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Title: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: MPLe on January 21, 2012, 11:32:08 PM
I'm sorry for the (possible) misleading subject line.

This will serve as an FAQ until our hotel room website goes live.

Q: When will rooms be available? (Updated on February 2nd)
A: Hotel rooms will be available on February 6th at noon. As soon as we're complete with the code and checking all of the text to ensure that the information is correct. The original target date was "by the end of January" but this might be missed (continue reading to see why). We are going to miss the January timeframe, but will give updates as we get/have them.

Q: I read somewhere that you won't release the hotel website as soon as it is ready. Why not?!
A: In order to let the word spread about the hotel website opening, we're going to announce the date that it goes live well ahead of time (preferably a week in advance, but it might only be 3-4 business days) so that the word can spread. We found out that it's not really fair to just launch the website randomly and hope that everyone is paying attention to our website 24/7.

Q: I'm on staff. Do I book my room through this hotel website?
A: No. The current information flow is that HR will send the information out to the staff list. The process of booking a staff room differs from the "public" (for lack of a better word) hotel website.

Q: I called <one of your hotels> and was told that rooms aren't available.
A: Yes, rooms have been blocked off and can only be reserved through our hotel website.

Q: Where will information be posted? (Added on 1/22 thanks to Runewitt)
A: The official Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/fanimecon) account, the official Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FanimeCon) account, the FanimeCon (http://www.fanime.com) website, and these forums.

Q: I have a question, what do I do?
A: Post here or PM me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: Gigantor on January 22, 2012, 01:53:21 AM
Thank you very much for keeping us up to date. ^_^

Even if it gets extended past January I think a week's advance notice would be much more preferable since everyone should have a chance to get the information by that point.
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: Runewitt on January 22, 2012, 02:41:00 AM
Will you be sending a notice out through facebook and twitter?
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: MPLe on January 22, 2012, 02:54:38 AM
Will you be sending a notice out through facebook and twitter?
Website post, Facebook, Twitter, and forum post for both the announcement of the launch and the actual launch. :)
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: otakuforlife on January 23, 2012, 09:21:31 PM
Awesome; looking forward to hotels going online so that I can see where I stand with the group I'm planning to go with as far as how much my end will cost!
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: BenihimeSama on January 28, 2012, 09:56:24 PM
Wishing we could at least get a rate look.... So when you guys go live, we already know where to go. Although most of us already know.

I am wondering, if we are keeping the same hotels as last year? Since Clockwork Alchemy is at the Doubletree which was one of our back up hotels, it would be nice to have as an option.
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: MPLe on January 28, 2012, 11:53:47 PM
Wishing we could at least get a rate look.... So when you guys go live, we already know where to go. Although most of us already know.

I am wondering, if we are keeping the same hotels as last year? Since Clockwork Alchemy is at the Doubletree which was one of our back up hotels, it would be nice to have as an option.
The prices will be the same or really close and we are adding a few hotel options. :)
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: Freight on January 31, 2012, 11:53:10 AM
Since the hotel registration doesn't seem like it will be up today, what's the projected date at this time?
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: MPLe on January 31, 2012, 11:53:56 AM
Since the hotel registration doesn't seem like it will be up today, what's the projected date at this time?
ETA unknown. We'll give updates as we get them.
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: mariotheotaku on January 31, 2012, 10:12:34 PM
This is probably a dumb question but will we be able to see room prices before hotel reg goes up?
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: MPLe on January 31, 2012, 10:16:52 PM
This is probably a dumb question but will we be able to see room prices before hotel reg goes up?
I'm going to ask for this and see if I can get it ahead of time to post it. :)
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: mariotheotaku on January 31, 2012, 10:24:07 PM
Thank you.  :)
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: MPLe on January 31, 2012, 10:32:02 PM
Thank you.  :)
If we're going to be delayed, we're going to at least give you as much information as we can to prepare. ;)

