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PAX EAST 2019 HOTELS LIVE

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  • Bunta_FujiwaraBunta_Fujiwara Albany, NYRegistered User regular
    falkness wrote: »
    You might have to wait until the hotel gets the reservations and you will have to call them. If not, then ask at check in. You may even get a free upgrade. I did at the Element last year when my preferred bed type was sold out online.
    I'll definitely try that when they go through. I'd prefer not to leave the convention to switch rooms.

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  • NFGNFG NintendoFanGirl Registered User regular
    falkness wrote: »
    You might have to wait until the hotel gets the reservations and you will have to call them. If not, then ask at check in. You may even get a free upgrade. I did at the Element last year when my preferred bed type was sold out online.
    I'll definitely try that when they go through. I'd prefer not to leave the convention to switch rooms.

    They will likely be able to handle it for you, but if worse comes to worse, you can leave your bags with the front desk in the morning and pick them up/check in to the new room when you return from the con, shouldn't have to leave the con to switch rooms either way!

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  • sfford2008sfford2008 Registered User regular
    Has anyone figured out how to cancel a reservation on this site? I can't seem to figure it out. Do you need to call them to cancel?

  • lauren0rzlauren0rz Registered User regular
    sfford2008 wrote: »
    Has anyone figured out how to cancel a reservation on this site? I can't seem to figure it out. Do you need to call them to cancel?

    After you click Manage Existing Reservation and put in your #/name, it should bring you to your reservation info where there's a Modify (red) and a Cancel (gray) button.

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  • sfford2008sfford2008 Registered User regular
    lauren0rz wrote: »
    sfford2008 wrote: »
    Has anyone figured out how to cancel a reservation on this site? I can't seem to figure it out. Do you need to call them to cancel?

    After you click Manage Existing Reservation and put in your #/name, it should bring you to your reservation info where there's a Modify (red) and a Cancel (gray) button.

    Thanks feels like a silly question now that I see it...

  • imPokerFaceimPokerFace Registered User regular
    westin has king bed open for thurs-sunday

  • MephistoN7MephistoN7 Registered User regular
    westin has king bed open for thurs-sunday

    Just added a coveted Sunday night Westin to my reservation to complete the five day extravaganza.

    Two more months, ladies and gents!

  • 3ricG3ricG New Jersey/PhiladelphiaRegistered User regular
    I booked a room at the Hilton Downtown, but it looks like they changed the room from a Quad to a standard king... guess we'll have to have people sleeping on the floor.... Not sure if I did something wrong with the new booking system, or if something else is up. For the past 8 years I booked quads, and it looks like I somehow managed to botch this year, or something else went wrong :(

  • imPokerFaceimPokerFace Registered User regular
    Thursday - Sunday King bed at westin available

    Wednesday - Thursday at the aloft is available

  • LejicLejic Registered User regular
    I've only been to East once before, stayed at Westin. This time I have reservation for Aloft for half, Westin for the second (PAX) half of the week... People with experience at either, do you think Westin is worth the trouble of having to check out and in?

  • Bunta_FujiwaraBunta_Fujiwara Albany, NYRegistered User regular
    edited February 5
    I've stayed at the Westin for the past 4-5 years for PAX. THe convenience alone is worth it. Being able to walk the skybridge to go back to my room, Grab a drink, a snack, use a bathroom in peace, ability to run merch back and be back and not carry it around. That alone makes me hunt for it year after year. I've spent time in Aloft in friends' rooms too, they are nice, but when that wind chill is as bad as it was the year before last, I'd rather be connected directly.

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  • mayapplemayapple Registered User regular
    I've stayed at the Westin for the past 4-5 years for PAX. THe convenience alone is worth it. Being able to walk the skybridge to go back to my room, Grab a drink, a snack, use a bathroom in peace, ability to run merch back and be back and not carry it around. That alone makes me hunt for it year after year. I've spent time in Aloft in friends' rooms too, they are nice, but when that wind chill is as bad as it was the year before last, I'd rather be connected directly.

    We've done both, but the Aloft was amazing last year for our group, and honestly worked better with the kids noise and crowd wise. It was close enough to easily walk to, but also felt separated enough. The Westin is always sooo busy. Getting a cab or an uber is hell. Honeslty, my favorite hotel in the area is the Renn, but its just so far to walk with kids in the cold. But the convenience to the food is stellar. I hate the seaport, but Ill save that rant for another time lol.

