the hotel and I lived like 30 minutes from the venue I would just go home. It sounds a little pointless to recommend a hotel which is around 15 minutes from their homes.

    Post # 4
    267 posts
    Helper bee

    Can you do blocks at two hotels? One more expensive and nearer the venue, then the one you mentioned? I would definitely pay more to be right by the venue if I were coming in from out of town. I value convenience.

    Post # 5
    315 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I agree with the above I would pay slightly more to be in walking distance eg 5 or so minutes from venue for a wedding than have to bother with an Uber after with.

    so I would probably block two hotels if possible to give people an option.

    Post # 6
    159 posts
    Blushing bee

    Oh wow! $100 hotel price point is great, at least to me! We are hoping to have ours be between $150-200 per night, but they will also provide shuttle service to and from the venue which is really nice. I went to a wedding last year where the hotel room block was over $300 a night!

    I agree with doing 2 different options – 1 less expensive even if that means it’s a little further out and then 1 closer to the venue if it’s a little pricier.

    Post # 7
    490 posts
    Helper bee

    Book two, one that is more pricey but within walking distance, and one that is further but cheaper and see if they have a complementary shuttle or can book a cab for older guests that may not know how to use Uber. 

    Also always see if you can get a hotel that offers complementary breakfast for wedding block guests – people from out of town always appreciate being fed.

    My hotel blocks capped at $129/night (most were closer to $109 though), but that was in the suburbs.  

    Post # 8
    2363 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    Ours were around 150-200 a night, but one was within walking distance (less than .25 miles) and one was a mile away (and we provided a shuttle). If you’re going to choose a hotel block that is farther than walking distance, I’d advise providing a shuttle for guests to get there safely. 

    Post # 10
    3130 posts
    Sugar bee

    We wound up suggesting 3 hotels, ranging from more budget to boutique.  We chose to do a room block at the mid-priced one which happens to be the one the most convenient to the venue (walking distance, even!).  

    We looked at doing room blocks at the other 2, but decided against it.  The priciest hotel required a contracted block with an attrition clause, and the budget hotel increases prices for rooms as part of a block.  

    So far, I’m surprised at how many local guests have chosen to get a hotel room, but glad people are playing it safe and not drinking/drivng! 

    Post # 11
    7555 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

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    bluejaybride :  I am not a fan of room blocks unless it is essential, as in the location and date of the wedding means limited availability so you are forced to use the room block or miss out. I have never found the room block rate to be cheaper than either ringing the hotel direct or using the web. 

    If the wedding is in the city and there are plenty of room availability then I would just list some hotels in each price point (budget, mid and high) and let guests sort it out for themselves.

    Post # 12
    54 posts
    Worker bee

    My venue doesn’t have any hotels within walking distance either. I chose 2 hotel options, both ~10 minutes/5 miles away. One was around $120/night and includes free breakfast but is a bit more secluded, one in a trendier nightlife area but no free breakfast around $160/night. Both are complimentary blocks so no commitment which was nice. We have quite a few out of town guests so my hope is they get two options and can choose the option that best suites them. 

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