The good news is that we've got a room at the Staybridge just a 15 min walk to the front door of the center.
The bad news is that it's $480/night. I have certainly spent more on a hotel...but never a Staybridge.
That's about twice what I wanted to spend.
Is there any chance that housing downtown will open up in one of the nicer hotels nearby or attached or is what's done...done?
Yes, people do cancel, especially once the events open in May. You have to keep checking the portal, and look for posts here.
Alec Usticke, Fans of Gen Con Facebook Group
Our room at the Hampton is about the same price, outside of block. But I'd rather pay that, honestly, than stay out of downtown and have to rely on a rental car or Uber/Lyft. But that's me.
$10 per ticket plus 5% per event ticket.
It ends up costing me $20 to find out that I lost the lottery.
Meh. I've had worse things happen. Will see what I can turn up.
I was $2,000 - $2,500 interested in 4 days of gaming...I am not $4,000-$5,000 interested.
Flight...food...fiddly bits... it all adds up.
You dont have to rely on the housing block. I never do .
FYI, I just checked Marriott's site and I found several hotel within 15 miles of DT that have standard rates starting at $141 per night. Buy the parking pass from Gate 10 and arrive early. The last 3 years this is what we did. I was able to get DT rooms this year. However I was also able to get special rates at the Hampton through Costco.
IF you are willing to drive 20 minutes and park you can still get good rooms
There is no need to stay downtown. Save the extra $1,000 to $1,500 that you are talking about and rent a car (if you are flying into town) and park in any one of the many parking garages around the convention center. Parking will run between $22 and $30 a day plus whatever deal you can get on the rental car and then a cheaper (much cheaper) hotel 6 to 15 miles away.
I know this is said over and over again, but lack of a downtown hotel should not ruin a trip to GenCon. I have stayed downtown a total of once in the past and now this year due to a lucky lottery slot and I have enjoyed every visit. It takes a little more planning.
Tired? Go to your car or rest in a chair in a hotel or convention center, there are tons of places to rest in both.
Purchase something? Go drop it off in your car.
I am not trying to convince anyone of anything or say anything that has not been said a million times, but GenCon is what you make of it and not just what happens to fall into your lap via housing lottery.
I have tried the: get a room way out and drive in shuffle. You're right! It works and can be a little bit of an adventure! Rental car is $100/day depending on discounts. So that works out to $150/day with taxes and parking. I'll add it to the list of maybes. May even be able to drive the 8 hours instead of fly. Dunno. Need to put that into the bucket and see what the wife is up for.
Also, make an account on www.openhotelalert.com if you haven’t already. It runs periodic searches for specific hotel room availability and shoots you an email when one is found. It isn’t perfect, but it saves a lot of trouble monitoring hotel sites and aggregators.
This is for ppl considering rooms outside the GC “block,” if that wasn’t clear.