Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Out-Of-Towners!

Believe it or not, Auburn can be a busy town especially during the summer months. That said it is important to make plans and reservations for your out of town guests, sooner rather than later. I’ve compiled information regarding two of the hotels that the Monte Verde Inn recommends. By reserving a block of rooms you will get a guaranteed price on the rooms and the hotel will try and keep your guests located in one area of the hotel. Both hotels will allow 25 rooms blocked at a time. Your guests will call them for a reservation and give your name for the discounted rate and a credit card number to hold the room. For rooms that don’t get booked 30 days prior to your event, the rooms are put back into general reservation, and are subject to a price increase.

My first recommendation is the Holiday Inn, located right off I80 at the 49/Grass Valley Hwy exit. This is hotel will offer the most amenities and is the nicest out all the Auburn hotels. The hotel just got a facelift with new beds, linens, curtains and plasma TVs. They offer room service, pool, gym, restaurant and a on-site lounge. May 15 – Oct 15 is their high season and block rates are from $129.00 to $133.00 per night for a King room/$133.00 to $138.00 per night for two double beds. During the other months, it’s about $10.00 less. This hotel has a honeymoon suite called the “Executive Suite” that has an executive king, separate sitting area, double walk-in shower and separate Jacuzzi tub. They tell me if you booked out all 25 rooms, the hotel will give the Bride & Groom a complimentary “honeymoon suite”! The hotel is walking distance to old & downtown Auburn. The hotel has a lounge that is open until 10:00 pm however; they will stay open longer if guests are there. For reservations you need to cal Karen with Group Sales and tell them you are getting married at the Monte Verde Inn.
530-887-8787 / www.auburnhi.com

Another good option is the Best Western Golden Key, located off the same exit on your way to the Monte Verde Inn. It is towards the left of Raley’s on Lincoln Ave. This hotel is a bit less expensive, but has a pool, hot tub, picnic area and free continental breakfast. It is located next to a couple of restaurants and is all around clean and comfortable hotel. High season for Best Western is June – September and block rates are from $95.00 - $125.00 per night depending on the room type as well as the time of year. For all Brides & Grooms who stay with them, they offer a complimentary bottle of Sparkling Wine and Fruit Basket. For reservations call Cindy 530-885-8611 www.bestwesterngoldenkey.com

Lastly, I recommend dropping off a day before your guests check in a small greeting basket or bag. You could include things like bottled waters, fruit, energy bars, chocolate and/or wine. This little gift is a nice gesture and welcome. Be sure to include an itinerary for their stay especially if they have to be at a rehearsal, lunch or other pre-wedding events. Also, you may suggest things to do in the area your local hotel can help guide you with addresses of golf, wineries, shopping and restaurants in the area.

I hope this is helpful and please do not hesitate to ask questions right on this blog to start new topics that others may want to know about!

Happy Planning

1 comment:

Rionie said...

Kelley, great information. Thank you. Leonie 9/27/9