Post # 1
so I am not sure what to do. My wedding is on 7-4-14, since it is a holiday weekend, I already sent save the dates out. I started calling hotels to get a room block, as I wanted to get the cheapest rate I could for guests and it is a holiady weekend, and I may have a firework related traffic issue. I am not sure how manyrooms I need but I think it is atleast 20 -25.
The Marriott is BK will not take a block for that weekend, the Sheraton in BK wants a guarentee of 80 percent (i dont think so), so I started calling downtown hotels. Since my venue is the Liberty Warehouse, I wanted to stay close to the Battery Tunnel as possible. I have a great rate at the Marriott Downtown but they will only block 20 rooms.
Should I also block rooms at another spot just in case? The Doubletree on Stone Street will give me a block for the same rate for Kings, but they are over $200 for a double and wont do anything to give me a suite. I have about 10-12 ppl who I know for sure will want a room and then I have alot of ppl who are coming in from LI who may want them.
anyone have any thoughts?
Post # 3
@Jbone0327: I think 20 rooms is safe. Have you considered other locations? It is so easy to get around NYC with subways and taxis. I’ve heard that there are affordable hotels on the UES and UWS, but since it’s the 4th, I think UES might be the cheaper option.
Post # 4
We had a room block at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, and they were on the pricey side ($325/night for a basic room) but their service was seriously incredible. The coordinator worked with me to set up the room block, coordinate logistics for my night before the wedding stay and an after party later on, and was just generally amazing. If its in your guests’ price range, I would give them serious consideration. And PM me if you want to hear me gush about my experience there some more. 😉
ETA: did you try the Nu Hotel on Smith Street in Brooklyn? That would be a great location!
Post # 5
We have a block of $250/night for rooms at the W Hotel in the financial district. Not the cheapest but pretty cheap compared to most places.
Post # 6
I did consider the Ritz bc it is so nice, but I think everyone will balk at the price. I did look at the NU hotel, but they have very limited rooms. Over the last few days, I also spoke with the Ansaz On Wall Street (which is a hyatt) and they gave me a killer rate of $169 and the Marriott matched it. I may just block rooms at both spots. I am hesitant to go uptown or above canal bc since it is July 4th, streets get closed off for fireworks and i know that no one is getting on the subway.
I also have a call into the W downtown to see what they will do.
thanks for the help!
Post # 7
@Jbone0327: Wow, $169 is a great price! My wedding is only a month before yours, and all the hotels I’ve spoken to have quoted me $225 or more. Maybe I should try the Andaz as well. Did you find other quotes <$200?
Post # 8
@birdieny- I did for the most part; however, every place I spoke with was in battery park or financial district. I think part of the reason is bc it is July 4 th and it is a dead weekend it the city. Almost every place I first spoke to quoted me higher and then I got one of them to go lower and then keep getting them to lower rates by telling them the other rates I had.
I think it depend where you are getting married, if that far downtown is a good location for you, I think you will get the best rates there. I wanted to be super close to the bb tunnel. I actually got cheaper rathreat the hotells over there than in downtown bk. Im just torn by the amount of rooms, so I may just book both.
Post # 9
@Jbone0327: I would just do both – as long as you’re not held responsible for a particular # of rooms being booked, it doesn’t hurt you to do them (and it’s nice to give your guests an option).
Those prices are amazing! I looked in the same neighborhood and got quoted much higher. Oh well.
Post # 10
What about using airbnb.com to book an entire apartment for family members that you know will want to stay with each other. You could also book hotels elsewhere in the city and note on the invitations that they are a short cab ride away.