(I can only promise that I'll try to get the information - no idea if I'll actually be able to get it)
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: mariotheotaku on January 31, 2012, 10:52:10 PM
ok, it's no prob, I understand if you are not able to get it at this point.
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: xaxafour on February 02, 2012, 01:18:50 AM
In the past, do you know how long it took to fill all the hotel spaces (Hilton/Marriott)?
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: MPLe on February 02, 2012, 01:27:19 AM
In the past, do you know how long it took to fill all the hotel spaces (Hilton/Marriott)?
We've generally "filled" up on the first day or so. The reason the word 'filled' is in quotes is because people will drop their room reservation before the cutoff date, which opens up a slot.
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: kohana ichibana on February 02, 2012, 08:12:14 AM
Thank you for the update! Getting any information right now is greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: README: HOTEL ROOM REGISTRATION!
Post by: MPLe on February 02, 2012, 06:52:18 PM
Q: When will rooms be available? (Updated on February 2nd)
A: Hotel rooms will be available on February 6th at noon.

UPDATED. ;)
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: sayonararollingstar on February 02, 2012, 07:04:07 PM
Oh, man. I have a six hour class on friday and I might not be able to book at noon. Just wondering, how fast do the Hilton or Marriott sell out within the first hours or so? I hope they don't sell out as fast as the artist alley tables did. :C
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: MPLe on February 02, 2012, 07:05:27 PM
Oh, man. I have a six hour class on friday and I might not be able to book at noon. Just wondering, how fast do the Hilton or Marriott sell out within the first hours or so? I hope they don't sell out as fast as the artist alley tables did. :C
I don't actually have that detailed stats, but I will hope that everyone that wants a Hilton room gets one (this might be impossible).
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Alexie828 on February 02, 2012, 07:17:23 PM
Oh man...Monday at noon? Ick. Ok. I'll try my best. ^^ Thanks for the update!
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: sayonararollingstar on February 02, 2012, 07:23:25 PM
Oh, man. I have a six hour class on friday and I might not be able to book at noon. Just wondering, how fast do the Hilton or Marriott sell out within the first hours or so? I hope they don't sell out as fast as the artist alley tables did. :C
I don't actually have that detailed stats, but I will hope that everyone that wants a Hilton room gets one (this might be impossible).

It's okay, no worries! For some reason I thought the 6th was on Friday but it's Monday, haha. I don't have noon classes on Monday so I can safely book a room without worry. C: Thank you, though!
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: venus_ivy on February 02, 2012, 07:45:40 PM
Also, keep in mind that if you aren't able to get the exact hotel or room type that you want on the first try, get on the waitlist! The housing staff is great at trying to fulfill all waitlist requests should it be possible.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Teca on February 02, 2012, 08:25:50 PM
There was some talking that there might be some suites available at the Hilton; any word on this yet? Even if they aren't at a discounted rate, are all the suites taken for staff?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: venus_ivy on February 02, 2012, 08:41:32 PM
There was some talking that there might be some suites available at the Hilton; any word on this yet? Even if they aren't at a discounted rate, are all the suites taken for staff?

Suites at the Hilton are not being offered for this year - my apologies!
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Dragon Ninja on February 02, 2012, 08:49:04 PM
Noon?! Damn it!!! I'll be at work and won't be able to pre-reg at that time.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: BenihimeSama on February 02, 2012, 09:46:25 PM
Oh, man. I have a six hour class on friday and I might not be able to book at noon. Just wondering, how fast do the Hilton or Marriott sell out within the first hours or so? I hope they don't sell out as fast as the artist alley tables did. :C

Those two go really fast especially since they are the ones that are connected to the convention center. But a lot of the surrounding ones go a little slower. I'm more terrified that we are going to break the RSVP system on day one.

Oh BTW: There's nothing in the rules that say that you can't RSVP through your phones if you have internet, just make sure you have a CC either in memory on on hand to RSVP and you are done!
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Nina Star 9 on February 02, 2012, 11:07:16 PM
Darn, I have class at that time, and won't be able to get on until after midnight. :< I hope I can get a room at the Hilton! I wouldn't be heartbroken if I had to stay in the Mariott, though, as long as I'm in one of the two connected hotels, since that's quite important to me (though the Hilton is certainly my prefrence!). I just hope it doesn't all fill up in those 12 hours and I'm stuck at the Fairmont (which I am -never- staying in again!).
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: obliviousedward on February 02, 2012, 11:52:34 PM
Monday at noon?

