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We're home again. DragonCon was lots of fun. I was able to serve on some panels, and I shared a reading with Faith Hunter. I made some great professional connections, visited with several good friends and even cosplayed a character for the first time (Eva from 'Hell On Wheels'). We had a couple of amazing meals at a lovely new restaurant called White Oak Kitchen, and last night we capped our weekend by dancing at the Mechanical Masquerade to the tunes of Meagan Jean and the KFB.

I haven't decided if I'm going back next year, though. The Marriott is instituting a new policy for next year's reservations. A one-night non-refundable deposit will be charged the day you make your reservation, and reservations cannot be transferred to another person. In other words, if you make a reservation and then discover in January that you can't go, you're out 200.00, and your cancelled room can't go to another congoer. It will be returned to the regular rack rate, which 399.00 a night. I understand that the hotel has to look out for itself, but this seems a little extreme to me.

So I'm not worrying about it today. I had a super weekend, and I'm utterly exhausted.

Date: 2012-09-04 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tltrent.livejournal.com
Glad you had fun! But am with you on the hotel prices--big reason why I can only go every few years or so.

Date: 2012-09-04 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madkestrel.livejournal.com
When I do go again, I think I'll try to stay at the Westin. It's a block away, but when we walked through it to go to the ball Sunday night, the halls were relatively uncrowded, and the hotel itself was much simpler to navigate. I don't know if the rooms are any cheaper, but the lack of crowd might make the difference for me.

Date: 2012-09-04 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] virtuistic.livejournal.com
That's pretty crummy of the Marriott. Any chance it could be held at a different venue that's more flexible?

Date: 2012-09-04 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madkestrel.livejournal.com
DragonCon's so big it takes up five hotels, all of which are within a block of each other in downtown Atlanta. We've stayed at the Marriott, which is the central hotel, for the last three years, because it was convenient.

Date: 2012-09-04 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] virtuistic.livejournal.com
0_o I see, but I'm having a little trouble wrapping my brain around the scale of that.

Date: 2012-09-04 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madkestrel.livejournal.com
It's pretty mindboggling. It's you and 45,000 of your closest friends. -laughs- I had a room on the 31st floor of the Marriott, and I could still hear the crowd in the lobby every night.

Date: 2012-09-05 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beatrizwench.livejournal.com
One of the best things this year was being on the 44th floor. No noise from downstairs and no elevator traffic. None at all. Wish I could guarantee the same thing for next year.

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