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How is the New Facility?


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Liberty's Edge

I'm curious how the new hotel and convention facilities are working out this year.

How are the hotel rooms, convention rooms etc?

Liberty's Edge

I probably should have waited until the folks there at the con were even awake before I posted this :)


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If it makes you feel any better, I am also curious to know about the facilities - both as someone going there and as a convention person.

Scarab Sages

I'm here now.

The hotel rooms are nice, but basic. I have a single king room, which left my roommate of the first night with ample room for an air mattress on the floor.

There's a coffeemaker in the room, but fridge or microwave or anything.

$85/night is a pretty good rate, though the hotel nickle and dimes you for everything else, which is kind of annoying. You have to pay extra for parking, for Internet, for bottled water provided in the room.

The prices in the hotel restaurant are high, but not much higher than all the surrounding restaurants, of which there are many. There's also a special Paizocon menu, which I suspect is the same as their normal bar menu.

Games are in two rooms - PFS in one giant crowded room with poor acoustics so everything's loud, and annoying.

Open gaming is in a pavilion in the parking lot, which is actually kind of nice as its the perfect weather for it, and it kills sound a lot better, so I've been having no problems hearing what my players are saying.

Because the open gaming room is more spread out, it's easy to wander around and find a game.

And seminars are across the street in a school, which was a little confusing at first, but then they put up signs, which helped :)


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Interesting stuff.

Confirms some of what I suspected based on the hotel specs I read and also the photos I have seen. Either Paizo-Con was smaller than I had thought or it was more spread out beyond the hotel's space to accomodate everyone.

Based on what you have said, sounds like the latter is more the case. Thanks for the update. :-)

Liberty's Edge

Pat Luther wrote:


Open gaming is in a pavilion in the parking lot, which is actually kind of nice as its the perfect weather for it, and it kills sound a lot better, so I've been having no problems hearing what my players are saying.

And seminars are across the street in a school, which was a little confusing at first, but then they put up signs, which helped :)

Wasn't one of the reasons for the switch to this hotel that it was larger and had more/better convention space? Seminars are across the street in a school and open gaming is in a pavilion in the parking lot sounds like just the opposite!

I had also heard that the hotel is doing last-minute renovations ... if true, I wonder if they caused some of the space issues?

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Marc Radle wrote:
Pat Luther wrote:


Open gaming is in a pavilion in the parking lot, which is actually kind of nice as its the perfect weather for it, and it kills sound a lot better, so I've been having no problems hearing what my players are saying.

And seminars are across the street in a school, which was a little confusing at first, but then they put up signs, which helped :)

Wasn't one of the reasons for the switch to this hotel that it was larger and had more/better convention space? Seminars are across the street in a school and open gaming is in a pavilion in the parking lot sounds like just the opposite!

I had also heard that the hotel is doing last-minute renovations ... if true, I wonder if they caused some of the space issues?

I'm not sure of any of the details as far as that goes, but the pavilion tent upstairs was actually really nice. It had just enough of a breeze going through it to keep it relatively cool and not enough of one to make gaming difficult. I wouldn't call it ideal, but it was a really nice change of pace this year at least.


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Pat Luther wrote:
Games are in two rooms - PFS in one giant crowded room with poor acoustics so everything's loud, and annoying.

This is affecting gameplay. First, quite a few people have gone hoarse from the shouting necessary for communication in this room. Second, many people are restricting game play to what's necessary to keep the plot moving at the expense of roleplaying, which is truly unfortunate.

I think everyone understands that this room doesn't work, and I look forward to finding out what happens next year.

On the other hand, the tent in the parking lot is fantastic. If the weather is the same next year, let's just do the whole thing outdoors!


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The space issues were in part due to construction that was expected to be completed by the Con, but wasn't. Next year events should have much more space and be completed contained in the hotel.

Grand Lodge

It was a pretty good hotel. Yes, the acoustics were awful in the PFS room where I spent the majority of the weekend, but it was serviceable, at least to me as a player. I was always at an outer table which may have help some as I was not surrounded on all sides.

