Discussion in 'FanForce Conventions' started by Sebulba-X, Nov 4, 2003.
Sure as hell wont miss this.
No way no day.
Is that true, Ludo? The Westin let you reserve a room? Well, maybe I'll try them again. It's an unusual request, I know, a room 18 months in advance. Maybe I got hold of someone who thought it was too wonky. But worth it just not to have to worry about it later. I know from experience that waiting until 6 months in advance is too late to get a close room, for a fair price!
It's not really an unusual request...My wife works in the Hotel industry and its not unheard of to take rooms more than 2 years in advance.
I reserved my room about a year in advance and then cancelled it when the "Convention Rates" were announced. BTW, the Crowne Plaza was a great hotel, but the trains were slightly annoying.
Crowne Plaza is in the old Union Station, which, obviously, used to be a train station. Tracks still go past there on it's way to the Amtrak station, so it can be a bit noisy. Actually, I spent my honeymoon night in one of Crowne Plaza's Train Car suites...it was a pretty awesome room, albeit a bit small for the price.
You know I'm in.
I'm glad that it is in Indy again. I just need to choose a better hotel this time
What are the best hotels for us out-of-towners. If Crowne Plaza is too noisy, what are our other options?
The Crowne Plaza isn't noisy enough that I would disregard it, especially with it's proximity to the ICC.
The Crowne was very nice. But the room we had was a bit small for 4 people, 3 of whom brought costumes. I guess I expected more space for the price we paid.
But it's very nice and close....however, it is NOT connected by the skywalk. Which wasn't a real problem since the weather was nice. But I intend to get a room with a skywalk connection next time, just in case it rains. I ain't spending my hard earned time and money on a costume just to have it rained on. Of course if we have to stand in line again for 4 hours to get inside the building.....
The Westin and the Hyatt are across the street and connected via the skywalk. Plus, the Hyatt seemed to be the "party" hotel, if that's important to ya.
lol...well, $5 would buy you a decent rain poncho (assuming that it is not already raining...then they up the price upwards of $20)...Crowne plaza is connected with an uncovered walkway, so at least you wouldn't have to deal with traffic...but since that path leads you around the dome part way, it's less distance just to walk down the street.
The map above shows a few hotels in yellow. Of the ones not connected, the Courtyard by Marriot is catecorner from the back entrance to the Convention Center, so you'll still have to go thru the main entrance to enter, but exiting will be a bit easier. All the other hotels in the center of the map are within relatively easy walking distance...the Days Inn would be a bit of a hike, but not overly horrible (it is pretty close to the City County Building, which houses the Marion County Jail & Courts, so there's an interesting mix of people coming and going out of that place).
it is pretty close to the City County Building, which houses the Marion County Jail & Courts, so there's an interesting mix of people coming and going out of that place
Wouldn't it be cool if some prisoners escaped and some of the 501st stormtroopers stopped them? Man, I can't wait until C3!
Indy was so GREAT last year, I'm so excited to go again this year. Thanks for the 'inside info', although I'm still anxious for an official announcement!
If you go to rca dome indiana convention center web site there is a listing for another event at that time.I hope we are not getting our hopes up.
how do you know it's another event and not our event?
it has a name and its more dates than is required for c3.believe me i live in ky id love to do it in indy again.
C2 shared time with another event. Believe me when I say I wouldn't have posted this info if I didn't have compelling reasons to believe it to be true.
I only question how the organizers can prevent a repeat of the problems of C2 if they do not have full use of the Convention Center. I'm sure some of the problems can be alleviated by better organization but you just can't fit the number of people who attended C2 into the reduced space. This will be especially true if they figure out how to reduce the store line. All those who stood in line for hours would be added to the masses.
I guess if they use the dome for larger functions it might help. Hopefully the organizers will go back and read the C2 reaction threads on this site and on the official site. There were some great suggestions from the attendees.
I do think the location was wonderful with the nearby hotels and mall. I'm glad they've decided to hold it earlier. Helps when it isn't so close to exams. I'd love to see it held in June but I guess they'd want to have it before the release of the film.
Im glad its not in june. Can you imagine how hot the outside line could become?Especially in costume.
The line outside is only *really* long right when it opens.
And the inside line was REALLY hot as well. Well, shoot. Somebody over on the SW boards posted that a bunch of people over here are reserving hotel rooms....so I guess I'll just do that since now EVERYbody will be trying to get a room!
If it's Indy, Yeah! If it's not, I can cancel. If the Hyatt won't have me yet, then I'll reserve at the Westin.
While I'm sure it's a safe bet to reserve a room for that weekend in Indy...it's just the smart thing to do to make sure there's no reservation cancellation charges, at least if you give them plenty of notice. A comet or meteor could land on the convention center or something, cause C3 to be moved a couple miles to the Warren Performing Arts Center or something.
If a comet landed on Indy they'd have to move C3 to Europe!
Am I the only one who wasn't hot in Indy last time?
My dad and I actually got a hotel that wasn't even close to the convention, got a great deal on a rental car and just drove to a parking garage. The line was *super* long (the non-fan club line was even longer, if I recall correctly) but luckily there was a parking garage right near the end.