When to begin reserving your hotel room
A lot of folks have been asking, so here is the official timetable for hotel reservations:
WESTIN SUITE reservations may be made starting Monday, January 7. Remember, that is suites only. Those are the large rooms and multi-room setups.
SUPERSPONSORS will be invited to begin reserving their rooms at all hotels starting at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 30th. Both an email and a snail-mail notice will be sent to all supersponsors with instructions for reserving their rooms on or about January 20th.
GENERAL HOTEL RESERVATIONS for all hotels for all attendees will commence at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 1. Note that this is one day earlier than our usual opening on Groundhog Day, which falls this year on a Saturday. Note too that we are choosing 11:00 AM due to pleas from our friends on the West Coast of the USA who had trouble waking up before dawn.
Remember, we have added a full 100 rooms at the Marriott Hotel across the street from the Doubletree. This brings our total room count to well over 1000, which is more hotel rooms than we could ever posfnglreer$44
For those who did not understand the last word of Kage's message, it is the sound he made when the rest of the Board members simultaneously strangled him...
*Puts away the baseball bat with cockroach-knuckle imprints on it* Yes. Strangling. And nothing else.
Since someone will want to know...
Suites for the other hotels...
Are there any, and if so, are they treated exactly the same as
normal rooms for the same hotel for the purpose of when to reserve them?
For the Westin Suites will we be emailing you Uncle Kage?
Yes. Suites at other hotels are handled the same as regular rooms. Only suites at the Westin need to go through Anthrocon.
Does this go for current Supersponsors and Last years Supersponsors or just this years Supers?
This only applies to Westin suites, and the same rule applies for everyone there.
No, the early release on the westin.
Only those people who have registered as supersponsors for this year will be able to reserve hotel rooms starting on January 30th. This applies to the regular rooms only. Suites will be handled through Anthrocon as has been before and will be the same for anyone who is registered for AC.
Just to be sure, what's the correct email address to contact you for suite requests?
this is going to make a lot of attendees unhappy. with supersponcers getting first dibs on rooms
Any attendee may be a Supersponsor if they so choose (For $195 through Dec 31st, $200 Jan 1st and after).
We're trying out this as a perk for the membership level.
A) This is NOT going to make a lot of attendees unhappy.
They will still be registering a day earlier, the other attendees.
The only thing this will do will make Courtyard/Westin quads a bit
harder to get-but they're already hard to get so nobody should be
counting on them. There's a LOT of hotel rooms easy walking distance.
Few attendees will actually be affected.
B) Any attendee who has issues about this should get over themself.
The Supersponsor is paying MORE so that attendee can pay LESS.
(Low attending memberships is partly subsidized by Supersponsors,
AC is saying "thank you" (which the attendee never did) by giving
them a 24-hour lead. That's NOT that big a lead, and it's NOT that
Anyone who wants the same perk can pony up the same amount of money.
some people will want any and all perks but want to do nothing to
EARN those perks.
Frankly, anyone who gets butthurt about this, I hope they decide
NOT to go to AC. AC is a big convention, and won't miss much
if a drama-llama decides to stay at home. (Or 100 drama-llamas,
for that matter.) In fact, the Dorsai and staff would probably
APPRECIATE it if the people most likely to be uncooperative at
AC all decided to get offended and stay home. AC would run that
Please note I'm only giving my opinion. I'm not staff nor Dorsai,
nor a spokesperson for either.
48 hours, actually. Wednesday at 11:00 AM versus Friday at 11:00 AM.
As one of the Supersponsors, I can't comment on the early registration: I'm admittedly biased. I'll only say that it's an appreciated perk... but, as has been pointed out, it's available to anyone. Anyone willing to pump some extra money into the con realizing that they're not going to get a heck of a lot extra back for it. Not trying to be nasty here, but the perks of being a Supersponsor don't come anywhere close to the extra $150 we pay. We do it for various reasons. I do it because I can. Because I enjoy Anthrocon. Because I want to see Anthrocon continue to grow and improve, even into the non-existant attendee range above 5,999. Because I know that the average attendee is around 23 and may not have the income I do. That person may have to share a room to afford it: I pay for my room on my own.