The thing that got me was the internet issue. $14.95 per 24 hours of internet for one device only, what a joke, if you ask me. This is the first hotel that I have stayed at that has this big of a restriction and this high of a price. Granted I don't travel a whole lot, but I have been in my share of hotels and have not heard of this.

It is not turning me off of attending again next year, they are really minor niggles to me for the most part. I really enjoyed my first Paizo Con, and can't wait for next years!

Scarab Sages

It was actually $14.95 for any number of devices, the purchase screen was just misleading. I had myself logged in on a laptop, phone, tablet plus friends equivalent.... only one charge on the room bill :)

Saying that I had a great time and the hotel was really comfortable compared to most European ones I normally use.

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Diamond B wrote:

The space issues were in part due to construction that was expected to be completed by the Con, but wasn't. Next year events should have much more space and be completed contained in the hotel.

I took a look and was a bit concerned about the room. It reminded me too much of the room from Gencon, which was way too big and loud. I' glad to hear things will be improved next year.


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Well the first day, I was not impressed. I went to the restaurant area a couple of times for a coffee with no luck. Not well staffed. Elevators not adequate for the number of people. No clear signs for usable stairs.

Second day - big difference. Coffee urns outside gamerooms ++++!!!! discovered "no access stairs" were indeed accessible. Had a discussion with Paizo staff who intimated that construction projects at the hotel impacted the con.

Major props to Paizo in moving lines of people. Registration and RotRL booksigning lines moved quickly.

I am willing to give the venue another go next year, hopefully sans construction.

Liberty's Edge

Diamond B wrote:
The space issues were in part due to construction that was expected to be completed by the Con, but wasn't. Next year events should have much more space and be completed contained in the hotel.

Sounds like the Paizo staff handled it well. Hopefully there will be no space-hogging construction next year - assuming the con is there again next year!

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015

If we go back next year, here's hoping the hotel staff learned from their mistakes. The bar was understaffed. Apparently they thought they'd be fine with a single bartender and a single server and only have to dole out local brews and wines. I guess they've never seen "Revenge of the Nerds." Also, they were short on food for the banquet. To their credit, except for one minor instance, the staff were always helpful and courteous.


Wasn't very impressed. Wifi and food not being included in the original payment meant a very large bill at the end.
And while I understand that Paizocon needs more space for the banquet, I didn't like there only being two big, loud gaming rooms. Loud means less roleplaying--nothing sucks more than making a big speech in-character only for the GM to have to ask, "Can you repeat that?"
I still enjoyed the con a ton, but I found myself sorely missing the smaller rooms of Paizocon Past.

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Wasn't very impressed. Wifi and food not being included in the original payment meant a very large bill at the end.

I've rarely seen hotels that provide free WiFi, and I've *never* seen a standard hotel (not a B&B) that includes food...

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Pat Luther wrote:
There's also a special Paizocon menu, which I suspect is the same as their normal bar menu.

I believe that they simplified the regular bar menu so that they could increase the number of hours that they served food.

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Marc Radle wrote:
Diamond B wrote:
The space issues were in part due to construction that was expected to be completed by the Con, but wasn't. Next year events should have much more space and be completed contained in the hotel.
Sounds like the Paizo staff handled it well. Hopefully there will be no space-hogging construction next year - assuming the con is there again next year!

The fact that we sold out every room in the hotel weeks before the con suggests we may need to go a bit bigger next year, unless we can get the hotel next door to provide a discounted room block as well.


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Vic Wertz wrote:
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Wasn't very impressed. Wifi and food not being included in the original payment meant a very large bill at the end.
I've rarely seen hotels that provide free WiFi, and I've *never* seen a standard hotel (not a B&B) that includes food...

Concur on this one. The free WiFi is something I might see in a standard business or small hotel, but in a convention hotel I have rarely seen this be the case.


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There's often free wifi in motels and "travel lodges" along road-trip routes but I've never, ever seen it in a business hotel unless it was part of a negotiated package with someone hosting an event there. Sometimes there's a hot-spot in the lobby and, indeed, I was able to get on in the Marriot lobby a couple of times when needed.

