(Closed) How to get a hotel discount for rooms without the obligatory block of 10

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
13973 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Did you ask what happens if you don’t fill the block?  

Post # 4
448 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Are you holding a ceremony or reception at the hotel.  My block is of no charge since I’m holding everything at the hotel.  If people don’t book by a certain date then the rooms go back in the general pool.

Post # 5
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We actually just went through a similar situation. Since our wedding is during the peak travel weekend in the metropolitan DC area, we were having a really tough time finding a hotel that was reasonably priced and didn’t require us to book all 10 rooms. We were able to use an online system with Hilton and block 10 rooms at no cost or minimum reservation. I know you said Hyatt but it might be worth trying to check into. 

Post # 6
1298 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I did my hotel blocks through Kleinfeld Hotels, and they were able to negotiate 30 rooms “on courtesy” with Marriott.  This means that they are reserved at a discounted price, but we owe nothing if they’re not filled.  Guests have to book the rooms by a certain date, and after that they’re released to the public at market value.  I think most hotels would do 10 rooms for a courtesy block.

Post # 7
101 posts
Blushing bee

I work for a large parent hotel chain in reservations and I’m pretty sure you can just say you need however many rooms you need to make a block and nothing should happen if you don’t fill them all, they just go back into regular inventory. 

Post # 8
9894 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Most hotels don’t require you to fill all the rooms.

Post # 10
3232 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

For my hotel we did have to sign a contract and we were required to fill 85% of those rooms or we’d have to pay for them, so some definitely do make you responsible for the rooms you say you’re going to fill. Others had “courtesy blocks” where you didn’t have to fill the rooms, but they released them back to the public at a certain point. It depends on the hotel, but if it’s their policy I doubt there’s “getting around it.” FWIW the hotel we’re using is a Doubletree by Hilton. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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ChicagoSLK:  We blocked 20 rooms. If they weren’t booked by a certain date, the hotel released them for others to book. We werent charged for them. 

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