(Closed) Hotel Block

posted 5 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
251 posts
Helper bee

@SwtAnana:  Usually people who have to fly in know that they will be having to rent a car, so I wouldn’t worry about that. As for people who are driving in, they’ll have their own cars, so again, don’t worry about the car rental things.

Booking blocks of rooms at 2 locations, to me, isn’t something you should have to do. You can book a block of rooms at the more expensive hotel, and possibly try to arrange a shuttle with them? (Some hotels do this, others do not.) Also talk to your venue and see if they have suggestions/know of shuttle services. If your location is one where the hotels are usually further away, venues usually have a good system or at least knowledge for getting guests to and from the location.

With that said, guests don’t have to stay at the hotel you book rooms for, and many guests will find locations where they can afford/are willing to stay. I know for me, I have discounts with a certain hotel, so I’ll stay there if it is a viable option instead of whichever hotel the couples books.

1) 30 minutes to me, is a bit of a drive, if there is something closer I would prefer it, if not, it’s fine. 

 2) I really like the idea of a shuttle from one location (then people will be more likely to stay there AND it is a safer option if drinks are involved).

3) Not familiar with the area, so sorry, I can’t be of help. 

Post # 4
1420 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

Me personally, I would hate a ~30 minute drive back to the hotel because I would plan on drinking at the reception.  Providing some type of shuttle service would be a cool idea.

Post # 5
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

OMG keep your guests away from the aiprort.  Yes there is nothing near it but its also not the best area, but neither is Darby.  My suggestion would be to find a hotel on the other side of city ave in ardmore/havertown etc.  If you’re guests want to go downtown they can take a 15 minute train ride.  I agree with PP on the shuttle idea.   




Post # 6
7357 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you’ll be having a bar at your reception, I would strongly recommend doing only one hotel block and lining up a shuttle bus; you can even invite the locals to take the shuttle bus if there’s space left after the out-of-towners are taken care of.  OR pick the hotel closest to the venue. I wouldn’t want to recommend guests stay in a specific hotel knowing they would all be more likely to drink and drive back to it.

Post # 8
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We have mostly out-of-town guests coming to our wedding, and we opted to book a Center City hotel (the Sofitel) and offer a shuttle to our venue (only in Fishtown, but we still wanted to provide transportation). I agree with others that a 30-minute drive is a bit much, especially when people are drinking. I would feel responsible if my guests opted to drink and drive. We ended up booking Cescaphe trolley for our transportation, but Sterling Limo’s buses were very reasonably priced.

From personal experience, I would want to stay downtown if I’m paying to travel out-of-town to a wedding. We went to a wedding in Toronto and opted to stay downtown, even though the wedding was in the burbs. A bunch of us arranged for taxis to take us to/from the venue. It wasn’t super cheap, but it was reasonable and allowed us to drink without issue. If you choose to block a hotel downtown, you could try to help people facilitate cab sharing to get to/from the wedding. Given that we were there for the weekend, we wanted to make the most of our trip and stay somewhere that we could enjoy the city.

As far as booking two hotels – I personally opted to book the “nicer” hotel and I assume that with expedia and other travel booking sites, guests who want to book a cheaper hotel will find their own. I personally didn’t find it necessary to book two hotels…most people are Internet savvy enough to find one on their own if they don’t like your selection.

Good luck!

Post # 9
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I went to a wedding at Drexelbrook and everyone stayed at The Radnor Hotel. It’s nice. As a guest I’d rather stay close to the reception site and travel a little for entertainment on the day of or after. 

Post # 10
617 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@SwtAnana:  There is a brand new hotel (I think a marriot) that just opened up right next to springfield country club.  I would contact them as it is a perfect distance from your venue.  I personally think 30 minutes a bit far of a commute from a venue to a hotel.

Post # 12
4 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

We have the same situation.  Our wedding is in Rose Valley/Media on July 3rd and we ended up getting a block of rooms at the Doubletree in Center City to be close to the July 4th festivities.  We are also renting a school bus to take the guests back and forth.

Post # 14
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@SwtAnana:  Let me know where you’re having your brunch! We are blocking at the Sofitel too (as you may remember) and we’re trying to find a nearby brunch spot that won’t break the bank. The only French restaurant I can think of is Parc, but it’s far from little so i don’t know if that’s what your referring to!

Post # 15
6 posts
  • Wedding: August 2015

What ever you do, DO NOT USE hotelweddingblocks.com as I have never experienced such terrible customer service like this ever before. After being in email contact with 2 different consultants, neither one got back to me with hotel/price options. I sent several more emails that were ignored. I waited 2 months- calling multiple times and leaving a few voicemails, until I finally got a ahold of one of the consultants via email. She stated that she did not find any options in my price range. No further explanation or options given. Of course when emailed back for further help with an expanded budget I got no reply. Complete waste of my time.

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