Hotel Room update: Get 'em while they're hot.
As some of you have noted here, the online registration form for the Hyatt San Jose was no longer giving the $75 rate.
I spoke with the hotel this morning, and the truth is that you had blown through our initial commitment for room nights on Thursday night! After continued negotiation with the hotel, we have secured more rooms. So, here's what is still available, on a first-come, first-served basis:
We secured 75 more rooms for Thursday and Saturday nights. Friday night has even more nights available (160.)
There are only a handful of $75 rooms left on the outlying days (Tues./Wed./Sunday./Mon.)
When it comes to Thursday and Friday nights we should be able to increase the number of rooms again at the current rate, if needed. But be forewarned that, given the Grand Prix and other conventions in San Jose that weekend, the hotel cannot commit to any more $75 rooms for Saturday evening. They do expect to be sold out all weekend. (And their regular rate will likely rise to over $200 as we get closer to July.)
One more thing to bear in mind: their online group booking site seems to have an inconvenient limitation. Once one night you're requesting is sold out at the group rate, it kicks the whole reservation request out of the group rate. Some of you have already noticed this.
Apparently the phone operators can handle this better than the online site can. So, if you have a problem with not seeing the group rate, feel free to contact me to let me know, but you might also want to call the group rate reservation 800-number to get your reservation done: 1 800 633 7313
Last thing: I think at this point it is wise for us to start checking out room block availability at the other nearby hotels. Maria and I will work on finding a couple of other options within half a mile of the Hyatt. If we start to blow through these rooms at the Hyatt, we will post alternatives.
Thanks everyone. I can't tell you how pleased we are that even before registration went live we are seeing so many of you making your hotel reservations. We are obviously going to rock this joint!