(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 # 16
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    144 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

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    Bride2Bee258:  That’s too bad. Would it be horrible to not book a block for guests if it’s too expensive? They could use Hotwire or Airbnb. I think lots of people nowadays know how to search for cheap rooms, so that helps.

    Post # 17
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    485 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m in my mid-20s and $230 would be hard for me, and definitely not happening if I had to stay two nights for some reason.  I’m struggling with this also because I’d love to have a reception at a nice hotel downtown, but the rooms are $200+, and I don’t want my guests to have to worry about that.  The most I’ve paid for a hotel at friends’ weddings has been $180.

    Post # 18
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    434 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    So this is my exact situation.  My wedding is in a downtown city and probably will be 210/night with tax and everything is all said and done.  In addition, valet parking (the only option) is $50/nt.  Basically I blocked that hotel because it was the most convenient (walking distance to the venue and church).  If people are really interested in going cheaper, there are plenty of other options but I figured I would provide the most convenient option.  On my wedding website, I added some alternatives, but I assume most people know how to search for a hotel. I am in my mid 20s and while 230 is expensive, I could afford it.  I would most likely try to split with other people if I had too much of an issue.  

    Post # 19
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    1688 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I had the same problem! Our wedding is one week before rates go down and the hotel right beside our venue is giving me the ‘deal’ of $240 a night. I only blocked 10 rooms there and will be surprised if they fill up. I’m in the process of trying to block rooms at other nearby hotels that are still walkable or a cheap cab ride away.

    Post # 20
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    2394 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    Bride2Bee258:  Shoot! I accidentally mis-read your poll question and voted wrong. I voted “For a Friday and Saturday night in Austin? No way!” because I thought the question was whether I would PAY  $230/night. (NO FREAKIN’ WAY!)

    Your actual question was whether $230 was too expensive. My real answer is – Hell YES $230/night is too much! I definitely wouldn’t pay that. That’s nearly $600 to attend your wedding, which doesn’t include gas, possible flight (with parking fees), dress, gift, etc. 

    OP – I would try to find cheaper hotels in a different location, or let people do their own search. 

     

    Post # 21
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    2680 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Don’t panic. Just let your friends know that there is an event going on and they should book their rooms as far in advance as possible. If $230/night is more than they want to spend, people in their mid-20’s should be fully capable of using the internet to find something that suits them. Also, there are hotels outside of downtown in Austin that are less expensive but offer shuttle service to downtown. Or they can stay wherever they want and Uber it. 

    Post # 22
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    2118 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    janedw:  It isn’t clear to me what OP is planning but typically a hotel will hold as many as you want if you are paying for them or paying a deposit on them up front and then you must ultimately get at least 80% or so of those you blocked filled or you pay for the rooms regardless.  Alternatively hotels will often do a group rate and they aren’t actually holding any rooms or maybe they are holding five and its more first come first serve for your guests. 

    Post # 26
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    1026 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    Bride2Bee258:  Maybe it would be better to skip blocking rooms  the downtown hotel all together and use the cheaper one you mentioned and go ahead and provide a shuttle.  At the prices you mentioned, you could end up paying a lot more for empty rooms in your block then you would for a shuttle to the hotel that’s further away.  

    Post # 27
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    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Our wedding fell on the same weekend as some gigantic, international medical conference in our city. Lucky us. Hotels were ridiculously expensive, and I did my best to find reasonable options. All of the hotel blocks we booked were overpriced for what they were, and they all sold out. 

    Post # 28
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    298 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I used to work at a city hotel in Austin! I saw our regular “deluxe” rooms sell for anything from $40 (employee rate) to $400+ (SXSW, ACL) That said, $230 is way too much for a wedding. After 15% taxes and $25+ parking, that’s close to $300/nt, not including food! If you can’t find a good rate, don’t book any blocks that include attrition. Your guests already have their cars, so as long as nobody has to drive during rush hour, I think the Domain hotels will work just fine.

    Post # 29
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    3444 posts
    Sugar bee

    We got married in a small touristy town in summer so all hotels required a 2-night minimum for room blocks. And all hotel that weren’t total dumps were in the $210-$220/night range (gulp). So, we blocked some rooms at a hotel, and on the wedding website, explicitly stated the 2 night minimum issue and listed other hotels in the area with prices from dumpy to the best. Everyone managed. Some people stayed at the blocked hotel, others found other hotels on their own, some did VRBO and others camped. The situation is what it is. Block something and let people know their options. 

    Post # 30
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    7897 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I think you came up with a good compromise. I probably wouldn’t be thrilled about spending so much on an overpriced hotel room. 

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