*dons shades* CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: SugarB on February 03, 2012, 12:23:40 AM
There was some talking that there might be some suites available at the Hilton; any word on this yet? Even if they aren't at a discounted rate, are all the suites taken for staff?

Suites at the Hilton are not being offered for this year - my apologies!
Damn, really? D: Not even the smaller suites, like the Hospitality? :(

What about suites at the Marriot?
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: MPLe on February 03, 2012, 12:33:36 AM
Damn, really? D: Not even the smaller suites, like the Hospitality? :(

What about suites at the Marriot?
We will have some suites available at the Marriott.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: SugarB on February 03, 2012, 12:44:20 AM
Damn, really? D: Not even the smaller suites, like the Hospitality? :(

What about suites at the Marriot?
We will have some suites available at the Marriott.
ooo~ Kay :D thanks so much~~!
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Mr Lex on February 03, 2012, 12:57:27 AM
Oh crap, Monday?

I can't be the only one considering skipping school for this...
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Dany on February 03, 2012, 09:26:25 AM
Monday at noon?

*dons shades* CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Indeed! Wants me a Hilton room, I do!!! :D
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: mariotheotaku on February 03, 2012, 09:42:09 AM
I don't get out of class until 2:30pm(Texas) (12:30 California time) College wifi and iPhone, don't fail me now.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: CommandantCat on February 03, 2012, 09:46:33 AM
I'm just hopeful that I can get to the computer in time, or a room mate. Trying to fit 4+ people in a room with only a king would be a nightmare.

fingers crossed!

(and hopefully good rates!)
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: kookiekween99 on February 03, 2012, 09:51:39 AM
I'll have to have my mom reserve the rooms for me. I hope we can manage to get five rooms, because I refuse to room stuff ever again!

Question: Will there be two-bed rooms available at the Hilton for Thursday night? I'm pretty sure there will be, but last year my friend had an issues getting a Day Zero room, so I wanted to make sure that would be available.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Makise09 on February 03, 2012, 02:07:53 PM
I'm not sure if this information is available, but will hotel prices be much different from last year?
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Dany on February 03, 2012, 02:24:47 PM
Question: Will there be two-bed rooms available at the Hilton for Thursday night? I'm pretty sure there will be, but last year my friend had an issues getting a Day Zero room, so I wanted to make sure that would be available.

If you get in on registering more or less when the reg site opens and get all the days you need at once, you -should- have no issue getting what you need. The key is to not delay, and do not expect that the Hilton or Marriott will be available after day 1 because they are the popular hotel.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: DayDreamerNessa on February 03, 2012, 03:03:41 PM
for the Marriott suite how many beds / people allowed/fit in the room???
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: FanFicGuru on February 03, 2012, 03:16:19 PM
for the Marriott suite how many beds / people allowed/fit in the room???

4 people to a room, or 2/bed.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: kookiekween99 on February 03, 2012, 04:00:09 PM
Question: Will there be two-bed rooms available at the Hilton for Thursday night? I'm pretty sure there will be, but last year my friend had an issues getting a Day Zero room, so I wanted to make sure that would be available.

If you get in on registering more or less when the reg site opens and get all the days you need at once, you -should- have no issue getting what you need. The key is to not delay, and do not expect that the Hilton or Marriott will be available after day 1 because they are the popular hotel.

Still a little paranoid, because if my mom doesn't get Hilton rooms on Day Zero, I can't be here on the forums to ask questions until at least 3, and by then, it could be too late. I'm sure it'll be fine, but I don't like not being in control of a situation.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: obliviousedward on February 03, 2012, 04:09:49 PM
for the Marriott suite how many beds / people allowed/fit in the room???

4 people to a room, or 2/bed.

I believe this maximum occupancy only applies to regular hotel rooms. I think for suites the maximum occupancy is more like six? (I've never gotten a suite, so don't quote me on this. I'm only estimating based on what I think I remember from past forums. :P)
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: SugarB on February 03, 2012, 04:57:32 PM
for the Marriott suite how many beds / people allowed/fit in the room???

4 people to a room, or 2/bed.