I speak only for myself. That's why I Supersponsor. I help out other ways, by posting things that I know (or can make educated guesses at) on this board. BlackJack does likewise: that's why he has that Contributor badge under his icon. You know how you get one? Somebody else has to suggest you for one: suggesting yourself is a guaranteed denial. Then it's examined by 'people in authority' who decide whether that person really does merit it. I don't know if anyone else did so, but I suggested BlackJack be given the Contributor's Badge. I've never regretted that suggestion.
Just to clarify on the times posted by Uncle Kage the times listed are for the Eastern Time Zone. You will need to adjust accordingly depending on what time zone you are in.
Hmm... deleted my comment, I completely misread this comment.
nevermind me >.>
Where can one get information on the suites (convention prices, etc), or is it too early? My party is considering several options this year, and we'd like to have our minds made up before the big rush to reserve.
http://www.anthrocon.org/node/7471/general-hotel-reservations-begin-february-2-suites-westin-available-now has information from LAST YEAR. This year, similar can be expected; it's too early for further details yet.
And to verify, we have to email Kage our request to be placed on the Westin suite list right?
As stated in replies 3 + 4 above, yes. To get a suite in the Westin, you must go through Anthrocon, which in this case means you contact Kage by e-mail. If you want a suite in any other hotel, you just contact the hotel in question. I will say that suite prices in hotels other than the Westin have never been mentioned here, to the best of my knowledge.
The prices for, and descriptions of, the Westin suites will probably be posted a day or two before suite reservations open on January 7.
Sent my email yesterday, but just making sure as I'm doing this for a group and I don't want to disappoint. Reservations have been good last two years I've done this, lets go for a thrid.
So I've been to two ACs so far. My first I reserved really late and last minute and it was my first con, ended up having to drive 10mi to/from the con to stay at some other pittsburgh hotel. Wasn't fun.
Last year I managed to get in at the Westin and it was perfect.
While I'm doing better financially than I have been for the past two ACs, I'm still not in a position where I can afford to go SuperSponsor. I am doing sponsorship this year though.
As a result I'm in a situation where I realize I must plan for the worst, and that would be getting a room at either the Omni or Doubletree -- both pretty far walks from the DLCC, at least when in fursuit.
I am a fursuiter, and will be having a full body fursuit this year at AC for the first time. I know full well my stamina is not good while in suit, and thus walking to/from one of the distant hotels to the convention every time I want to fursuit or take it off for a bit isn't really an option for me.
No doubt this is something people put up with quite a bit from year to year, so I ask, how do others deal with this? I hear some people leave their suits in a friend's room at the Westin for changing purposes, but I don't really know that many people in the fandom (I'm slowly starting to, but I've only been doing this for two years now).
What other suggestions would people have for reducing the strain on my own body, assuming I get one of the distant hotels, and also ensuring security for my fursuit and posessions?
Appreciate any suggestions.
EDIT - Has any thought been given by the convention staff into providing some sort of changing area for fursuiters, similar to how two headless lounges are provided? Perhaps with security present to deter any thefts (though honestly, fursuits seem an unlikely target for theft seeing as how they could never be used again, but regardless it's definitely a concern)
Just keep in mind that if your not gonna be rooming at the Westin this year, recommened yourself to post a ACform about other fursuiters/attendees to help you walk across certain streets. And as for the Westin Im quite dissapointed about their showers. I mean STicks to turn on the water foucets!? If you choose the Omin(cause I stayed there in 2011) Its Luxuary and makes you never leave LOL!
Will there be online reservations for the Omni this year? I hate having to make phone calls to North America - not only for the cost, but there's often a lot of noise on the line and I can hardly understand what the other person says.
For the range of dates available on Hotel Res'...
Would I be able to reserve a room at the Westin from July 3rd through the 8th?
That should be no problem. The AC room blocks normally go from the Tuesday before the con to the Tuesday after the con. That would be July 2 - July 9 this coming year.
Okay, just pre-registered for Supersponsor and PM'd Kage my Westin suite question. I can't locate his email, so I hope to hear back from him soon. Merry Christmas and Happy 2013, everyfur!!
If you go to the link in Reply #12, I found this...
In order to secure a suite, you must send an email to ceo(at)anthrocon.org with the phrase WESTIN SUITE REQUEST in the subject line. Once again: send an email, not a private message. Include the full (real) name that the reservation will be under, and – very important – include your Anthrocon 2012 membership number which was sent to you by email when you submitted your registration. We will send you back an email with instructions on how to go about reserving a suite through our special contact at the Westin.
...should I assume the email in last years instructions is the correct one to use this time?
