Post # 1
I’m doing site visits to three hotels tomorrow to choose which one we’ll block for our guests for the wedding weekend. I am wondering what sort of questions should I make sure to ask?
I’ve already used hotelplanner.com to negotiate rates, and other details. All three hotels have identical rates, none require a deposit, and none hold us responsible for any unused rooms. Is there anything else I should be asking?
I’m interested just to see what the hotels are like. If any of them are sort of dumpy, or smell like smoke for instance, I’ll probably be declining their offer to host our guests. But other than seeing the rooms and noticing how good/poor their customer service is, what should I be looking for?
Post # 3
If rates, deposit, penalties are exactly the same, I guess everything else is like icing on the cake. some examples that your guests would appreciate is how convenient parking (price of parking), transportation to and from reception, is. How late restaurant/bar opens? Is there breakfast? Location of the hotel relative to other things in the local area? wireless?
Post # 4
Make sure that they are actually saving rooms for you, not just providing a special rate. Maybe this is obvious, but I thought a hotel was saving a block of rooms for us, but all they were doing was giving a special rate to people who booked and mentioned our wedding. Yikes!
This wouldn’t be a deal-breaker, but it is good to find out whether your guests have to pay for parking, and also whether they will charge you for distributing Out of Town bags. We’re using Marriott, and they don’t charge, but I have heard some places do.
Post # 5
I had no idea places charged for distributing Out of Town bags. Wow. Thanks for alerting me, jmc! This is why I come to weddingbee. You girls are so full of knowledge!