Ruby Conference hotel sold out

I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
out.

Anybody have a recommendation for another hotel?

http://www.dullesexpo.com/guestinfo/hotelinfo/index.htm

-austin

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On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:

I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
out.

Anybody have a recommendation for another hotel?

--
Austin Ziegler * halostatue@gmail.com
               * Alternate: austin@halostatue.ca

Good grief. I have a rough idea of how many people have registered so
far, and based on that it's kinda weird that our block of rooms would
already be sold out. I wonder how many rooms they were holding for us?

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On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:

I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
out.

Hi --

I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
out.

Heavens! Thanks for the heads up.

Anybody have a recommendation for another hotel?

There are a couple nearby (and we'll figure out how to shuttle people,
including me, since I haven't reserved yet :slight_smile:

  Homestead Suites
  4504 Brookfield Corporate Drive
  Chantilly, VA 20151
  P: 703-263-3361 or reserve online: http://www.homesteadsuites.com
                     Select: Virginia (state)
                             Fairfax/Dulles (metro area)
                             Dulles/Chantilly (location)

  Sierra Suites Chantilly
  4506 Brookfield Corp. Drive
  Chantilly, VA 20151
  703.263.7200
  or https://www.sierrasuites.com/rates_reservations/index.asp?loc=chantilly

I haven't blocked rooms at these places (still contacting them), so I would
recommend reserving soon.

David

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On Thu, 19 Aug 2004, Tim Hunter wrote:

--
David A. Black
dblack@wobblini.net

I'm not sure what was going on when you called, Tim, but I just called
(10:21 a.m. Thursday morning) and booked a room at the conference rate
with no problem. This was with a check-in date of Thursday, September
30 and staying for three nights (check-out on Sunday, October 3).

I called 703-815-6060 (the number shown at the conference informaiton
page) and the hotel is a Holiday Inn Select (which is not explicitly
stated on the conference information page).

Hope this helps,

Lyle

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On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:

I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
out.

Hi --

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On Fri, 20 Aug 2004, Austin Ziegler wrote:

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:
> I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
> learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
> out.
>
> Anybody have a recommendation for another hotel?

http://www.dullesexpo.com/guestinfo/hotelinfo/index.htm

Thanks, Austin -- that's great. The two I mentioned (previous post)
are listed among those, and the people at the conference hotel
mentioned them as the two closest. But this bigger list may come in
very handy....

David

--
David A. Black
dblack@wobblini.net

Hi --

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On Fri, 20 Aug 2004, Lyle Johnson wrote:

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:

> I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
> learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
> out.

Good grief. I have a rough idea of how many people have registered so
far, and based on that it's kinda weird that our block of rooms would
already be sold out. I wonder how many rooms they were holding for us?

Not enough :slight_smile: But it's probably our fault; we may have guessed low.

David

--
David A. Black
dblack@wobblini.net

Lyle Johnson wrote:

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On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:

I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
out.

Good grief. I have a rough idea of how many people have registered so
far, and based on that it's kinda weird that our block of rooms would
already be sold out. I wonder how many rooms they were holding for us?

I wonder also. I have registered but have not got a room yet.

David/Chad? What are some good alternatives?

Hal

Hi --

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On Fri, 20 Aug 2004, Lyle Johnson wrote:

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:

> I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
> learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
> out.

I'm not sure what was going on when you called, Tim, but I just called
(10:21 a.m. Thursday morning) and booked a room at the conference rate
with no problem. This was with a check-in date of Thursday, September
30 and staying for three nights (check-out on Sunday, October 3).

I called them right after seeing Tim's post and they said they were
sold out for that weekend. Their website said soldout too. So you may
have been the last one :slight_smile:

(Not that I discourage people from giving it a try; but I'd keep the
list of alternatives handy :slight_smile:

David

--
David A. Black
dblack@wobblini.net

* Lyle Johnson <lyle.johnson@gmail.com> [2004-08-20 00:24:45 +0900]:

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On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:

> I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
> learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
> out.

