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  • DEF CON Room Rate announced -- Hotel Recon: what have you found?

    Yesterday, it was announced on the main site and twitter that DEF CON Room rates were posted for several hotels:

    URL1=https://defcon.org/html/links/dc-new...#dc23roomrates

    Originally posted by URL1
    DEF CON 23 Hotel Block Link is Now Live!

    The DEF CON rate is available at the following hotels: Paris, Bally's,
    Ceasars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Flamingo and Quad.

    To get in on this rate, you'll need to use this link.

    https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SBDEF5

    Do not worry if the form doesn't immediately show the discounted rate.
    To verify that you're getting our price you can mouse over the dates
    you've selected or begin the checkout process.

    If you prefer to use the telephone for this kind of thing, here's the
    list of participating hotels and the relevant Group Codes:

    Ballys
    800-358-8777
    SBDEF5

    Paris
    877-603-4389
    SPDEF5

    Caesars
    866-227-5944
    SCDEF5

    Planet Hollywood
    866-317-1829
    SMDEF5

    Flamingo
    888-373-9855
    SFDCC5

    Quad/Linq
    866-523-2781
    SQDEF5

    We are excited about all the new space, and we hope you'll be able to join us.

    Announcement on Twitter:
    URL2=https://twitter.com/_defcon_/status/512705595682459648

    Originally posted by URL2
    And the large version of the image in that tweet:

    http://ow.ly/i/6VYZb/original

    With this announcement, people will begin to book hotels. What have you found in your review of hotels? How are you deciding? What kinds of things are you looking for in your room at DEF CON?

    Share your thoughts and how you are deciding where to stay.

    Starting things off:

    I reviewed all of the 1 star reviews on yelp for Paris and am part way through all 1 star reviews with Bally's.

    Some things found:

    Some hotels in Las Vegas will charge your room a tip for luggage service to room, so if you tip the bellman for assistance you may be tipping more than you expect. Ask about this at check-in if you plan to use luggage service at your hotel.

    You check-in at 4pm or later. If you want an "early" check-in (which from reviews averages out to be between 3pm and 4pm, with many requests to "check back 1 hour later" starting at 10am) then there is a fee. This fee seems to range from $10 to $40 depending on who, or when the request was made. That fee may only allow you to check in at 3-4 pm instead of 8am.

    At the Paris, many rooms have no refrigerator. They claim on the phone that the "Red Rooms" have fridges, but online complaints say that not all Red Rooms have fridges. If you want a fridge, ask to see if your room has one. If your room has none, while supplies last, they can rent you a fridge. Rate at time of call was $25/day unless you have medicine to keep cold, then the cost is free per day. However, there was a complaint I read that a person using the "for medicine" fridge got a tiny fridge, not capable of storing much of anything else. Consider this if looking to exploit this loophole. (thinking) "Well, my [booze||Prescription meds||.*] are 'medicine' so gimme free fridge!"

    For those of you that want DC TV to the hotel rooms, hotel selection may include this bit of useful information:

    Discussion is very early and things may change, but there is this consideration:
    https://forum.defcon.org/showthread....l=1#post131992

    Combined with this twitter dialogue:
    https://twitter.com/_defcon_/status/499798165126914049

    If the speaker tracks will be at Paris, then Paris rooms are more likely to have DC TV to hotel rooms. But since Bally's is a neighbor, and shared parent company, maybe they have capacity to share the same video to their rooms? Would other properties also be able to do this? Which?

    Things could change overnight. Maybe planning could move speakers to Bally's convention center for $reasons. Maybe DC TV will be available over wifi (unlikely) or wired hotel LAN with multicast (assuming they have wired LAN and this is possible, which make this unlikely too) or maybe no DC TV at all, or maybe something else.

    Which hotel are you choosing and why?

    Many free shuttles *between hotels* do not allow you to bring luggage.

    The monorail connecting to our hotel and a few others on "our side of the strip" does NOT yet go to the airport. There are plans, but don't expect to use it to get to the hotel.

    What have you found in your planning for a hotel and visit to DEF CON 23?

  • #2
    Re: DEF CON Room Rate announced -- Hotel Recon: what have you found?

    Nice work digging through that.

    My thought process was a little simpler: "I wonder what will make my wife happier" so bet on Paris.

    Guess I'll find out. <grin>

    Originally posted by TheCotMan View Post
    Yesterday, it was announced on the main site and twitter that DEF CON Room rates were posted for several hotels:

    URL1=https://defcon.org/html/links/dc-new...#dc23roomrates


    ...
    What have you found in your planning for a hotel and visit to DEF CON 23?

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    • #3
      Re: DEF CON Room Rate announced -- Hotel Recon: what have you found?

      Once we were settled at the AP cliques were formed based on pools or hallways. I suppose this will happen here as well, and I am sure everyone wants to know at which hotel their groups will hang out. No one wishes to be miles from the action.

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      • #4
        I had to do some Googling to figure this out while researching rooms and locations, and figured it might be important to others, so here you go.

        Bally's used to call their towers (where the hotel rooms are) the North Tower and South Tower. They have been rebranded as the Indigo Tower and Jubilee Tower. It's good to know both the old and new names, since apparently not all materials (signage, maps, etc.) have been updated yet:

        North Tower == Indigo Tower
        South Tower == Jubilee Tower

        Ah, the fun of a new venue :)

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        • #5
          Most recent update on official responses about speaker track video and which hotels they might be made available to hotel rooms:

          URL1= https://twitter.com/n3rdch1ck/status/574554770746183680

          Originally posted by URL1
          @_defcon_ Any word on which hotels will have CCTV of the talks? Makin' our rez and want to get the most bang for my buck. TY.
          URL2= https://twitter.com/_defcon_/status/574646174461755392

          Originally posted by URL2
          @n3rdch1ck Currently looks like Bally and Paris are a possibility, we'll know after a tech walk through by the NOC team in two weeks.
          HTH,
          -Cot

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          • #6

            From Twitter:

            URL1=https://twitter.com/_defcon_/status/591418613673824256
            Originally posted by URL1
            @_DEFCON_

            Whoever was asking, yes #DEFCON TV will be in both Paris and Ballys!

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