I believe this maximum occupancy only applies to regular hotel rooms. I think for suites the maximum occupancy is more like six? (I've never gotten a suite, so don't quote me on this. I'm only estimating based on what I think I remember from past forums. :P)
Maximum occupancy usually goes with the amount of beds, despite it being a suite or not. A Junior Suite at the Marriott can only "occupy" four, as it only has a king bed and a couch bed.

You can technically fit three average-sized people in a king if you like being close, but it's not encouraged to stuff your rooms and have people sleep on the floor and such, for Fire-safety reasons.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: MPLe on February 03, 2012, 05:02:09 PM
Question: Will there be two-bed rooms available at the Hilton for Thursday night? I'm pretty sure there will be, but last year my friend had an issues getting a Day Zero room, so I wanted to make sure that would be available.
For Thursday, we will have a room with two beds available.

I'm not sure if this information is available, but will hotel prices be much different from last year?
Prices will remain around the same. =)

for the Marriott suite how many beds / people allowed/fit in the room???
I don't actually know, but I believe that it is listed as 4.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: obliviousedward on February 03, 2012, 11:24:42 PM
Maximum occupancy usually goes with the amount of beds, despite it being a suite or not. A Junior Suite at the Marriott can only "occupy" four, as it only has a king bed and a couch bed.

You can technically fit three average-sized people in a king if you like being close, but it's not encouraged to stuff your rooms and have people sleep on the floor and such, for Fire-safety reasons.

Ah, gotcha. Good to know. Thanks for the correction!
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Runewitt on February 05, 2012, 10:21:54 PM
I emailed the ramada about their suite the other day and didn't get a difinitive answer. first they said that the suite was part of the fanime block out, then when i asked if they knew anything about the pricing for the year, they told me it was unavailable.

.... will it be available this year?
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: MPLe on February 05, 2012, 11:11:56 PM
I emailed the ramada about their suite the other day and didn't get a difinitive answer. first they said that the suite was part of the fanime block out, then when i asked if they knew anything about the pricing for the year, they told me it was unavailable.

.... will it be available this year?
Unfortunately, I don't believe that we have suites at the Ramada.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Makise09 on February 06, 2012, 11:53:40 AM
DEBIT CARD POLICY: If you choose to use a debit card for the payment of your room, the Hotel will take an authorization for the amount of room and tax for your entire stay plus the applicable deposit of up to $100.00 per room/per night. These funds will be temporarily unavailable in your checking account. FanimeCon Housing recommends the use of cash or a credit card if you wish to have access to all of the funds in your checking account throughout the weekend.

Does this get charged when we book the room or when we check in? I asked this in another thread as well but I wasn't sure if more people were wondering the same thing here.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: zero209 on February 06, 2012, 11:58:06 AM
is the 100 dollar deposit for all hotels. last year the fairmont charged a lot more then 100 for my deposit and i heard the hilton doesn't charge anything.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: FanFicGuru on February 06, 2012, 11:59:20 AM
Fairmont Thursday-Monday. GOT IT! Haha.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: KyraEnsui on February 06, 2012, 12:07:52 PM
Will there be a wait list for Thursday, May 24th for the Hilton? It looks like that one is already sold out before the launch. If there is, I would like to be on it please. Thank you!
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: obliviousedward on February 06, 2012, 12:17:01 PM
YESSSSS, Convention Plaza Friday through Tuesday, all booked! *fist pump* And I managed to also snag a Marriott room just in case my friends want an alternative this year, hehe.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Runewitt on February 06, 2012, 12:18:49 PM
BLEEP that went fast.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Makise09 on February 06, 2012, 12:22:24 PM
I just BARELY missed out on the room I wanted at a different hotel so I booked at the Double Tree instead, should I email Housing and ask to be put on a waiting list just in case rooms open up closer to the con date?
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Halrenna on February 06, 2012, 12:23:48 PM
I hope I did that right! I couldn't find an option anywhere on the registration form for booking two rooms so I went through it twice and booked them individually. Not how I would have preferred doing it but it seemed to work.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: sayonararollingstar on February 06, 2012, 12:25:39 PM
Will there be a wait list for Thursday, May 24th for the Hilton? It looks like that one is already sold out before the launch. If there is, I would like to be on it please. Thank you!