I'm not sure what was going on when you called, Tim, but I just called
(10:21 a.m. Thursday morning) and booked a room at the conference rate
with no problem. This was with a check-in date of Thursday, September
30 and staying for three nights (check-out on Sunday, October 3).

I called 703-815-6060 (the number shown at the conference informaiton
page) and the hotel is a Holiday Inn Select (which is not explicitly
stated on the conference information page).

I just called the number above and they did not have any openings (10:31 CT).
However, I did book with the Homestead suites. BTW, their std
rate was $70. Better than the $89 conf rate listed.

--
Jim Freeze

Frankly, I'm not sure how good the block of rooms was in the first
place. When I called, they didn't have any $90 rooms (as per the
conference page) -- only $100 rooms with a king-sized bed. This was
true when I booked last week, and true when I looked at booking (and
seeing if I could get free nights) two weeks ago. This may be
something where the HI didn't do its job properly, but ... I don't
know what sort of situation that places anything in.

-austin

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On Fri, 20 Aug 2004 00:06:45 +0900, Lyle Johnson <lyle.johnson@gmail.com> wrote:

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:
> I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
> learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
> out.
Good grief. I have a rough idea of how many people have registered so
far, and based on that it's kinda weird that our block of rooms would
already be sold out. I wonder how many rooms they were holding for us?

--
Austin Ziegler * halostatue@gmail.com
               * Alternate: austin@halostatue.ca

Lyle Johnson wrote:

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On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:

I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
out.

I'm not sure what was going on when you called, Tim, but I just called
(10:21 a.m. Thursday morning) and booked a room at the conference rate
with no problem. This was with a check-in date of Thursday, September
30 and staying for three nights (check-out on Sunday, October 3).

I called 703-815-6060 (the number shown at the conference informaiton
page) and the hotel is a Holiday Inn Select (which is not explicitly
stated on the conference information page).

Hope this helps,

Lyle

Hmmm...curious. I called exactly the same number about 10:30AM and got the
"sold out" message. Maybe you got the last room?

Lyle Johnson wrote:
>
>
>>I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby
Conference hotel only to
>>learn that the conference block - and indeed the
entire hotel - is sold
>>out.
>
>
> Good grief. I have a rough idea of how many people
have registered so
> far, and based on that it's kinda weird that our
block of rooms would
> already be sold out. I wonder how many rooms they
were holding for us?

I wonder also. I have registered but have not got a
room yet.

Same here ....

David/Chad? What are some good alternatives?

Is there a possibility of room sharing at any of the
sites ?

Thanks,
-- Shashank

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--- Hal Fulton <hal9000@hypermetrics.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter > <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:

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Hi --

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On Fri, 20 Aug 2004, Tim Hunter wrote:

Lyle Johnson wrote:

> On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:
>
>> I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
>> learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
>> out.
>
> I'm not sure what was going on when you called, Tim, but I just called
> (10:21 a.m. Thursday morning) and booked a room at the conference rate
> with no problem. This was with a check-in date of Thursday, September
> 30 and staying for three nights (check-out on Sunday, October 3).
>
> I called 703-815-6060 (the number shown at the conference informaiton
> page) and the hotel is a Holiday Inn Select (which is not explicitly
> stated on the conference information page).
>
> Hope this helps,
>
> Lyle

Hmmm...curious. I called exactly the same number about 10:30AM and got the
"sold out" message. Maybe you got the last room?

Yeah, it's all Lyle's fault. I think he should pay for all our rooms.

:slight_smile:

David

--
David A. Black
dblack@wobblini.net

Austin Ziegler wrote:

I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
out.

Good grief. I have a rough idea of how many people have registered so
far, and based on that it's kinda weird that our block of rooms would
already be sold out. I wonder how many rooms they were holding for us?

Frankly, I'm not sure how good the block of rooms was in the first
place. When I called, they didn't have any $90 rooms (as per the
conference page) -- only $100 rooms with a king-sized bed. This was
true when I booked last week, and true when I looked at booking (and
seeing if I could get free nights) two weeks ago. This may be
something where the HI didn't do its job properly, but ... I don't
know what sort of situation that places anything in.

