When does the Hampton Inn sell out?
Just as stated in the title. I know Westin and Courtyard go within a matter of minutes, but I am wondering if all of the hotels generally lose a lot of rooms in the first hour or if you would still be able to make a full weekend (thursday-monday) reservation at around 12 PM (an hour after reservations open to the general public).
The rush for the first few hours is primarily for the Courtyard and the Westin.
There's only so many people rushing to get rooms,
and only so many rooms available in those 2 hotels.
So, those fill in first, and now, usually within 30 minutes.
The Hampton and Omni ARE hotels that fill in faster than others,
but not QUITE that fast. Quads fill before singles, but I think it's
at least 12 hours later, if not longer, before the Hampton fills sufficiently to worry.
So an hour into the reservations, you should still be able to get your choice
in the Hampton, Omni, Renaissance, Doubletree, Marriott City Center, and Wyndham.
(Most of those, days later or weeks later, as well.)
Did the Courtyard still have rooms available for the general hotel reservation phase? I'd heard in past years it filled up during the supersponsor early reservation.
Yep, there were still rooms available for the general realease. It sold out in 3 minutes though.
Yes, there were rooms available for the general membership available on February 2. Not many rooms, but a few. They were apparently taken within two minutes or so. The Board apparently made a decision that, in fairness, at least a few rooms should be available and limited the number of rooms Dealers and Supersponsors could get.
The last I heard, the Courtyard only offered us 70 rooms and I believe they only have about 150 all told. Getting into the Courtyard will always be a crapshoot, even for Supersponsors. The good thing for Supersponsors is that if they wanted the Courtyard and couldn't get it, they're pretty much certain to get a room in whatever their secondary hotel is. And, as Kage stated elsewhere, apparently many of the Supersponsors prefer the luxury of the Omni William Penn.
If I had my druthers, the Courtyard would be my #1 choice. (But it is almost impossible to get a room there.)
2 and 3 are pretty evenly tied. The Omni for it's luxuious opulence, or the Hampton for it's free parking and free continental breakfast.
But my roomie wants to be "in the center of the action", so, since I am a good host. I put up with the elevator lines, and always book a room at the Westin.
For me, it's no real sacrifice. Honestly, it is nice to be in the center of the action. And we have learned when the elevator lines will be long, so we do something else until they are shorter. And maybe we have just been lucky, but we have never experienced more than minor noise issues from nearby rooms. (The handful of times that there was a bit of noise, I've just smiled to myself, thought "Aw, let the kids have their fun!" grabbed an extra pillow (Why do hotels put like twenty pillows of various shapes, sizes and styles on each bed? I mean... I only have one head!) and put the pillows over my ears.)
If there is ever excessive noise... Well, lets just say that I'm not the otter that you want to have knocking on your door at 2 AM
My biggest problem with noise has happened at every hotel I've ever stayed at. The problem is the doors to the rooms. Why can't hotels design their dorrs to close softly? And why is there always such a big gap at the bottom of the doors, so you can hear every slamming door in the corridor outside?!?
Finally. Although me and my roomie (especially my roomie) thoroughly appreciate early room reg for supersponsors so I can be guaranteed a room with two beds in the Westin, I'd still go supersponsor without it. Always have, always will.
P.S. Another noise issue. I have also always been lucky, in that I have never been in a room near the icemaker.
To adapt a quote from the play "Fiddler on the roof":
"Rabbi, Is there a proper blessing for the icemaker?"
Rabbi: "May God bless the icemaker, and keep it... Far away from us!"
That gap at the bottom of the door has come in useful to me over the years. There always seems to be one artist who doesn't manage to finish until Sunday night and they just slip it under the door without having to wake me up
The only issues I've ever had with noise or anything when at a con have not been with con attendees, but regular guests. That whole myth of furries being rowdy and not caring about other people's need to sleep is just that...a myth.
Ive been to a lot of furry cons over the years.I would not say its a myth.I would say a majority of the atendees are respectful.But I have personaly heard some furs over the years not be so considerate .
Agreed. Though usually it is just below my "call con ops threshold."
Yes, there were rooms available for the general membership available on February 2. Not many rooms, but a few. They were apparently taken within two minutes or so. The Board apparently made a decision that, in fairness*, at least a few rooms should be available and limited the number of rooms Dealers and Supersponsors could get.
I can vouch for this! I applied for the Courtyard the instant that the e-mail containing the link reached my computer (I was using my work computer on my employer's network at the time), and finished the preliminary steps before getting to the hotel-selection page, within 2 minutes, 45 seconds of Zero Hour - and the Courtyard was no longer there...at least, not for the Supersponsor rush.
...And I am OK with that. I could have held off and tried again on Feb 2nd, but I had my shot, and instead went for my "Old Reliable".
...Getting into the Courtyard will always be a crapshoot, even for Supersponsors. The good thing for Supersponsors is...they're pretty much certain to get a room in whatever their secondary hotel is. And, as Kage stated elsewhere, apparently many of the Supersponsors prefer the luxury of the Omni William Penn.
...Where I have stayed for every Pittsburgh-based AnthroCon, save the first (when I stayed at the Westin), and the year that MENSA filled the Omni. They know me there, and I'm now expected.
* - the italics in that quote were added by me - VR.
This year there were 90 hotel rooms available at the Courtyard. I won't go into specifics but the number of rooms available during the dealer reservations and supersponsor reservations is limited so that there will be a limited number of rooms left when general reservations open.
Then allow me to publicly thank the Board of Directors for getting even more rooms at the Courtyard. Originally, we could only get 50. Then it was upped to 70. Now it's up to 90. Congratulations.
Thanks so much for the reply! Always appreciate your help.