The Yearly PAX East Hotel shuffle

Jer1ch0Jer1ch0 Registered User regular
I am sure like a lot of you there is always a desire to be as close to the venue as possible which is why I always strive to book the Westin. As per usual no Westin rooms available day of badge release so I booked the Hyatt and resigned myself to checking the booking site daily to see if any Westin rooms open up. This year though I noticed there was a waitlist option, so I went ahead and added my name and got a reply saying they will do their best...yeah right...

So as part of my yearly game of 'can I book my preferred hotel' I eventually got the last 3 nights at the Westin and first 2 nights at Aloft and was going to keep trying...till I got a call yesterday from Connection Housing letting me know they can give me a continuous stay at the Westin as I waitlisted...if I was Ok to cancel the Aloft reservation. Um yess!

So moral of the story - try the wait list option - or play the game of shuffling hotels and you may just stay where you want...but Woot for the Westin my whole trip.

dr5jolvtc9bn.png

Posts

  • MephistoN7MephistoN7 Sexual Tyrannosaurus Keene, NHRegistered User regular
    Jer1ch0 wrote: »
    I am sure like a lot of you there is always a desire to be as close to the venue as possible which is why I always strive to book the Westin. As per usual no Westin rooms available day of badge release so I booked the Hyatt and resigned myself to checking the booking site daily to see if any Westin rooms open up. This year though I noticed there was a waitlist option, so I went ahead and added my name and got a reply saying they will do their best...yeah right...

    So as part of my yearly game of 'can I book my preferred hotel' I eventually got the last 3 nights at the Westin and first 2 nights at Aloft and was going to keep trying...till I got a call yesterday from Connection Housing letting me know they can give me a continuous stay at the Westin as I waitlisted...if I was Ok to cancel the Aloft reservation. Um yess!

    So moral of the story - try the wait list option - or play the game of shuffling hotels and you may just stay where you want...but Woot for the Westin my whole trip.

    This exact same thing happened to me.

    So a lot of us noted that the link first shared on Twitter was the hotel queue, not the badge queue- meaning a vast majority of attendees got first crack at booking a room before even getting tickets to the show. Your humble narrator, however, just kept refreshing the website to buy badges. Was in queue for... 2 minutes? But enter the hotel queue after, 45 minutes easy and no options left.

    I always have a Hotels.com booking for the Westin, as the ultimate Plan B since it's pricier and marked up. But I booked A night at the Seaport using the hotel service and saw the "hotel waiting list" you mention. Had the same thoughts as you and took the full shot in the dark hail mary pass: "I'd like to upgrade to five nights at the Westin if something opens". Figured that was the end of it.

    Flash forward to last Friday, get a random email from Hotel Connections: "Your reservations have been upgraded per your request. Please confirm." and sure enough... a Wednesday thru Monday booking at the Westin for the original rate. Um, thanks?

    Now, given the few horror stories from last year with this new service communicating very late (or not at all, in some cases) with the hotels, I'm still keeping the Plan B active until the week before. And I'll call the Westin closer to the event to make sure the Ts have been crossed.

    But yeah, I echo the OP. Use the waitlist and maybe you'll be surprised.

    erdub14zr3u2.png

  • singingpiesingingpie Registered User new member
    I feel stupid. I don't see how to sign up for a wait list!

  • Bunta_FujiwaraBunta_Fujiwara Albany, NYRegistered User regular
    I've had a:
    Wednesday-Sunday Double Bed Westin and a
    Thursday-Sunday King Bed Westin

    All I really want is a King Bed for Wednesday-Sunday and have been checking non-stop for months for that Wednesday night King so I can drop my Wednesday-Sunday Double bed.

    I cannot believe Wednesday is the hardest to get. Yet again, when this year Thursday passes are still available, yet Friday/Saturday are sold out and those days have been open at the Westin pretty consistently!

    zmYaVYP.png
  • iltailta Registered User regular
    probably just fewer Wednesday rooms in the block to begin with

    Sleep
  • Bunta_FujiwaraBunta_Fujiwara Albany, NYRegistered User regular
    edited January 17
    I guess. I'm hoping when I check in and they see it's only me they offer me a King Bed Room, because I dont need both beds, and it'd make sense to have it available for those who do want it. I'm shocked how easily I got a Wed-Sun Westin Double Bed.

    Last year I had a King Room for Wednesday-Sunday and I accepted an upgrade offer when I checked in for a "better view room" for 15 bucks a day.

    Bunta_Fujiwara on
    zmYaVYP.png
Sign In or Register to comment.