Hotel Block of Rooms- how do you decide?

posted 8 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I’m getting married at Glen Foerd too ๐Ÿ™‚ We got a rate of $109/night for our guests at the Four Points. I’m also not living in Philly, but went to see the hotel last October and was happy with it. The location is the best for Glen Foerd – most Glen Foerd brides actually use it. The rooms seemed nice (nothing luxury, but I was happy with them). We only blocked rooms at the one hotel because I think the rate is reasonable and we don’t have that many Out of Town guests. 

Our number one factor in the decision was distance and price. The other hotel we considered was Hampton Inn, and that was farther away and cost the same. PM me if you want the info I got from both hotels which talks about what they offer.

I didn’t think the Radisson was that close actually, how far from the venue is it? 

I’d also be interested to know which vendors you’re using and how the long-distance planning is working out for you ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I’m getting married at the Elkins Estate. We are going with a hotel in center city. We are looking at Loews, Westin, Le Meredian (just opening) and the plaza. Not very close but I really want the city atmousphere.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Just a thought – downtown Philly is great (I went to college in Philly). How about a hotel downtown and providing a bus to and from the wedding itself? I think your hotels sound expensive, unless they were in the middle of the city and really nice. If I was an Out of Town guest at a Philly wedding I would like to take the train from the airport to a downtown hotel, enjoy time with friends and family in a great city, and get shuttled to and from the wedding (no worries about DUIs). I hate having to rent a car and the train in Philly is great. It sounds like less fun to be stuck in NE Philly during non-wedding times. I always use tripadvisor to find the best hotels.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m not anywhere near Philly but love Tripadvisor.com for finding great hotels!  So, far it hasn’t done me wrong! 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i used http://www.hotelplanner.com – hotels bid on your specifications for rooms, price, etc. i ended up getting an amazing price at a hotel on the ben franklin parkway.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I relied heavily on online reviews honestly. It was low on my list of priorities and I just wanted to get it done before our Save The Dates went out.

Our main hotel is on LI about 20 minutes from our venue. Choosing was easy because the prices were reasonable and it’s on a golf course. Fiance loves to golf so this was a nice perk for him so that him and the boys can probably golf 9 before getting ready.

The other one is in Midtown near Penn Station. It’s the cheapest of many Manhattan hotels and for its convenient location to Penn Station which would allow people who don’t rent a car while in town to transfer to LIRR to get to our wedding. ๐Ÿ™‚

So I got one hotel for proximity to venue and the other for some that might want to see the city.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We used Hotelplanner.com and it was really good for us.  You can ask for perks, some will provide some won’t.  So then we chose two hotels, within reasonable distance (a few miles).  One cheaper but anothre 2 miles away and not right in the center of city, and the other a bit more expensive but right in the center of things if you wanted to walk around.  They were the ones that threw in extra rooms with a certain number of rooms book and no penalities if you didn’t fill your block.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • 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.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015 - Gibsons (Chicago - Gold Coast)

skcoenen:  I had the total opposite experience with them. I worked with Caroline at hotelweddingblocks.com for room blocks for my downtown Chicago wedding. I was expecting about 5 hotels in my price range but she sent 11 with prices (many lower than current rates for my NYE wedding date) and she worked with the hotels to set up the room reservation links for the 2 locations I selected. I got a response the same day I first emailed them and within 2 weeks of our first exchange I had everything completed.  It was an awesome and easy experience!

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