(Closed) Name Your Price for Hotel Room??

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I haven’t ever named my price but have you called the hotel and asked about an early check in? When a late check out or early check in would benefit us (due to flight times or whatever) I always call and ask. I had to sign up for a couple of rewards programs for some of the hotels and I have only been turned down once.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

We’ve used it a few times, always had an awesome experience and gotten an amazing price. The only thing is that you won’t know exactly what hotel you’re getting, but you can choose your area and star rating.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

<h5>letsdothis2016:  We have used Priceline many times. You can pick the area and number of stars you want. If you are booking a  4 or  star hotel, you really don’t have any worries. You can ofte guess the hotel by the description. They often use wording straight from the hotel’s website.</h5>

Check out http://www.betterbidding.com/ for some hints to be able to take best advantage of Priceline.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I love doing it. Being able to put your stars in pretty much guarantess you won’t be assigned a dump. It works better the closer to the date of the stay as hotels are trying to prevent having empty rooms. I think using it is thrilling. I’m easily amused. Ha

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

For an important occasion like your wedding, you probably want to just book the hotel of your choice and don’t fuss with Priceline. This ensures you won’t be in a hotel thats very far away, and also that you won’t be the one to get “walked” if the hotel over-books (which they all do), expecting cancellations. sometimes they end up with more guests than rooms, and guests who are paying through a deep discount site like Priceline are the first ones to get dropped. 

In most cases, the Name Your Own Price price is maybe $50 or less off the regular price. It’s probably worth $200 to just not have to worry about it, especially when compared to the free labor you’re getting out of the bridal party.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

I’ve used priceline before…it was definitely a risk but I had put 4-5 star hotels and ended up getting the one we really wanted but didnt want to pay for. They were asking $165 a night and we ended up getting it for $85 a night, but we had researched all the 4-5 star hotels in the area before doing this, so at least we knew kind of what we were getting into

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

letsdothis2016:  It’s almost immediate, a couple of minutes or so.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’ve used hotwire in the past, but not naming my own price.  My real issue is that since you don’t know the hotel, you don’t know the restrictions.  I went to one in Phoenix that had an $8 a day parking fee!  I was planning on leaving my car for two weeks – had to bail on that plan in the spur of the moment and was quite unhappy about it.  Another time we got a place in Baltimore that turned out to have nothing at all nearby (and parking fees).  No restaurant, not even in the hotel.  We accidentally walked to the ghetto looking for food.

If you know your area well, you’ll probably be fine, however, as far as either of those complaints goes.  The hotels themselves were always nice.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2017

To be honest, I would pick the hotel you want, or a couple of hotels you want, close to your venue and give them a call, see if they can work something out.

They might have a nice sitting room to rent out to you, or they also might allow you to have a super early check in.

The hotels I have been to normally have a check out at 11 and a check in at 2, but a lot of hotels will let you check in to a room early, especially if they know you are only going to have the room for 3 hours instead of 21 hours.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

letsdothis2016:  we did it a few years ago for a last minute weekend to NYC. We ended up in the newly renovated Marriott right in Times Square for $70 a night! 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

Is airbnb or VRBO (vacation rental) a viable option for your area? They are often priced more competitively than hotels, and you may get more space too. 

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