Rolling 20's Podcast Host
Join Date: Feb 2005
Seeking Roommates for a Hilton Room
Hotel: Anaheim Hilton
Dates: March 31 to April 2
Spaces Available: 2
Room Type: Double Queen Room
Smoking or Non-Smoking: Definitely non-smoking
Details about me: I have some press duties, but I'm on my own budget, so I would like to find some roommates to share costs and stories.
My simple philosophy about rooms is that if you go, you should only have to pay the money requested and show up. I'll take care of getting the rooms squared away. I have a good reputation at this hotel, and they recognize me by face, so if you have an issue, I can assist in getting it smoothed out.
Here's some frequent questions I get. If you have more, just ask.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What rooms do you have? Double Queen Bed Room
How long is the stay? March 31 to April 2
Are the rates per night or for the whole stay? It's for the whole stay. I do not have a per night rate.
When would payment be due? I ask that payment be sent about a month prior to the convention. This gives me time to turn payments into cash for the hotels, as well as weed out any last second drop-outs. Besides, it makes it easier to keep other people's money separate from mine until necessary.
How do you like payment? I prefer checks or money orders. If cash is sent in the mail and the postman loses it, it's lost for both you and me. Checks or money orders can be traced by the sender, or cancelled and retrieved, if necessary.
Do you accept Paypal? I do. I ask that you send it as a "Friends/Family" item to so the fees associated with it are handled on your end. Any other way, and they can take a serious chunk out of the hotel monies.
What's the word on parking? Parking in this area can be expensive. If you're parking at the hotel, be aware it's $42 per night valet only. Bring this money to pay directly to the front desk. DO NOT CHARGE IT TO THE ROOM.
[i]Is parking included in the room share? [i] No. I've found not everyone drives or has a need for parking, so I don't get involved in that realm.
What do we do about food? That is by your leave. There's a few mini-restaurants in the hotel and a few places in walking distance.
I also plan on eating dinner out and if you want to join, let me know, or if you're interested in ordering a pizza, talking, and hanging out, I am more than open to that.
Aren't you a bit... um... old? That's a fair question. Simply answered, my inner child and I get a long pretty well, so I still collect anime and comic books, watch professional wrestling, cosplay, and hang out with a lot of younger people. If you see me talking to a bunch of 20-somethings, I'm not having a mid-life crisis. I just relate well.
Besides... I have over 2 decades worth of convention stories and good access to San Diego Comic Con. I can talk for hours about cons and geek culture.
I'm a girl and I don't want to room with guys... Not a problem. I have one girls only room currently set up. When you contact me, please mention you're interested in this specific set-up, and I'll give you the details.
I'm under 18... Can I still go? Sure. I'll take people as young as 14, but if you are between 14 and 18, I HAVE TO SPEAK TO YOUR PARENTS FIRST. This is non-negotiable. It sounds very over-bearing, but if you're a minor, you lie to your parent/guardian about where you are, and you're found with me and/or my friends, that's a potential kidnapping charge on the adult(s) you're found with, and that's a great way to ruin a convention.
What is your cancellation policy? I totally get life happens and unexpected things pop up like money troubles or friends suddenly inviting you to go. If you can decide if you're cancelling by the end of May, I'd appreciate it. Though, I'll accept your cancellation up to a week before the convention. However, it's very hard to guarantee a full refund within a week of the convention. The reason for this is there's other people counting on everyone paying their fair share.
What's the rule about drinking? I don't mind social drinking or fun drinking, but I don't condone getting fall-down drunk. Also, NO MINOR DRINKING, PERIOD. If you're an adult who gives a minor alcohol, we'll have a few unkind words, and I won't hesitate to involve the authorities.
Can we host a party in the room?! Short answer; No. These rooms are connected to me and I take my relationship with hotels and chains very seriously. Additionally, I am very against drugs! I went to a convention and had to help out 2 people roofied at a party, so drugs are on my bad side. You want to see me angry? Bring up drugs to anyone in any of my rooms and it gets back to me? It will not be fun...
Are you 420-friendly? No. See the above answer.
Someone I'm rooming with is getting on my nerves... See me on issues like this ASAP. I'm a decent negotiator and I will handle all issues like this. Few things can make a weekend more tense than people irritating each other and drawing lines in the sand. Even if it doesn't get to fighting, you're giving the cold-shoulder to someone else, and everyone else in that room will get frustrated and caught up in it. That's not fair to everyone in that situation.
"Um... I broke something in the room." This should be a no-brainer, but be prepared to pay for it. I also inspect rooms quickly before I check them out. The reason for that is if these things are reserved with my credit card and something comes up broken, I have to pay for it. I limit my risks by being careful.
What happens if I break "the rules?" I escort you out. Not out of the hotel or the convention, but out of my room block. No refunds and no arguments. You're out.
Any other questions, please feel free to ask.