Hi all,I know a lot of you are upset right now because you got times later in the evening. I totally get that. But I want to let you know that, if you don't get housing at a downtown hotel tomorrow, this does not mean you are shut out of downtown housing forever, and it does not mean your Gen Con is ruined. I promise you.
First, persistence pays off. After tomorrow, people will drop duplicate and unwanted rooms periodically, and they will show back up in the system. This always happens. Keep checking the housing link periodically; there are always people who book a few days, or even weeks, after housing opens, in really great downtown hotels. I've never seen this not happen.
Also, people WILL post here looking for people to share their rooms. That's a great way to save, while still getting the room that you prefer.
FURTHER, there are some interesting nontraditional options downtown, like AirBnB. I just checked, and there are options available nearby. I know some people have stayed at a close in BnB before. Look around, think about nonconventional options. You may find something great.
Finally, even if none of those work, I also promise that your Gen Con will not be ruined. With great convenient services like Lyft, you're a 10-15 minute car ride from a MUCH cheaper hotel, even considering the ride fees. I've had several days where I left my room at 8am, and didn't return until Midnight. Wouldn't have made a difference where my hotel room was on those days. Even making an extra trip back in the middle of the day for a nap, if you stay at an airport hotel, you're likely still saving quite a bit of money.
I completely 100 percent get wanting to be RIGHT THERE downtown, but people do still have a great time without being downtown. And I have never seen the entire city of Indianapolis sell out of hotels. There's still a place for you to stay in Indy.If you simply decide that, if you don't book a downtown hotel today you aren't going; that's absolutely your choice. I think you're selling yourself short; you're a gamer, you can find a way to get a room you want, or work with what you have. That's what we're all about. Be persistent, keep checking the system, and checking here, and other online services, and odds are, you'll get something you're happy with.
I wish you all the best of luck!
Gen Con LLC