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General Convention Discussion / Re: Completely new and need help!
« on: May 24, 2016, 11:49:48 AM »
If you are in the area the con is 24 hours so you could potentially join in after work!

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: May 17, 2016, 04:25:30 PM »
Oh, I was refreshing wildly and suddenly... The Marriott was open! Switched it over in about two seconds, and now everything is exactly how I wanted it.

Seriously?  I'm happy for you and totally don't blame you for seizing the opportunity, but this is very unfair for people on the waitlist :(

I emailed fanime booking to ask why hotels are being made available via the website instead of going to people on the waitlist, and they responded with an email that basically said that I personally will not be getting through on the waitlist because of out 470 people I'm halfway down the list and blah blah, which doesn't answer my question at all.

So annoying!

EDIT:
I just called Fanime booking in hopes for a more direct response, but they also didn't know why rooms are going to the website instead of the waitlist.  They also told me that everything as far as they could tell in their system is unavailable, and that the deadline for all changes is 6pm tonight so things "don't look promising"  -_-

That's.... infuriating.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: May 17, 2016, 01:09:40 PM »
Thanks to this I snagged a room at the Hilton, I could literally cry.

I did briefly question the agent on the phone and he really didn't have an answer more than speculation of "Could have accidentally been opened up by an agent's mistake" or something of the sort.

I'm super ridiculously happy I got the Hilton, but am still confused and sort of annoyed at the lack of fairness!

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: May 16, 2016, 10:24:04 PM »
I'm really disappointed that I'm still stuck on the waiting list (I've been on the waiting list since day two of the hotels being open), and currently have a reservation for the Sheraton... It's so far away! I do Swap Meet both Thursday and Friday nights and I have a TON of stuff, so I'm struggling to figure out how to make this work. I have other people depending on me for a room, too, so I can't just switch to someone else's room. I've been going to Fanime since 2004, I've always been within easy walking distance of the con, and it makes me really nervous to be staying far away. :( I'm not sure what to do...
I'm still at the Doubletree... I feel really sad, and I think I feel extra sad because I've been going so long and fanime does mean a lot to me. It's sort of like an old friend letting you down. I don't have the swap meet like you do but I get it. It's really disheartening. I opted to keep !y booking with some lingering faith I would get a connected hotel but it didn't happen. It may be my last fanime year, I don't know. Maybe if the actual con hits it out of the park I will continue but I feel really neglected about now.
Best of luck! I hope it turns out to be an awesome con and a comfortable stay despite the distance.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: May 11, 2016, 03:53:43 PM »
I called the housing team again and they told me basically not to get my hopes up because hardly anything has moved.  So... yeah.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: May 11, 2016, 11:14:11 AM »


Yea that's hella unfair wtf? Why are they doing that? And obviously no staff is going to answer or help ~_~ I'm calling them right now so they know about this incase this is just made up to mess with us

Edit: They couldn't find any record of any hotel rooms going up. They said they were going to look into it and i told them they could find the post here but we'll see. If kameifan5x is just trolling hope it gets quashed.
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Thanks, let me know if you hear anything else.

kameifan5x, could you show us proof? I'm freaking furious about this.

Too bad fanime isn't a business and they probably couldn't care less. I'm feeling quite jaded. Today was their deadline for waitlists too.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: May 10, 2016, 09:28:13 PM »
I was only able to obtain a room at the Double Tree during my hotel reservation time-slot, and after getting that room I called in and put myself on the wait list for Marriot, Fairmont, and the Westin. I do check the hotel reservation site periodically ever since they added more hotels to the list.  Earlier today I saw that the Marriot had the twin double beds on the housing site as available, so I attempted to reserve through the housing site. It didn't work because my convention ID, needed for reserving the room, already had a reservation with the Double Tree. I called the Fanime hosuing number, requested to switch my rooms.  Person on the phone asked for my convention ID and saw that I had a reservation with the Double Tree and saw that I was on the hotel wait list.  Person told me that he would take me off the wait list, and swapped the hotel.  I got a confirmation email for the Marriot.  I called up some friends that I know and told them about the $135/Night Marriot rooms, and after about an hour the room was no longer available on the housing site.

