Post # 1
I’ve been calling hotels today and am really frustrated. I need help!
I really wanted to use the Courtyard Marriott because it’s less than 5 years old, close to our venue, close driving distance to food, grocery etc. I called and they gave me the same rate everyone else gets. I told them we would have 15-20 rooms booked for the entire weekend and the girl basically said sorry it’s $184/night.
So I called around some more. Across the street and down a bit is Homewood Suites by Hilton, I called them and they give the rate of $169/night (normally $199/night) these are suites so they have beds/living room area/kitchenette/table etc…GREAT for our Out of Town guests with children (larger rooms!) Also includes a hot buffet breakfast. Great, but the girl I spoke to kind of annoyed me and said guests are not guaranteed an early check in. Our wedding is at 3 p.m. if guests can’t check in and freshen up after driving 4 hours I feel kinda bad. Also driving distance to shops etc.
Last option Ramada Inn. It’s an older hotel with ok reviews. Their discounted rate is $119.95/night so very affordable. The guy was extremely nice and helpful. The hotel is walking distance to banks, grocery stores, mall etc. Pics look ok online but the reviews scare the crap out of me because of cleanliness, noise etc
Either way I’m looking at whatever we choose before we book it. Dilema is my mom said $184 is ridiculous w/out a discount. I called Marriott back and spoke to a girl I met through friends that works there and told her my dilema she is looking into getting a better rate than Homewood Suites.
What is too much to pay for a hotel? Any idea on how to negotiate lower prices? I know when we went to a wedding we thought $185 was high and stayed somewhere cheaper. I just don’t want to have some guests think we picked something too expensive and others to think we picked a dump.
Post # 3
I voted for the homewood suites b/c a friends wedding last year had them for the hotel and it worked out so great for all the guests. That being said, we had our wedding at a Marriott and had them be the sole hotel for eveyone – call the 800 number and talk to some of the corporate peoples – Sometimes they can/will make deals that the local ones cant/wont (especially when it means loosing a big ol blog of rooms to cometitors!). Not always – but its worth a call.
Just a thought, if you’ve got a 3pm wedding – keep in mind that many of your guests might want to arrive the night before.
Post # 4
I think I’d just give all of the information of all of the hotels and see what your guests would rather do. If they’re like me, they’ll do their own research. So maybe you can try to arrange a special room rate a couple of your fav’s? Just make sure you won’t be charged if for some reason no one stays under those blocked rooms (that’s in the fine print sometimes). If that’s not an option, I’d suggest the last option. Its less expensive and people won’t be staying there for too long so they won’t have a chance to encounter much of what the negative review(s) mentioned.
Post # 5
Honestly, I don’t know what the prices are like there since you are in NY but I wouldn’t want to stay at either of the first two at almost $200 a night.
Post # 6
I would talk to someone in the sales department of the hotel and not someone at the front desk. Also, ask about signing a contract, a lot of hotels will give you a lower price if you sign a contract saying they can release the rooms after a certain date, etc. And you seem to have used some negotiation skills with the friend-of-a-friend girl, say you can get rooms cheaper else, but you would rather use them, etc.
Post # 7
@MissAB- It’s Ithaca, NY so fall is SUPER busy here b/c of Ithaca College and Cornell University football games, wine trails, festivals etc. It sucks I know. Also hiking the waterfalls/gorges here is HUGE in the fall for tourists.
@otb- I did speak with the lady in Sales dept…she is the one who wouldn’t neg. room rates!
@mdarrah- Thanks for the tip, if Marriott here won’t budge, I’ll call corporate. I mean I’m giving them 15-20 booked rooms for the weekend! geez!!
I do like the Homewood Suites simply b/c its newer and people get SUITES that are large enough for the many families that we will have. Also did I mention this is the ONLY place that includes a FULL HOT BUFFET BREAKFAST! No other place does. Marriott chargest $9.95+tax per person for that.
Still on the fence. A coworker did just tip me off about a Best Western that is clean, nice, reasonable he thinks etc. Following up on it now.