I was hoping to get a room at the Hilton but they sold out already! I thought I saw it on the list but when I checked again, it wasn't listed anymore. :O I really wanted a room at the Hilton, too. :C I managed to get a king bedded room w/ rollaway bed at the Marriott, though, but still.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: zero209 on February 06, 2012, 12:26:22 PM
was able to sneak in got me a double bed at the hilton for friday threw sunday. yes no more worries now.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: otakuapprentice on February 06, 2012, 12:30:39 PM
any idea if they will open up another block of rooms for either the hilton or marriot?
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Arkham on February 06, 2012, 12:35:11 PM
I just BARELY missed out on the room I wanted at a different hotel so I booked at the Double Tree instead, should I email Housing and ask to be put on a waiting list just in case rooms open up closer to the con date?

Remember that at the DoubleTree, you will be surrounded by Steampunks. =-)
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: kimu on February 06, 2012, 12:39:57 PM
One of the problems is there are no nights open for Thursday (Day 0) and Monday for those staying through the con for some of these hotels. So if you only book Friday arrival, checking out Monday, you can get something booked.
I hope there are plans to re-negotiate for the Thurs and Monday nights at the con-rate?

Last year I booked a room in 10 minutes, for Thurs through Monday.
This year it's taken me 50 minutes of frustration.
I have to come home from work to do this, because we can't use our computers at work for things like this, and now this isn't even a finished reservation. I have more work to do to contact people to get the other days added.
ugh.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Charis on February 06, 2012, 12:41:23 PM
Surprised by the fact that there were very few hotel block options for Thursday set up -- it seemed to throw a lot of people's plans.  Hopefully the waitlist can address that like it did for me last year.

Heading to the Fairmont this year.  The elevator situation at the Marriott last year really soured me on it.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Makise09 on February 06, 2012, 12:42:02 PM
I just BARELY missed out on the room I wanted at a different hotel so I booked at the Double Tree instead, should I email Housing and ask to be put on a waiting list just in case rooms open up closer to the con date?

Remember that at the DoubleTree, you will be surrounded by Steampunks. =-)

I have no problem with the Double Tree XD but my friends wanted the Ramada so I'm atleast trying for it if I can.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Dany on February 06, 2012, 12:47:35 PM
Have a reservation for the Hilton, but for Friday to Monday, and I am waitlisted for Thursday. We shall see how this rolls out.

Anybody notice that the site -technically- opened before 12 noon, by the way? Like..about 11:55?
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: otakuapprentice on February 06, 2012, 12:50:30 PM
not for me.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: KyraEnsui on February 06, 2012, 12:53:29 PM
Have a reservation for the Hilton, but for Friday to Monday, and I am waitlisted for Thursday. We shall see how this rolls out.

Anybody notice that the site -technically- opened before 12 noon, by the way? Like..about 11:55?

I did.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: sayonararollingstar on February 06, 2012, 12:56:14 PM
Have a reservation for the Hilton, but for Friday to Monday, and I am waitlisted for Thursday. We shall see how this rolls out.

Anybody notice that the site -technically- opened before 12 noon, by the way? Like..about 11:55?

I did.

Yup, I noticed this, too.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Gigantor on February 06, 2012, 01:07:37 PM
Have a reservation for the Hilton, but for Friday to Monday, and I am waitlisted for Thursday. We shall see how this rolls out.

Anybody notice that the site -technically- opened before 12 noon, by the way? Like..about 11:55?

I did.

Yup, I noticed this, too.

It said 11:55 am on the page. I thought it was pretty funny ^^ Especially since they posted that it was open on the FanimeCon main page even before that.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Vensy on February 06, 2012, 02:09:05 PM
I've got a question for those of you who have booked with Fanime in previous years - what are the chances that space will open up at the Marriott later on? :<  I had class when rooms went up and missed the Marriott. T^T;;
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Mayadesu on February 06, 2012, 02:33:18 PM
Have a reservation for the Hilton, but for Friday to Monday, and I am waitlisted for Thursday. We shall see how this rolls out.

Anybody notice that the site -technically- opened before 12 noon, by the way? Like..about 11:55?

I did.

Yup, I noticed this, too.

