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#1 BRIDEZILLA

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    Posted 29 January 2007 - 07:52 PM

    Hello Ladies,
    I am totally freaking out!!! I'm going to Cabo in a week and a half to sight hunt and I have no idea where I am staying or what I am doing.

    There I vented a little bit. This is like my online support group. LOL

    Anyway… about Marbella Suites…

    Does $1,500 seem high for a location fee? I've had a hard time getting a location fee from my WC so I called Marbella Direct and was quoted a $1,500 fee without a room block reservation. I just want to make sure this is right. It seems high compared to the other hotels.
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    #2 A10CalGal

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      Posted 29 January 2007 - 08:04 PM

      Amber,

      Wow! My first reaction is that it sounds high. Do they charge a location fee even if you use them to cater the reception?

      #3 Janet

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        Posted 29 January 2007 - 08:10 PM

        yeah but what about with a room block? If you are giving a location your food/beverage/lodging business, then I would not pay a location fee. They need to be competitive with other Cabo sites that also do not charge fees (assuming you spend $ on their stuff instead). Just my 2 cents!

        #4 A10CalGal

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          Posted 29 January 2007 - 08:13 PM

          Ditto what Janet said! I was just thinking I should have written more. I honestly think when places quote a "location fee" it assumes no other business is involved - just you using their site to get married & that's it.

          #5 BRIDEZILLA

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            Posted 29 January 2007 - 08:14 PM

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            Amber,

            Wow! My first reaction is that it sounds high. Do they charge a location fee even if you use them to cater the reception?
            The manager sounded kind of irritated about my request. He said that the reason he would have to charge so much is that if he rents me the beach and terrace for the evening he is loosing out on money to another wedding party. Here is what he wrote:

            The $1,500 is just for use of the beach. No decorations are included. The reason is, if I book you to use the beach for your wedding, but your wedding party doesn’t occupy rooms here, I’ve closed myself off for other wedding parties that may rent anywhere from 10 to all 40 suites in the hotel that weekend.

            This is in addition to catering and beverage. I am so bummed out. This venue is in my top three and now it seems that they are not even interested in renting to me
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            #6 BRIDEZILLA

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              Posted 29 January 2007 - 08:17 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by A10CALGAL
              Ditto what Janet said! I was just thinking I should have written more. I honestly think when places quote a "location fee" it assumes no other business is involved - just you using their site to get married & that's it.
              The problem is that the majority of my guests will be staying at a timeshare on the Marina in DT Cabo and the rest of them wnat to be close. I don't think that anyone will reserve rooms there because it is so far. So now I am stuck paying a location fee (which I'm okay with). However, $1,500 is higher than some of the really large resorts.
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              #7 A10CalGal

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                Posted 29 January 2007 - 08:19 PM

                Well Amy, I think the manager is assuming all you want is the location. Are you considering NOT staying at Marbella? Maybe he is misunderstanding you? I think you could swing a great deal if you booked up the hotel -and their rates are actually pretty low for rooms. How many guests are you anticipating??


                OOps, ok you answered my question above. I would explore other options then, because it doesn't sound like you are going to get very much cooperation out of the hotel if you only want the location with no lodging. What about food/bev?

                #8 Janet

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                  Posted 29 January 2007 - 09:04 PM

                  Seems like it would be cheaper to offer transport for your guests to wherever you have the wedding than to pay $1,500 for a site fee? Just a thought.

                  But yeah, if a vendor is not excited about earning your business, I'd be reluctant to give it to him. I know that dealing with a wedding in a foreign country you have to pick your battles and sometimes you just get what you get...but maybe this place isn't worth it? But you should at least look at it on your site visit so you can get all the information you need to decide.

                  Sorry I am not more help here!

                  #9 BRIDEZILLA

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                    Posted 29 January 2007 - 09:07 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by A10CALGAL
                    Well Amy, I think the manager is assuming all you want is the location. Are you considering NOT staying at Marbella? Maybe he is misunderstanding you? I think you could swing a great deal if you booked up the hotel -and their rates are actually pretty low for rooms. How many guests are you anticipating??


                    OOps, ok you answered my question above. I would explore other options then, because it doesn't sound like you are going to get very much cooperation out of the hotel if you only want the location with no lodging. What about food/bev?
                    Well...if I love the place I can get creative I guess.

                    I can have my wedding on a weekday or rent the place out for a couple of days. We'll see. I was just super surprised at how direct the manager was. I felt like he was saying that he didn't want to let me have my wedding there because he would loose money.

                    Maybe Maye will be more persuasive?
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                    #10 gkashmira

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                      Posted 29 January 2007 - 09:23 PM

                      Marbella is nice but to be honest it's not THAT nice - in fact the thing about it is that it's so affordable - that's what makes it a good option. If you have to pay this location fee than you are way better off going somewhere else. It's a nice place but it is not as nice as the bigger resorts (or some of the more upscale smaller hotels like Cabo Surf, etc.)

                      I have some pictures in my gallery of the rooms and stuff... I do not think it is worth $1500 just to be there!

                      here are some pics: http://bestdestinati....p?do=view&g=35

                      What about Marbella attracted you - perhaps we can recommend some alternatives?
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