Housing for 2017 - 50th Anniversary
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Posted by austicke aaronmlopez

aaronmlopez wrote:This may be a dumb question, but as one who has never stayed at a downtown hotel, do you have to pay for your parking in addition to the hotel room??? 

Yes. I'm not aware of any connected hotel that includes parking.

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Posted by angelhelly aaronmlopez

aaronmlopez wrote:
This may be a dumb question, but as one who has never stayed at a downtown hotel, do you have to pay for your parking in addition to the hotel room??? 
I have been using parking panda for downtown parking.
parking is $22 a night extra

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Posted by britbrit

Parking wise, I used the Gate ten this year and it was so convenient. $60 for five days of parking then a shuttle that takes you to your hotel. 

$60 sure beats the extra $100+ for parking. 

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Posted by aaronmlopez

@austicke, angelhelly, britbrit: Thanks for the replies. 

Parking Panda wasn't too bad seeing as it was split 4 ways this year so it came out to $36/person and the place we stayed was also split (came out to $250/person for the entire stay of Wed - Sat).

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Posted by braewe

The really great thing about Embassy, which I have not seen anywhere else, is that there is a closable DOOR between the bedroom and the living room so that the stay-up-late-and-talk folks can do just that without disturbing the sleep-early-8am-game-and-still-want-breakfast folks. Plus with Embassy you can very comfortably sleep six to a double double. 

Yes, it is showing its age, yes, it's faster to just walk outside instead of using the hamster tube, yes, the far ends of the convention can be a bit of a hike, but it is still very much easy walking distance, there are a ton of eating places nearby, it has a decent pool area, and best of all? The rooms are within clicking range of /three/ pokestops! *ahem* okay the last was slightly tongue in cheek, but...we like it very much. We're bringing a banner to hang from the balcony next year!

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Posted by jhs

The embassy may be a bit dated, but it is my first choice without doubt because of the two separate rooms.  They also have a nice breakfast, and the breakfast/bar area became a really fun gaming place (with a bar!) at night, though that was a few years ago so not sure if that still is the case.  Anyone who got a room because of this should be very grateful.  I am!

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Posted by irontk

Anyone had any luck booking anywhere lately?
 

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Posted by grtbrt

The thing to remember regarding Valet parking at Hotels is that they have the option of not charging you for it. In the lst 3 years I have not paid for Valet at the Hilton properties - Over the time staying there I chateed with the front desk manager and asked if ,as a Hilton Honors member, they cold do anything about the valet parking rates . The response was always " let me take a look " or words to that effect . Lo and behold no charges . I made sure that I had  tipped the valet well before that  conversation.
Just a suggestion . It likely  does depend on whether the property operates the Valet or subcontract it out . and what level of HH you are
Remember -The answer is always no if you dont ask

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Posted by grizzly73 grizzly73

joe.fonk wrote:
I can't believe I got a king suite at Embassy Suites! This will be my ninth Gen Con and the first to be able to stay downtown. I know others expect to stay downtown (and can get beligerent if the room lottery doesn't go their way), for me this is an extra treat-hamster tubes-Woohoo!
So I booked on Hotels.com and got a 1 King Executive Suite (according Embassy Suites website has a 1 king bedroom, 2 separate baths, a bar, kitchenette and dining area-pretty sweet right?) I called Embassy (went through the automated prompts) and found I did have a king room, but did not say what kind of room. After finding my way through to a live person, they said they cannot say what kind of room I got when I booked through Hotels.com. The fact I actually have an "attached" room is amazing to me but I have growing fears...

I am coming in Thursday morning- going to the ICC, then heading to the hotel at check in time (probably a good idea to head there early). Hearing that Embassy overbooks has me scared that the hotel might fill up with Wednesday-nighters and when I go to check in it will be tough luck chuck and I am left scrambling. Someone put my mind at ease please!

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Posted by boc_mage grizzly73

joe.fonk wrote:
joe.fonk wrote:
I can't believe I got a king suite at Embassy Suites! This will be my ninth Gen Con and the first to be able to stay downtown. I know others expect to stay downtown (and can get beligerent if the room lottery doesn't go their way), for me this is an extra treat-hamster tubes-Woohoo!
So I booked on Hotels.com and got a 1 King Executive Suite (according Embassy Suites website has a 1 king bedroom, 2 separate baths, a bar, kitchenette and dining area-pretty sweet right?) I called Embassy (went through the automated prompts) and found I did have a king room, but did not say what kind of room. After finding my way through to a live person, they said they cannot say what kind of room I got when I booked through Hotels.com. The fact I actually have an "attached" room is amazing to me but I have growing fears...I am coming in Thursday morning- going to the ICC, then heading to the hotel at check in time (probably a good idea to head there early). Hearing that Embassy overbooks has me scared that the hotel might fill up with Wednesday-nighters and when I go to check in it will be tough luck chuck and I am left scrambling. Someone put my mind at ease please!

