Hotel rates and information for 2012
Our hotels will all begin to accept reservations starting at 9:00 AM EST on February 2, 2012. Here is the information that you have been waiting for. Note that all rates are per-night for up to 4 people and do not include 14% state and local tax, and all require a non-refundable pre-payment of 1 night's room and tax at time of reservation. All hotels are within a 5-minute walk of the front door of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, while the Westin itself is connected.
ANTHROCON'S FLEET OF HOTELS FOR 2012:
Westin: (1000 Penn Ave - Flagship hotel): $140
Courtyard: (945 Penn Ave): $139
Omni: (530 William Penn Place): $139
Doubletree (One Bigelow Square): $132, Suite $169
Hampton (1247 Smallman St): $169, Studio $199 (Both include parking, internet and breakfast at no additional charge)
We are expecting very heavy server loads on February 2. There is nothing we can do about that and we apologize in advance if our response is slow that morning. Please do not hammer rapidly on the "Refresh" key; it will only make it worse.
ok i was gonna say last night that i dont know the prices for this year yet lol but i do now
are those figures with tax added, or base line?
Those prices do not include tax. Expect about another $20 per night in taxes.
rougly 14% if i'm remembering correctly. just wanted to be sure so i can get the right numbers ^^
14% is correct
I think, if you look at what I wrote in the first paragraph, I included the words "Note that all rates are per-night for up to 4 people and do not include 14% state and local tax"
oh, sorry. derp moment there on my part ^^; i tend to skim sometimes when i read
Estimated prices with (current) taxes added
Westin: (1000 Penn Ave - Flagship hotel): $140 + tax = $159.60 per night
Courtyard: (945 Penn Ave): $139 + tax = $158.46 per night.
Omni: (530 William Penn Place): $139 + tax = $158.46 per night.
Doubletree (One Bigelow Square): $132 + tax = $150.48 per night
Doubletree Suite $169 + tax = $192.66 per night.
Hampton (1247 Smallman St): $169 + tax = $192.66 per night.
Hampton Studio $199 + tax = $226.86 per night.
Last year I was recommended to pay the opening $155 fee for Thursday night at the Omni. I believe they said it was a security deposit, so I assume that would be the 158 dollar rate if im correct.
i hope the last post i did on here posted, cause the page is messing up on me now and its blank in parts i did the figuring of the rate with tax and car storage rates for 4 days
I actually had to delete it; I could not get to any of the admin controls on the page. Whatever you did...ah, please don't do it again.
I hate doing math when it comes to this stuff, its one of those situations as well as math at restaurants. hehe
sorry for the problem. all i did was copy and past from excel to this for the rates with tax and all the other stuff from the hotels. heres what i got.
hotel rate car storage total w/o tax tax grand total
$140 $35 14.9%
4 days 4 days
$560 $140 $700 $104.30 $804.30
thats just some ruff price guess that i did. some prices could be wrong but it should help i hope. and agine sorry for the mess that happend.
Are we given a code number from registering for Anthrocon to enter at the hotels' websites when making our reservation? (to get the discount prices listed in the OP above)
Also, I hear the Westin sells out fairly quickly. Do the remaining hotel affiliates do as well?
The Westin and the Courtyard shall sell out very promptly. The Doubletree and Omni have taken over a month to sell out completely inthe past, but.. each year is a new year with fresh adventures.
The Hampton Inn is a new partner hotel this year. We have no idea how promptly those rooms shall sell.
I've already calculated what time the westin opens for bookings in the aussie timezone (AEST +10) and I believe it to be exactly 12am the 3rd of feb.... now to setup an auto complete for the forms that need to be filled out when booking a room on the website for the westin.
I've already calculated what time the westin opens for bookings in the aussie timezone (AEST +10) and I believe it to be exactly 12am the 3rd of feb...
Don't forget to factor in that you are on the other side of the international dateline, and as such a day ahead of us - this can be confusing for anything occuring at Midnight, your time.
Calculate it a couple times, just to be sure that you have the right midnight!
Hey - that might make an interesting SciFi title - "The Right Midnight"!
I would imagine the Hampton would sell out last being the most expensive.
But the Hampton's prices include parking (the only "free" parking in the downtown area), internet and breakfast. We imagine it will be very popular with people who will drive down and eat breakfast while sitting at the computer.
I`m not saying its not a good value when you add in the other things you get. Im just saying after the Westin most furs go by price.I go by which hotel I like best.If I was driving though I`d consider it.
expensive, yes, buuuut - free parking! (and breakfast)
And yes, there will be links on this site directly to the web page of each hotel with the group number already filled in.
I forget does the Westin have free wi-fi or not?
I had wifi access without much issue last year.
Do the hotels have high-speed internet access?
The Westin provides "wired" high-speed internet access in the rooms through Wayport for a small fee per day. They also have wireless access which offers a slower connection, but which is free. "The Courtyard offers free "wired" access in its rooms. The Doubletree offers free wireless access in its rooms. We still plan to be providing our usual Internet Room through the courtesy of Tigerden Internet Services, however.
When reservations open up on Feb 2...
1. Is using the internet the preferred (or only) way of making a hotel reservation for Anthrocon, or can you optionally use the telephone instead? If one method is better, that is the one I want to use.
2. If we can reserve by telephone, do we call the main desk of the hotel of our choice to book it, or another special number?
