Post # 16
We are doing two hotel blocks–and we negotiated the cost of the rooms from the initial rate they gave us. Like you, the “discount” rate wasn’t a whole lot less than the rack rate. FH–who is really good at negotiating–mentioned that the published rate on their websites was only about $10 more than the discount they were giving us. Our guests are paying about $40 less than they would if they just went through the hotel.
For us, a hotel block was a good idea. We received free rooms and suites for our wedding night, as well as a bridal suite to get ready. We are getting a discounted rate on a morning after brunch, which was very important to us. As a guest, I’ve always booked through the block so I can ensure that I’m staying at the same hotel as friends and family.
Post # 17
I sometimes have to reserve blocks of rooms for work events and we’ve never really gotten a super deal, sometimes just €10/15 off and breakfast included. However, in our city room rates tend to fluctuate a lot (for instance, if there’s a conference announced or if the hotel is getting pretty full they jack up the prices). The nice thing about blocked rooms is that the price is guaranteed, so your guests who book late could get a really nice deal.
We ended up not going for blocked rooms, but negotiated prices at a few different hotels at different price points that offered discount codes. I think for this we also only got €10 off the normal price, but again it’s a rate that stays the same regardless of when the rooms are booked.
Post # 18
Wait for a bit. We did not have a discounted rate at first but a month later the republican debate was announced in the same hotel the day after the wedding and rates jumped $200 a night for the weekend, other hotels jumped as well. The discount might not be immediate but you might be thankful later
Post # 19
My guests have to stay at an external hotel cause my venue is quite small. currently the rooms online are €80 and my guests have to pay €130. This is really annoying me but they say it includes the transport from the hotel to venue this is only 5min down the road. But it’s fairly remote there wouldn’t be a lot of taxis in the area. Feel like I’ve been played!!!
Post # 20
- Wedding: September 2016 - Wentworth Country Club
I used hotelplanner.com and the cheapest rate I found was $150 and we got it for $105 so I feel like it was a pretty good deal!