Checked all the downtown hotels as soon as the price hit, and they were already all blacked out. Gen Con must have informed them before hand (not that I blame them in the slightest).
However, AirBnB has not had time to update their prices really, managed to snag a close by 2bd/2ba for ~ the price of a in-bloc hotel. Does have a 50% cancel fee, so beware, but its a decent enough backup.
I was able to get the Hampton Inn, but it might only be because I am a Diamond member (though it did not explicitly say I was using a "Diamond perk" which it usually does in those circumstances).
Similarly to KomoriDarkClaw though, I also feel like I got the best deal I have ever gotten on a hotel during the convention, so it made me wonder if this is a fact of post-COVID-19 life or if they somehow forgot to update all their rates for the convention (I will say the rooms were up to $350/night if you just tried to book the days of the convention, and the good deals only appeared with longer stays)
on priceline.com they have the best western plus for $134/night, free breakfast. a week ago when they announced the change, it was only $119/night and i snagged one. anyone have any experience with this?
Residence in Canal booked as a back-up
Residence Inn is pretty nice.
In a knee-jerk reaction, and probably just being used to the hotel crush in a normal year, I booked a room at Le Meridian on points. However, I realize the likelihood of it getting used is probably not very high given some of my gaming group probably won't make it, or won't be able to get a badge, and VIG status will make me want to stay somewhere else anyways.
FYI, for those who prefer Hilton properties: a few of them now show availability during the con dates. Not Embassy Suites though, so don't even bother checking. :p
Wow, you were not kidding; I am seeing rooms at everything BUT the Embassy Suites (though one of them is only because I am a Diamond member). Well, hey, good news is good news! Though sadly the "book for at least 7 days for a cheaper rate" trick is not working on any of them that I see, maybe they fixed that loophole for the convention, or maybe only the Hampton does that