It should be safe to use; but sending emails before the January 7th opening is not likely to give you any sort of jump on things.
Ah! Thanks, Salem. Gonna do that now.
Ok. I am shooting for the Marriot across the street. Has anyone stayed there before? And does anyone have a room suggestion for there? I am reserving a room for four furries.
A polite recommendation: Have a backup hotel. The Marriot is likely to sell out very quickly, and may be sold out before general availability; doubles (rooms with four beds) will be the first to go.
Would it make a difference if I was a supersponsor to get the ability to reserve a room early?
It might. Remember that Supersponsors will get two days head start on reserving rooms this year. However, availability depends on what percentage of the Supersponsors want the Courtyard, and that's not something Anthrocon can predict.
For me, I would only be after a two bed room.
Supersponsors will indeed have first go at hotel availability! It will help your chances greatly for the type and location of hotel room you wish to be a Supersponsor.
Ok. I registered as a supersponsor two days ago just to be able to get the room at the Marriott but did not know what my chances were still. Thank you for the info. ^^. Has anyone stayed at the Marriott? How nice or big are the rooms? I have only stayed at the doubletree.
I've stayed at the Courtyard. The only real difference that they have from typical hotel rooms are higher ceilings, 10-12 feet... and that's because it was apparently converted from another original use. Other than that, they are typical good hotel rooms: enough room for two beds, a chest of drawers, a desk, a TV and a bathroom. The 'advantage' of the Courtyard is that it's quieter since there are fewer furries wandering around. Of course, that can also be considered a disadvantage as well.
Ah, well for me I don't mind quieter. I plan on fursuiting for the first time and this hotel comes reccomended to me by a friend.
Just remember if you're fursuiting: the Westin is directly connected to the Convention Center by a Skybridge, which means you can get back and forth in air-conditioning. The Courtyard, while close, is not connected in this way. You will have to walk outside in the heat/humidity/possible rain.
Would you reccomended the Westin instead? When do we send in a reservation to AC if we would rather room there?
I'm not a fursuiter, I'm just quoting things that have been said by them. 'Reccommending' a specific hotel isn't really valid. Thay all have advantages and disadvantages. The Westin is loaded with furries, it's connected by the Skybridge, the Zoo and all other con facilities are easily accessible, fursuiters get priority to the elevators. None of that happens at the other hotels.
The other hotels don't usually have as much going on. They're quieter and usually no elevator lines, but they aren't directly connected to the Convention Center. And, with the exception of the Courtyard, they're all further away, These last two points are why the Westin is preferred by fursuiters: it can get hot in Pittsburgh in July and that enclosed walk to the Westin can be greatly appreciated.
Hehe all right. Your advice is very much appreciated. ^^. I think I will try for the Westin then. Only after a two bed suite though. ^^
A two-bed suite or a two-bed room? There's a difference: the suite will be roomier but will cost considerably more. The suites will be available starting the week of January 7 and, because of the extra cost, they don't usually sell out completely for some weeks. The two-bed rooms at the Westin will sell out within minutes of room opening on February 1.
My goal was the latter, a two bed room. I will have to be on my toes. If not, there are other hotels.
I'm taking what has been said above that I need to send email to ceo(at)anthrocon.org with the title WESTIN SUITE REQUEST with full real name and Badge Number in order to receive instructions by email on getting Suites at the Westin
If I do not send this request, I will not receive this information....correct?
Just sent that email so I'll find out soon enough, I guess.
Question on the above where it is said...
doubles (rooms with four beds)
...is it really 4 single beds for 4 people or is it really 2 King/Queen beds for 4 and does this go for both the Westin and Marriott?
...is it really 4 single beds for 4 people or is it really 2 King/Queen beds for 4 and does this go for both the Westin and Marriott?
In the Westin it is two double beds. The Courtyard I believe it is 2 queen beds.
As for suite reservations Uncle Kage will post a thread when those open up. In order to reserve a suite you will need to email Uncle Kage at the ceo(at)anthrocon.org for instructions on how to reserve the suite. You will not be able to reserve those without contacting Uncle Kage first.
My error! A Double room has two beds (Either Double or Queen), where a single has one bed, usually a Queen or King.
No partner hotels offer four single beds to a room. ..if they did, they'd probably clean up at Anthrocon, but it's not something most travellers want.
I emailed Kage the other day. Got my fingers crossed. ^^