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#1 laurelandjamie

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    Posted 05 August 2007 - 12:37 PM

    We were searching the site to see if we could compare hotels in terms of how much it would cost per room for our guests. Gals, would you mind sharing the guest price per room for the hotels you have booked or looked at?
    Thanks so much,
    L and J



    #2 NHPT

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      Posted 05 August 2007 - 01:00 PM

      well- it all depends on the time of year you book, how good of a deal a travel agent can book, ----i do know that the prices we got for June 2007 have gone up i think because of the popularity of cabo-----have you gotten a travel agent yet?
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      #3 TammyWright

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      Posted 05 August 2007 - 01:41 PM

      Quote:
      Originally Posted by laurelandjamie
      We were searching the site to see if we could compare hotels in terms of how much it would cost per room for our guests. Gals, would you mind sharing the guest price per room for the hotels you have booked or looked at?
      Thanks so much,
      L and J

      honestly, this is a really weird question because you haven't even narrowed down which hotel(s) you want to use...room block rates are not set in stone...you can have 2 group blocks at the same resort for the same time and they may have different rates for different reasons.

      the best way to go is really just check out the non-group rates on expedia/orbitz whatever and narrow down your choice of hotel by the rate.

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      #4 rodent

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        Posted 05 August 2007 - 11:23 PM

        I searched on funjet.com to sort by price. You could use hotels.com, expedia, etc. I arranged them by price & started to read reviews about them starting with the cheapest & crossed bad ones of the list. I ended up crossing off all the really cheap ones. I narrowed it down to about 10 hotels & read more about them listing the pros & cons. The hotel I picked was the clear winner for me. Then I started to email people who were married there. I found them on trip advisor by searching "wedding" and my hotel name. Their responses were all great, so I booked my place.

        Before doing this, I had already narrowed down my choices by the area. We wanted to be in Riviera Maya in an area where you can snorkel from the hotel.

        I think picking a hotel is the hardest part, but once I got going it wasn't bad. It was fun too. Good luck!

        #5 MikkiStreak

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          Posted 05 August 2007 - 11:35 PM

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          honestly, this is a really weird question because you haven't even narrowed down which hotel(s) you want to use...room block rates are not set in stone...you can have 2 group blocks at the same resort for the same time and they may have different rates for different reasons.

          the best way to go is really just check out the non-group rates on expedia/orbitz whatever and narrow down your choice of hotel by the rate.
          To add to this also----

          Even if you price rooms thru Expedia/Orbitz/Travelocity, the rates are going to fluctuate based on whether there is a promo being offered by the resort at a certain point in time, how far away you are from the travel date, what the occupancy rate for the resort is, etc...

          I think you can get somewhat of an idea thru the online resellers, but it still won't be accurate. I do know that when we met with our TA the first time, she was able to provide an estimate of pricing based on the previous year's rates for the same time of year we wanted to travel.

          But I think this is where a travel agent can help---- if you are working with one, you can give them the price range you would like your guests to fall into and the TA can make resort recommendations for you to look at...

          #6 olisa6

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            Posted 06 August 2007 - 03:25 PM

            It really does depend on the time that you look. My first travel agen quoted us $156 per person per night. then Tammy(host) quoted us $146 per person per night. I did a room block of 15 rooms at that price. Then about a month and a half later all my guests were looking at expedia and orbitz and it was way cheaper. So I went back to the TA and I have a new rate of $128 per person per night. Only because it was about a $250 difference per couple. I wouldn't want to spend $250 more just to use a room block when I can get it cheaper online. thanks god the hotel was accomodating. I just proved the price online and it was not a big deal. This was with Dreams. I do not know how other hotel will be. I know that Tammy and company have a great relationship with Dreams so that may have helped!! Plus October is not a high volume month either. Just do your homework and see what price is offered online at that time and make sure your TA gets you a price that is lower or equal to that price. Every hotel is going to vary and then vary with the time of year too!!

            #7 foxytv

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              Posted 06 August 2007 - 05:04 PM

              We're gettin married in the DR in April 2008 and have our rates (based on 3 nights) for 1-2 or 3 people in a room. But we went through a TA and another girl I've spoken with went hrough the resort for the same month and has totally different (higher) rates. So ... it really depends. A TA can give you a good gauge of resorts within your price range once you at least narrow down your search to a particular area.

              #8 NYJen

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                Posted 06 August 2007 - 05:36 PM

                I am also getting married in Cabo in April 2008. I was given a rate of $295 a night at the Hilton which looks pretty good. (You need to keep in mind that the rates also go up every year. So what some people may have gotten in 2007 will no longer apply to us.) I also reserved the minimum room block of 30 room nights in order to get that rate. I am thinking I may work with Tammy (host) for other options only because I do not have wealthy friends and I'm sure some of them are going to have a hard time with the cost.

                We are also looking into getting group rates at other hotels. The Marbella Suites at the beach is a good hotel to look into. We have some rooms on reserve with them as well. (Although we needed to start the room block on April 4th but the place is completely booked that day. This somewhat screws me up.)

                Good luck with your search and let me know what you find out.

                #9 jak27

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                  Posted 06 August 2007 - 05:53 PM

                  We are having our wedding at the Fiesta Americana Grand in Los Cabos in November, and the base rate for rooms is $189/night for our guests, and a different room type for $317/night.

                  Thought the $189/night is totally a good deal, although I'm sure they make up for it with F&B costs!

                  Good luck!

                  #10 laurelandjamie

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                    Posted 07 August 2007 - 01:19 AM

                    Thanks for the helpful suggestions. I hadn't thought of many of the things you guys brought up. It sounds like I need to talk to a travel agent and to the hotel I am interested in (Fiesta Americana). We are 95% sure we will rent villas for the wedding and most of the guests, but thought we might try to get a decent rate negotiated at a nearby hotel for other guests.




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