My FI and I were thinking about doing a group block, but the prices we were quoted were only $20-30 cheaper than the online prices, so we decided that it wasn't worth the trouble. I'm glad we didn't go that route. We've had several people book at the last minute and others who we thought were definites decide not to go. If you can't fill the rooms then you're on the hook for the money. I think that's the problem that Natalie's been having. It's not worth the headache! I found that a lot of people like to make their own arrangements anyway. Also, if you book through expedia you can get a lower room rate than what's listed on the Royal website. Expedia gives a discount for booking flights and hotel together. When we priced it out those prices were actually cheaper than what the hotel was offering us as a group rate.
I think someone already answered this, but if some of your guests are staying at the Gran Porto they are still considered resort guests. They can arrive for the wedding 30 minutes before the ceremony. I'm also having a private welcome cocktail the day before our wedding and my WC told me that Gran Porto guests can arrive for that 20 minutes before.
Originally Posted by oceanbreeze
I'm new to the thread. Just reserved a day for an April wedding at the Royal but now it seems everyone (including our TA!) is complaining about the price. I was just wondering, if it's not a secret, what price for rooms were you able to negotiate with the Royal (and for how many days?). I'm trying to figure out how much of a discount they can give and if it's worth it to keep using the TA. She says she can get the price down by $30 max.
Also, if guests book at the sister resort (which I guess is cheaper), are they considered "outside" guests and we'd have to pay the "outside" guest fee for food?
Much thanks!!! I'm super stressed about this and would appreciate any info!
I'm so sorry that everyone is having such horrible experiences with Sand N Sun! I wonder if that's why they're not a vendor on this website anymore. I have to say that I was quite surprised we've all been having these problems. I decided to use Sand N Sun because I had read good reviews for them on this site.
Originally Posted by Natalie79
Jess....WHOA! That is really rude!! I can't believe how unprofessional that is. I am lucky at least that everything is finally done. We even booked our honeymoon through her, which I now regret. What I wrote below was my response to Maureen (my TA).
This is what I wrote her back. I was SO upset.
All I wanted to know was if I could change the names on the room if we booked it. I knew the rooming list was due on the 16th. I am not dumb.
I'm sorry if your commissions have decreased, but I don't know how that works in the travel industry. You are OBVIOUSLY very upset about dealing with my group, and If I knew booking these rooms was going to be such a pain for you & me I would have never done a group block in the first place.
I appreciated all the work you have done, and am very upset by your email. Apparently you are very resentful towards me, when all i wanted to know is if we could change the name on the room! You don't think I have been stressed on my end dealing with all this as well?? It's supposed to be the best day of my life and 90% of my stress is dealing with people not booking rooms and having this money looming over my head. My fiance and I have gotten into several fights just because of having this room block.
Also, we booked our honeymoon through you because I was very happy with the job you were doing and I wanted to help your business. If we had booked it on our own we would have gotten a cheaper rate.
I will let you know about the room today. I'm sorry you still have to deal with me.
She basically replied to this "Let's cut the drama & work together". THAT really infuriated me because she was the one that instigated this. After that, I have only communicated with her as little & basic as possible.