On food, you'll sometimes get a free continental breakfast or voucher for a drink or single meal...but I've never been in a hotel where food was included in with the room. Maybe a B&B but I've never been to one.

I did think the parking fees were a bit much but, hey, it's Redmond. Microsoft and associated companies are likely picking up the tab for most of the folks staying in this place. Seemed the Residence Inn next door might have had free parking for guests. I bet they had fridges too.

I've stayed in a lot of hotels over the past couple of decades, maybe 100+...nothing this one did was terribly unusual. Well, except maybe the tent, but I guess that was due to construction.
M

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We weren't able to reserve our rooms until after the room block had sold out (for the last time) but still got our room for a reasonable rate. Reasonable enough that we paid an extra $20 a night for the two of us to eat at the breakfast buffet in the morning, which had omelets made to order and a nice selection of fresh fruit.


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I overstated my case and can't edit my original post. :)

I do remember now a couple of mid-level business hotels where wi-fi/lan connection was complimentary. Also too (Palinism intended), I stay at a pretty swanky place in LA a couple of times a year (Luxe in Bel Air) that provides free wi-fi for guests. It's a pretty high-end place, however, and not the sort of "business" hotel to which I was referring.
M


Well, I'm no expert on hotels. I'm just repeating the comments of friends who seemed to know what they were talking about. Exploiting the dubious expertise of allies: how kobolds got to be as successful as they are today! :D

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I didn't find the Internet price ridiculous -- I've certainly seen higher -- nor the restaurant prices non-typical. YMMV.

In my estimation, the Redmond Marriott location was a significant improvement over the Bellevue Coast in nearly every way. The hotel seemed more able to handle the convention size (signage, logistics, and amenities like water/coffee were a VAST upgrade); the available food options were increased almost tenfold; and there were abundant public transit options to get to and from the hotel.

There were a couple of downers -- the Reaper paint-and-take table was set up apart from the store this year; and there remain HUGE accessibility issues with the PFS/banquet room -- I have a good friend in a wheelchair who'd have been unable to play with us or attend the banquet had she been able to come this year, and anyone with hearing issues was going to have a miserable time (that problem existed in the Mezzanine Game Room too, though somewhat lessened).

Some of this can be attributed to the construction at the hotel and the subsequent constraints that probably put on PaizoCon's available footprint. But by and large, much was better this time around.

Scarab Sages

Vic Wertz wrote:
Pat Luther wrote:
There's also a special Paizocon menu, which I suspect is the same as their normal bar menu.
I believe that they simplified the regular bar menu so that they could increase the number of hours that they served food.

"Happy hour menu" I meant. Smaller portions of simpler food for lower prices. It was pretty nice of them either way. Prices were reasonable, and portions were large enough if not huge.

I've never heard of a hotel providing free food either, other than a continental breakfast like the previous hotel had.

Free wi-fi I've seen all the time. Doubletree, where Norwescon is held, has it, as do the Holiday Inn Expresses I've stayed at (as well as an included continental breakfast).

Not really a complaint, though. I could live without Wi-fi for a weekend. My phone has 3G for what little web-surfing I felt compelled to do.

And I *liked* the tent! Seriously, it stayed cool with good air-flow, and the high roof and open walls meant less reflected sound. My hearing isn't that great and I often have difficulty singling out one person's words in a crowded room, but had no issues in the pavilion. (Well, except when my group was sitting one table away from the Joust, but that's to be expected, and was solved by moving to another table :)

I vote we ask them for a pavilion next year, too, even if there isn't construction. :)


Luther wrote:
I could live without Wi-fi for a weekend. My phone has 3G for what little web-surfing I felt compelled to do.

Oh, I didn't really want Wifi either. Gark the Goblin (my brother) was using it, but I did fine without. But I found myself sitting in my room on Saturday paying $15. Know why? My PFS character was dead, and the only way to register my new one was to buy more Wifi. So that was the one experience I had with the internet, and it coloured my overall opinion on the policy.

