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 Posted: Thu May 18th, 2006 16:52

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Our contract calls for the hotel to extend the $99 rate for three nights EACH SIDE of the Saturday night.

Anybody who has had trouble with that please send the Foundation an email and then I can take the issue up with the hotel

..Trevor..

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I've sign up already to attend the conference and have paid my registration fee and booked the hotel.  My wife has decided to attend with me.  Do I need to sign her up separately and pay a registration fee for her too? 



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 Posted: Fri May 19th, 2006 10:48

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The registration fee is levied to cover a whole stack of costs - including the cost of Luncheon on Saturday, and coffee/tea during the breaks in our sessions. It also helps with the AudioVisual costs, and a host of other expenses, including helping folks who need a little help to make it all come together.

If you need help defraying the registration costs, please drop a note to the Foundation, and we will do what we can:)

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Thanks, Dr. Marshall!  I already registered and paid her fee as well.  Looking forward to meeting you! :)



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 Posted: Fri May 19th, 2006 12:05

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Great, I look forward to seeing you there:):)

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 Posted: Fri May 19th, 2006 12:31

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Regarding the availability of the $99 room rate...

...even though the reservationist told me this rate was only available for Saturday, when my email confirmation came, it indicated that I had the $99 rate for all five nights :).

Carol



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Carol,
You'll love the hotel - it's one of the best I have stayed at. Everything you need is either right there, or on the end of a 5 minute shuttle ride to the Airport, on the free shuttles that take folks out the the local attractions and shops. These are the perks from staying at a huge hotel...

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Hi all,

Is there anyone going to the conference who hasn't got a roommate yet? Otherwise I'll have to book a one person room and don't know what that will cost.

I understand from others that I don't snore anymore  :D

What are the costs of a one person room Trevor? And how is it called? Is it kingsize bed? I don't know what that means, king and queen size etc. My understanding of English doesn't cover this :?  I need this to book the right sort of room, otherwise I will probably end up with a room for 4 on my own....:?

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Oops, the more I look into this, the more questions arise :?

Are the rooms with breakfast, lunch and diner, etc.?

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 Posted: Sun May 21st, 2006 08:42

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Frans,

If you book the room using the code AUT that Dr. Marshall told us about, it is my understanding that all the rooms available at that rate are ones with 2 "Double" beds in them. I had a conversation with the booking person that you speak to from the toll-free registration number.

A Double bed is a bed for two people that is rather small. A Queen bed is also for two people and larger. A King bed is the largest of all bed for two people. It is the size of two one-person beds ("Twin" beds) pushed next to each other, except the mattress is all one piece. (When I stayed in Europe most beds for two people I found were either two one person beds pushed together, or they were the smaller size two-person bed that we call a Double. But that may have changed in recent years...)

So, there is a little lesson on American bed sizes. ;)

Basically, you do not have to worry about being charged extra if you use the AUT rate. All the rooms at that rate are supposed to be $99, whether one or two people stay. If you can get a roommate, just make sure that they really do have *two* double beds. Then you will be able to share the $99 cost between you. There is also some tax, 14% per room per night. So my reservation for two nights is $225.72.

Hope that helps!

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 Posted: Sun May 21st, 2006 08:44

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The rooms do not include meals. However, the conference fee includes coffee, and a luncheon on Saturday. Some American hotels have a light breakfast items available in the morning (coffee, some pastries), but I don't know if this one does... Maybe somebody else knows?

Catlady

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Frans, the special conference rate is $99 per night, plus taxes (maybe as high as 20%, does anybody know for sure?). In the US rooms are either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. A queen is bigger than the double bed you find throughout Europe.

If you are alone in the room then a king bed, bigger again than a queen bed, is regarded as the height of opulence. If you share, then a room with 2 queen beds would be better:)

All rooms have their own bathrooms and a small-table/work-area with a chair. They usually also have a comfy chair to relax in. The Hotel can supply roll-away beds for a third person ($20 extra) but sometimes these only fit in the king bed rooms.

There, I hope that is not too confusing:)

Tomorrow I leave for Stockholm, and my single-bed, internal room, with an illuminated mirror instead of a window (LOL). The Hilton has these mirrors too, in our meeting ballroom. I chose to pull an opaque curtain across in front of them:X

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Dr. Marshall,

I have been told twice that the rooms are two "double". So if our contract actually calls for two Queen you might talk to them.

The reservations person said if we wanted a King bed to ask as we checked in if any were available...

Catlady

edited to state it was actually "twice" I was told two Doubles, not "several times".

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Can somebody reconcile the difference between what Catlady was told and my understanding? I was not aware than any limitations were placed upon the rooms available for us - they are standard King or 2-queen rooms, as far as I knew. Are you all being told otherwise?

ps: The brochure says "1234 beautiful guestrooms including 1204 non-smoking rooms. The hotel offers 499 Double/Doubles and 482 King bedded rooms. All guestrooms are equipped with voice mail, dataport connection ($10 extra charge to use it) work desk, iron and iron board and hairdryers. 24/7 complimentary airport shuttle every 10 minutes. Fitness center, outdoor pool. Complimentary HBO, CNN and Disney. Business center open 24/7"

But I would assume that 'double' at Hilton means 'queen'.

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OK, I just read the contract, and King bedded rooms should be 50% of our allocation. Let me know if that is not happening...

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Dr. Marshall,

I thought it was rather odd, myself. The first time I asked (when I made the reservation), I was told only Double rooms, and I assumed they had two Queen beds.

Then I called about a week later to see if a King room had become available. I was told no, all Doubles, and this time I asked if it was two Queen or two Double beds specifically, and was told two Double.

Perhaps the person misunderstand regarding the Doubles issue, what I was asking. However, it is twice now I was told no King beds are in the rate, at least right now.

Both times I called the central toll free number. I didn't call the hotel directly, and just read an article in Money magazine saying to call the hotel directly to have a better chance to resolve issues. And I am sure they are the ones who would actually know if the beds themselves are Double or Queen...

Catlady

BTW, I just checked and the reservation was made May 4th. So supposedly all the King bed allocation was used up by then? The second call was early last week - again no King beds. Both times I asked specifically for King and was told none available.

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My understanding is that the hotel will be largely empty that weekend, and that is why they gave us the good rate. So the Kings should be available. Please call the hotel, and send me an email if you get no satisfaction. I can forward the email to our meeting coordinator, who will get things fixed:)

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Okay, I will try them directly and ask for the King room. Thanks for checking into this.



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Still getting the runaround. Calling the hotel number got me transferred to the central Reservations staff. She told me the hotel itself does not have Reservations staff onsite during the weekend.

The rep also told me that whatever I was told is what they have left, so she thinks there are no King beds but "you can give it a try". I am told to call the hotel directly weekdays 9 to 5 pm, and ask for Sales instead of Reservations.

Emailing Dr. Marshall, but also posting this here so that anybody else who wants to try to get a King bed over the weekend doesn't waste their time....

Catlady



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Because my wife is coming with me I specifically asked for a King bed from the beginning and was given one without a problem!

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