(TL;DR -- dear gods this is a long post be forewarned)
LordCanti, on 12 November 2011 - 05:25 PM, said:
Yes and no.
out of question does it really matter what time you check in?
Either way, it's best to give notice to the hotel ahead of time
so they can accommodate you (or at least make sure you -have- a room to check-in to when you get there). Coming near a decade now, you learn each hotel is a little different in policy, and a little different in attitude & handling of things. The Embassy doesn't really care earlier/later as long as you still pay, the Hyatt is overworked & underpaid (& you're lucky to check-in on time, even IF you get there way early!), & the DoubleTree is not particularly agreeable on or with many/most things (I have complaints about them elsewhere, lest I tl;dr derail this thread in rambling)
though you can be grudgingly let check-in early if you ask nicely enough with crushed innocence and bunnies and rainbows in your eyes. The former Sofitel-turned-Rosemont Hotel-turned-Hilton Rosemont I can't comment on as they've changed owners/crew multiple times in recent years, and the Intercontinental I've not stayed in since its recent (enough) opening. From what I've heard off friends having stayed there several years running, the Marriot is friendly and helpful enough - just make sure to be courteous and let them know if late/early so they can continue to be super-helpful.
Embassy Suite's early arrival handling --v
Check-in early, they (Embassy Suites) don't care -- every year I've stayed at a hotel I have checked in before 9am, in most cases actually 8am or prior. Note early arrival on your reservation or call the hotel when you're on your way early. This won't be a problem for Thursday or Friday morning arrivals, but could be problematic if you are checking in on Saturday (when the rooms will already have been full from con Friday). The Embassy has always been lovely & helpful about early check-in, and if you get there before breakfast hour ends you get to go in & eat too (though remember weekdays' breakfast time ends WAY earlier than weekend's time). Check-in late, risk not having a room. The Embassy's the most popular con hotel (between the free breakfast & Happy Hour
& less drunken debauchery
), so if you try checking in late without calling the hotel to say you will be late, you will 9-1 find yourself without a room. (*Note I'm talking more than 20-30 min here, closer to 1hr +, late. They do hold it about an hour; we all know how Chicago traffic --especially near O'Hare-- at rush hour is.)
Late check-in is NOT recommended for ANY hotel unless it is entirely unavoidable, like emergency, or late airplane arrival, or "rush hour" or something of the like
. IF you MUST arrive/check-in late, make it noted in BOLD/CAPS in your reservation
(if you know ahead of time/can edit it before you arrive) & ALWAYS call the hotel to notify them when you become aware and then again around standard check-in time to make sure they hold a room for you & don't sell it as a "left over" room to late-booking attendees. Ultimately --barring anything except grave emergency or delayed airlines/trapped in rush hour
-- do no be late if avoidable, or at least makes sure to call your hotel with a heads up. If you are late and do not call your hotel, you may find yourself at the con without a room (& the odds are NOT in your favor on this one).
MsLovelyCookie, on 12 November 2011 - 03:51 PM, said:
Difference from the other hotels:
- you have a two room "suite" -- spacious bedroom, then decent bathroom (not nearly as big as DoubleTree, but larger than Hyatt's), then living room w/ queen sofa-bed, tv & kitchenette (microwave, coffee pot, fridge, sink).
Since I have never been to this hotel I'll ask here:
Can you hear anything from inside the hotel rooms? Like people walking past/by or doors slamming shut.
What makes this hotel different from the Hyatt, Double Tree, Hilton or Intercontinental?
- nearest hotel (along w/ DblTree) to convention center's entrance - literally just cross River Rd, walk in door & you're in
- you DON'T get charged extortional fees to use the fridge & microwave in your room
- FREE BREAKFAST (FOR ALL) & HAPPY HOUR (*FOR 21+*)
- staff that is NOT rude or condescending to you just because you happen to be dressed up in costume! (>:/ @ Hyatt & DoubleTree staff!)
- they also go out of their way to be helpful and polite! (one was kind enough to fridge our leftovers while we waited for our ride to clear parking's check-out chaos, nearly 40 minutes! ^^d)
- quick response from front desk if you have room problems - even at 3am
! (toilet broke & <10min later maintenance was fixing it ^^d)
- unlike the Hyatt, the elevators still work(!!) come checkout! 8D
- no encountering/hearing rutting people/lost underwear/obscene things in stairways, bathrooms, et al! (srsly Hyatt security, step it up plz? :/)
- it's actually quiet enough to sleep if you want to! 8'D
- FREE BREAKFAST (FOR ALL) & HAPPY HOUR (*FOR 21+*)
As for hearing noise/door slamming, there is good an bad here.
* Good *
- Unless you area light sleeper or it's mid-post rave hours, you likely won't hear much from outside your room. After rave + party end & everyone is drunk and loud and throwing their bodies into people's doors and they stagger trying to find which way is up, yeah, you might hear some noise (esp. if your door is one that's hit), but it's NOTHING at all like the Hyatt in noise levels, or anywhere remotely near it. (Maybe 1/10th at max?)
- Unless your neighbors are the loudest, fornicatingest rabbits ever, you're not gonna hear through your wall what's going on next door (...& if they ARE, if anything you'll likely only just hear an occasional awkward sound/wall getting slammed into like a bull hit it). Nothing -too- bad, and generally overall quiet minus echoing chatter around breakfast, ultimately muffled by your door anyway.
- Door slamming isn't very loud, barring the REALLY heavily slammed nearby ones -- not as common noise-wise as the Hyatt, since it seems the Embassy is a more grownup / less-heavily-inebriated-for-three-straight-days kind of crowd.
* Not - so - Good *
- During The Not-Technically-A-Fire of 2010, the alarm system COULD NOT be heard in the suite bedrooms. As I was getting ready for a shower & nap, I only noticed there was something going on bc there were people visibly RUNNING past my room door and screaming at the top of their lungs as they went by -- I open my door to consider yelling at them like a cranky old person & complain, & then got hit in the face w/ haze & funny smell, literally empty hotel, and WARNING EVACUATE speaker message. Now, seeing how this made mainstream tv news that night, they MAY have fixed this issue since then (& if not i will personally be nagging the head manager to fix it until they do dammit >:/) Small detail, but it could be very problematic in the right/wrong circumstances if unfixed. Pretty much the one drawback/caveat for the Embassy.