The Main desk is fine or reservations you should say
If you're nervous about reserving online or have really, really specific questions for the hotel, I'd reserve by phone. Otherwise, I'd reserve online.
So long as the servers hold up, lots of people can be reserving per hotel in the first hour online. How many people do you think are available per hotel to handle the phone, and how long are you willing to wait on hold at long-distance rates before it's your turn?
* positions Dippy bird over F5 key *
Hahahaha, at least you're giving him a heads up!
Thanks for the answers to my questions, everyone. Your're all awesome.
so we would use what website address to register for th Westin on the 2nd
I thank you Kage for helping us with reserving a hotel room since this is so important to many of us after all ALL Furries should go to Anthrocon one time in their lives at least
At 9 AM on February 2, we will publish all of the information that is needed to get a hotel room on our hotel page (which is currently not available since it's not time yet). There will also be an announcement on our home page saying something like, "OMG hotels ready now click here I'm gonna hide!"
The hotel page will point to other pages that will have links that you can click to make your reservation, and also phone numbers that you can call. At this time we do not know which one will be able to handle the traffic best without slowing down, our servers or the hotel's switchboard. Every year it is an adventure for us.
Thank you for the heads up everyone. It's great to see a good conversation on the hotels, escpecially for those of us who are coming in from out of state (Idaho, anyone?). In any case, this is a great article and I shall reference it many times currently.
One question I do have, if I were to use the debit card for the hotel now, would the hold be placed on that, or is that only at check-in? And, can we split it between a debit now (credit issues) and a credit card later?
Thanks in advance to everyone who helps out on this.
They should only take out a single night's charge and not place a hold on the entire amount at this point. Just like they don't charge your credit for the whole amount until June.
You certainly CAN use any card/payment method you want when you check in, regardless of how you paid for the first night when you booked.
The hotels want to get paid as easily as possible. They're flexible as long as that is the main point.
So, you can use a debit or credit card NOW for the reservation and first night, and either at the front desk to check in to secure the room (the "hold" for sundries and possible damages), and the hotel is fine. They're even fine switching which card is used DURING your stay- just as long as they get paid or can get the payment instantly if needed.
(I've used one card for the reservation, one for payment, and one for the security one year, and another year switched which card was used as the security so one person could go home early and another could stay and pay for any NEW charges if he wanted to charge something to the room. The hotels were fine so long as all cards were valid and had money.)
Last year WHen I was at the Omni Penn, 1. I had to pay like $155 bucks by mastercard for the first night(opening deposit). 2. When I arrived at the hotels front desk, I payed in cash of 200 dollars. Two days later, a security withdrew of 520 dollars or as some of you might say a "HOLD" took charged. WHen I got home I was left with only 30-35 dollars. For those of you who are pretty new at this, if going and rooming by youself, I would at least carry at least 1200 dollars or more. Unless youre sharing and slitting a bill
The one night deposit should come out right away from whatever card you put down. You're then free to use whatever payment method you choose at check-in to cover the remaining fee and the security deposit of sorts that covers any incidental charges that might occur. I've paid cash in the past without problem at the Westin, though they do prefer cards whenever possible.
I think the Westin prefers a card at the front desk to pay because that's only ONE step (record card for security while billing it for the room) rather than two (pay cash for the room and THEN record card for security.) As long as they're logging a card for anything unforseen, they're ok with cash for the room. They've even been ok with a cash deposit covering the room rather than a card, but that means you need to carry MORE cash and probably get a check in the mail a week after checkout so they can confirm you didn't charge things on your way out.
I usually stay at the Courtyard: I see no reason to take a room that a fursuiter might need more than myself. However, the first year I was in Pittsburgh, I did stay at the Westin. (This was before the one-night deposit requirement.) I registered using the same card I'd used to reserve the room... and then paid them cash that would cover all but about five bucks of the room cost. (Barring incidentals like watching a movie or room service.) They didn't seem to have any objection to doing that, although I might have hit them at a slack moment...
I should have asked this before. I dont plan on useing a debit card to check in, only to regesiter/pre-order what ever the hotel on Feb 2. Is it still under the same holding problem as the link talks about?
Edit: If what Sage Firefox
You can use a debit OR credit card to reserve the room and pay the first night. When you arrive and check in, you can use any debit OR credit card to pay for the room, or use cash. You will also need to either leave a large cash deposit at the desk, or leave info for any credit or debit card for the security/sundries. If you want to avoid the "hold", you can use a debit card for all the other stuff, and a credit card for the "hold".
Is there a field on the Westin's reservation site where you can show proof your with Anthrocon (badge #, etc) and thus are eligable for the discount rate? Ty in advance. :3
No, it's not practical to do that. We do not require folks to register before getting a hotel room, although they must register at some point, even if it is onsite.
You show your eligibility by clicking from here and following the prompts. The required number is pre-entered in the webpage, IIRC, if you follow from the links at this site (once they open 2/2.)
If they don't enter, reload the page and try again.
Can we reserve the hotel before registering for the convention?
Yes. You will need to register for Anthrocon at some point; Pre-registration is open through June 1st (And is such a good idea. Pre-register.)
I was going to regesiter for the hotel first. I was wondering if to get the Anthrocon prices for the hotels I have to be pre-registered for the con.