(Closed) hotel room blocks

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Typically the room rate is lower when you block off rooms.  You may want to just contact the reservations desk at the hotel and ask them about it.  We did have to sign a contract to block off the rooms but it states in our contract that we are not obligated to pay anything, they just release the rooms a few weeks before the wedding date if they’re not booked.  Also, our room is only free if we get 20 rooms booked, I think that’s pretty normal.

Post # 4
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Does the hotel offer a shuttle? One of the hotels I talked to actually upcharged guests to cover the cost of a shuttle (which we still had to pay for if we booked less than 20 rooms).

It’s not unusual to have to sign a room block contract. It says they’ll hold x number of rooms for your guests until a certain date (usually a month or three weeks before the wedding), after which point they’ll release the rooms again for general booking.  It’ll say the price they’ll offer your guests, and what kind of rooms you’re blocking out (king, double, etc) and how many of each.  It shouldn’t have any kind of penalty for not booking a particular number of rooms unless it’s attached to the shuttle service (for example, if we don’t book 10 rooms, we pay $150 toward the cost of the shuttle). 

If your wedding is taking place at the hotel you’re booking, upcharging seems a little outrageous. Are they blocking out king rooms when you only need doubles or something? 

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