|Some info on the Baltimore/Huntsville Marriott
||[Mar. 5th, 2009|01:37 am]
Some of my LJ friends were giving me info about the hotel FaerieCon is moved to in Huntsville, MD:
> I remember it being a nice place. Has a swimming pool. Plenty of rooms
> for panels, big space for guest Q&As, dances, etc.
> The down side? It's in the middle of nowhere. You can't just walk to
> places to eat, grocery stores, etc. I remember being limited to whatever
> food was on sale there inside the hotel. (If you have a car with you,
> that would open your options, but this is not in the city.) Unless the
> area has changed since I was there, which was more than 10 years ago.
A friend who lives nearby replied to this:
"It's changed! It's fairly developed and there's a mall nearby, but I don't think I'd call it all pedestrian friendly or quite 'walking distance'. Sometimes just hiding in a hotel all weekend and pretending the outside world doesn't exist is a good thing."
That last I've found to be true. It works very well for Arisia, a sci fi convention my SO helps organize, that's held in Boston (Cambridge, actually) every January, always at a hotel. Being able to wander about outside your room, and have EVERYTHING right there, is very convenient. Not having to wander the streets from hotel to convention center to balls in fae garb AND winter coats in November will be nice also. :-)
It IS a bit of a downer for those who cannot afford to be spending extra money on hotel priced food. Best to plan for that and pack "picnic" type food for the hotel room. We should find out if they have small fridges in the hotel rooms, besides the usual coffee-making equipment. Some do. I suspect most of us can survive a bit of "camping out/roughing it" for two or three days. Granola protein bars, anyone? ;-P
Or maybe they can arrange for hotel-to-mall transport. At Arisia they have buses taking people back and forth from the hotel to the nearest Train station, and drop off points en route where there are other eating options. But it's taken Arisia many years to work out those kinks, and no matter what one plans for, there are ALWAYS going to be contingencies. You just can't please all the people all the time, even in an ideal world.