After I finished freaking out a bit about the bombshell I got from the JW Marriott, I started exploring more hotel options.
I called three other major hotels in the downtown Indianapolis area and none of them had availability the weekend of the wedding because of the convention that would be in town.
There had to be a hotel somewhere that wasn’t booked, right!? Finally I stumbled onto Hotel Planner. With this, I was able to specify what I was looking for and allow the hotels that had availability to quote me prices. Not only was I able to see which hotels in the city were still available, I could also get a lower nightly rate through this website.
I found a hotel with availability that was actually closer to the church and reception hall than our original choice. Most of my family is in town, so we don’t need a huge block of rooms, but I wanted to have a few reserved, just in case. We reserved 10 rooms at The Courtyard Downtown and another 10 rooms at the Hyatt, which is a little further away.
The Hotel Planner website quoted me a lower price for The Courtyard than their sales department did, but the website gave directions for who I was supposed to talk to and I didn’t exactly follow the instructions. So I may have been able to get a lower rate, but by this point I just wanted to have something booked.
The Courtyard and the Hyatt are both three star hotels, not quite as nice as the four star we originally had in mind. I was okay with booking our guest rooms there, because I figured that some of them might not want to spend the money to stay in a four or five star hotel.
Now that we had our guest hotel blocks settled, I could turn my attention to where the wedding party was going to stay!