ARE YOU FRAKING KIDDING.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: May 10, 2016, 05:41:27 PM »
Nothing here on the end if the 10th. I feel like we are about done here.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: May 07, 2016, 08:07:59 PM »
Any news about waitlist fulfillments yet? I see Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn, and SpringHill rooms are available. Not sure if that means the people there cancelled their rooms or got transfered to other hotels.

Nothing on my end! Feeling despondant!

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: May 02, 2016, 02:36:52 PM »
Good luck! I'm sure that there will be a lot of movement on the list if it'll take them until May 11th to process it all. That seems really hopeful. :]



I'm only worried about the party thing because last time I was at the Marriott, I was stuck next to a very loud party room with very rude guests and calling in noise complaints to the hotel did nothing to stop it. I just don't even want to hassle with any more 3AM calls to the front desk because the room next door won't stop blasting music and yelling in front of our room's door, and having the hotel do nothing while the party continues all weekend. That was not a good experience and understandably makes me not want to stay at the Marriott again! Hopefully the Hilton staff is better if I get stuck next to a room like that again.

Ugh! That's horrible! I hope Hilton is better! If not... keep taking the complaints up the chain. Even if they fail to stop it at the time hopefully you can have something in return to make you happy. I know it's a convention but still. I hate parties!

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: May 02, 2016, 12:41:52 PM »
Oh no! So sorry that everyone is /still/ stuck in waitlist hell. I'm curious to know if there are any updates today.

I'm not sure how I managed to get so lucky -- if it was the time I put in my waitlist request, or if it was the fact that the room I booked in order to get onto the waitlist was the same type of room I put at the top of my waitlist (so they either gave priority to me because I didn't have the whole weekend, or because the days I didn't manage to snag when booking were easier to fill than filling the whole weekend). Either way, looking at this thread, I feel super lucky that I managed to get the room I wanted.



Also, I've heard the unconfirmed rumors that are swirling (okay, people are posting them on /cgl/) that the Marriott will be cracking down on room parties this year. How true is this, and how strict will the Hilton be? I've heard a lot of people talking about switching their room parties to the Hilton instead of the Marriott, and I'm worried that I'm going to get stuck next to some super loud party room.

I realize that this con doesn't want a party con image and hotels may not like it because rooms can easily get trashed, but I think that every large con needs a party floor or a party block so that when loud parties inevitably happen, they can at least be quarantined away from the rest of us who want to actually get some sleep. Maybe charge a higher rate or make people leave a higher deposit for those rooms. Hotels should also crack down on noise complaints, but that won't be a perfect solution.

Sorry, getting a little off topic here. ;]

No idea on the parties, but please make sure to call the Hilton staff ASAP if you are having problems! I know they are going to be really busy, but honestly it's really helpful for them to know when it happens rather than get 10 different complaints at check out (possibly with comps being handed out, etc) I say this as someone in the service/hotel industry! Do not be afraid to be the party pooper! I totally will.

OKAY! I called housing and there is a note that it may be up until May 11th that they are working on the wait list allocations. So... there's still hope!!!

No movement for me. I will keep obsessively checking through May 11th. Also probably after that.


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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: May 01, 2016, 12:27:39 PM »
Thanks, I was actually wondering how the wait list works (automatic/algorithm vs. Manually) and it does make sense that it would be manual.

I assume it's probably a mixture of manual and automation... When I called to ask questions regarding where my place was on the waitlist, the woman on the other end of the line assured me that she does not have access to that information, so there's likely some automation in there. She was able to pull up my waitlist request and alter it herself, though.

I haven't seen anyone talk about their waitlist request being granted on Friday (the last cancellation date), so it seems like CMR were probably focusing on the cancellations. Usually people are excited they got the room they wanted and you see a ton of people talking about it (especially on more casual places like the FB fanpage). It's all anecdotal evidence, but some hope is better than none. Good luck and keep us updated!

That makes sense. I hope we get a flood of waitlist updates tomorrow! Fingers crossed. I know someone I know cancelled a room for Friday-Monday, so hopefully everything gets moving.

