Post # 1
We live in a fairly large/expensive city and will be getting married at a venue downtown. I am looking at hotels nearby, but I’m not sure what is considered an “acceptable” rate for a hotel room to most guests.
My favorite hotel is a Kimpton that’s about half a mile from our venue. It’s in a historic building with tons of charm (think suites with wood burning fireplaces, brick walls, free happy hour in the lobby, etc.). This is where Fiance and I will probably do our getting ready/stay on our wedding night. For folks that travel a lot, Kimpton and IHG are combining their points in early 2018 which is a huge perk. My only concern is that the block price, at $230/night (compared to $280 full-price), may be out of some guests comfort range, and we need at least 9 rooms to get the discounted price.
There is a DoubleTree (Hilton) also less than half a mile from the venue for $200/night. It’s a cool building but nothing really out of the ordinary. There is also a Courtyard (Marriott) even closer to the venue for $125/night. It’s about what you’d expect from a lower level hotel and the area it’s in gets a little sketchy at night, but it’s definitely serviceable.
So my question is, as a guest, which would you pick- The nice hotel for $230/night, the average for $200/night, or the lower level but totally serviceable for $125/night?
Post # 2
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 # 3
Thanks! Our families will all be traveling, as well as some friends. I think it’ll come our to about 60 people traveling but I am only expecting about 20 rooms. I think a lot of friends will opt for Airbnb or VRBOs as they are more affordable. My siblings and I all make fun of our mom because she will stay ANYWHERE if it’s cheap (she actually had to clean poop of the floor one place and still stayed there). I guess we’ll just have to ask our guests what they prefer.
For reference, the past two weddings we’ve gone to had hotel prices over $300 night and we all paid it but secretly complained to each other.
Post # 4
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
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
$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 # 7
Thank you. Our wedding will be about 90-100 people. We’d also consider $230 about average, but we live in a higher cost area than most of our guests.
Post # 8
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
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
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
$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
- 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
omg omg omg are you talking about the Argonaut?
Post # 14
$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
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).