(Closed) HELP PLEASE!! Hotel room blocks

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Is $230/night at a downtown hotel too much for guests? (Answer as if you are in your mid 20s)
    Hell yes! I wouldn't pay that much! : (27 votes)
    46 %
    Meh, kinda but I would probably split with friends and share a room. : (28 votes)
    47 %
    For a Friday and Saturday night in Austin? No way! : (4 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    1053 posts
    Bumble bee

    most hotels will only assign 5 rooms to a block and when those are full assign 5 more (at least this is what I learned from calling around) I was not able to block off 50 rooms at one time. Do people HAVE to stay 2 nights? 
    I would not want to spend that much money on a hotel, on basic principle alone knowing that the prices have been jacked up for an event. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    1980 posts
    Buzzing bee

    The person you talk to at the hotel should be able to suggest how many to block based on the number of guests. Personally I would not spend nearly $500 for two nights at a hotel; I’d book something somewhere else.

    For me, I had the option to block rooms at a hotel 10 minutes away for $250 a night. We instead decided to book rooms at a hotel 20 minutes away for $130 a night. I didn’t want my guests to feel they needed to spend a lot of money on their stay. I also listed out other hotels in the area to look into.

    Post # 4
    Member
    1253 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Bride2Bee258:  I have never stayed in Austin but I have stayed in Hotel in CA, MD, PA and FL within the last year and that seems CRAZY expensive. If I HAD to do this I would absolutely try and split a room with people. 

    Post # 5
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    5153 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Bride2Bee258:  $230/night is ridiculous for a hotel room. That’s $560 if they stay two nights. 50 seems excessive… most place wont let you block more than 20-25 and when those fill up, they reserve more for you. How many guests are you having attend?

    Post # 6
    Member
    144 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I booked our blocks in Toronto, where hotel rooms are very expensive. Our nice, even luxury, downtown hotel is still only $180ish per night for guests for the cheapest room. $230 seems insane!

    Post # 7
    Member
    1350 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    What’s the usual rate for a hotel room in Austin? 

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    47280 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Bride2Bee258:  

    1. Don’t book any contract that forces you to pay for unused rooms. Choose a hotel that keeps your block available until a specified date, then frees up any remaining rooms.

    2. Don’t sweat this at all. Your guests manage to book hotel rooms for their travels all year round without the assistance of a room block. They will do so for your wedding.

     

    Post # 9
    Member
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Talk to the hotels you are interested in booking.  Some will offer a set of rooms free of charge and hold them until a certain date.  We are also having our wedding on a busy, city wide event weekend and we blocked about 20 rooms in 3 hotels (one about $100/night, another $150, another, $200).  Most of our guests are out of town and they all come from different financial backgrounds.  If you are creating a wedding website, explain that you are having your wedding during a busy time so you advise guests to book rooms at your hotel blocks asap!  

    Post # 10
    Member
    1053 posts
    Bumble bee

    scoutypants:  What hotel did you get for $180 in Toronto? That is SUPER cheap. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    275 posts
    Helper bee

    I got stuck with this in New Orleans.  It isn’t even Jazz Fest or Mardi Gras or Seafood Fest or Sugar Bowl or Final Four or a holiday…. and the cheapest rate I could get for a Hilton Garden Inn that’s not even downtown was $209.  At least there is no attrition clause.  

    I told my guests super early on so they could plan for it. And we are providing transportation. That’s all I can do!  Hope they come, but if not, I’ll be very understanding.

    good luck!

    Post # 12
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    8658 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Bride2Bee258:  if it’s a difference of $30 I would pick the more convenient location. I got married in Boston…during the Head of the Charles. Literally the only weekend that would have been worse would the be the Marathon. All of a sudden even the Holiday Inn was $400/night! Shuttling people to a hotel 10 minutes outside of the city was worth it because the rooms were half the price. 

    Post # 13
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    144 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    janedw:  One King West – that was our group rate they gave us for June for a standard room. I thought it was a steal too!

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