(Closed) Hotel quoting crappy discount

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

As a former event director/sales manager at a hotel, that $104 rate is likely the PRE-PAID rate.  We had a LOT of questions about that too.  The pre-paid rate is great, but once booked, it cannot be modified or cancelled. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

hotel blocks are for your guests’ convenience and to ensure that they are able to get a reservation somewhere. it’s a big misconception that hotel blocks are bargains. hotels are taking a risk by reserving a block for you, so they’re not going to give you a rock-bottom rate. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@kitzy: This is definitely true.  We hardly ever offered major discounts, since more often than not, less than 50% of the block was actualized. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

On the advice of another I asked if they could do better than the initial price they quoted and they dropped it $20. So it doesn’t hurt to ask and check if there are any other discounts that can be applied. The worst they can say is no.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We booked blocks at a Marriott and a Hilton. The Marriott gave us 10% off the regular room rate, and the Hilton wouldn’t budge a penny. Depending on the area of town your wedding is in, and time of the year, the hotels don’t really have any incentive to lower their rates as they will book with or without your wedding (that was the situation with us, at any rate). Sorry to not have more words of advice :/

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would block at the most reasonable (and acceptable) hotel. Let your guests know what the rate is if they ask, but also suggest priceline or another online site if they want to search it. I know our rate is not as nice as what they can find online, so our wedsite encourages our friends and family to check online before they book. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

 my hotel is only giving about $5 off the price too, however it also includes a free suite for the bride & Groom (yay) and a free shuttle for our guests to and from the venue to the hotel.  In my opinion, this makes up for the insignificant discount 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Thanks for this post! I have no idea about hotel blocks… ugh.. it’s giving me a headache just thinking about it. I think I’ll hand this over to my mom. 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My fiance works for Marriott now and used to work for Hilton–the rates are generally set by corporate, and the sales department generally can’t do a whole lot to change them. If you do find a lower rate online, you can usually bring that to their attention and see if they can do something to change it, but generally they may be able to match it, but not do much better. As a PP stated, these rates are based on time of year, and occupancy history. Also, make sure to ask when you create the block if the rooms will be released back to general census at any point in time. Our block is released back about 3 weeks before the wedding, so if our guests haven’t made their reservation by then, they will have to pay the regular advertised rate and risk not getting a room as these hotels normall sell out nightly…

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