Our hotel block went away on November 1, 1997. Please contact Sharon Sbarsky, for one of the few extra reserved rooms if you need one. If you have a room that you won't be using, let us know and we'll reassign it to another who can.
Check in time is 3pm; check out time is noon. We've asked people to be put on as high a floor as possible, as the Consuite is in 1520. There are glass elevators, so if you have a problem with this, ask to be on a lower floor. They are expecting 85-90% occupancy, so latecomers will probably be scattered.
If you come early, they will attempt to give you a room, should one be available; we are looking into a late check-out time of 1 or 2pm for everyone on Sunday only, and even later (4pm) with a charge. Of course, the hotel will hold your luggage for you after checkout.
Most of the program will be on the 2nd and 3rd floor, but some break-outs may be in the resource rooms (1519 & 1518). Yes, we will have a resource room; thanks to Scott and Jane Dennis (stuff arrived today). There will also be a computer (maybe 2), photo scanner, printer, zip drive, and (hopefully) Internet connection. We will have both a copier & high-speed mimeo.
The hotel will charge $7 parking for all members (guests or not). You only have to mention "Smofcon" or "MCFI" to get the $7 rate. It does not include free in-out privileges (although the hotel guests may be able to get this through the front desk). The normal garage charge is $7/2 hours, so this is still a bargain. There is no local street parking within several blocks. If you will be using the MBTA bus, bring change. Remember, the hotel also has a free shuttle (schedule available at-con).
Most rooms have a fridge/mini-bar, but if you require a fridge, check. There is a bar on the 2-1/2 floor, conveniently near our program rooms. Yes, they do stock some decent beer (but I don't know what, beyond Sam Adams). The restaurant is on the 2nd floor (typical continental/surf & turf). The hotel brunch is nothing special, just a basic breakfast; if you want a fancy Sunday brunch, ask for suggestions. Of course, there'll be stuff in the ConSuite too.
If you have any specific hotel questions, feel free to contact me.--Lisa Hertel (hotel liaison)
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