January 4, 2007

PyCon Sprints: Hotel Misinformation

Just in case you have been told, as a couple of people have already reported, that there are no rooms available at the conference hotel for the sprint days, please don't give up! This appears to be a glitch in the hotel's reservation system.

To the best of my knowledge the agreement with the hotel is that rooms will be bookable at the conference rate even after the PyCon guaranteed allocation is used up, and indeed as long as rooms continue to be available. So persist, and if necessary call 1-800-228-9290 to demand the room rates that PyCon delegates are entitled to.

Thanks to David Goodger for the appropriate extract from the contract. I wonder if Marriott need some help with their information systems? I bet they aren't written in Python!


Anonymous said...

Thanks Steve for the information. I was able to adjust my hotel reservation and get the much better rate!

Steve said...

Glad I was able to help. It seems that the hotel now has its ducks in a row and that the reservation system will in future operate correctly.

Anonymous said...

Yep, thank you!

Anonymous said...

This sounds almost identical to the problem the venue had with their reservation system last year. Am I remembering correctly?

Steve said...

Yes, apparently there's no quality-assurance system in place: people did have the same problems last year. However, feedback assures me the problem is now fixed. For this year, at least.

Of course the venue for next year's PyCon has yet to be decided. It will be interesting to hear what delegates have thought about our two years in Texas after this year's conference is over.

Hope the Twisted crowd are planning to attend in force! See you there?