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Title: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: Roger Burns on March 06, 2014, 04:26:24 PM
I don't want to start a panic, but when checking into the hotels next to the Devos center in GR, several people in my club found that they had sold rooms using the AHA/NHC rate and are filled for the dates of the conference already.

I had held off, like many, waiting for the official announcement for hotel information.  I'm hoping that the hotels are filled because they have not released the room blocks yet.

Any idea what's up with hotel options?

regards,
Roger
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: micsager on March 06, 2014, 04:35:02 PM
I don't want to start a panic, but when checking into the hotels next to the Devos center in GR, several people in my club found that they had sold rooms using the AHA/NHC rate and are filled for the dates of the conference already.

I had held off, like many, waiting for the official announcement for hotel information.  I'm hoping that the hotels are filled because they have not released the room blocks yet.

Any idea what's up with hotel options?

regards,
Roger

I can't imagine that's accurate. 
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: kramerog on March 06, 2014, 04:51:22 PM
I haven't received the hotel announcement yet. 
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: wmbolling on March 06, 2014, 04:51:35 PM
We are holding blocks of rooms at several Grand Rapids hotels- they are not sold out yet. Conference registrants who have already paid for their tickets will be receiving information about booking travel via email tomorrow morning.

Cheers,

Matt Bolling
Events & Membership Coordinator
American Homebrewers Association
736 Pearl St |Boulder, CO, 80302
303.447.0816 ext 184
matt@brewersassociation.org
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: Roger Burns on March 06, 2014, 05:04:57 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: lilrascal on March 07, 2014, 04:22:37 PM
Has anyone got an email yet this morning regarding the hotels.  I have not, but my email server seems to be acting up as of late.
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: micsager on March 07, 2014, 04:29:50 PM
Has anyone got an email yet this morning regarding the hotels.  I have not, but my email server seems to be acting up as of late.

Nothing in my email box.  It's still "morning" for another 3.5 hours, LOL

I'm just glad we'll be driving in to town.  That little airport may not be able to handle all of us.......
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: micsager on March 07, 2014, 05:01:41 PM
Email just came through.  We are at the Amway!!!!!!

Can't wait.  And driving from MPLS, so we'll have to stop in New Glarus, WI.  LOL
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: udubdawg on March 07, 2014, 05:06:35 PM
Marriott filled up on Tuesday in the time it took me to make a couple clicks, so I'm at the Amway for the other 4, at least.  Will make other arrangements for that first night or check back later in the spring...

glad that's mostly out of the way, at least.
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: garc_mall on March 07, 2014, 05:07:40 PM
Email just came through.  We are at the Amway!!!!!!

Can't wait.  And driving from MPLS, so we'll have to stop in New Glarus, WI.  LOL

Hard day. I might have to ask you to bring me back a couple bottles.
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: lilrascal on March 07, 2014, 05:10:10 PM
Marriott filled up on Tuesday in the time it took me to make a couple clicks, so I'm at the Amway for the other 4, at least.  Will make other arrangements for that first night or check back later in the spring...

glad that's mostly out of the way, at least.

Was just able to book the JW Marriott with the AHA link for Tues-Sun.  JW's are usually really nice.  You might want to try today now that the rooms are released.
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: AmandaK on March 07, 2014, 05:10:38 PM
We are at the Amway as well.

That process could use improvement though!
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: udubdawg on March 07, 2014, 05:14:25 PM
Marriott filled up on Tuesday in the time it took me to make a couple clicks, so I'm at the Amway for the other 4, at least.  Will make other arrangements for that first night or check back later in the spring...

glad that's mostly out of the way, at least.

Was just able to book the JW Marriott with the AHA link for Tues-Sun.  JW's are usually really nice.  You might want to try today now that the rooms are released.

actually that's what I tried.  it showed availability, I clicked it, and it said no availability anymore.  whatever; just glad to be there.  And have to figure out how to manage a Wednesday arrival with an 8:30 am Wednesday Mead exam.   ;)

cheers--
--Michael
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Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: mabrungard on March 07, 2014, 05:14:43 PM
It only took a minute to book my room at the Amway.
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 07, 2014, 05:20:41 PM
Email just came through.  We are at the Amway!!!!!!

Can't wait.  And driving from MPLS, so we'll have to stop in New Glarus, WI.  LOL
No plans to stop at Lazy Monk to try Lazy Monk beers?
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: micsager on March 07, 2014, 05:23:06 PM
Email just came through.  We are at the Amway!!!!!!

Can't wait.  And driving from MPLS, so we'll have to stop in New Glarus, WI.  LOL
No plans to stop at Lazy Monk to try Lazy Monk beers?

Oh yea, we'll stop there.  But spending the night in New Glarus. 
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: Pinski on March 07, 2014, 05:35:24 PM
In at the Amway. Process was a breeze. No worries.
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: lilrascal on March 07, 2014, 05:42:44 PM
Does appear that Tuesday night is sold out at both Amway and Marriott.  Glad I was sitting at the computer.

Driving from Wisconsin.  Will be sure to bring a few bottles of the New Glarus Cherry that I still have in the cellar, so that I can make a few friends.