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  • XenigmaXenigma Registered User regular
    My favorite is the Seaport, in large part because it is right next to the T and a very short walk from the BCEC. Westin's skybridge is a killer feature, but in my recollection the rooms are small and the wi-fi is very slow. Renaissance is nice, albeit a bit more of a walk than you really want from a near-con hotel. No experience with Aloft or Element but seems like people certainly like them well enough.

  • iltailta Registered User regular
    edited February 6
    Aloft Element is always my first choice. New rooms, free wifi, directly across the street from the BCEC side doors, BREAKFAST. This year my group ended up doing Element Aloft, and given the hotel mess frankly I'm grateful even that happened. No breakfast, but the other benefits are real.

    The Westin skybridge is nice but the time when you need it the most -- first thing in the morning -- is also when it's closed to regular traffic (they'll let medical and special badges through, though). So you're stuck going through the front entrance madness with everybody else, and even when the skybridge is open it can get pretty backed up.

    With that said, as a photographer, being able to go to the room and pick up / drop off my gear in the middle of the day without ever going outside or crossing a street is pretty darn nice. Good for dropping off purchases too instead of carrying them around because you don't want to take the 15 or 20 minutes to leave, go outside, go to the hotel, and go back through security (instead, maybe more like 5 or 10, depending on the line and elevator times, but none of that time is spent outside). That might be worth a smaller, older room and no/slow wifi.


    (EDIT: Oops, mixed 'em up. The Element is the one with the breakfast. Aloft is still pretty great though!)

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  • mayapplemayapple Registered User regular
    ilta wrote: »
    Aloft is always my first choice. New rooms, free wifi, directly across the street from the BCEC side doors, BREAKFAST. This year my group ended up doing Element, and given the hotel mess frankly I'm grateful even that happened. No breakfast, but the other benefits are real.
    Aloft has breakfast!? How did i miss this?

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  • iltailta Registered User regular
    it's a little buried, but it was in the "amenities" when OnPeak ran things. As I recall, there's an omelette station and everything.

  • hobbseltoffhobbseltoff Sammamish, WARegistered User regular
    ilta wrote: »
    it's a little buried, but it was in the "amenities" when OnPeak ran things. As I recall, there's an omelette station and everything.

    I think you're confusing it with the Element, the Aloft doesn't offer hot food and just has the convenience store.

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  • iltailta Registered User regular
    ilta wrote: »
    it's a little buried, but it was in the "amenities" when OnPeak ran things. As I recall, there's an omelette station and everything.

    I think you're confusing it with the Element, the Aloft doesn't offer hot food and just has the convenience store.

    oh, shoot, you are right. The Element has hot food, and the Aloft is what I got. I'll fix my original post.

  • misterjeffmisterjeff Registered User regular
    If anyone can't keep their reservation at the Westin, send me a message. I'm looking for something a bit closer.

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  • LejicLejic Registered User regular
    Thanks everyone for the input! :) I also got to learn about Aloft not having any warm food - good to know!

  • hobbseltoffhobbseltoff Sammamish, WARegistered User regular
    Lejic wrote: »
    Thanks everyone for the input! :) I also got to learn about Aloft not having any warm food - good to know!

    They do have a small frozen food section and a microwave if that's your thing but I just meant they don't have a continental breakfast or restaurant.

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  • sammillssammills NJRegistered User regular
    Got a Westin & Element, so dropping a Wed-Sun at the Renaissance right now if anyone wants to nab it.

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  • Jer1ch0Jer1ch0 Registered User regular
    argh - almost there - now have 27th at Element and 28-1 at Westin. If anyone frees up a 27th at Westin feel free to ping me. Once that happens I will be freeing up a full stint of the 27-1 at Renaissance. This is the worst part of PAX planning and I run this gauntlet every year LOL.

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  • casstronautcasstronaut Boston, MARegistered User regular
    Jer1ch0 wrote: »
    argh - almost there - now have 27th at Element and 28-1 at Westin. If anyone frees up a 27th at Westin feel free to ping me. Once that happens I will be freeing up a full stint of the 27-1 at Renaissance. This is the worst part of PAX planning and I run this gauntlet every year LOL.

    Same. Right now I have a Th-Sat at Aloft (which I haven't stayed at before). I only have Sat at the Westin, and I've been refreshing for daaaaays looking for Th/Fri. The Westin is highly-coveted for me because of the skybridge -- but the Aloft actually looks cooler in some ways, and it's still very close to the BCEC. Maybe I should just give up on the Westin. :\

  • Jer1ch0Jer1ch0 Registered User regular
    Jer1ch0 wrote: »
    argh - almost there - now have 27th at Element and 28-1 at Westin. If anyone frees up a 27th at Westin feel free to ping me. Once that happens I will be freeing up a full stint of the 27-1 at Renaissance. This is the worst part of PAX planning and I run this gauntlet every year LOL.