But I did like the tent. I still prefer multiple rooms, but the tent has a lot going for it, and I wouldn't complain if we had it next year. It's just nice to be able to hear everyone. Only one of my three PFS games had much in-character talk at all, and that was the one where everybody could more-or-less hear each other.

Liberty's Edge

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Wasn't very impressed. Wifi and food not being included in the original payment meant a very large bill at the end.

I've rarely seen hotels that provide free WiFi, and I've *never* seen a standard hotel (not a B&B) that includes food...

At Origins several of the offical hotels offer free Wi-Fi and these are the ones connected to the convention center/right across the street. Only one still charges and that is the reason we are't staying there any more.

Grand Lodge

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Wasn't very impressed. Wifi and food not being included in the original payment meant a very large bill at the end.
I've rarely seen hotels that provide free WiFi, and I've *never* seen a standard hotel (not a B&B) that includes food...

My lack of experience with true hotels may explain my dissatisfaction. I'm used to travel motels that are more bed and breakfasts than the Marriott is.

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
But I found myself sitting in my room on Saturday paying $15. Know why? My PFS character was dead, and the only way to register my new one was to buy more Wifi.

They did offer free Wi-Fi in the lobby, but I don't know if they actually *communicated* that anywhere.

Scarab Sages

Any small hotel that caters primarily to business travelers is probably going to have free wifi and breakfast included with the room price. Unfortunately, those kinds of hotels rarely have enough space for something like Paizocon.

My personal problem with the hotel was the lack of public transportation to and from the airport. The only options to get to the hotel were a hired towncar ($55 each way) or renting a car. I chose to rent a small economy car for three days, which cost about $55, but when you factor in the parking charge at the hotel it still added over $100.00 to the cost of the trip that I hadn't initially counted on.


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I have travelled across the country and stayed in many hotels. Being from Portland, it is always an adjustment to have to pay for Wifi, but I have done so. But $14.95 a day, per device was ridiculous and should have been negotiated down, especially for a gaming convention

The parking prices were annoying. I tried to save money by purchasing some simple foods, only to find no freaking refrigerator in my room. And the straw that broke the camels back for me was no coffee in the morning. Okay, I understand why there was no continental breakfast (even though Coast Bellevue had one and even your cheap-arse Motel-6 provides apples, bananas and spongy bagels), but NO COFFEE until after 8AM, and none on Sunday. This is the Northwest. I wanted to strangle someone.

Finally, the reservation service was not only awful, but they were incredibly misleading. I booked a double bed for my teenage son and myself the day the location was announced. The small print said a double room was subject to availability, but I figured I had booked plenty early enough. I got an email from them at 8PM on Sunday before the Con telling me they only had a Queen with rollaway for me. Then they lied and said that most of the rooms for the Paizo block had been booked in November. Then... I couldn't believe this... when my gaming buddy arrived and booked a room.. on the day of the convention... he got a double bed... with a refrigerator... and a balcony.

What?

I especially feel bad for all of those young gamers and the ones that love Paizo, love gaming, and blew their budgets to come to PaizoCon, only to get soaked by the hotel. Given the cockup with construction, lousy acoustics, a dishonest staff, a potential of hidden fees over $40.00 a day, lack of a refrigerator and a general lack of institutional hospitality, I would hate to reward the Marriott with a renewed contract for next year.

Grand Lodge

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Vic Wertz wrote:
They did offer free Wi-Fi in the lobby, but I don't know if they actually *communicated* that anywhere.

They seem to have a problem with that. Their website claimed pets were allowed, but when we called to reserve they said they did not. I think information distribution should be pushed for the next con. I knew nothing of the mezzanine or main panel rooms until Friday morning when I got my badge and needed to be at my game on the mezzanine.

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I saw some dogs being walked around the hallways of my floor, so dogs were allowed.

Grand Lodge

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Service animals only is what we were told.

Marathon Voter 2013

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The dog I saw sure wasn't a service dog. She was the size of a football!


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I get that some people were a little (or even a lot) disappointed with the hotel but it seems to me there's some hyperbole in this thread.

