(Closed) Which hotels to reserve blocks for guests? There are no great options

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Which kind of terrible hotel option...?

    1 - Boutiquey, cool bar, party pool, modern looking but cramped rooms with questionable reliability

    2 - Massive blocky dated/boring but spacious corporate facility with more dependable comfort

    Please! Do something else! Suggestions below...

  • Post # 3
    1066 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013


    What’s the average age of your guests?

    What is the price difference?

    I feel like older guests would prefer the Marriot while younger would prefer the Indigo.

    You could block off rooms when the majority would likely stay and just let everyone know about the other as an option…

    Post # 4
    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Can you block off rooms at both just to give guests options?  Most weddings I’ve been to will have a couple different hotel blocks…all the ‘kids’ / friends of newlyweds usually end up staying at one hotel for the afterparty…

    Post # 5
    12268 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would go with Hotel Indigo since it is right next to the T stop for it to be easy to get into Boston.  It would suck to have to rely on a shuttle back to the hotel that stops at 8pm.  Personally, I hate to pack up and move, so I rather stay near the wedding and take the T into town.  Unless I was leaving right after the wedding and had to pack up anyways, I wouldn’t switch hotels.  Is it really an hour from Riverside to Boston?  I used to take the T from Newton Center or Chestnut hill and I thought it was only 30 minutes from there, so maybe 45 tops from Riverside to get to Copley station, which isnt so bad.

    Post # 6
    800 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think reliability trumps style. Save the style for the wedding, and make sure the guests have rooms with working facilities.

    Post # 7
    1401 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Honestly, theyre not going to spend THAT  much time in the hotel room, so go for the dated hotel and feel comfortable in the fact that while dated, it’s reliable.


    Post # 8
    5622 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Most people won’t be there to party at the hotel, so go for whichever is most cost efficiant & comfortable.

    Post # 9
    5360 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Speaking as a former travel agent, I say go with the old blocky Marriot. Marriot is a solid brand with a good reputation. Like others have said, your guests won’t be spending a ton of time there anyway. If they’re coming in for a few days, they’ll stay in Boston. This is most likely just for a night. Rather be comfortable and know their reservation will be there & complaints will be resolved, than go with an unreliable “hotter” hotel.

    Post # 10
    1332 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    i picked the 2nd one; no ac in june would not be fun imo.  but also, why not book a block at both & let them choose?

    Post # 11
    1693 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    if i were a guest, i would rather stay at the dated but reliable hotel. i would only stay there the night of the wedding and then stay in boston for the rest of my trip. also, if i’m going to be on public transit for more than 40 minutes, i’d rather be on the commuter rail than the T so the fact that the Marriot is only a 10 minute walk to the train is awesome. i don’t have anything against the T, it just seems the commuter rail would be faster. 

    Post # 13
    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Hotel indigo all the way, it’s part of the holiday inn family, and may be more modern but features many common HI features :]

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