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Timothy
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Having convinced myself that I'd save money by sleeping in my own bed each night, I decided that I would make the drive to Strategicon and just pay for parking instead. I've seen a couple promising spots but was wondering if anyone had any first hand experience that they're willing to impart on this gamer? Dos, Don'ts and all that.
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Bill Gallagher
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I believe that the Los Angeles Airport Hilton, where the convention is being held, is offering $9/day parking with validation.

Street (free) parking is very hard (if not impossible) to come by in that area - and is likely time limited with strict enforcement.
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Heheh, yeah, I wasn't even considering street parking. Nice to know about the $9 a day then. I wasn't sure about that and was looking at ParkingSpot or something like that down the street. Thanks for the quick response, Bill. Appreciate it.
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Yuglooc wrote:
I believe that the Los Angeles Airport Hilton, where the convention is being held...

Oh wow, almost forgot that they changed hotels.
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Yuglooc wrote:
I believe that the Los Angeles Airport Hilton, where the convention is being held, is offering $9/day parking with validation.

Street (free) parking is very hard (if not impossible) to come by in that area - and is likely time limited with strict enforcement.

A "2 years later" post, but still, some may find it helpful...
In the past couple years, they've often got enough guests that even hotel parking runs out (it's not just the con goers, but general travelers passing by). $9 a day for the self park, $20 for valet.

There are 2 parking garage that costs $15 a day, or $16 to $22 per day (more expensive gets you off the roof so that your car isn't baking in the sun if that's important to you). It's relatively steep, but on the plus sides: it's one building over from the hotel, and parking is often ample.

Unlike the hotel parking, there's no in and out privileges here, but given how parking spots can run out, I'd be afraid to leave the parking lot to utilize that.


EDIT: updated info
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Agreed. I parked in the Hilton garage a year or two back and spent about 45 minutes trying to find a spot. All levels were PACKED, with cars parking in all manner of "spots." For me, NOT worth the effort and stress.

I'll be heading down tomorrow (Saturday) morning and will simply hit one of the local parking structures that are within walking distance.

Personally I'd love to see the event relocate to a another nearby hotel.
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Voice of Reason wrote:
Agreed. I parked in the Hilton garage a year or two back and spent about 45 minutes trying to find a spot. All levels were PACKED, with cars parking in all manner of "spots." For me, NOT worth the effort and stress.

I'll be heading down tomorrow (Saturday) morning and will simply hit one of the local parking structures that are within walking distance.

Personally I'd love to see the event relocate to a another nearby hotel.
Unfortunately, I wouldn't count on it.

It's been mentioned that the con staff like this location for several reasons....
--It's convenient for those who fly in, of which evidently, there's no small number of these folks
--The rates and times of year are excellent for them (which are mostly the same reasons it isn't as great for the attendees

There were a couple others, but I'll have to post back if I can think of them.
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My first reaction seeing this thread was "where?"

Sarcasm aside we know the situation isn't great, but it's better than the last 3 hotels....

ackmondual wrote:
Voice of Reason wrote:
Agreed. I parked in the Hilton garage a year or two back and spent about 45 minutes trying to find a spot. All levels were PACKED, with cars parking in all manner of "spots." For me, NOT worth the effort and stress.

I'll be heading down tomorrow (Saturday) morning and will simply hit one of the local parking structures that are within walking distance.

Personally I'd love to see the event relocate to a another nearby hotel.
Unfortunately, I wouldn't count on it.

It's been mentioned that the con staff like this location for several reasons....
--It's convenient for those who fly in, of which evidently, there's no small number of these folks
--The rates and times of year are excellent for them (which are mostly the same reasons it isn't as great for the attendees

There were a couple others, but I'll have to post back if I can think of them.

The big one you missed is cost and space. Square footage is a major factor on how big a show you can run. We're at the largest hotel convention-space wise on the strip. There are very few hotels that have more convention space in all of Southern California, and none outside of this area for comparable cost.

More later
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