Post # 1
What do you think is a reasonable rate for a hotel block in a mid-range hotel in downtown Boston during the summer? I’m lookng around for a hotel to reserve for my guests, and so far they’ve been in the $150-200 range, plus extra for triple/quad occupancy. Is that too much to ask my guests to pay? Many of them are working entry-level jobs.
Let me know too if you have any particular suggestions for hotels with good rates or policies!
Post # 3
I’m going through the same issue with my wedding in September – I’m getting quotes for about $200 – $300 with the argument from hotels saying the fall is a popular time for visitors due to the fall foliage season…which makes no sense because Boston has no trees. 😛
It all depends on the demand for hotel rooms at the time of your wedding. Summer can be a popular time in Boston due to tourists so $150 – $200 doesn’t seem too horrible. I would suggest just booking a block of rooms for as low as you can get and then encourage your guests to search online on sites like http://www.kayak.com or hotels.com NOW to see if they can get a lower rate. If they can get a lower rate, they should just not book through your block. A lot of online sites have lower rates if you book a room more than 21 days out.
Post # 4
Have you tried the large hotels in the Back Bay (Sheraton, Marriott, etc)? They have lots of rooms to fill so they can probably cut you a better deal than the smaller hotels. Cast a wide net and use it to negotiate. I got proposals from EVERY hotel we could reasonably have considered and my first choice hotel matched what another nearby hotel offered, slicing $60/night off their first offer. Of course, it’s still not as cheap as I’d like for my guests – I wish it could be free, after all – but there comes a point where you have to accept the best result you can get. This helped me to stop worrying about it (for the most part!) – http://www.apracticalwedding.com/2010/01/you-guys.html.
Post # 5
Downtown Boston is really tough during most of the year! Fall is actually the highest rate because Boston is the gateway to foliage (not to mention Homecoming for most of the colleges, Parent’s Weekends, Law School/Med School Recruitment and Head of the Charles!)
I would call Club Quarters and see what type of rate you can get
Club Quarters Hotel, Chicago, Central Loop
also try to call The Constitution Inn in Charlestown. It is located in the Navy Yard and guests could take the Ferry to the Harbor Aquarium area or simply walk into the North End!
Post # 6
I recommend hotelplanner.com , just used them and got lower offers than when Fiance had called to get group rate directly!
You specify what you want, what area, and the price you’re willing to pay.. within a few days you get tons of bids back!
Post # 7
Is your wedding in Boston itself? If not, you might consider going to hotel in the Boston suburbs for a cheaper price.
Wedding high season in New England runs from right after the Boston Marathon to early November and these are the times of year Boston is also popular with tourists, both for the city itself and for its proximity to other parts of New England that have becahes in summer and trees in the fall. As a guest, $150-$200 before taxes is not going to make me super-happy, but I don’t see how you can avoid it during that time of year.
Post # 8
We struggled with the same problem for our Boston wedding. We got lucky with the Park Plaza Hotel & Towers in Back Bay @ $139 + taxes for our 9/5/10 wedding. I’d check them out if I were you (I worked with Katie Rundle in sales there, I recommend her), but hotel rates depend so much on which weekend and which day of the week (we’re getting married on a Sunday) that hotel rates can vary hugely! But we just had to decide that we’d do the best we could, and move on. I second KisMac10’s reference to A Practical Wedding. I found that post incredibly helpful as well!
Oh, and don’t forget that parking SUCKS in Boston. Hotels charge $30-40/night or more for parking, so you might want to strategize ways for your guests to save money there. For example, we’re offering assistance to anyone willing to park in our neighborhood (Jamaica Plain) where they can park for free and then take the T in (we’ll have to do a lot of escorting). It’ll be a pain, but it’ll save them close to $100 since most people are coming for a few nights. Folks like my FI’s grandmother won’t care and will pay parking fees, but I expect that our cousins who are only semi-employed will go out of their way to save those bucks.
Post # 9
Ugh, I’m sorry. This is city is so crazy expensive!!! Hopefully your guests will understand that and be willing to swing the price. And getting to stay in downtown Boston is fun and will offer them a TON of options for food, entertainment, shopping, etc. over the rest of the weekend.
Post # 10
You must have been married many times! So far, you have said you were married in New York, Newport, Boston, Chicago…
Post # 11
Can we also talk about the fact that she is bringing up six year old threads like mad?