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HMS Exeter09 Jul 2024 5:07 p.m. PST

Considering that my whole gaming group long ago elected to pass on Historicon, I was all but resolved to pass as well.

On a whim, I decided to look into the feasibility of coming anyway. I looked into it, and the Marriott is asking $531 USD per night (all inclusive.)

Personally, I'm rather attached to my kidneys so, no.

What is the Marriott thinking?

Disco Joe09 Jul 2024 5:27 p.m. PST

Now when I just checked and of course it listed that it was good until June 28 to get the price of $152 USD per night. I didn't see the $531 USD cost.

Martyn K09 Jul 2024 5:32 p.m. PST

Maybe they are looking at the demand vs empty rooms and making a calculation to maximize the profitability of their business.

TimePortal09 Jul 2024 6:02 p.m. PST

The core of the issue may be the location of the show. Limited rooms in the area making cost and demand higher.
In Atlanta at one well known media show, the hotel was high but the parking for the show was over $50 USD a day. So it was cheaper in the end to pay the inflated motel price.
I always try to stay at a nearby motel. At the Milwaukee Origins/GENCON I stayed at the airport five miles away instead of at the venue motel.

TSD10109 Jul 2024 8:48 p.m. PST

People waited till the hotel block opened to book. When that filled up in less than 20 minutes, all the nearby airbnb and hotels were quickly snatched up too. I'd guess in a 24 hour period almost all of the reasonably priced accommodations were gone.

TSD10109 Jul 2024 9:26 p.m. PST

Speaking of the Marriott, do I have to call and request the tower connected to the Heritage game room? As my room mate and I are running multiple games across all 3 days there and will be storing our stuff in the room it will be much easier for us. Can leave the room, get in the elevator, and exit close to our table spot.

Louis XIV10 Jul 2024 4:24 a.m. PST

I did an experiment and the room block must be full. I did not get 152 but was offered the ~500 rate. The room block is sold out but the hotel is not. Perhaps HMGS can get the block increased?

I'm not going at any rate. My next Con will be LVO. Never been outside the Vegas airport

Hitman10 Jul 2024 6:48 a.m. PST

If $531 USD USD seems bad make the exchange to Cdn…$725 per night!!! Add to that the price of gas and food and a 12 to 14 hour drive…I doubt I'll ever get back to Historicon. I contacted several of the vendors there and ordered by mail. Even though I got dinged with HST tax at the border and the exchange rate from USD to CDN, the total cost of shipping, and HST taxes was less than a tank of gas for me…

All my packages arrived yesterday in the mail as well. I was very happy, but my wife pointed out the downside…"but you didn't get to see your friends, play any games and have fun with them. Remember you haven't gone in 5 years due to Covid and travel restrictions". She is a wise lady!!

DeRuyter10 Jul 2024 9:45 a.m. PST

I got a room at the Arts Hotel about a mile away near the F&M campus for $140. USD That was last month and there were other decent hotels near that price range. So as long as you don't need to stay "onsite" decent prices can be had.

47Ronin10 Jul 2024 11:00 a.m. PST

FYI, the Holiday Inn in downtown Lancaster has rooms starting at $314 USD/night for next weekend on Hotels.com.

For those who want to "ride and park", the Wyndham Lancaster Resort and Convention Center (aka "the Host") has rooms starting at $254 USD/night on Hotels.com.

Calling the hotels directly might get you a better rate.

Hope that helps.

Hope to see you there.

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2024 1:49 p.m. PST

Remember that H'Con is never the only game in town for Lancaster that weekend. Last year staying at the Marriott I recall (off the top of my head) multiple wedding parties, one family reunion, and several youth sports teams. This is in addition to the tourist hordes.

HMS Exeter10 Jul 2024 6:56 p.m. PST

I'll pass.

I'll see those who decide to come at Barrage and Fall In. The H'Con room rates are an issue, but, more to the point, none of my cohorts are planning to attend. I might could talk myself into coming alone, but not for that $$$.

M1Fanboy11 Jul 2024 6:31 a.m. PST

HMS Exter, a friend and I are going, but that cost per night is the same as what I am paying for a weekend at an AirB&B. It's insane to say the least.

Martyn K11 Jul 2024 7:47 a.m. PST

There are still fairly decent Airbnbs available within walking distance for $96 USD per night.

Rakkasan11 Jul 2024 8:54 a.m. PST

The Marriott has rooms for 178 per night. I could not find any at the 531 per night price. Now 178 is not cheap but it is 1/3 the price the OP claimed.

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2024 10:42 a.m. PST

Pat Condray once told me that his purpose in life as a military miniatures dealer was to support the hospitality industry.

The Viking Forge attended every single Historicon from the first one until the 25th. After that our full-time jobs limited our ability to attend on several occasions here and there. But when Historicon was moved over to the Marriott, the increase in prices and drama (parking, loading, places to eat, etc.) was just too much for us to handle.

We understand that the Board did everything they could to provide a great place for a con, and you can't please everyone, but we decided that we would make Fall-In our annual convention instead and that is the way it has been ever since.

For the record, we support the HMGS Board and are grateful for all of the fine conventions they have put together over the years and hope everyone will have a great time next weekend at the Marriott.

We hope to see you all at Fall-In.

RWindle11 Jul 2024 11:14 a.m. PST

Looking at my Marriott app, I see rooms for $459 USD/night at the convention (Penn Square) location, and ~$180/night at their Courtyard location which is not the convention center.

Gonsalvo11 Jul 2024 5:02 p.m. PST

One year I was able to get the convention rate for Weds and Thursday, and the standard rate (pricey, but not THAT much) for Friday and Saturday. Split 3 ways, it wasn't too bad that way!

TSD10115 Jul 2024 3:26 p.m. PST

Well I'm not happy. Despite booking as soon as the block opened, I got "no guaranteed room type." After calling Marriott, they can't guarantee me 2 beds, only a King. Best part is we won't know till we get there. Joy.

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