Excited, but still real disappointed about the loss of Pro night.  Also am hoping they have club night in a larger space than last year. 
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: Herminator on March 07, 2014, 06:57:48 PM
Amway and JW are really nice hotels.  Can't go wrong with those.  The others are some great options also.  Cheers!
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: narvin on March 08, 2014, 05:28:28 AM
I 'm annoyed that the hotel email went out only to people who paid even though all those who registered in the lottery have until Sunday to pay. I would have already, but I'm trying to get my new family membership sorted out because of the new requirement that your SO guest pays AHA dues.

What are the closest hotels other than the Marriott and Amway?
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: klickitat jim on March 08, 2014, 05:46:09 AM
I'm not going this year, but San Diego for sure. I'm curious, why couldn't a person make hotel reservations as soon as you know you're going? For me that would be in late November when vacation bidding is completed. Is that possible or are you required to wait until the AHA says you can?
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: morticaixavier on March 08, 2014, 06:50:22 AM
I'm not going this year, but San Diego for sure. I'm curious, why couldn't a person make hotel reservations as soon as you know you're going? For me that would be in late November when vacation bidding is completed. Is that possible or are you required to wait until the AHA says you can?

if you want the conference rate you have towait till AHA releases that block of rooms. If you don't mind paying full price for the room than by all means.
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: klickitat jim on March 08, 2014, 07:32:11 AM
Ok cool
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: bonjour on March 08, 2014, 03:04:20 PM
If the AHA didn't book blocks of rooms, other non-AHA people would book those rooms, and you not have the opportunity to book those rooms at all.  Having rooms available for attendees is a very important part of the planning process.
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: MDixon on March 09, 2014, 02:46:52 PM
FWIW - some of us never got the hotel email. Luckily it was forwarded from a club member.
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: mr_bob on March 09, 2014, 02:52:15 PM
All the Hotels near the conference quickly sold out. The one available now is at the airport which is 10+ miles away.

Should have booked long ago and not waited for the official AHA release of hotels.
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: bonjour on March 09, 2014, 04:10:28 PM
FWIW - some of us never got the hotel email. Luckily it was forwarded from a club member.
Sorry to hear that Mike but I seriously want to know.

Dumb question, did you check your spam folder etc.?

And did this happen to anyone else?  Please be specific.

This is a first time doing it this way and with Altitude Tickets and we really want to know about the glitches.

Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: MDixon on March 09, 2014, 05:28:26 PM
No spam filter/folder to check - shh, don't tell the spammers. ;)
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: tntjr on March 09, 2014, 06:38:25 PM
FWIW - some of us never got the hotel email. Luckily it was forwarded from a club member.
Sorry to hear that Mike but I seriously want to know.

Dumb question, did you check your spam folder etc.?

And did this happen to anyone else?  Please be specific.

This is a first time doing it this way and with Altitude Tickets and we really want to know about the glitches.

Happened to me. The email was not redirected to spam or another folder, I just never got it.

Tom
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: smkranz on March 10, 2014, 04:11:04 AM
A club member and I started working the phone and online shortly after we received the email.  I could not find one hotel with online booking, that had Tuesday availability.  My buddy did get one for us at a listed hotel by working the phone, but it's not at the conference rate :(  and it's several miles away :( :( .  Tuesday night is necessary for those of us coming in from far away, for the BJCP exam & reception.

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Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: guido on March 10, 2014, 09:17:32 AM
A club member and I started working the phone and online shortly after we received the email.  I could not find one hotel with online booking, that had Tuesday availability.  My buddy did get one for us at a listed hotel by working the phone, but it's not at the conference rate :(  and it's several miles away :( :( .  Tuesday night is necessary for those of us coming in from far away, for the BJCP exam & reception.

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Gee, Monday availability is what did me in. Otherwise, I could have booked a hotel much closer.  I decided to attend one of the Tuesday events and fly in Monday.  I thought there would be no problem for a room on Monday.  If there's going to be Tuesday events in San Diego, the AHA might want to consider more rooms for Monday.
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: ajk on March 10, 2014, 11:57:42 AM

Should have booked long ago and not waited for the official AHA release of hotels.
I tried that back in January, and it didn't work. The AHA blocks were apparently already reserved, and there was very little availability outside of them. 
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: narvin on March 10, 2014, 02:24:29 PM
Kathryn forwarded me the email on Saturday since I registered late.  I ended up getting a room at the Holiday Inn just across the river, about a half mile away.  The NHC rate was all booked up, unfortunately, but I'm just glad to be close by  :)
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: bierrox on March 10, 2014, 09:54:02 PM
I have never received the email even though I paid for my tickets already and received my confirmation from altitude. The email didn't go to SPAM. I've been checking that too.

I'm really bummed now since I haven't booked a room yet. I've email someone at the AHA but haven't heard anything. What happened to the email I was supposed to get?

Bummed in Indy :(
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 11, 2014, 01:14:37 AM
I have never received the email even though I paid for my tickets already and received my confirmation from altitude. The email didn't go to SPAM. I've been checking that too.

I'm really bummed now since I haven't booked a room yet. I've email someone at the AHA but haven't heard anything. What happened to the email I was supposed to get?

Bummed in Indy :(
Contact Katherine ASAP. At the end she says some rooms available.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=18536.msg236889#msg236889
Title: Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
Post by: bierrox on March 11, 2014, 02:37:32 AM
Thanks for the advice. I sent an email earlier today and she responded with the link. I've book at the crowne plaza for a good rate. I'm not sure what the glitch with the email was, but it's all worked out in the end. Looking forward to June now.

Cheers!