(Closed) Hotel Block Rip Off

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I did a hotel block. The regular rate was $210 and the block rate came to $119.  Maybe yours is higher because of the holiday weekend?

Post # 4
48 posts

                                     San Diego on summer holiday weekends will not be cheap-block rates are not always discounted that much, particularly on heavy weekends. For that weekend you might not want to do a block at all, and just let the guests book online. if you’re doing your wedding at the hotel, you may need to keep the block per your contract.

Post # 5
230 posts
Helper bee

The hotel in which we are having our ceremony and reception is kind of fancy, with a price tag on rooms to go with it. The rate that they gave us was over $350! Luckily, it is not a part of our contract, so we declined the block. (We are suggesting that if people really want to stay there, they just keep checking online, as rates definitely tend to be lower online).

We got a block at a hotel nearby that has given us really great service, and a great rate, even on a holiday weekend. It’s a little bit more of a hassle (the fancy hotel is kind of offset from the rest of the town), so they will have to take a cab, but a < $10 cabride split among 2-4 people is much less than paying $250 more for a room!

Post # 6
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

mine is also more expensive than if they booked online (right now, that is). but i don’t get starwood points if they don’t book through the block! that sounds bad, haha. but it’s only like a $20 difference, and if they don’t want to book through the block, they’re saavy enough to know how to book onlnie.

Post # 7
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Mine, I’m using 2 rooms and they are saving between $70 and $20 each room. It’s not a lot but they have the option to book online if they want as the info is on the web site and it’s been passed around word of mouth.

I think your’s is higher because of the holiday weekend and the warm sunny destination. 

Post # 8
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

When I found out it was cheaper to book it online I called the sales person at the hotel and she said that yes it is cheaper to book it now (8 months in advance) online than to book it now through the block.  However, a few months before the wedding when people actually start booking their rooms, the online rate will be much higher than the block rate.  Thus, getting a block rate assures that everyone will pay the same low rate (though not as low as if you book it 8 months in advance online).  That being said, if 85% of the block isn’t used, we pay the difference!  I told her that if it is cheaper online (at any point in the calendar year), it undermines the block and reduces the chance I will fill the block – so I told her that if the rates weren’t reduced ($10 less than the best deal online) she would have to remove the 85% stipulation.  Mathematically it makes sense for the hotel to have that 85% guarentee as cheaper rooms bring in more money than empty rooms – so she reduced our block rate.  It is worth mentioning that this is in August in Sonoma (quite comparable to Labor Day in San Diego).  I live in San Diego, and Hotel Circle, though it has inexpensive hotels, is a very boring place for guests to be and they’ll need to rent a car (also pricey).  good luck!

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