FWIW, I called the hotel about a week ago. I was put through to central reservations; they said the rate was $100. I told them that was wrong; they suggested I call the hotel and ask for in-house reservations.

The guy there said that he knew of no blocked rooms. He put me through to Sales. The woman there said that the block, and maybe the conference, had been canceled. I told her that wrong; she said she would look into it. She called me back and said all was straightened out. Blocked rooms, $89 a night.

I wonder, though, if they screwed up in holding the blocked rooms.

Anyway, if you have a reservation, make sure it's a *guaranteed* reservation. It's still not a *real* guarantee (I worked in the hotel industry for 20 years), but it makes it less likely that your room will be given away if you show up late.

James

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On Fri, 20 Aug 2004 00:06:45 +0900, Lyle Johnson <lyle.johnson@gmail.com> wrote:

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:

Hi --On Fri, 20 Aug 2004, Shashank Date wrote:

Is there a possibility of room sharing at any of the sites ?

Good idea :slight_smile:

http://www.rubygarden.org/ruby?RoomSharing2004

David

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--
David A. Black
dblack@wobblini.net

To answer some of these questions, I'll tell you what actually
happened: The hotel employee that we originally worked with left the
company and didn't tidy up before she left. David and I have been
working with the director of sales for the Holiday Inn since then,
slowly cleaning up the mess that was made.

The day you (James) ran into this problem, I called and corrected the
issue on the Holiday Inn side (basically two departments not
communicating clearly).

Today's issue seems to be an unrelated (as David suggests, maybe
computer..) glitch.

Here's hoping we've seen the end of the Holiday Inn SNAFUs. It should
be a really nice place for the conference once we get there :slight_smile:

Chad

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On Fri, 20 Aug 2004 00:49:11 +0900, James Britt <jamesunderbarb@neurogami.com> wrote:

Austin Ziegler wrote:

> On Fri, 20 Aug 2004 00:06:45 +0900, Lyle Johnson <lyle.johnson@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:45:55 +0900, Tim Hunter <cyclists@nc.rr.com> wrote:
>>
>>>I just tried to make a reservation at the Ruby Conference hotel only to
>>>learn that the conference block - and indeed the entire hotel - is sold
>>>out.
>>
>>Good grief. I have a rough idea of how many people have registered so
>>far, and based on that it's kinda weird that our block of rooms would
>>already be sold out. I wonder how many rooms they were holding for us?
>
>
> Frankly, I'm not sure how good the block of rooms was in the first
> place. When I called, they didn't have any $90 rooms (as per the
> conference page) -- only $100 rooms with a king-sized bed. This was
> true when I booked last week, and true when I looked at booking (and
> seeing if I could get free nights) two weeks ago. This may be
> something where the HI didn't do its job properly, but ... I don't
> know what sort of situation that places anything in.

FWIW, I called the hotel about a week ago. I was put through to central
reservations; they said the rate was $100. I told them that was wrong;
they suggested I call the hotel and ask for in-house reservations.

The guy there said that he knew of no blocked rooms. He put me through
to Sales. The woman there said that the block, and maybe the
conference, had been canceled. I told her that wrong; she said she
would look into it. She called me back and said all was straightened
out. Blocked rooms, $89 a night.

I wonder, though, if they screwed up in holding the blocked rooms.

Anyway, if you have a reservation, make sure it's a *guaranteed*
reservation. It's still not a *real* guarantee (I worked in the hotel
industry for 20 years), but it makes it less likely that your room will
be given away if you show up late.

Hi,

Hi --On Fri, 20 Aug 2004, Shashank Date wrote:

> Is there a possibility of room sharing at any of
the sites ?

Good idea :slight_smile:

http://www.rubygarden.org/ruby?RoomSharing2004

Awesome ... now if only some kind soul(s) ventures on
the wiki :wink:

David

Thanks, David, for the super-prompt action.

-- shanko

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--- "David A. Black" <dblack@wobblini.net> wrote:

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Probably Perl-related.

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On Fri, 20 Aug 2004 03:29:18 +0900, Chad Fowler <chadfowler@gmail.com> wrote:

Today's issue seems to be an unrelated (as David suggests, maybe
computer..) glitch.