(Closed) Reasonable price for a hotel room as a wedding guest?

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Personally, if I am traveling a long distances for a wedding, I would probably want to save costs where we could, unless it was an actual vacation. I would probably choose the cheapest one.

It also depends on your guest list though. My grandparents have highend tastes, so they would easily choose the nicest one. They like the bells and whistles. You know your guests better than we would.

Do you have a lot of people traveling for your wedding?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think 230 is totally reasonable. Fiance and I are 28-29 and live in a big city and would 100% spend 230/night for a hotel, especially if it’s charming and in a nice area. Also, we are finding that a lot of family and older folks (parents’ friends) are staying at our more expensive hotel block options. Our wedding is in May and we’ve already filled up the first 10 rooms of our most expensive block – I think mostly becaues it’s a historical hotel in a great area. Could you try to get a sense from family and/or friends where they’d want to stay? Most of our friends are actually doing airbnb’s. Also, how large is your wedding?

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Since taxes add around 30% to that rate, I’d pick the $125 hotel. Courtyard Marriott is fine, it’s not like a Bates Motel or anything and they usually have a microwave and a fridge in the room.

dont try to convince yourself that the guests won’t mind the price because of the loyalty program; the only people who will care are those who already get IHG points. For your guests who collect Hilton or SPG points, those ihg points won’t even amount to enough for a magazine subscription.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

$230 / night is a lot compared to most hotels in our area so we would definitely just go with the Marriott. If it were me, I would go ahead and block rooms in the cheapest hotel and let guests just pay for the more expensive options if they choose. Marriott hotels are nice hotels, they offer free breakfast, linen services, WiFi, and are generally very clean and modern so it’s not like you are blocking rooms at the local Red Roof Inn. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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chrayray :  could you maybe put both options on the table for them? I probably wouldn’t go for the middle option, because it doesn’t seem to be worth it for $30 less, but the higher end and lower end seem like a nice variety.

FWIW, I don’t think that $230 is an overly expensive rate, but I do think that if I already spent $200+ for myself on airfare, I might think the price was a little steep. This is personal though, and everybody will see it a little differently.

Lol at the story about your mom! I would never! As long as the place is clean though, I’m fine with it! 😂

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

Generally speaking, I cringe at hotel rates more than $200 if I’m paying out of pocket; really low-mid 100s is better. I understand this is a big popular city though, and I love the Kimpton chain. They are so fun. That’s not where we have the bulk of our hotel points though. I would list them all on your website and let your guests choose. HOpefully, you’ll have enough rooms filled for the block. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I think it depends on your crowd. I’d probably find a cheap <100 a night place because my fiance and I are still students and I don’t particularly like using up my travel/nice hotel budget on someone’s wedding, I’d rather use it on a vacation.

On the other hand, if I was in a better paying job I’d probably still try to save costs but would be ok with the 125 option.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

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chrayray :  $230 would be completely reasonable based on where we live.  If your average guest is an established professional or +30 then I doubt $230 would raise any eyebrows.  If your crowd is mostly students or on tight budgets then maybe the cheaper option makes more sense.  You know your loved ones best. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - New York, New York

If you can only go with one hotel, I would go with the Courtyard (Marriott), because it’s the most convenient and the most affordable option. A lot of people are on tight budgets, and when you’re in an unfamiliar city, having the hotel nearby makes everything easier. However, what are the reviews online like? Are people online happy staying there, or do they have a lot of complaints? You can also book two hotels, one cheaper option and a fancier option for guests with finer tastes.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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chrayray :  omg omg omg are you talking about the Argonaut?

Post # 14
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Busy bee

$230 is very affordable. If it’s too much for them they can stay elsewhere.  

We went to my FI’s sisters wedding had to fly into Denver, CO- rent a suv,  drive 2 hours to Grand Lake and rooms were $200ish, so yes $230 is a good way to go. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I agree with PP and go with the cheapest option and most expensive option because most of the time my husband and I will pick the more expensive hotel but if travel cost a lot we might be more compelled to go with the cheaper option (although safety comes first and I’d rather shell out to be safe).

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