We love The Hyatt Regency so after getting home today I checked 2020 availability and it is already sold out! So I needed to book out of block sometime last week before I even left for the convention? Do rooms ever open up over the course of the year or is just luck of the housing draw again?
There is a number to call. Depending on which DT Hyatt it’s 317-762-8000 or 9000
To guarantee someone stays, they block out most of the rooms not booked by points / value members and anyone booking it must be placed in a queue of some kind.
All Indy DT hotels do this in one way or another to setup the housing lottery as well.
They're not sold out, they haven't been made available yet. Hotels don't tend to make reservations a full year in advance. And they may not have negotiated yet how many rooms to promise to the Gen Con block.
This year's Hyatt rooms went on sale the day after Gen Con's housing lottery.
I posted about this somewhere else too, but Hilton properties seem to be already gearing up for 2020 in terrifying new ways, like Embassy Suites raising their out-of-block rates to $999/night, which I called to ask about assuming it had to be a mistake, and it was not.
I will definitely check again in a month or so, but I have booked this earlier (or earlier) before with no problems and not nearly such an outlandish rate, haha.
Yup, most hotels start opening up reservations a little less than a year in advance, but it varies by chain and also by hotel. I reserved my room for 2020 at the Holiday Inn downtown exactly 50 weeks in advance, but the Crowne Plaza did not have those dates open yet and I have yet to see out-of-block availability for the Holiday Inn Express even though the dates were available to select at the same time as the Holiday Inn. It is still somewhat early so things may still pop up. I haven't really been checking as diligently since I have a room now, but last I saw, the out-of-block rate for a standard room at the Holiday Inn started at $360/night and $479/night at the Crowne Plaza without rewards.
RVshare.com is showing Indiana rates of $125/night to rent an RV. Just sayin.
At this point, if you're not wanting to risk the lottery, it might even be cheaper to hire an Uber to drive you around for 6 hours and just sleep in the back :) (don't do that, no shower)
PSA - A few rooms just opened up in the downtown Hilton for $250! if you're a Hilton honors member. They also opened up on Priceline, but you have to pay in full and if you cancel, they keep a night's payment. The Honors reservation can be cancelled without penalty.
This means a couple of rooms opened up in the Airport Hampton Inn because I cancelled our reservation there. :)
Thank you for the heads up.
I got one today for $303. One king bedroom suite. Better than the $400+ room the Conrad had.
Let's see if these stick, or they get cancelled again like the Embassy Suites a couple years ago...
Wait, what happened with the Embassy Suites? I always make a reservation there eleven or so months in advance (well, except this year, as again it is $999/night currently) and never had a problem with it getting cancelled.
Though I just checked again and I see now it is listed as $319/night; what the heck, guys, you promised me when I called in August that $999/night was accurate :/
Edit: Oh good, when I try to book it is actually showing $500/night and requiring payment up-front. That is more like it!
The Embassy Suites ended up canceling everyone's reservation who booked it directly. They said it was a pricing error or some BS. Since then, I've never seen their rooms available outside of the block. I did hear people say that those who booked on hotels.com still were able to keep their reservations (don't know if that's actually true or not).
They have rooms listed at $395 per night on the Hilton honors website right now.
"The housing portal is a mess! All of the hotels anywhere near the convention center sold out in 30 minutes! People who made reservations were told at the end of the process, "Sorry, but while you were busy typing in your information, your selected hotel sold out"! All of this makes me want to go to Origins in 2020."
Oh, wait...that IS Origins 2020. Seriously, the convention switched to a single portal system for 2020, and it's split between "I had no problems getting my hotel room" and "I had nothing but problems, and ended up miles away (if they got a room at all)."