OFFICIAL HOUSING QUESTIONS THREAD
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Posted by hawkeye

Marimacc,

Will there be a sub-forum for "looking for room" and "exchange" posts?

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Posted by marimaccadmin

I was going to make a couple of specific threads for that tomorrow, if you think it would be helpful.

Posted by eiryu

So I've never managed to make it into the GenCon houseing block before. Is it really going to fill up in a matter of hours?

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Posted by marimaccadmin eiryu

eiryu wrote:
So I've never managed to make it into the GenCon houseing block before. Is it really going to fill up in a matter of hours?

I have to be honest, yes.  8 years ago, you could come on the day AFTER and get a hotel. Downtown.  No problem.

Gen Con has become SOO much more popular, and that's great, but of course it makes getting housing downtown much harder.

We've had crazy increased demand the past few years.  I honestly would not be surprised for all rooms in the block, downtown, and not downtown, to be "sold out" within a few hours.

Now, I put "sold out" in quotes, because people always overbook, and have to drop rooms later.  If you keep an eye on the forums, and on the hotel website, and be persistent, you have a good chance of getting something.  

Posted by austicke eiryu

eiryu wrote:
So I've never managed to make it into the GenCon houseing block before. Is it really going to fill up in a matter of hours?

Downtown hotels, yes. Outlying hotels, no.

Posted by hawkeye marimaccadmin

marimaccadmin wrote:
I was going to make a couple of specific threads for that tomorrow, if you think it would be helpful.
it certainly helps a lot on the old forums to have them in a separate board. It keeps the main board cleaner and easier for everyone to find what they are looking for.

Posted by del_grande eiryu

eiryu wrote:
So I've never managed to make it into the GenCon houseing block before. Is it really going to fill up in a matter of hours?

If I remember correctly, last year the downtown hotels filled up in 90 minutes.  However, a number of people discovered a glitch in the system (if you signed up for your badge after the housing portal opened, you were given immediate access) that reportedly has been fixed, so it may take a little longer this year, but don't expect there to be any downtown hotel rooms available after 2 PM Eastern.  There should be posts here and on GenCon's Facebook page when the downtown hotels are filled.

As Austicke said above, the problem is only with downtown hotels.  I don't think any of the other hotels ever sell out - certainly not in the first day that the portal is open.  Keep in mind, however, that if you don't have a car with you, those non-downtown hotels are all a rather expensive taxi ride away (assuming the stories about there not being a shuttle service this year are true), although if you plan it right, you can get a hotel near a bus stop, which is only a $1.75 trip to downtown, but you should check the schedule at IndyGo.net, as that hotel that's 20 miles away might be on a bus route that takes an hour to get downtown.
 

Posted by garhkal austicke

austicke wrote:
sfprincess wrote:
Are the parking fees for the downtown hotels per overnight or for the entire stay?  Do they generally have in and out privileges?

Parking fees (overnight) are listing on the hotel page.

And as to which have in/out privelages or not, i would best check with the individual hotels..

 

Posted by lisakrich

How does the VIG hotel block work for those that did not buy hotels at pre-registration? Are they a subset of all the campuses? Same type of lottery with assigned times after noon?

Posted by stryck

Did the definition of skywalk change, or did they build more skywalks? Seeing a few places on the "map" page (spoiler: it's not a map, it's a list) that used to have a distance in blocks (I think) that now say Skywalk**.

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Posted by marimaccadmin stryck

stryck wrote:
Did the definition of skywalk change, or did they build more skywalks? Seeing a few places on the "map" page (spoiler: it's not a map, it's a list) that used to have a distance in blocks (I think) that now say Skywalk**.

No and No.  What are the specific hotels you have questions about?  Here's a nice skywalk map:

http://cdn.visitindy.com/map/DTSkywalkMap_c010413.pdf

Posted by ticktack stryck

stryck wrote:
Did the definition of skywalk change, or did they build more skywalks? Seeing a few places on the "map" page (spoiler: it's not a map, it's a list) that used to have a distance in blocks (I think) that now say Skywalk**.
Not that I can see, although I guess it depends on how far back you're talking. I know after they knocked down the RCA dome and built on the new expansion to the ICC, the Crowne Plaza got a nifty skywalk connection.

Posted by repto

Just a comment:  I bought 5 "adult" badges for my family (3 teens, ranging in age from 12-18). The thought of having rooms in two separate hotels strikes fear into this mom's heart.  With luck--and fast typing skills--on my side, I hope get two rooms in the same location. What happens if I fail?

Posted by a dark rider on a pale ... unicorn? repto

repto wrote:
Just a comment:  I bought 5 "adult" badges for my family (3 teens, ranging in age from 12-18). The thought of having rooms in two separate hotels strikes fear into this mom's heart.  With luck--and fast typing skills--on my side, I hope get two rooms in the same location. What happens if I fail?

If you fail to get both rooms in the same hotel, it shouldn't be too bad - All you'd need is to find someone willing to switch rooms, and there's a whole subforum dedicated to that sort of thing.

Posted by suburbaknght repto

repto wrote:
Just a comment:  I bought 5 "adult" badges for my family (3 teens, ranging in age from 12-18). The thought of having rooms in two separate hotels strikes fear into this mom's heart.  With luck--and fast typing skills--on my side, I hope get two rooms in the same location. What happens if I fail?
As Marian said, get the hotel anyway.  There are always people willing to trade.

Posted by hawkeye lisakrich

lisakrich wrote:
How does the VIG hotel block work for those that did not buy hotels at pre-registration? Are they a subset of all the campuses? Same type of lottery with assigned times after noon?
Yes, you will need to wait until you are allowed access to the housing portal. Since you have a VIG badge you will be selecting a room from a different pool than anyone with a 4-Day badge. Most, if not all the downtown hotels are in the VIG housing block. However since you didn't book during pre-registration you will only be able to book 1 room now.

Posted by lisakrich hawkeye

hawkeye9723 wrote:
lisakrich wrote:
How does the VIG hotel block work for those that did not buy hotels at pre-registration? Are they a subset of all the campuses? Same type of lottery with assigned times after noon?
Yes, you will need to wait until you are allowed access to the housing portal. Since you have a VIG badge you will be selecting a room from a different pool than anyone with a 4-Day badge. Most, if not all the downtown hotels are in the VIG housing block. However since you didn't book during pre-registration you will only be able to book 1 room now.
Thanks for the reply

Posted by flailbear

I've only used the  "quick and the dead" system of old and didn't go last year due to fear of the lottery.  Do I need to hit refresh repeatedly at go time like years past or will it just automatically pop up? (I watched the youtube tutorial but wanted to clarify). Thanks!

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Posted by marimaccadmin

No, it will change automatically.

Posted by flailbear marimaccadmin

marimaccadmin wrote:
No, it will change automatically.
Thanks!

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