I also did. I found it weird that it went up five minutes earlier than they said, because I feel like we wouldn't have gotten the room that we wanted if he hadn't noticed it. The Hilton sold out immediately.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: raltga on February 06, 2012, 02:40:10 PM
I've got a question for those of you who have booked with Fanime in previous years - what are the chances that space will open up at the Marriott later on? :<  I had class when rooms went up and missed the Marriott. T^T;;

No promisses, but there is hope.

Two years ago I missed my chance to get a room at the Marriott; I checked back every day and especially on and around the deadline to cancel and I got a room that someone released. It takes a little patience, persistence and luck but it CAN happen.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Dany on February 06, 2012, 02:51:17 PM
I also did. I found it weird that it went up five minutes earlier than they said, because I feel like we wouldn't have gotten the room that we wanted if he hadn't noticed it. The Hilton sold out immediately.

Well, -kind- of. The big issue was not the weekend overall, but Thursday specifically. I spent several minutes cursing under my breath scrambling with Thursday before I got my Friday-Monday reservation. If you didn't want Thursday, I am gessing things were a little easier.

But yeah, five minutes is an eternity in these situations. What is more interesting is I remember seeing an error message that noted 11:55AM rather than 12 noon as to when to contact them about housing. I guess for them it was opening early so that things would start on time, but I think some people lucked out there.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Rebeccakh on February 06, 2012, 02:53:11 PM
the saint claire already filled up? whaaaaaa <  x > we were needing thursday-monday sad face. my bf is east cost so he had to rush home after work before classes start..
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: heeroyuy135 on February 06, 2012, 03:17:53 PM
Is it me, or did Marriott and Hilton rooms go faster than expected? I booked right after my 12-1:15pm class ended, and everything was literally gone especially for a weekday. Luckily the old Crowne Plaza was still open and I'm excited to see the new hotel since the last time I was there in 2007.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Kyra_Maverick on February 06, 2012, 03:25:11 PM
Is there a reason the cancellation deadline is a further away from Fanime this year? Previously you could cancel within 7-5 days of the convention and not be penalized, but this year you have to cancel almost a full month beforehand.

Also, for those who missed out on the hotels/rooms that you wanted, be sure to email or call Fanime Housing to be added to a waitlist. I've always gotten the room I need with the waitlist option. 
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Wabbit98 on February 06, 2012, 03:43:04 PM
After years of staying at the Marriott and not always having the best time.  I will be giving the St. Claire a try this year.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: kookiekween99 on February 06, 2012, 03:46:46 PM
Question: Will there be two-bed rooms available at the Hilton for Thursday night? I'm pretty sure there will be, but last year my friend had an issues getting a Day Zero room, so I wanted to make sure that would be available.
For Thursday, we will have a room with two beds available.

I feel lied to here. My mom was there at 11:55, and there weren't any double-bed rooms in the Hilton or Marriott on Thursday. :(
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Charis on February 06, 2012, 03:50:48 PM
Question: Will there be two-bed rooms available at the Hilton for Thursday night? I'm pretty sure there will be, but last year my friend had an issues getting a Day Zero room, so I wanted to make sure that would be available.
For Thursday, we will have a room with two beds available.

I feel lied to here. My mom was there at 11:55, and there weren't any double-bed rooms in the Hilton or Marriott on Thursday. :(

There may have been a limited number of those rooms set up in the system; what I did last year was to book Friday through Monday, and e-mail Housing afterwards to request that Thursday (and IIRC Tuesday) be added.  I had no problems with this.
IIRC less rooms are held for the days surrounding Fanime in anticipation of fewer people, and then more added as needed.  Either way, I'm surprised there were so few Thursday rooms available.  But if you e-mail them, you've probably got pretty good odds of getting Thursday added to your reservation (if you've got one), especially asking this far ahead.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Nemuren on February 06, 2012, 03:56:00 PM
I feel lied to here. My mom was there at 11:55, and there weren't any double-bed rooms in the Hilton or Marriott on Thursday. :(

This.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: kookiekween99 on February 06, 2012, 03:59:01 PM
Question: Will there be two-bed rooms available at the Hilton for Thursday night? I'm pretty sure there will be, but last year my friend had an issues getting a Day Zero room, so I wanted to make sure that would be available.
For Thursday, we will have a room with two beds available.

