Are Convention Hotels Pro or Cons?

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Are Convention Hotels Pro or Cons?

Gray was mentioning that she liked to stay in the convention hotels because it helped you avoid kids. I think that's accurate, but I also find that conventioneers tend to be kind of non-magical. Something about them tends to impinge upon my pixie dust bubble. Am I just weird?

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I have found that conventioneers tend to NOT leave the business end of their trip at the convention hotel and center and are too focused on business and thus bring it into the parks with them. Wife & I were at Big River Brewing Co for supper one evening when a large group of conventioneers (all wearing name tags) came in and all you could hear after that was business talk at all the tables. We were not trying to eavesdrop but they were so loud you could not help but hear them.

HOWEVER I remember taking a boat ride and going by a rather large gathering of conventioneers and they were definitely not talking business, right Mrhub & Scrappy, if memory serves me right they were from a paint co. Some even serenaded us as we went by. laugh laugh they helped make it an even more fun evening than it already was.

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I agree with dsoup, I would not want to be in a hotel filled with conventioners.
But....Vettlelover is also correct. That group last year was not your normal conventioners. I do not think they were doing ANY business talk that evening. They sure did like to sing though laugh .

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I know when I'm on convention, the last thing I want to do is hang out with conventioners. That said, I have one friend that attends the same conventions I do, enjoys seeing similar sights as I. The two of us usually coordinate our workshops as much as possible so we can "hit the road" during our free time.

Last trip was to Seattle and we were able to schedule an entire day at Mt. Rainier - fantastic day trip with great sights and great food. We're already planning for Montreal in 2011!!!

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milliehubbard wrote:
I know when I'm on convention, the last thing I want to do is hang out with conventioners. That said, I have one friend that attends the same conventions I do, enjoys seeing similar sights as I. The two of us usually coordinate our workshops as much as possible so we can "hit the road" during our free time.

Last trip was to Seattle and we were able to schedule an entire day at Mt. Rainier - fantastic day trip with great sights and great food. We're already planning for Montreal in 2011!!!

This brings up a good point. It probably depends pretty heavily on what kind of convention it is. I generally prefer the non-convention hotels, however I will say that CSR is a pretty good overall package for a moderate. Milllie just about has me sold on trying POR for our next visit though.