P.S. They don't clean behind those beds because they don't expect people to move them. :p
That to me is what i consider excess price gouging. Much like say a hotel/motel charges 45 a night, but the weekend after a disaster where people are flooding out of the area, they jack it up to 200 a night... How is it THOSE kinds of 'price rises' for supply and demand get people arrested for, but not this type?
As for me and my hotelling. Since i don't work full time enough to be flush, i always GM the 8 slots needed for a 'compped' room. Even if i am sharing it with 3 other people. Of the past 5 Gencons i have been to, only 2 of them did i actually have the full 3 other people. One year i had only 1 other show up (the other 2 it was slated for decided to "camp out' with friends for the first night and never bothered leaving), the other 2 years, i had only 2 of the 3 show up (one was a late cancellation for medical reasons)..
I think we've decided we're not going next year, the anniversary craziness & stress means we'll likely go visit friends in Seattle and go to Pax Prime instead. No hotel fees, just the cost of the airfare & the tickets.
Good luck getting tickets to Pax Prime -- there's a limited number, and they sell out quickly.
We usually show on Wed. to get there, then rest up before the Con starts, so we're not tired from the long drive. We've years past would book a room for the Wed. night out side the DT block, something cheaper, but still nice, then shift over to the DT room. Saving a nice hunk of change for us.
Something to consider if you're booking a week long for Gencon. Book a seperate room further out, or even in an outlaying town for a fraction of the cost. Then shifting to the DT when the con kicks over.
The lottery can certainly be scary and it can be hard to get the exact room you want. I recommend keeping a list of the top hotels you are itnerested with you when housing opens and logging on right when the button comes live. Usually on the forums and Facebook group people will try and drop rooms to people who need them, so keep an ear to the ground.
Also, if you drive and wanna pinch some pennies you can usually get a hotel further away without issue.
This is my first year going.
If so, that is typical for them. They ususally keep a few rooms not in the block offering just for people looking to book outside the block and they double the price for them.
Staybridge looks to be selling rooms but they are southwest. I'm not sure that is the optimal location but the rooms looked nice. 600 a night was the double bedroom but they have $400 rooms listed. I was going to use it as a backup but I think I can get a good room with my badge.
You can try (in the future) to shoot for hotels not in the block as soon as they open up reservations (typically a 330 days - 1 year out). For instance, Homewood Suites has never been in the Gen Con block. Watch as new hotels come on line as they might have good deals (Homewood was much more affordable when it first opened).
Also look for hotels on the shuttle route. Even in driving distance can work - you could save enough to rent a car if you don't have one and pay for parking (although that can get scarce).
FYI, in 2016, Gen Con will not contract with prior shuttle providers. Instead, Gen Con is investigating other non-shuttle transportation options for attendees. Attendees are encouraged to find the transportation and parking needs that best suit their convention and housing plans.