Post # 1
I want to maximize family time and push our guests to book a room at the same hotel. 2 important family members have already booked their hotel downtown at the Marriott Spring Hill Suites, but the location is awful for out of towners, so I’m hoping to figure out another option. Our wedding is in the U-District, and the reception in West Seattle. We’d prefer something in West Seattle, but there just weren’t any good options. Anyone have experience blocking rooms at a U-District hotel?
Btw: Marriott Spring Hill Suites quoted me a rate of $125/night, ($20 parking) which includes a free hot breakfast in the morning and free room for my fiance and I for our wedding night. (They also said the rates would probably improve closer to the event, so told us to wait a bit to block the rooms. Is this good advice?) We’re hoping we can beat that somewhere in the U-District.
Hotel Deca quoted $145/night without breakfast, but with honeymoon room. Much better location though. The closest Silver Cloud hotels have yet to return my calls.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Deca’s very nice, but I don’t know anything about the Mariott. Might be worth the extra cash?
Post # 4
You can book a block of 10 rooms at the Unviersity Inn for free. It is a pretty nice hotel with continental breakfast, afternoon snacks, and an outdoor pool. If you block more than 10 rooms, you have to guarantee that a certain percentage of them will be filled. I think that the rate we were quoted for last August was $135/night.
The Silver Cloud in the U District offers a “family” rate that is the same as their AAA rate, but doesn’t allow you to block rooms.
Post # 5
What about the Residence Inn on Lake Union? I bet they will work with you to get a decent group block rate, AND they have a fabulous breakfast that is included in with the rate (re: real eggs, bacon, waffles, fruit, etc- similar if not exactly the same as Springhill Suites). Or you could try the Courtyard on the other side of the lake. It doesn’t include breakfast, but if your guests are going to West Seattle then it’s super easy to get on Hwy 99 from there. I would try working with the sales managers to negotiate getting parking in with the rate too. It can’t hurt to ask, especially since parking at any hotel is going to be extra for your guests.
And no… I don’t work for Marriott, but I used to and so I might be a bit brand-loyal 😉
Post # 6
hooray. this is all good stuff to look into. Mrs. Cherry Pie– I <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>love Hotel Deca, so I’d pay more personally, but I don’t know if I can convince other family members to. I may be able to get them to offer a better rate when I find out what others are offering.
I’ll use all your advice and see works out. (I didn’t know much about the University Inn.) I’ll post what the results end up being. 🙂