    Same. Right now I have a Th-Sat at Aloft (which I haven't stayed at before). I only have Sat at the Westin, and I've been refreshing for daaaaays looking for Th/Fri. The Westin is highly-coveted for me because of the skybridge -- but the Aloft actually looks cooler in some ways, and it's still very close to the BCEC. Maybe I should just give up on the Westin. :\

    Aloft is quite cute stayed there before - super modern rooms and close enough - but the skybridge is just so darn amazing once the days are in flight which makes Westin #1 choice to all. My second choice is element for free breakfast and nice facilities.

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  • SinoSambaSinoSamba CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    I'm skipping East this year, but how is the new site for booking and changing reservations? Onpeak was good for booking but it was kind of obtuse for changes. Trying to prepare myself for West.

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  • MarinoMarino Giant Bomb Moderator / League of Heels Webmaster Registered User regular
    SinoSamba wrote: »
    I'm skipping East this year, but how is the new site for booking and changing reservations? Onpeak was good for booking but it was kind of obtuse for changes. Trying to prepare myself for West.

    If you thought Onpeak was obtuse, then I've got some bad news for you.

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  • LejicLejic Registered User regular
    SinoSamba wrote: »
    I'm skipping East this year, but how is the new site for booking and changing reservations? Onpeak was good for booking but it was kind of obtuse for changes. Trying to prepare myself for West.

    Seconding Marino - I actually had a decent experience with OnPeak, this has been way worse, at least for me.

  • Bunta_FujiwaraBunta_Fujiwara Albany, NYRegistered User regular
    SinoSamba wrote: »
    I'm skipping East this year, but how is the new site for booking and changing reservations? Onpeak was good for booking but it was kind of obtuse for changes. Trying to prepare myself for West.

    It works, but no where near as convenient as Onpeak was. I've gotten used to it though with my constant refreshing, got what I needed in the end (Westin Wednesday-Sunday)

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  • LejicLejic Registered User regular
    SinoSamba wrote: »
    I'm skipping East this year, but how is the new site for booking and changing reservations? Onpeak was good for booking but it was kind of obtuse for changes. Trying to prepare myself for West.

    It works, but no where near as convenient as Onpeak was. I've gotten used to it though with my constant refreshing, got what I needed in the end (Westin Wednesday-Sunday)

    I'm still missing Westin for Friday - thinking back it makes total sense, just hadn't thought it would be a harder day to get than Saturday when I first started trying...

  • misterjeffmisterjeff Registered User regular
    SinoSamba wrote: »
    I'm skipping East this year, but how is the new site for booking and changing reservations? Onpeak was good for booking but it was kind of obtuse for changes. Trying to prepare myself for West.

    It works, but no where near as convenient as Onpeak was. I've gotten used to it though with my constant refreshing, got what I needed in the end (Westin Wednesday-Sunday)

    Is just F5-ing it enough, or do you have to restart the process each time?

  • Bunta_FujiwaraBunta_Fujiwara Albany, NYRegistered User regular
    misterjeff wrote: »
    SinoSamba wrote: »
    I'm skipping East this year, but how is the new site for booking and changing reservations? Onpeak was good for booking but it was kind of obtuse for changes. Trying to prepare myself for West.

    It works, but no where near as convenient as Onpeak was. I've gotten used to it though with my constant refreshing, got what I needed in the end (Westin Wednesday-Sunday)

    Is just F5-ing it enough, or do you have to restart the process each time?

    I've been doing it on mobile. So you can refresh, but after a certain time it resets and you have to choose the desired dates again

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  • ClannMorganClannMorgan Registered User regular
    edited February 12
    I managed to fill my ABNB, so I will be dropping my back up rooms, Yotel (queen room) 27th-31st and Westin (king room) 28th-31st. I'll be releasing them at 2pm est. Good luck for those still looking!

    *released*

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  • LejicLejic Registered User regular
    I managed to fill my ABNB, so I will be dropping my back up rooms, Yotel (queen room) 27th-31st and Westin (king room) 28th-31st. I'll be releasing them at 2pm est. Good luck for those still looking!

    *released*

    Darn, I was too late! Was trying to snag 29th on Westin to complete my weekend. Oh well... Thanks for the headsup!

  • Jer1ch0Jer1ch0 Registered User regular
    just released 27-1 at the renaissance if anyone wants that hotel.

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  • Bunta_FujiwaraBunta_Fujiwara Albany, NYRegistered User regular
    There's a Wednesday Double Bed at the Westin up.

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