Not a bad idea but there is a lot of hotels in that area. Is there any major benefit to getting into the conference hotel?For ANY conference, having your room nearby is nice. You can go back when you want, don't have to schlep stuff with you all day. Take a nap. Etc. A block or two away is fine, but too far and it starts to cramp your style. I imagine this is even more true for AHA since it is LONGER - 8am until 11pm or later and includes drinking.