I got that same response, i managed to snag the direct reservation afterwards alright. Based on reviews and other thoughts hotels.com scares me a little to be honest. At least you know you have a reservation in the embassy's system.

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Posted by braewe

Even the regular king rooms aren't bad though...two room suite, fold out sofa, table, microwave, kitchenette. Only one bathroom though. Still.

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Posted by sarena irontk

khadorstrong wrote:
Anyone had any luck booking anywhere lately?
 

There's rooms at the Westin and the Hyatt available, but they're pretty expensive $400-something a night. The Marriott-family of hotels hasn't become bookable yet - looks like another week before they're reservable if they have any inventory. 

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Posted by grizzly73 braewe

braewe wrote:
Even the regular king rooms aren't bad though...two room suite, fold out sofa, table, microwave, kitchenette. Only one bathroom though. Still.
don't get me wrong, I am not complaining, I am thankful for whatever I get, it's in my nature to have everything planned. 

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Posted by mavrick593

Have the downtown Mariott hotels opened up for booking? I see that on the Mariott website you can select the dates for Gen Con 2017, but the downtown hotels don't show availability. Did I already miss the rush or are those exempted for now? Anyone have any idea?

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Posted by aldctjoc

*Sigh* Missed out on the super inexpensive Embassy Suites rush (what, something like $138/night before they locked the dates down). Westin's got rooms open on their website, but they're not cancellable, and I'm not going to risk 2 grand on a non-refundable room (tried calling directly to see if I could swing anything, but I got nowhere). Bit the bullet and reserved a cancellable stay at the Conrad for $438/night. At least I've got my backup in place, and it's not a bad backup at that. Expensive - like, ZOMG level expensive - but from what I've heard it's a damn nice hotel. 

Time to see how the Gen Con block lottery works out. Here's to hoping! 

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Posted by monkeyknifefight aldctjoc

aldctjoc wrote:
*Sigh* Missed out on the super inexpensive Embassy Suites rush (what, something like $138/night before they locked the dates down). Westin's got rooms open on their website, but they're not cancellable, and I'm not going to risk 2 grand on a non-refundable room (tried calling directly to see if I could swing anything, but I got nowhere). Bit the bullet and reserved a cancellable stay at the Conrad for $438/night. At least I've got my backup in place, and it's not a bad backup at that. Expensive - like, ZOMG level expensive - but from what I've heard it's a damn nice hotel. 
Time to see how the Gen Con block lottery works out. Here's to hoping! 
To be fair $138 was only for single occupancy. It was $178 or $188 for quad occupancy. Still a $42 savings per night over the block.

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Posted by timhogue

How big of sticklers are they at the Embassy Suites regarding occupancy? We are a group of 4, but I have always booked single occupancy when booking hotel rooms for Gen con. Does the occupancy just come into play for the free breakfast?

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Posted by bigfathairyguy monkeyknifefight

monkeyknifefight wrote:
aldctjoc wrote:
*Sigh* Missed out on the super inexpensive Embassy Suites rush (what, something like $138/night before they locked the dates down). Westin's got rooms open on their website, but they're not cancellable, and I'm not going to risk 2 grand on a non-refundable room (tried calling directly to see if I could swing anything, but I got nowhere). Bit the bullet and reserved a cancellable stay at the Conrad for $438/night. At least I've got my backup in place, and it's not a bad backup at that. Expensive - like, ZOMG level expensive - but from what I've heard it's a damn nice hotel. 
Time to see how the Gen Con block lottery works out. Here's to hoping! 
To be fair $138 was only for single occupancy. It was $178 or $188 for quad occupancy. Still a $42 savings per night over the block.
I booked my room at the embassy with 4 in it for $139 a night. Not sure where you got those numbers.

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Posted by runescience

i tried to book embassy downtown is full.
can one of you send me the link to another local hotel not full?

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Posted by divachelle bigfathairyguy

franknbeans wrote:
monkeyknifefight wrote:
aldctjoc wrote:
*Sigh* Missed out on the super inexpensive Embassy Suites rush (what, something like $138/night before they locked the dates down). Westin's got rooms open on their website, but they're not cancellable, and I'm not going to risk 2 grand on a non-refundable room (tried calling directly to see if I could swing anything, but I got nowhere). Bit the bullet and reserved a cancellable stay at the Conrad for $438/night. At least I've got my backup in place, and it's not a bad backup at that. Expensive - like, ZOMG level expensive - but from what I've heard it's a damn nice hotel. 
Time to see how the Gen Con block lottery works out. Here's to hoping! 
To be fair $138 was only for single occupancy. It was $178 or $188 for quad occupancy. Still a $42 savings per night over the block.
I booked my room at the embassy with 4 in it for $139 a night. Not sure where you got those numbers.
Mine was for double occupancy in a king suite room. I'm paying $134.83 per night plus taxes for 4 nights and $125.10 per night plus taxes for 2 nights.

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