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

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

For somewhere to lay my head at night…. I’d go with the $125. I’d be out exploring, not spending all my time at a hotel. 

Post # 18
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Perspective is everything. Those who travel a lot, travel for work, or live in a higher cost of living area will not think the Kimpton is too costly. Those who don’t, will.

Why not just include an accommodation card with all 3 hotels listed, and let guests make their own arrangements? You won’t have a big enough room block to be given a large discount anyhow.

Post # 20
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Blushing bee

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chrayray :  If most of your guests are established, 30+ adults I would do the Kimpton. There will be people who don’t mind paying, and I’m sure you’ll get at least 9 rooms. I think you’ll have a harder time filling them up if you have too many choices. Also, is your bridal party staying in the hotel? Because that will take up a number of those rooms too. People who don’t want to pay can stay elsewhere. You’re providing an option and if they don’t want to take it that’s their perogative.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m 40ish. Established. I’d still go with the cheapest option. For business trips & non-romantic trips, I usually go for a cheaper option. No sense in spending an extra $150 a night when I’m not going to appreciate the amenities.

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Normally, the $125 place (and I’m not a cheapo – fiance and I are both attorneys).  My highest priority for a hotel as a wedding guest is price and proximity to the venue.  If it’s a good party, presumably we’ll either be out late or be passing out as soon as we get home anyway, so a luxury hotel usually isn’t worth it. 

But I LOVE Kimpton hotels, so in this unique case, I’d go with the Kimpton hotel.  

Post # 23
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Busy bee

I would pick the closest place; if that’s the cheapest great. I LOVE being able to walk ‘home’ after a reception. Not worrying about cabs or designated driver

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper

$125 one although it depends on exactly how sketch a “little sketchy” is.

I don’t think $230 is unreasonable for a HCOL area but we try to keep lodging costs for destination weddings to a minimum. Especially since we’re usually paying for airfare to fly out and any taxis/Ubers we need, usually have to get 2 nights, and for at least one of the nights, we won’t even be spending much time at the hotel since we’ll be at the wedding. Agree with PPs that I’d rather put that money towards a vacation we’ve planned for ourselves.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

We are established and generally go with cheaper options that are still safe and clean, which the courtside Marriott is. 

Post # 26
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I love kimptons and I’ll pay 230 to stay at one over 200 to stay at a double tree anyday. The $125 option.. i would ask to check out a room. I hate hotel rooms that feel so grimy you are grossed out if you forget to put your shoes on before touching down when getting out of bed.

Anything 250 or less I’m ok with. One wedding we went to reserved a block at a rate of 360 😐 needless to say, most of us just found room’s on Orbitz (a lot of us happened to stay at a Hyatt within walking distance to the venue.. unlike the bride’s choice)

Post # 27
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Don’t book anything other than a courtesy block. It’s absurd to be paying for unbooked rooms.

When we travel for a wedding we book a moderate hotel. reasonably close to the venue. When you are flying or driving, arriving the afternoon of the wedding, showering, changing, attending the wedding and leaving the next morning, there’s not much point in booking a high end hotel when you don’ have a moment’s free time to enjoy the amenities.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

I personnally always take the cheapest hotel. I don’t see the point is paying for anything extra especailly if I’m in for an evernt. Bed and shower and I’m happy. I think people who are not interrested in looking at other options are happy to pay whatever is suggested in the invitation. I on the other hand would be looking into cheaper options.

Post # 30
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Sugar bee

As a guest, I would either go either the Kimpton or pick my own hotel (something nicer).  

I’d also want to avoid having out of town guests staying somewhere that felt a bit sketchy – such as right next to a tent city- particularly guests who are from smaller towns and have less street savvy/are not used to such things.

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