Post # 1
Hello fellow north shore/Gloucester brides –
What luck did you all have reserving hotel blocks? The only place I can find that will do it is Rockport Inn and Suites, and they have 2 other weddings my weekend. Some places (Bass Rocks Ocean Inn) won’t even let you book a GROUP, even if everyone calls seperately! Ew!
How did you all manage this??
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
We were in nearby Nahant for our wedding, and ended up booking at the Hampton Inn in Revere, about 15-20 min away. Places in Lynn/Nahant did not allow blocks and were very expensive.
I wasn’t pleased with the Hampton Inn, unfortunately, since we worked through them to shuttle our guests back and forth, and they were not prompt and stranded the whole wedding party at the reception for 1.5 hours after the event.
Post # 4
@7SEVENJ9: Yikes!!!! That sounds awful!
I think there are a few big Hampton Inn/Hilton type places in Danvers but that is WAY too far. We’ll likely just have to ask our guests to book early and stay wherever they can in Gloucester/Rockport. 🙁
Post # 5
Fellow North Shore bride here! (well, I still haven’t finalized my venue yet, but I’m pretty sure I’m gonna end up on the North Shore…)
I have a feeling I’m gonna run into the same predicament as you, MissBoston.
It seems like most of the chain hotels are in Danvers, which I’m also considering. Danvers is only 20 minutes from Gloucester – you think that’s too far?
Have you tried the Wylie Inn at Endicott College in Beverly? It’s a *little* bit closer to Gloucester than Danvers…
Post # 6
@thesejoys: I think we’re going to end up just asking our guests to book SUPER early at the few inns right next door to our venue.. literally across the street. A bit riskier but seems like a better option than dealing with busing people back and forth, etc. Or worst case scenario, if people delay too long, we can just recommend they stay in Danvers as a last resort, but likely won’t provide transport.
Post # 7
I went to a wedding in Gloucester last year. They did not block rooms at hotels, and rather put the names of all of the B&Bs in the area on their wedding website. It was slightly annoying to have to do the legwork myself rather than to just book at one place with a known price, but overall it was fine. I don’t know what prices are like during the season of your wedding, but the wedding I attended was in September and I was able to get a relatively inexpensive room at one of the inns (<$100). For me, staying at one of the inns within walking distance of the wedding meant that I did not have to rent a car (although I would rent a car if I did this trip again!). Some of my friends stayed in Boston and drove in for the wedding, too.
Post # 8
@doingathing: Thanks – I wonder where had rooms for less than $100?? Wow. We are looking to give people one “preferred” hotel that is .5 miles away and we have 16 rooms blocked at (it’s a 40 room inn so we should be able to fit everyone there if they can all afford it). Then we’ll have 3 other recs close by people can stay at that are cheaper and less restrictive (no two-night minimum). The cheapest I can find though is $135/night.
I think most people will have to rent a car 🙁 which is a bummer, but no way around it.. we couldn’t find ANY venues in Boston/Cambridge that were in our budget and nice enough, so either way it would have been far.