I feel lied to here. My mom was there at 11:55, and there weren't any double-bed rooms in the Hilton or Marriott on Thursday. :(

There may have been a limited number of those rooms set up in the system; what I did last year was to book Friday through Monday, and e-mail Housing afterwards to request that Thursday (and IIRC Tuesday) be added.  I had no problems with this.
IIRC less rooms are held for the days surrounding Fanime in anticipation of fewer people, and then more added as needed.  Either way, I'm surprised there were so few Thursday rooms available.  But if you e-mail them, you've probably got pretty good odds of getting Thursday added to your reservation (if you've got one), especially asking this far ahead.

What we did was get 3 two-bedded rooms at the Hilton from Friday Night through Sunday Night and 2 single-bedded rooms at the Marriott from Thursday Night through Sunday Night. We only need two Day Zero rooms out of our five because not all our club members can go on Thursday. We're going to make it work, but I'm worried about making people sleep on the floor of our single-bedded rooms.

EDIT: I just sent an e-mail to cmrhousing explaining my situation and asking about the waiting list. Hopefully I get a favorable response!
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: FanFicGuru on February 06, 2012, 04:32:08 PM
I was on at 11:55 and nabbed my Fairmont hotel room like a boss.
I figured there would be a slightly earlier release of the server.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: fotoace on February 06, 2012, 05:18:27 PM
This is my first time coming to Fanime.  Does hotel usually get reserved this fast for Fanime?  Most of it already booked only after 5 hours.  Wow!  The hotel which is still available is 3 miles away.  Does this mean I have to take taxi daily from the hotel to the convention?
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: FanFicGuru on February 06, 2012, 05:24:34 PM
This is my first time coming to Fanime.  Does hotel usually get reserved this fast for Fanime?  Most of it already booked only after 5 hours.  Wow!  The hotel which is still available is 3 miles away.  Does this mean I have to take taxi daily from the hotel to the convention?

I know that the Doubletree had a free shuttle daily between the hotel and the convention center, so if you wanted to stay there you wouldn't have to pay for a taxi. However, the shuttle wait times sometimes were long and inconvenient. Still, for a free service you can't really complain haha.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Mr Lex on February 06, 2012, 05:32:33 PM
Whoever nabbed the $88/night room at the Marriott from Thur-Monday....I HATE YOU.

All kidding aside, I was wondering if there was a way to guarantee a room to stay reserved no matter when you check in by paying early. I got a room from Thur-Mon at the Marriott and can't seem to figure out an option for pre-paying.

Sorry if I'm not supposed to ask general questions within this thread.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: sael on February 06, 2012, 06:21:47 PM
Perhaps someone can assist me...

I have a room at the Fairmont and am on the waitlist for a suite. The Fanime reservation page lists it as a "Junior Suite" but I do not see that option listed on the Fairmont Suites description page (http://www.fairmont.com/sanjose/Accommodations/SuitesIndex.htm). Am I correct in believing that the "Junior Suite" is an Executive suite, or is it something different?
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on February 06, 2012, 06:53:02 PM
There should have been an option for those booking multiple rooms. Not that I'm complaining it's just I was booking rooms for a larger group and we're trying to stay in one hotel and that hotel good booked up on the room price level I was booking midway through booking them, so I had to move all of them into another hotel so we could stay together etc.

I got it done and my college's Genshiken (yes that's our club's name) is booked to come, it was jus a slightly annoying experience going through the screen six times in a row.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: InsaneChan on February 06, 2012, 07:04:56 PM
Got a room at the Saint Claire! I was considering trying the Hilton or Marriott this year just for something new, but they were gone by the time I logged on, so it's the Saint Clare again this year ^^ I'm pretty happy about it though--I stayed there last year and they were amazing.
Title: Re: Hotel Website Goes Live on February 6th at Noon (and FAQ)
Post by: MPLe on February 06, 2012, 07:43:56 PM
I normally hate locking threads, but it was just completely easier to manage a brand new thread for FAQ. If you have questions that weren't answered in this thread, I have PMed you. If I missed your question, please PM it to me (and I'm sorry for missing it).

http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,16902.0.html