A few years ago, there were hotels under $200/night downtown. Now they're all $200+. It's just nuts and not much fun anymore.
Wow! I guess the email that went out on 2/1/22 at 5:04 PM EST that said in BIG BOLD letters was not clear enough.
OP I get it your upset, but Gen Con does tends to OVER communicate via multiple channels on this topic.
If it's any conciliation I bought my badge weeks ago and still got a 2:59 PM slot. Then again I get my room, if I need one, outside of the block
There are 33,000 rooms in the Indy Metro, but only 7900 of those are withing downtown aka walking distance.
I know there is nothing that anyone can say or do to change the anger you feel, but you cannot blame Gen Con for lack of communication on this topic.
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Your other statements about checking back with the portal to pick up a room being impossible are factually incorrect though. Bitter pill - but still true. I - and many others - have picked up downtown hotels multiple years in a row by checking the portal before work, on lunch, after work and before bed every year that I've wanted one. It takes persistence, it is not guaranteed, but it can be done.
FWIW, I bought a badge day one within minutes of them being available and my wife and I got times of 3:07 and 3:08. /shrug. With limited supply, a lottery is the only way to manage this fairly. No other strategy is going to be completely fair and unbiased.
Good luck with whatever you choose to do with Gen Con this year.
That being said, I'm pretty sure rooms somewhere will open up if you keep an eye on it. If not, I'll bet that you old find a reasonably priced room out of block if it's not downtown.
Fortunately, I imagine the sell-out will prompt both sides back to add in more to the block before long.
You're not screwed.
Yeah. This was a crazy year. Downtown Hotels are always tricky to get -- but the Housing Portal has never sold out before. Obviously, could not have predicted that.
I'm still optimistic that Gen Con is going to negotiate more rooms into the block. With hotels not selling out last year, I'm sure many were hesitant to commit supply to the housing block. Hopefully, that will open up.
Less properties at the beginning this year. More rooms will be added. Keep checking back.
Gen Con drops those rooms because what's the point?, and boom, you get a sell out.
But it is always disappointing to see people rage-quit Gen Con every year because they can't get a DT hotel when the housing portal first opens. There is never going to be enough downtown - let alone connected - hotel rooms to meet current demand.
Just curious, when was the last time the portal sold out? (I assume you must know. ;) )