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Which hotel do you prefer?

Hotel A -- less expensive, more limited local area
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35%
Hotel B -- more expensive, nicer conference area
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34%
Either hotel would be fine
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31%
Neither hotel
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No votes
 
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Warm Glass conference -- hotel poll

Postby Brad Walker » Mon Apr 07, 2003 3:44 pm

I am looking at two possible hotels for this conference. Both are Doubletrees and both are in the DC area. Both are very good facilities, but there are some differences.

Hotel A is on the beltway, costs $89 per night (plus tax), and is two miles from a DC metro stop (shuttle is provided by the hotel). There are limited eating and shopping places within walking distance, but they are available within a few miles (shuttle provided by the hotel). Parking at the hotel is free.

Hotel B is near (not on) the beltway, costs $129 per night (plus tax), and is located on a DC metro stop. It has a much nicer lobby and conference facilities, but the sleeping rooms are similar. Alternative eating and shopping places are within walking distance or by hotel shuttle or metro. Parking at the hotel costs $7.50 per day.

Please let me know if you have a preference for one hotel over the other.
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Postby Beth » Mon Apr 07, 2003 6:28 pm

As a DC area resident (in Maryland) I'm not going to vote but think that the location could make a difference, and could be worth the extra bucks. (Maybe with roommates?)

Just an Example: in Bethesda the Hyatt is on the Metro line and within walking distance of a couple hundred restaurants, outdoor cafes, clubs, bookstores, theaters with non-trad. movies, the famous Glass Gallery, and so on. It's a community, lots going on.

Go a few miles further out into some parts of Rockville and it's strictly Suburbia - drive to everything - no easy walk-around-and-get-together places (though still some great non-chain restaurants).

I'm not saying at all that these are cities Brad would consider, just that in general an interesting area that's foot friendly would add to the conference. Unless since people will be glassing day and night, it isn't that important.

Just something to think about.

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Postby Brock » Mon Apr 07, 2003 7:21 pm

Brad, it's great that you're still considering hosting this conference. If everyone could respond to the choices offered it would probably make your job easier. I vote for the cheaper hotel, after all we're not coming for restaurants and theatres, we're coming to meet our community of glass artists, and to further our education. The slight difference in amenities is not worth another $40.00 per night to me. Brock
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Postby Beth » Mon Apr 07, 2003 7:37 pm

I wasn't adding to Brad's list, Brock. Just using this location as an example (which I said). Some people told me that part of what made last year's conference more fun for them was that Portland was a walking around city, and that there were neat places, restaurants, etc. to visit. Some people like that. I also said maybe it wasn't important.

Sorry that voicing a thought was inappropriate and annoyed you. I won't do it again.

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Postby Brock » Mon Apr 07, 2003 7:40 pm

Good. Thanks. Brock
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Postby Linda Reed » Mon Apr 07, 2003 11:32 pm

One of the best parts of the last conference was the ability to gather in the evening with the fellow participants. I think that the most important part of whichever hotel is a gathering area. IMHO. I could sleep in a dorm or a tent, but, if possible, I'd rather pay more and have one with a place to sit and chat and schmooze and make friends. (Of course, I'd rather pay less and have the same :D ).

Thanks, Brad. I've been hoping you'd do this again! I haven't committed ALL my vacation time for the year yet, so it's good to know I need to save some.

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Postby Lisa Allen » Tue Apr 08, 2003 12:05 am

My vote is for the cheaper hotel :)

Also, anybody out there that would want to consider sharing a room?

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Postby Ron Bell » Tue Apr 08, 2003 1:29 am

Since I live in the DC metro area cost isn't such an issue but some other considerations might be, proximity to airports. With the collapse of the telecom industry, there are great deals/places in the Tyson's, Dulles corridor (my northern Virginia bias) although Bethesda is great - lotsa great restaurants!

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Postby Bonita (Nita) Crawford » Tue Apr 08, 2003 2:39 am

Brad,

Of course, I'd like the cheaper room, but the last time I was in Portland,
I had a similar situation with the metro stop being 1 or 2 miles away from
the hotel. The hotel shuttle took me to the metro stop where I waited
in the cold and rain for almost an hour for the right route to come by.

On the way back, I rode to the same metro stop and then had to call
the hotel for a ride. Again, I waited almost an hour in the bad weather.
It was almost dark when the shuttle came, and I was beginning to be
a bit anxious for my safety since I was alone and pretty small at that.

How much better it would have been to have a metro stop at the hotel
door. This was a day after the conference ended, and I was alone.
I really enjoyed my visits to the galleries. I will never forget the look
on a policeman's face when I asked, "Sir, can you tell me where the
Real Mother Goose is?" I was afraid he was going to take me in and
lock me up. When I told him again what I was looking for and that it
was a gallery, he shook his head in disbelief and walked off. It turned
out I was l l/2 blocks from it at the time I asked him for directions.

I also like the idea of better conference facilities, but I'll take either
hotel if I can just get to the WGW.

Nita

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Postby Barbara Muth » Tue Apr 08, 2003 9:40 am

while I shouldn't vote, let me just say that my preference is the less expensive hotel. Even though I live in the area, I would probably come stay at the hotel just to be close to everyone (and to avoid a commute to Maryland). The proximity of things isn't as important to me, and in the Beltway area getting around in a car isn't all that difficult. For many of us, keeping costs down is always a consideration.
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Postby Cindy next door » Tue Apr 08, 2003 12:39 pm

Anything is great for me.
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Postby ernest porcelli » Thu Apr 10, 2003 3:11 pm

if u don' t do price line shame on u ep
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Re: rooms

Postby Bert Weiss » Thu Apr 10, 2003 3:37 pm

ernest porcelli wrote:if u don' t do price line shame on u ep


Ernest

Priceline won't work for a conference. The idea is to stay in the same hotel and hang out. The money you save will cost you glassy time.
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response to the poll

Postby Marty » Thu Apr 10, 2003 9:20 pm

'Splain this: almost 650 hits on this poll and only 58 responses?!?!!

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Postby Kathie Karancz » Mon Apr 14, 2003 3:54 pm

Brad (and everyone else): I'm at a computer in Houston, so as I am totally a computer dunce, please put my vote in the cheaper hotel. I loved last year's hotel, but as the Canadian dollar is only worth half yours ( :evil: ) the room ended up costing me quite a bit. I had great sleeps cuz I was exhausted from the day, but really didn't need such lavious surroundings in my room. I think the really great thing for me was the fact that we could meet to eat in the hotel for breakfast or after the day. Thanks again
Kathie from Calgary (oops, I mean Houston.)


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