Post # 1
I’m trying to decide between two different hotels for my hotel block, and (typically) I’ve hit a road block in my decision making. Help?
Hotel A) An Embassy Suites. About 10 minutes away from the wedding venue, 20 minutes from the rehearsal dinner venue. Very nice, larger rooms (they’re suites, so it’s actually 2 rooms per “room”), fancy hotel restaurant, close to the highway and lots of chain restaurants. It also has a free breakfast that is FANTASTIC, and a free five o’clock happy hour. Hello, free booze. 🙂 The down side is that the area it’s in is not very pretty. It’s close to a mall, it’s all paved, and is basically suburban hell.
Hotel B) A Hilton. About 20 minutes away from the wedding venue, 5 minutes away from the rehearsal dinner venue. Also very nice, but the rooms are smaller. More typically sized hotel rooms. Multiple hotel restaurants, on a golf course, MUCH prettier area, but less chain restaurants around, and more local restaurants. Further from the highway (it’s about 10 minutes from the freeway, as opposed to being right on it). Not sure about a free breakfast/free anything, but it does have a pool on the grounds, as well as some nice gardens/historical sites.
I can get both hotel blocks for about $100/room, so money is not a deciding factor. Also, the wedding will be in Kennesaw, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, so getting on the freeway to get into Atlanta will probably be something most guests will want to do.
Post # 3
I’d appreciate the chain foods, free booze, bigger room and I do like the breakfast.
Post # 4
What percentage of your guests will be staying in the hotel? I voted “A” mostly because I know that if I was traveling, I’d prefer to be somewhere that’s convenient and it sounds more convenient with free breakfast and what not; plus, the bigger rooms would be nice for guests that perhaps might want to ‘buddy up’ per se.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
Free happy hour? Hello, Hotel A! 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Free happy hour and fantastic breakfast?! Yes please!!
Post # 7
Free happy hour would do it for me, and I love urban hell 🙂 but if you have older guests or families, the pool may be nice and the quieter area. I voted the second, but really, either would be great.
Pit ’em against each other and see if either will go cheaper on their rates!
Post # 8
Why not block off rooms at both? As long as you aren’t paying a deposit, then it doens’t really matter…
Post # 9
I’ve stayed in several Embassy Suites in the last few years and was always really impressed with what you got for the price. The only thing I would be wondering if there was some way you could make sure that your block isn’t near the elevators. One time I stayed at one and our room was directly across from the loud elevators and they were dinging all night. My only complaint though.