* "potential of hidden fees over $40.00 a day" - Please enumerate these? Parking? That was detailed in the welcome letter I got. Non-free Internet? Quite common at hotels of this sort.
* No fridge - There are more hotels out there *without* a fridge than with one. And...they were available by checking with the hotel ahead of time and requesting one, as were a lot of other amenities.
* Deposit - Again, quite common for any hotel that has available "extras" that cost money.
* No "free" food - Many hotels of certain types have continental breakfasts or something similar...many do not. Other food is generally not provided.
* High prices - Really? $85/night? In the heart of Redmond? Not so much...
* Parking - Yeah. That was a little ridiculous, actually. Still, paying to park at a hotel isn't uncommon...well, in a major city anyway. I think their rates were a little over the top but they have guests over a barrel with it and I've never known a major corporation that didn't exploit people they had over a barrel...

Look. I really liked the Coast. It was quaint. It had a nice shady courtyard and the little game rooms with sliding doors were a great way to escape for a quick smoke or whatever. The folks there were pretty nice and the rooms weren't too bad. It was too small, however, so Paizo had to find something else.

IMHO, they did pretty well. The construction was unfortunate and I expect that things will improve considerably next time around. I *don't expect, however, that Paizo is going to find any hotel that has facilities for a 500-person event that also has no deposit for "extras", free internet, free food, full kitchens in the rooms, and all of the other bits mentioned above. If they do I'll praise their negotiating powers and suggest they take up event planning...
M

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Cheapy wrote:
The dog I saw sure wasn't a service dog. She was the size of a football!

If it was a therapy dog it would fall under the service category.


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Yeah I saw a blonde dressed up in heels looking like she was going out on the town walk in holding a mini-poodle/chihuahua under her arm with a sparkly collar. Not exactly service animal attire.

As for the food/prices for those who didn't get the room block cost such as my wife and I kicking 124/night or more based on the day and no continental was surprising to say the least.

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mearrin69 wrote:

* No fridge - There are more hotels out there *without* a fridge than with one. And...they were available by checking with the hotel ahead of time and requesting one, as were a lot of other amenities.

Lack of a fridge was my only real complaint. I drive to PaizoCon, so I will bring a cooler next year. I stay in quite a few hotels (convention hotels too) and I find most of them have fridges in the room. I am a Marriott Rewards member, booked on the first day PaizoCon rooms were available, requested a fridge, and still did not get one. The front desk told me they just had too many fridge requests and could not fill them all.

Coffee outside the gaming rooms was great on Saturday. If we could get that all three days that would be fantastic.

The PFS room was tight and way too loud, but it sounds like the construction cut down on the space available. (The ability to make three rooms out of the banquet room at the Coast was nice - really helped with the noise.)

WiFi was free in the lobby. There were also computers in the lobby if you wanted to use one of those.

There was free parking on the street if you were willing to drive a few blocks away from the hotel. I won't tell you where I parked - else I might not have a spot next year ;-)

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On the subject of fridges being provided when requested:
I booked a room the same week the con block was anounced on Paizo's webite and requested a fridge since I would be staying mon-mon.

I confirmed that my room had a fridge when i called on Sun to ensure my check in would not be too late. The staff said I had a fridge and that my time was fine for check in.

When I checked in I was told (without asking) that there is a note on my account indicating i had a fridge in my room.

When we went upstairs and discovered no fridge I called down to ask that it be sent up. I was told no problem.

That nightit we left for dinner and brought back some claim jumpers leftovers to discover still no fridge. I called the front desk again and was told they would remind housekeeping that it should have been in there already.

Twenty minutes later front desk calls back housekeeping has told them that they are out of fridges but will get me one in the morning.

I never did get a fridge.

On a related matter at one point the front desk called me back to say that they had been informed by housekeeping that the hotel had no functioning microwaves.

Liberty's Edge

Wolfsnap wrote:

Any small hotel that caters primarily to business travelers is probably going to have free wifi and breakfast included with the room price. Unfortunately, those kinds of hotels rarely have enough space for something like Paizocon.

My personal problem with the hotel was the lack of public transportation to and from the airport. The only options to get to the hotel were a hired towncar ($55 each way) or renting a car. I chose to rent a small economy car for three days, which cost about $55, but when you factor in the parking charge at the hotel it still added over $100.00 to the cost of the trip that I hadn't initially counted on.

