(Closed) HOTEL PROBLEM!!! (long)

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Maybe you can provide guests with the option of a close location that is pricer and a farther location that is more budget friendly.  I had a $99, $59, and $25 a night option for my guests.  

Chicago will be amazing and guests are going to expect the slightly steeper prices.  I would be willing to stay a little farther away to save the money. 

 Are you going to have a shuttle maybe from the hotel to the ceremony/reception location?  That could help if the hotel is a little farther away.  The guests still wouldn’t have to worry about driving. 

Post # 4
8669 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Big cities (especially popular tourist destinations) don’t tend to do doscounted room blocks or room blocks at all. Maybe if you were booking 20 plus rooms but 10 rooms isn’t really that many to a city hotel.

Honestly if the venue was only an hour away I would just drive home! No way would I spend money on a hotel, expecially if it was going to cost me so much.

I would just list the names of a few hotels for your guests and let them make the decision. They maybe able to pick up deals on priceline or groupon etc.

Post # 5
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had a similar problem, though the difference in price was not so extreme- it’s just that the nearby hotels were not only more expensive, but also nowhere near as nice as the ones 20+ miles away. We arranged a block at one of the further hotels and we are providing sober rides throughout and after the reception. If someone wants to book a closer hotel they’re more than welcome, but I felt that a block was also a recommendation, and I didn’t want to recommend a hotel that wasn’t worth anywhere near the price IMO.

Post # 6
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Most city hotels won’t offer discounted room blocks – or if they do, you’re responsible for paying for rooms that don’t reserve or they have very long cut off dates (the date when the rooms you set aside get released) that happen before your invites even get to people.

With the majority of your guests living close to your reception site, I wouldn’t worry about it.  People can find their own accommodations where they’re comfortable staying.

I would just provide them with the names, addresses and phone numbers of closeby hotels on a website if you have one along with the chamber of commerce or visitor’s bureau link which often has lists of hotels.

Don’t worry about it too much, people are grown ups and can figure it out on their own 🙂

Good luck!

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