Justine, on 30 May 2011 - 12:26 PM, said:
I'm not worried about price or anything. My main concerns are:
-Mini fridge, micro, coffee maker combo!
-Close to con, getting tired of walking.
-Preferably, 18 check in age.
-Quite and comfortable rooms. I love to unwind at the end of a busy convention day.
Okay, gonna beat everyone to the chase here. If you are 18+ but under 21, yes you can legally rent a hotel. HOWEVER, per IL law, minors can't check into hotels with liquor & all that jazz. Now, EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. there is a deluge of threads on the matter of having booked but can't check in. Every year, I reply the same, and every year, I wind up helping a few people at con hysterical they're not being let checkin (talk to front desk & ask for a manager folks!). The solution is actually impossibly simple (perhaps that's why no one thinks of it).
Magic answer? Talk to the Head Manager.
Once you've booked (or while booking online if you so desire) your room -- Call [hotel name] > ask for head manager. (You may or may not get him depending on time of call & if he's in that day. If you get voicemail, leave a nice message -- they do actually get back to you). Let him know you're a 18+but-21 guest to be staying in May for ACen (April for 2012!! ), and that you would like all liquor removed from your room before your arrival, so that you cna actually check in to the hotel. Ask him if there are any other conditions that particular hotel has for under-21s (such as parents/someone 21+ claiming liability over you; room checks to guarantee no liquor; etc.).
To answer your other points, as best I know, only the Embassy meets all the criteria. (alternating colors to make easier to read :3)
- Mini-fridge is actually fairly spacious (quite a bit larger than those made for dorms & the average hotel). Microwave is quick and functional (again, better than dorm-designed ones). Coffee-maker is, well, a coffee maker, and it works a lot faster than the ones in the DoubleTree (though odds are my former roomies just broke it in their drunken debauchery & that's why it took 8 minutes to brew water. :/). All the more awesome, you can bring breakfast up in the morning (REAL food :D), bag/fridge it, and have food for nuking later. (Or just grab a few cereals and milks/yogurts works too~.)
- Close to con. It's actually faster to get to the Dealer's Hall from the Embassy than the Hyatt or any other hotel (aside from DoubleTree, as they're literally next to each other). Literally just cross the street, walk through the car turnaround, open the doors, and you're in. As for getting into the Hyatt, it's more efficient to walk outside than take the hamster trail - it'll cut about 5min off your walk (from any hotel bc the loiterers in there in groups and large props/wings/etc), and even better -- it doesn't reek of BO.
- 18 to check in. If you call and talk to the head manager, they're more than willing to accomodate. Even better - -they're friendly AND go out of their way to be nice and helpful. (Example: last year we checked in just about 5 minutes before breakfast was to be ending; because the checkin process would take a while, she let us run in to grab eats with our keys, let my one roomie who wasn't hungry hold/watch our stuff, and finished the checkin routine for us. We'd gotten up at like 5am, rushed out, emergency pharmacy run, & caught the trains on River Road, so we were incredibly grateful she went out of her way to let us eat. If you ever read this Embassy Check-in lady, thank you <3.)
- Quiet. Given that ACen is the population of a small city in urban/large states, or a large city in rural states, noise is to be expected. However, the Embassy was one of the quietest I've seen at ACen. There is no insane screaming at ungodly hours, there is no idiocy of chucking things off balconies, there is no party block heard for floors around. Basically it's the antithesis of the Hyatt (aside from the congoers and cosplay). The rooms are nice, the beds are comfy and yeah, they're called Embassy SUITES fora reason~ :3 That, coupled with a nice REAL breakfast in the morning makes it my top choice for the ACENpocalypse next year. :3