I wanted to post this in case it helps anybody for the upcoming 2017 event since I often see people wondering how an airport hotel will work for them, what the costs will be, etc.
I was not one of the lucky one who won the housing lottery. I decided to stay at the Super 8 at 5241 W Bradbury Ave. near the airport, which google maps says is about 7.1 miles away from ICC. The total was about $83/night after taxes and I was there from Wed-Sun. I booked using priceline instead of using Gencon hotel reg. I flew in to Indy so having my own car wasn’t an option.
Since there was no shuttle this year I had to Uber everywhere from morning till night. I typically went in around 8AM (god help me) and came back between 11pm-1am.
4th – AM $27.01 (no uberx avail), PM $9.55
5th – AM $9.71, PM $14.28 (surge)
6th – AM $9.95, PM $21.10 (surge)
7th – AM $9.32
I didn’t include the trip to and from the airport on here since there are multiple options, but I’d plan on $20-35 round-trip for it or cheaper if using carpools, etc.
Experience with Uber: Never had to wait more than 10 minutes, typically I got one within 5 minutes. From the ICC it was super easy to get picked up and I had no issues at all getting back to my hotel.
For getting to and from the con using Uber it cost me $100.92 for all 4 days.
My hotel cost about $330 for 4 nights after taxes.
Airport Hotel (admittedly a crummy one) + Uber to get back and forth = $433 for 4 days. + about ~$30 to get to and from the Airport.
Staying at the airport hotel wasn’t so bad. Super 8 is pretty run down, but I was able to sleep, shower and leave. Getting to the convention was easy and not having to rent a car and then deal with parking was fine. If I had the option to drive due to living closer I think staying at the airport, driving in and reserving a parking spot would be better than Uber.
Last year I used the shuttles which were late and people were left wondering what happened. If people were to carpool with at least one other person using Uber to get to your airport hotel would be really close to the same cost with much better service.
I’d still prefer to get a connected hotel one of these days to take naps, drop stuff off, etc. But going solo to Gencon using Uber and staying at an airport hotel wasn’t that bad. Costs about $500 for the whole thing. Hope this string of information helps anybody who was interested.