Possible discount for early hotel buyers:Omni
REMEMBER THIS HAS A SMALL AMOUNT OF RISK, I've used it almost every year though and have not yet regreted it., it is NOT a 100% trick for the omni) There is also no refunds/cancelation.
I just did my own dirty hotel trick this year, Priceline... I know its a bit of a risk HOWEVER.. I want to explain a little something this year,
There is an express deal for a four star hotel in downtown pittsburg, 111 a night, (Fees and tax bring it effectivly up to 130), that retails at 289. and the onlyhotel that fits that profile inthe downtown area is the Omni.
Did the Name your own price for 4 stas in downtown pitt as well, bid 107 and got the omni as well
In either case you don't get to choose the room type(So likely to get a king only) however the price is likely much less than the con rate which after tax is 196 a night(According to last years numbers), so yeah.. it might intrest some folks
Thats all for now, I shall be attending AC next year for sure
Can you please explain something to me. So, what your saying is that if we get the hotel room before AC puts it up, we can get a cheaper room?
MAYBE. I looked this up on Priceline as well. The map for the area the hotel.is in extend all the way to the South Shore, which is many blocks to the WSW of the DLCC. While the hotel is probably the Omni, that's not guaranteed. The specific hotel's name isn't mentioned.
So what it amounts to is this: you can book this unnamed hotel through Priceline now and hope it's the Omni or you can wait for the convention registration to open up and be sure.
While I won't force people onto priceline, You can narrow down what the hotels are, especially using the express method, know the territory, I know the hotels that are 4 stars in the area(The renisance is as well, so is the westin, but there is no chance at that)), if the Omni gave free net that would be a perk, but unless it changed this year that was one perk the hotel never gave free net access. Further investigation shows you which hotels are pet freindly, which offer complimentry Wi-fi as standard, and so on. comparing those sort of things lets you narrow stuff down, and in this case you only have "Good" options.
The south shore does NOT have any 4 star hotels in the range for the downtown area, there is only one hotel priceline has for it, The station square Sherraton, ened up there last year, was a walk yes, but was a very good rate.
In my specific case it also said I had stayed there before..thus it could only have been one of the three hotels mentioned.
I am just doing what i can to offer options when prices are quite expensive, the most serious problem I'd mention to people is the likelyhood of only being given a king.
Yeah doing my own research when you go into express they have 2 hotels listed as 4 star. One an actual four star and one a four and a half star. These are in the down town area and looking around I would pretty much guarantee the 4 star is the Omni (due to the high rating of the hotel despite the lack of amenities) and the 4.5 is the Rennisance (Similar high rating with lack of amenities). The omni rate being up to 117 right now the Renn at 189. Plus there is an active coupon code for 5% off using "RMNNOV16" for any interested parties. The Renn does have free internet in it's package. And despite the no cancellation I believe you can get the optional travel insurance for, I want to say it's, 5 dollars (or maybe 5 dollars per day?). With that in hand you can cancel due to medical condition of you, family, travel companion, or traveling companions family.
Priceline is out of the control of AC and the hotel itself. There are many risks, plus you do not get any perks like free internet. Unless you have experience using Priceline, I'd just wait for the AC room block to open.
Oh wow. Thank you SO much!
I just booked 4 nights in the Omni for $532.16 (total)
Not as good as the Priceline deal, but the Hampton Inn is currently offering king/double rooms for $149/night and king suites for $159/night. There are strings attached. You have to stay a minimum of 5 nights, but the rate is good for 4 people in the room. Look for the Extended Stay rate under a drop down link for the rooms.
For the free breakfast, wi-fi and parking, that sounds like a really good deal to me.
This might save you some cash, sure. But if you want to support Anthrocon (which is a non-profit and needs to recoup the money it spends on room blocks for us), buy a room from the Anthrocon room block!
You can still support Anthrocon by donating to the con charity, buying a supersponsorship, paying for the charity acts, volunteering time, etc.
I don't think a thread on hotel deals is going to hurt the convention when they sell out of rooms within minutes of opening them at con rate. While I agree you should support the con by waiting until the official opening (especially to avoid getting a fradulent room), a good deal is hard to pass off...!
Maybe I'm ignorant of how room blocks work, but why
would AC need to pay for them as long as they get filled?
I'm not an expert either, but I don't know if Anthrocon pays for room blocks. They deal with the hotels on the basis of how many rooms they oficially filled the previous year and use that as a bargaining chip for (often) a larger number of rooms at roughly the same price as the prior year.
BUT, what WOULD happen is that if hotels don't have their room blocks filled, they'll only offer smaller room blocks for the following year. That's just simple business sense. This goes on for a few years and the hotel doesn't offer us blocks anymore. Why should they? We can't fill the block.
THEN, since Anthrocon doesn't officially have attendees at those hotels, the shuttle bus no longer runs to them...
Obviously, this doesn't apply to the Westin or Courtyard which fill within minutes.
All the deals posted aren't for everyone. There are risks with the priceline deal and strings attached to the Hilton hotels. But you have to factor in the rising cost of the room block for lacking amenities, and the added inconvenience of a non-refundable deposit. Not saying there's no reason for all of that, but the marketplace in Pittsburgh is changing rapidly. At the end of the day, money and convenience will win over showing loyalty for such a large con.