(Closed) How much was the hotel you booked for guests?

posted 10 years ago in Money
  • poll: How much, per night, was the hotel you booked for guests?
    Under $50 : (0 votes)
    $50 to $75 : (5 votes)
    7 %
    $76 to $100 : (20 votes)
    28 %
    $101 to $125 : (15 votes)
    21 %
    $126 to $150 : (17 votes)
    24 %
    $151 to $175 : (5 votes)
    7 %
    $176 to $200 : (5 votes)
    7 %
    $200 to $250 : (2 votes)
    3 %
    More than $250 : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    127 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I tried to block off what our ordinary guest would be willing to pay for a hotel if they were traveling on their own for a non-event.  That will vary depending on various financial/family circumstances.  If your guests generally book a hotel for $150ish in the other travels they pay for, they probably won’t blink an eye.

    In general, guests will cover a wide range of financial circumstances.  I tried to go for what the average guest would/could do.  There will be some that can’t afford that and go to a cheaper hotel/motel.  There may be others who prefer to stay at higher end and they will do that.  Since the guests don’t have to stay at the hotel with the block, it’s ultimately their choice.  But putting it too high or low from the average guest might mean that the benefit of the block (OOT bags, transportation etc) may be gone if people mostly scatter.   

    We didn’t have to deal with this so much because my sister is a hotel employee and was able to book our block and family/friends rate (this is VERY complicated, but doable if this person is a saint), which was half of the price at the quoted block rate for same hotel.  Therefore, by default it will be by far the best value and probably widely chosen.  I’m hoping it will allow more to travel to our wedding b/c of the lower budget option.

    Post # 6
    1348 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We went to like 8 weddings last year where we stayed in hotels. We payed anywhere from $89/night-$179/night for the block. I found a hotel close to my venue with transportation and breakfast included for $95/night (the regular price is like $125 I think?). We are also having our rehearsal dinner and after party there, so it worked out really well.

    ETA: the wedding is in the suburbs of Boston, so prices are way more affordable. In the city I would expect rooms to be in the $150-$200/night range.

    Post # 7
    1373 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    $119, which I understand is not dirt cheap, but in downtown Savannah, it’s a pretty good deal! It’s centrally located and within walking distance of all the good tourist stuff and where the reception will be. Most guests don’t mind that cost, but one, who really can’t afford to come anyhow, was like, “I can’t afford your ritzy hotel” (???? IT’S A MARRIOTT!) and decided to find someplace 30 minutes away that’s literally a $30 a night crack den. I begged her not to stay there and she was like, “I’ll be fine.” OMG. Whatever, I guess, please don’t hold me responsible if you get mugged at the hotel you insisted on staying at. 

    Post # 8
    1741 posts
    Bumble bee

    Our wedding reception was in a vacation town and even after labor day it was still peak season. The cheapest I could find near the reception was close to $200 a night which was way too much for guests who would be traveling in for a week (at least for the guests I knew who were flying internationally). Since the ceremony was 45 minutes away, I tried to look near there but it was a residental neighborhood with few option so I thought about airport hotels. In the end we got a great rate of $79 at the Sheraton. My parents checked it out and it was up to their standards so I booked the block there. It ended up being in the middle between the ceremony and reception and we booked a bus to transport guests round trip. No one complained about the price, friends from abroad were able to afford a whole week and enjoy the ameneties (pool, gym) and some locals, including my family, decided to stay as well. We hosted brunch at the hotel on Sunday so that was also a nice feature. I should add this was our backup hotel as our first property was botique hotel with a more city central location but it flooded and despite being scheduled to re-open a month before our wedding they are still closed so I’m super happy I found the Sheraton at such a great block value.

    Post # 9
    6377 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We’re getting married at a resort in Lake George, NY which houses 3 separate hotels. The rooms range from $320 (a suite in the main, fancy hotel) to $95 (the motel). The standard rooms in the main hotel are $169 with our wedding discount so I assume that’s what most people will book. 

    Post # 10
    702 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I reserved room blocks and/or got discounted rate packages at 3 separate hotels. They range from $80/night but a little farther away from the venue to $170/night at the venue.

    Post # 13
    573 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I just found out the rooms for my brother’s wedding are $179 a night- I was a little baffled, just seems like a lot considering all the other expenses going on for the day on behalf of a guest. Luckily you can always go to the super 8, lol.

    Post # 14
    657 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Ours were $130 on a holiday for up to 4 people with free parking. I felt kind of bad about it given that people already had to travel, but most people shared rooms and it wasn’t like there was a cheaper option out there with a good location. We felt it was the best value. I definitely wouldn’t have gone more expensive though.

    Post # 15
    1208 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    For the DFW area we blocked two sets, one close to the venue for I think 85-95, and one near the airport for 75-80. Most are staying at the hotel close to the venue but I’m not entirely sure why since it’s an early evening reception and there’s no alcohol (they might not have figured that out yet?)

    Post # 16
    528 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Well there were two options for our guests.  We are getting married at a small inn that only has 12 rooms.  Rooms there range from $225-$400 per night depending on which room you get. 

    We then got a block of rooms at another local hotel for $149/night, which is a discounted rate.

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