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From Pierre Smits <pierre.sm...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: ACEU Venue Visit - Thursday 26th July
Date Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:57:46 GMT
Dear Venue visitors,

Can we have feedback on the visit a.s.a.p?



2012/7/18 Steve Holden <steve@holdenweb.com>

> Nick:
> Please find attached a report on a site visit for PyCon done recenty. I've
> updated the wiki page, but thought you might want to see the level of
> detail.
> Some of the hotel stuff may be unnecessary - we are working on getting you
> hotel information right now.
> regards
>  Steve
> PyCon Site Visits
> - Report on Montreal Site Visit follows
> City - The city is amazing! There are endless things to do and great food
> to try. The venue page will be swamped with information. Most of the hotels
> we looked at have underground tunnels connecting them to the convention
> center so if we get bad weather, most people do not have to go out into it
> if they do not want to. There are many areas with plenty of food options in
> walking distance from the convention center.
> The Convention Center - This is a huge Convention Center. We are spread
> out between a few floors, but I think we can make it work because the
> structure of the building is straight forward unlike the Santa Clara
> Convention Center. We have to be very careful to make signage and maps
> clear. Below is the break down:
> On the 2nd Level we have the Exhibit Hall space. It is very large. It was
> intended for our lunches, butonsite I switched (signed addendum for it)
> what we reserved for the expo hall to the large space on the 2nd level. I
> think it would be wise to put registration outside of this area. We also
> decided on having the buffet lunch in the same area as the exhibits. The
> space that used to be the expo hall on the 4th floor will now be a break
> out room for our conference sessions.
> On the 4th Level we have the green room. On the 5th Level we have the
> tutorial rooms and the sprint rooms. We also have breakouts on this level
> along with the plenary. On the 7th Level we have two breakouts.
> The Hotels- These hotels are all within walking distance. I walked to
> every single one of them. Additionally, there are under ground tunnels that
> will take you from the hotels to the Convention Center and vice versa. All
> of the hotels below are Free Internet for all of our attendees.
> -Hyatt Regency [169$ CDN] - The farthest away. It is a nice hotel just
> like the one in Santa Clara. In my option, if they do not lower it to $149,
> we shouldn't get any rooms there. Not worth the walking.
> -Holiday Inn Select [163$ CDN] - The quality of the hotel is not worth the
> nightly rate. Maybe if it was $90/ night then it would be considered.
> -Le Dauphin - [158$ CDN] - This is perfect for our attendees. It is
> contemporary, clean, close, and at a good rate. I want to take all of their
> rooms. Unfortunately, they only have about 100 of them.
> -InterContinental [179$ CDN] - Across the street from the CC. This
> property is a 4 diamond property. They are willing to work out an early
> bird price for us that is 179$ CDN ($176 USD) up to 60 days prior and then
> 199$ CDN after that (with a two year contract). There is going to be a one
> night guarantee charged and that is also the penalty for the cancellations.
> Beautiful property though and great food. Corporate attendees will love it.
> I think getting this place to 169$ CDN would be a great deal. I am working
> on this.
> -The Westin [243$ CDN] - Across the street from the CC. This is a nice
> property. They may lower to $179. It is a nice property, but the
> InterContinental is much fancier so I do not think they should be the same
> price. I will see if I can lower it another $10/night.
> -Le Place D'Armes [196$ CDN] - Great place, but working to get a lower
> price. A few rooms at this hotel would be nice, but not huge block. (they
> do not have many to offer anyways)
> -The Delta [149$ CDN] - This property used to be a Hyatt so it looks very
> similar to what our attendees are familiar with. This property has good
> food. It is $149 CDN per night and about a 5 minute walk to the Convention
> Center. I definitely want to get a decent room block at this hotel. It's
> not super modern like the Hyatt in Montreal, but it is A LOT cheaper and it
> is an average property.
> On Jul 18, 2012, at 5:27 AM, Nick Burch wrote:
> > On Wed, 18 Jul 2012, Bernd Fondermann wrote:
> >> Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend. I've started at a new project
> this week and this leads to collisions now I wasn't expecting. I'm very
> sorry. Keep up the good work, though.
> >
> > That's a shame :/
> >
> > Any chance you could have a think about the questions you would have
> asked, and the photos you would have taken, then add them to the wiki[1]?
> >
> > Nick
> >
> > [1] http://wiki.apache.org/concom-planning/ACEU12SiteVisit
> --
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