I live within easy driving distance of the venue for PAX this year, but I'm waffling over whether or not to get a hotel room, mostly over the issue of Where To Put the Car. Parking downtown is a bit of a challenge if you intend to stay all day and get out late.
Aside from parking at Pacific Place all weekend long, since as far as I know it's still open 24 hours, does anyone have recommendations / know of arrangements for this? Or would I be better off just getting a hotel room, walking over and not worrying about it?
(There are other reasons I can think of for staying downtown during the weekend, and I might have friends coming who are planning to do so as well, but I might as well get all bases covered....)
Also, street parking is free on Sunday downtown, so after 6 PM on Saturday it's free game.
Another option is to use the park and ride lots, where you can park your car and bus downtown.
If you live in Seattle and are still considering staying at one of the convention hotels, I would seriously recommend just cabbing it downtown. (or cabpool it!)
Hope this helps!
There are a few within a couple blocks or so. Not sure on the costs of them though.
I know its cheaper than the convention center/hotels
Security could be a problem, though.
Hey any help ya locals can do for the guys who are driving cross country would be greatly appreciated.
From the Seattle P-I:
Transportation officials have a vacation tip for harried Interstate 5 commuters: August would be a really good month to get out of town.
That's because a major highway renovation is planned between Aug. 10 and 29. State Transportation Department officials announced the renovation Wednesday -- giving drivers almost six months to make alternate plans.
The department plans to pave more than one mile of northbound I-5 and replace 33 failing bridge expansion joints between South Spokane Street and Interstate 90. The repairs should significantly affect traffic when crews close several of the five northbound lanes at all times, leaving only two or three lanes open to workday traffic.
"If we don't get at least 50 percent of the traffic diverted, you'll be driving in a parking lot," Martin Dedinsky, manager of the department's traffic management center said. "You can easily expect backups to be to Southcenter. The morning commute will be the worst."
eta: a few more details:
AUGUST 1-5 RENOVATIONS
Number of lanes on northbound Interstate 5: 5
Lanes closed during the first half of 19-day closure: 2 of 5
Lanes closed during the second half of 19-day closure: 3 of 5 (4 of 5 between midnight and 5 a.m.)
Number of on- and off-ramps closed periodically during construction: 5 (Spokane Street, Columbian Way, Fourth Avenue South, Interstate 90, I-5 CD, including exits to Dearborn, James and Madison Streets)
just park it at your hotel, you'll get free parking with your stay. assuming you don't mind walking a few blocks, but don't forget about the pax shuttle buses that go to the hotels and the show, i assume those will be in service again this year? (r.i.p. gamer transit authority (gta))
i've got 3 options some might consider, 1, i'll take my motorcycle (free parking everywhere for bikes, but can't carry much stuff), 2, i live in issaquah, so i'll park at the p&r and bus it down (but i hate travelling by their schedules, i like to go when i want to go, plus buses stink!), or 3, i might just carpool with a few friends. 5 people in one car going in on $30 of parking, only $6 a piece, not a bad deal.
Hotels are so expensive though, and I live on the Eastside.
Can I sleep on your doorstep, Doc?
You know me, I'm the guy who said, "Hi Doc" at the exhibition room last year.
Actually if you guys would have noticed... the hotels that we are staying at (the ones with the PAX rates) are going to be charge $26 a night to park at the hotels. And the expo center is going to charge $24. Which is why we're looking for someplace cheaper.
I would be very surprised if you made the clearance for Seattle underground parking.
Last time I checked the hotel parking is extra. The lady even quoted it to me on the phone.
No shuttles. The hotels are MUCH closer. The size of 1 bellevue city block is about 2 seattle ones :P
Next week ill go park downtown for a few hours and do a walkaround within like a 10 block radius of the wsctc and start taking notes about parking.
Get the PAX 2008 Countdown widget and while away your sad, pathetic life watching it tick down the hours to PAX '08!
WSCTC 4th floor:
WSCTC 1st floor:
Taco Del Mar (GIANT yummeh burritos if you are unfamlair with them)
Some pizza place that i cant think of the name of
Just outside of the WSCTC entrance:
Another subway (AFAIK that one and the one inside the wsctc share the same stockroom).
There will be a map showing whats nearby eventually, and there is an enforcer task force being organized to go around to all the restaurants within a decent walking distance of the WSCTC to make them aware of PAX and that they should stock accordingly.
Unfortunally there isnt much fast food close to the WSCTC except for Taco del mar and the subways Although I know that is all that I need to survive pax, the lines will be horrible though.
Don't forget the bath-tub full of beer you had.
Also this luggage case the Neskimos brought with them.
Typically ones focus is on the trainwreck :-p
I think that was that stripper who drank half a bottle of Patron...
They cast a shadow like a sundial in the morning light. It was half past 10.
(should we start a Beer Exchange thread for this one)
Don't worry I didn't like Buds much last year but Sparks are fucking awesome and if I go to Mexico this summer I am bring back some bottles that aren't going to be anywhere in the states except in an immigrant's garage in a diry old case. So I need to think up some recipes that are pretty much Bawls + Tequila + Sparks.