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    Posted: 3/15/2006 at 12:47pm
Hi! Just wanted to know how hotel blocks work?  I may need to reserve some rooms for out of towners. Do I have to put any money down to get a discount? Or is there a minimum number of rooms that need to be reserved in order to get a discount?
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Contact Patti at the SD Visitor's Bureau.  She'll send an email out to all of the hotels in the areas that you're interested in.  They'll respond with quotes for cost and any minimum requirements.  We chose a hotel that didn't require a credit card or a minimum number of rooms.  The trade off is that they dropped our block a few weeks before our wedding, but they were still willing to work with several latecomers to get them a room at a discounted rate.

 

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It depends on the hotel.  Some require you to sign a contract that sets a minimum number of hotel rooms and if you don't fill that number, you pay a fee.  Others don't require a contract at all and don't impose any penalties.

When I was researching, I read somewhere that you needed a minimum of 10 rooms to get a discount.  I'm not sure if that applies.  I didn't run into a problem because I needed more than 10 rooms.

 

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I JUST DID THIS AND WENT THROUGH WWW.HOTELPLANNER.COM    SUPER EASY...YOU TYPE IN WHAT YOU WANT THEN HOTELS START BIDDING ON YOUR REQUEST...THEN WHEN YOU FIND THE BEST BID  YOU CALL THE HOTEL CONTACT PERSON THEY GIVE YOU...IT WAS SUPER EASY....I REQEUSTED 13 ROOMS AND GOT THEM WITH NO DEPOSIT AND THEY WILL HOLD THE BLOCK TILL 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING
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Originally posted by ali179 ali179 wrote:

Contact Patti at the SD Visitor's Bureau.  She'll send an email out to all of the hotels in the areas that you're interested in.  They'll respond with quotes for cost and any minimum requirements.  We chose a hotel that didn't require a credit card or a minimum number of rooms.  The trade off is that they dropped our block a few weeks before our wedding, but they were still willing to work with several latecomers to get them a room at a discounted rate.

Ditto everything Ali said, this is what we did. There's been one change though, Patti doesn't work at SDCVB anymore. The contact is Whitney Williams. Her number is (619) 557-2825.


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I got two hotel blocks that required NO financial obligation. However I have a coordinator and I got those through her. We have them at The Handlery and Best Western Seven Seas.
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Thanks ladies for all the helpful info!
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