So I went ahead and already reserved a hotel 3 blocks from the convention center. 4 from Riverwalk. I am from Houston so this is an easy drive for me and just visited San Antonio. As of now, my wife is not going, but my room has a sleeper sofa. If anyone is looking, the price is pretty cheap considering. I will also see if there is anything should they decide to do Onpeak for this. But hotels near the Riverwalk generally run 150-300 easy. Generally never cheap. If anyone is interested, I should ideally have 2 spots available.
"Great's okay, but amazing would be great."
The good news is that there are a bunch of hotels within a half mile and January is a slow month so hopefully there will be great deals to grab (and a sufficient system to accept them)
When will the PAX South forum go up?
As far as if it will be difficult to get tickets or not, there's no way to tell since it hasn't happened yet. The first pax east wasn't too bad, but both USA paxes sell out SUPER fast now. You cannot get in without a pre-purchased ticket. If they sell out, they sell out. Sometimes people have luck getting them from third parties who are re-selling them because they're scalpers or they're just people who were going to go who can't anymore.
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Airfare is another matter, sadly...
I went to PAX East 2011 by deciding to go 3 weeks before the event, tons of weekend passes were still available. It's still kind of stunning how quickly it became so tough to go...
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It will probably depend on the allotment that onPeak (or whoever PA uses for mass hotel reservations) uses for PAX South, and how many hotel rooms are left for booking outside of that.
If you can, I'd grab a hotel room now, that allows you cancel without any penalties.
Once ticket sales start, hotel bookings follow. And in both cases, they sell out pretty quickly.
I currently have a hotel reservation for the Hyatt, but I can cancel if I can't get tickets/can't make it.
The Hotel is 0.8 miles away from convention center. The Riverwalk Water Taxi takes you door to door.
Forumer's Welcome Party and Guestroom Block
January 22-25, 2015
The El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel is located directly on the banks of the world-famous San Antonio Riverwalk in the heart of the contemporary Museum Reach of the Riverwalk. Our hotel features 308 comfortable guestrooms including 7 suites and our premier level, “El Nueve”.
Mango’s Restaurant offers a full breakfast buffet daily. For sandwiches, paninis, gourmet pizzas, beverages and our proprietary line of specialty coffees be sure and visit Expresso’s Café. Our poolside, seasonal Tiki Bar offers our own specialty drinks and full bar offerings daily. Be sure and check out the Riverwalk Veranda and enjoy the river while sipping your favorite beverage.
Our main lobby features exquisite art work, and the beautiful, winding staircase leading to the second floor courtyard and pool deck. The courtyard boasts 20-foot palm trees, retro pool furniture and an evening fire pit.
The El Tropicano Riverwalk is a “resort style” tropical themed hotel that offers 37,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Don’t forget to stop by our Aviary and visit with Ricky, our resident Toucan.
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Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Guestroom Only $139 $139 $139 $139
Guestroom with Breakfast $149 $149 $155 $161
Guestroom, Breakfast, River taxi pass $174 $199 $230 $261
Guestroom, Breakfast, River taxi pass $159 $169 $185 $201
PREPAX FORUMERS DINNER - Jan 22, 2015 - SIT DOWN (NOT BUFFET) 200 Person Max
$26.00++ (Tax and Gratuity extra)
Beef or Chicken Fajitas
with Beans and Mexican Rice
Dinner includes soda bar during dinner hour
PAX FORUMERS FAREWELL - January 24, 2015 -200 Person Max
$21.00++ (Tax and Gratuity extra)
Domestic Cheese Display
If we get 100+ People at either Dinner or Reception we can choose between these add-ons
Premium $15 First Hour / $10 Each Additional Hour (includes 100 bartender fee)
Includes: Premium Brands
Tex Mex Bar $15 First Hour / $8 Each Additional Hour (includes 100 bartender fee)
Includes: Margaritas on the Rocks
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Cant wait for the PAX hotel blocks to become available! and tickets too!
My OnPeak would have been $10 more at the Hilton. I know that at the Sheraton for Prime in 2013 the internet was free for PAX. That might be an advantage to going with the OnPeak one. But I don't know.
Yeah. The OnPeak Hyatt rate is only slightly cheaper than the "just in case" rate I already had. I'm not sure about the second question though. I've personally never experienced any issues with my reservations, but part of me wants to think that the slight edge would go to OnPeak maybe?
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