HOTEL RESERVATIONS TO OPEN FEBRUARY 2 -- WEATHER PERMITTING!

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Skyline in the Rain - Pittsburgh Skyline, No. 28

Anthrocon will open hotel reservations at 9:00 AM on February 2, 2011.   There will be links published on this site that will allow you to make reservations at our flagship Westin Convention Center Hotel, as well as our all-within-easy-walking-distance satellite hotels, the Doubletree, Courtyard and Omni William Penn, or at least that is the plan! An approaching ice storm threatens to leave us without power which may make updating our site with the required information difficult.  Rest assured, though, that we will make every effort humanly (and otherly) possible to stick to our promised opening time.  Check this site at 9 AM on February 2.  Depending on your browser and its version, you may have to reload your page (hit F5 on your keyboard).

If circumstances absolutely prevent us from opening on time, we shall delay the opening date (both for online reservations and for phone reservations) until February 3 at 9:00. 

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9:00 AM Eastern Time, yes?

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yes, 9:00 AM EST!

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COUNTDOWN !  http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcounter.html?month=02&day=02&year=2011&hour=09&min=00&sec=00&p0=198

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I hope to reserve a room this year at the Westin. I'll check back here tomorrow morning for that.

How fast do rooms at the Westin get snapped up? I'm afraid by the time I log in tomorrow to reserve, I may lose out again.

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I believe last year the Westin rooms with 2 double beds were sold out within 2 days of reservations opening.

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I have hard data that shows that we still had rooms available at the Westin last year 24 hours after we opened.

This year, we'll see.

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Hard data is meh!  GIVE ME GOSSIP, RUMOR AND URBAN LEGEND ANYDAY!

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Better set your alarms furries... :P  Unfortuantely-ish, I'll be up already.  College, why you so early?

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Thanks, Kage. I'll get up early to ensure I get a reservation at the Westin. I'm also concerned about the upcoming storm.

Will the Westin offer online reservations?

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You will be able to reserve online or by phone.  The links will be posted when the reservations open up.

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Just to give folks some more detail on what's going on tomorrow...

My original plan was to take a train into work in the city extra early, and be at the office by 8 AM.  So even if my train is a bit delayed, or I lose power at home, I should almost certainly have power and Internet at the office, since I work in a highrise in the middle of the city.  However, if the train system loses power or has downed wires, then I'm pretty much stuck at home.

The backup plan to this is for Kage to update the site himself.  However, if he too loses power, then we'll have to postpone the update.

No matter what happens, I have Twitter on my iPhone, so our Twitter feed will be updated accordingly. That URL is http://twitter.com/Anthrocon

(Note that our web server itself is in a data center in another state, with a backup power system)

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ill be wakin up early & nabbing a room. im all clear for the week of AC (& then some) from work! :3

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up and ready to get mah room woo!

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Has room!

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BLAM! DONE!

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Room get! *insert Zelda item music here*

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I prefer the after fight music from Final Fantasy VII! Got my room and doing my victory sword twirl!!

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Hotel Registration page worked like a charm! Up and Running at precisely 9AM EST.

 

I has Rooms!

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It was more like 9:00:20 AM by server time.  I botched a config line in settings.php and we had 20 seconds of downtime while I figured that out. Sticking out tongue

 

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Please check with the Courtyard.  They're not listing the group discount on the site.  The rooms are $289 for a double.

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Really?  When I booked my room, I had to hard-refresh every five seconds until the server time was past 9:02AM.

Oh wel.  Either way, I do have my room. Smiling

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The site cache didn't finish getting purged until about 9:02 AM. (since each page can take dozens of database queries to create, the results of loading an entire page are cached for users who aren't logged in)

 

 

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Thanks Uncle Kage. I got my room Smiling

 

Here's a thought. Can you give us all a heads up what we need to do when we check in. That is what is EXPECTED OF US... from the Hotel people when we check in. Isnt there a "PAY UP FRONT plus $60 Fee thingy expected Smiling

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There is a non-refundable deposit of one night's stay, (this year about $150.50).  As has been repeatedly stated for the past few years.

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If you put it on a credit card when you check in, there is no additional fee. If you are paying with cash they'll probably want the full stay plus an additional (refundable) fee to cover movies/mini bar/damages/etc that would need to be charged to the room. As long as you don't incur any charges, you would get that back when you checked out.

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Fianlly got the reservation.  The page wouldn't load for me until 9:02 am, so naturally I was worried.  Thankfully it was all over and done by 9:10am.

Now looking for for roommates.

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Got my reservation at the Courtyard Tuesday 21-Monday 27th, but they said there was no group rate for Sunday night. So I have to swallow the whole $249 fee...

 

Anyone else have this?

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Yes, you should call them and explain what's going on.  I'm going to wait a while and hopefully things are straightened out in a while. Check the site again, there's no group rate listed at ALL.  It's $289 per night and drops to $249.

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I -CALLED- Marriot.  They don't have group rates open yet... Guys, don't reserve until this gets straightened out!

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I did mine over the phone too because their website wasn't working for me. I HAVE the group rate for all nights, except Sunday night. This doesn't seem right, but I took it for now...

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I can't.  That's too expensive.  >.<  I was hoping to avoid the Westin elevators this year.

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They're telling you there's no AC rate all all? That's even weirder.

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You were too slow!  We are sold out on Sunday night as well as Wednesday night, and by now possibly on the other nights.  We only have a block of 50 rooms at the Courtyard (the most they can offer us).

remember, if even one of the nights that you are requesting is sold out, the reservation agent's computer will simply say "Not available."

 

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Oh geeze. @_@  Well, I snagged a king sized bed at Westin. Sticking out tongue  It's just $4 more.

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Wow! That must be why the online reservation didn't work... but I was on the site the moment it came up!  Even after calling, my reservation was made at 9:07am. So the Sunday night sold out within minutes. Scary.

Fortunately, I have three roommates this year, so splitting up that last night's fee of $250 shouldn't be too painful.

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Just made my reservation! I hope so anyways.

Went through everything and made the 150 dollar down payment (after taxes)~

No Omni Williams for me this year >:D

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DONE!

First time to AC, and now everything is booked!

 

...Is it june yet?

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Got my room booked for the Westin!! Gumdrops, rainbows and sweet furry madness!! ^^

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Got me a room in the westin! I hope that I'll get a floor close to ground so I don't die while waiting for the elevator... ^^;

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Fursuit priority is my -favorite- rule ;3

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Got a room at the Westin! Only one King bed so I guess my friends and I will be bed swapping, haha. My room is full for now but if any of my friends drop off I'll open it up to others. Good luck to everyone trying to get a room! Oh goody, time to start the Anthrocon countdown! =D

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One King-sized bed room.  Check.

One happy gryphoness.  Check.

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