When is it? I didn't get my badge yet, but guessing I can sign up for it after I do?
Badges go on sale Jan 29. Hotel lottery is a couple weeks after that.
Here's the information from the Housing and Travel Guide (in the drop-down menu for "Attendee Info"):
Attendee group housing registration will open at noon (Eastern) on February 12, 2023 (“opening day”). Starting on that day, attendees can visit the online Gen Con housing portal to review guest room inventory and request a room assignment. The link to access the housing portal is located on the “My Housing” page within each attendee’s Gen Con account. After a room assignment request has been submitted, the online system will process the request and email the room assignment acknowledgment to the attendee email address provided.Attendees can modify or cancel room assignments until housing registration closes at 11:59 pm (Eastern) on July 17, 2023 (the “closing date”). After housing registration closes, hotels will download final room assignments from the registration system, charge non-refundable deposits to guest credit cards, and issue hotel reservations confirming the room assignments. Until housing registration closes, the participating hotels will not have a record of attendees’ room assignments.
Also, everyone should note the following to avoid later frustration:
Important note: Badges must be purchased by Friday, February 10, 2023 to be included in the randomized access queue. Any customers who purchase badges after the randomized housing access times have been issued will be placed at the end of the initial queue.
so im not sure how this works exactly. this will be my fourth gencon, but weve always stayed a bit away from the ICC, but this year we really want to get a hotel thats connected via skybridge. is that highly unlikely and do they fill up immediately? doing the housing portal is completely new to me.
If you do not get one however you can check back as often as you want to see if a reservation opens up. They definitely do throughout the year.
As long as you don't confirm a new reservation you earlier one will stay in tact.
So, you *do* want to get online as soon as your time slot is available, but you *don't* have to worry about slamming that button the moment the housing portal opens!
I know it will vary, but how about much would a basic, connected hotel room cost? They mention that the block is discounted, but I'm wondering if the prices will be sky-high!
That is invaluable, thank you! Is it generally 3 or 4 people to a room?
On Sunday, I'll post a complete list of rooms and prices to the Fans of Gen Con Facebook group.
Thanks, I joined!
So if I understand correctly, we're not going to know our access times until noon on Feb. 12, rather than having them emailed to us ahead of time?
I kinda questioned if GC cut back on the number of rooms they booked for the housing block still anticipating that GC would have been at restricted attendance numbers that year.
Unfilled rooms in hotels that GC is also booking the use of banquet hall space is GC's responsibility to pay for. Part of the deal of getting better rates on hall space.
I think I got the last connected room at the Conrad with 1:03,someone else on the Facebook group got 1:04 and there were no connected hotels left.
2021 and 2022 were very weird years though. In 21 connected and downtown hotels never really sold out, which means either Gen Con booked fewer or the hotels didn't release as many. They also assigned more lottery slots to the first couple of hours which means whatever rooms there were appeared to sell out faster.
It'll be interesting to see how this year goes!
I would expect the connected hotels to all sell out, 21 and to an extent 22 were restricted years (either by number or due to mask/vax). With both of those lifted this year, I would expect to see a surge in number of people.