Monday, August 11, 2008

AWP hotel heads-up

Hey, everyone who's going to AWP in February -- for some reason I thought to check the Hilton website tonight and lo & behold, the only non-smoking rooms left at the lowest price level (which is still more than I make in a day, sigh...) are rooms with one double bed. If you're going, and planning to stay at the Hilton, it might be prudent to go ahead and book now, or soon.

I'm sure there will be cancellations, and rooms with a king or two doubles will probably open up. But I'm a low-risk kind of gal, so I booked my room tonight just to be safe.

There are probably cheaper places to stay nearby, but I decided it's worth at least 20 bucks a night NOT to have to go outside in a Chicago winter. :) The Hilton charges a ridiculous amount for parking, so I'm going to drive to my mom's in northern Indiana, leave the car there, and take the train into Chicago. Should work fine. I may decide to forego paying for wi-fi in my room to save a few bucks -- maybe some nice poet who's less broke than I am will let me bring my laptop into their room and sponge off theirs for a few minutes a day if I ask real nicely. ;)

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RIP Isaac Hayes.


Collin said...

Thanks for the AWP update. I have to admit, I'm having serious second thoughts about attending. I mean, do I want to go and blow all that money to sit at a table for 30 minutes or do I want to go to England and do readings in London. Hmmm...I think the latter.

Anonymous said...

Man. It's only August!!!! I remember in 1998 they couldn't even fill it! Dems were duh days...

Lyle Daggett said...

After hemming and hawing, I decided to go ahead and to go AWP this year. I registered for the conference in July a couple of days after registration officially opened, and I booked a room at the Hilton (at the discount rate) the next day.

Haven't decided yet how I want to travel there, will figure that out when the date gets a little closer. Anyway as things stand, I'll be going.

During the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, Hubert Humphrey and his campaign people stayed on the 25th floor of the Hilton, and Eugene McCarthy and his people stayed on the 15th floor. (These details according to Theodore White in his book "The Making of the President 1968.")

Jessie Carty said...

I can't believe I am paying to go to AWP but it will be my first and maybe only. At least I did get a roomie to help with some of the expense.

I will be getting wi-fi I'm sure because I wouldn't be able to stand not having the internet.

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