You win. I apparently couldn't figure it out! Thanks!
The website is set up weird this year. You have to click the 'compare' box and then 'view amenities' at the top of the list.

It is! I can't easily get to the hotel page nor can I easily move around it, especially on mobile. I also have had some weird time outs when trying to log in. Thanks again! At least parking should be okay if I'm stuck there...

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: April 30, 2016, 08:36:46 PM »

If it makes you feel any better, I've been attending since 2002/2003 (not 100% sure which year it was), and I've had a hotel room since 2005/2006ish. This is the first year I've been unable to get a hotel room attached to the convention center.

This is also my second year staffing, and since 2/4 of us in the room are staff, and the other two register late due to their own circumstances, we we're unable to attempt to book a hotel room until it opened to the general public.

I can understand why they made the changes they did, but I wish that they'd announced it much further in advance.

But this is just my own personal comment on the situation, and in NO way should be considered a view of Fanime as a whole.

Thanks. I guess I never had to worry before so it's just extra hard to adjust. Change is hard. This has been a bumpy transition! I hope you get the hotel you want.


I think you're fine in being upset. I would be, too. I wouldn't give up hope entirely, though. I know people canceled their room right at the deadline, which means that CMR was probably processing all those cancel requests on Friday. I'd expect next week (starting Monday) that they'd be working to get those newly-opened rooms out to those on the waitlist. I'm hoping that that's the case for you. I hate to see Fanime veterans in situations like this.

Is your waitlist request for multiple nearby hotels rather than just the connected ones? I think that would help your chances, but if you don't have them already added, I'd call them to make sure that adding new hotels would not push you to the bottom of the list.

I should have any room on Hilton and Marriott (maybe Fairmont too??) On my wait list. I actually intend to call Monday with a few questions. I may add more hotels to the wait list if it won't ruin anything.
Thanks, I was actually wondering how the wait list works (automatic/algorithm vs. Manually) and it does make sense that it would be manual. I hope so!!!! I checked my email obsessively on Friday. Also every day.

Man I don't even know. I love fanime so much, I hope the con comes together better than the communication has run.


Good to know... What about cost? I usually end up finding somewhere around $7/day around the com center.
According to the housing website, Double Tree parking should be $7 for self and $27 for valet.

You win. I apparently couldn't figure it out! Thanks!

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: April 29, 2016, 01:59:12 PM »
This is honestly really upsetting. Today is the drop cut off.

It's not happening.

I know I'm just being a spoiled brat, but I'm really upset about this!

As a side note, does anyone know anything about parking at or around the Doubletree?
I've stayed at the Double Tree 2013-2015, and parking there wasn't a problem.  Arrived 9-10am ish Friday each time.

Good to know... What about cost? I usually end up finding somewhere around $7/day around the com center.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: April 29, 2016, 12:48:03 PM »
This is honestly really upsetting. Today is the drop cut off.

It's not happening.

I know I'm just being a spoiled brat, but I'm really upset about this!

As a side note, does anyone know anything about parking at or around the Doubletree?

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: April 26, 2016, 05:55:34 PM »
Mango what was your reservation date and time slot?

Admittedly I booked the 26th- general reg. I didn't have extra money when badges opened and figured there was no harm in waiting....
Luckily I did notice they opened general on tfe 26th rather than the 29th like they said they were going to do.

I feel like I'm SOL.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: April 25, 2016, 09:45:12 PM »
Well, still Nada. No word on the wait list. It's almost the 29th!

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: April 21, 2016, 11:28:29 AM »
I think we may be in a game of hotel chicken....

I'm still deciding whether to drop and just save money this year and not go. I won't release my room until the 11th hour though!!! I feel others may be doing the same.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: April 21, 2016, 10:23:59 AM »
Ugh that email about the cancellation deadline got !y hopes up this morning. It's still a good thing though! Maybe people will cancel before the deadline!!!


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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
« on: April 20, 2016, 04:55:34 PM »
Ugh! Happy for you guys but still fretting for myself! Nothing yet.

Getting anxious!!!!

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