Regarding getting from the airport to the hotel ... What about Shuttle Express?? Didn't they offer servive to the Marrior?

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When I flew into SEA-TAC, I hopped on the light rail and rode that down to International District for $2.75. I then bought a bus ticket ($2.50) and rode that to Redmond Town Center, and then walked 2 blocks to the hotel.

There was definitely public transportation to the hotel.

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Marc Radle wrote:
Regarding getting from the airport to the hotel ... What about Shuttle Express?? Didn't they offer service to the Marriott?

Yep ... $45 each way.


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wife and I did the same as Cheapy, 20 dollars for transport for 2 both ways as opposed to like 180 for two on the shuttle both ways.

Scarab Sages

My wife and I took our first vacation of our 14 year marriage to PiazoCon with some friends of ours. With the 4 of us splitting the cost of the $60 limo (what the hell - we were on a vacation!) it wasn't that bad. The room rate was really very good. While it would have been much better to have had a fridge and a microwave, especially since there were a lot of good restraunts near by, we were able to deal with it.

As to the service that we received from the hotel, I will speak up for some nice things that they did. When my wife and I made our reservations back in December, we requested to stay from Thursday(5th)and check out on Tuesday(10th) so we could stay and do some sight seeing. The hotel was kind enough to extend the PaizoCon room rate for us for our entire stay. Kudos to them and much appreciated - even though we wound up getting our last two nights free due to my wife getting a whole bunch of Marriot stay points due to work this summer.
The staff was very helpful in getting us our transportation set up for going into Seattle, getting all of our Pathfinder books UPS'd home, and getting our transportation to the airport arranged.

Now comes the however.... $25 for a trip through the morning buffett line, by myself!?!? Also, the cost for alcohol was insane. A finger and a half of scotch was $30!!! Wished I had seen that on the drink menu, I would have had an over priced tap beer instead. $3.50 for a bottle of water? $5.48 for two bottles of Coke. We started runningacross the street to the Coke machine for something to drink after that.

As for the location - my wife and I both loved the Town Center. Lots of places to go eat, shop and hang out in. The staff at Uncle's Games was great, heck - they even loaned me a Sharpie so I could get my books signed. The food joints were reasonably priced and VERY good. Also it was a very relaxing atmosphere to go out and walk around in. My only grief with the shops was Starbucks didn't open until 6:30am and we left the hotel this morning at 6am when the town car showed up early (a boon since TSA security was backed upped and taking their time at SeaTac.)

Of course, the Paizo staff were AWESOME!!! I guess when Lisa named everyone off in the company at the banquet, I finally realized how small Paizo actually was. I do wish we could have gotten registered Thursday evening instead of standing in line Friday morning and wondering if I was going to make my 8am seminar. Also, on Sunday during the Project Swallowtail playtest, it would have been nice to have been in a smaller room somewhere rather than in the middle of the pick up games as it had become difficult to hear sometimes. While those were minor issues, my wife and I had a terrific time and we are looking forward to future PaizoCons!


I thought the hotel was fine. There were grocery stores and local restaurants that folks could go to all the time. It just took a little planning.

My wife and I had a blast. It was fun getting to know the paizo staff and fellow gamers.

My only complaint would be to plan for bigger game rooms. Folks were stacked on top of each other, and I felt real sorry for all the GMs trying to shout over were another.

Scarab Sages

Cheapy wrote:

When I flew into SEA-TAC, I hopped on the light rail and rode that down to International District for $2.75. I then bought a bus ticket ($2.50) and rode that to Redmond Town Center, and then walked 2 blocks to the hotel.

There was definitely public transportation to the hotel.

How long did it take? I tried checking for public transportation options via google maps, and it listed the rail/bus combo as a two hour trip.


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I think it took something like an hour and a half, that's counting waiting for the bus or rail and such. Also includes any walking needed.

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Yea, about an hour and a half, I think. I wasn't in a rush though, so may as well save $35 dollars.

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