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screamline studios
12-10-2006, 01:55 PM
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To: screamline studios
Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2006 3:51 pm
Subject: just a little upset with transworlds hotel rates

Just a quick question, has anyone had a problem with renting a room at the crown plaza for the transworld show at there discounted rate. You have two options, one use the discounted rate at $139.00 per night (which is sold out) or option two spend $249.00 per night, now granted maybe i would not think this is such a big deal but after being legally raped with all the costs that go along with being a vendor there, i feel this is a problem, now maybe we should have reserved our rooms sooner but as a vendor that discounted rate as i believe should always apply. maybe i am wrong but i would like your opinion.

Jason Blaszczak

SCREAMLINE STUDIOS

Tattoo
12-10-2006, 02:03 PM
Jason,

Have you tried booking through Globetrotter?

The only way to go as far as TW is concerned.

- Take care,

Tattoo

screamline studios
12-10-2006, 02:08 PM
Hey tattoo, Globetrotter travel is who i spoke to, sorry should said that in my post.

Tattoo
12-10-2006, 02:25 PM
Jason,

Check you private messages.

Jim Warfield
12-10-2006, 05:07 PM
I usually happen to run out of discounted tickets to my haunted house just about the time I turn on my lights and open up my ticket window.
Funny how that happens?
Years ago as many were discussing the whole room situation and the "discount" rooms, it always sounded like they raise the price on Monday to give you part of a discount on Tuesday sort of thing.
I just drove 2 miles down or up the road and spent $100.oo less. I CAN DRIVE a total of 4 miles for $100.oo, yes I can!
Infact I could do that all day long as long as the checks were good!

Mike Bizub
12-10-2006, 08:10 PM
After the first year we went we have always used priceline. We put in $75 and are never more than a mile away from the convention center and at pretty nice places

MidnightEvil
12-10-2006, 09:52 PM
I just booked my room online at Hyatt Regency O'Hare
$149 per night

Jonathan
12-11-2006, 07:49 AM
Virgil Franklin and the R.F.R. Crew are staying at the Wnydam. Its only about 1.5 miles away, and has a shuttle every 15 min.

Also, they have the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors going on the same weekend. Should be a mighty good time.

jack
12-11-2006, 08:16 AM
We usually stay at that Motel 6(or whatever it's called) by the Denny's.

Cheap, and you get a good crowd of haunters at Dennys in the mornings for impromptu seminars, product recommendations and just good conversation.

drfrightner
12-11-2006, 12:31 PM
THE BEST WAY TO GET HOTELS...

www.priceline.com

We do it every single year and get great deals! You will stay a bit further away like a mile or two but you will pay like 80 bucks a night. Yes I agree its a ripoff!!!

Larry

xxxdirk
12-11-2006, 01:56 PM
Yeah, it is a rip off. The Crowne is not ONLY $139 + another $15 in taxes and another $20 a day for parking! That is $175 a day. + I think they also charge you to use the pool, weight room and business center! Now this year I had a great year both with the haunt and my other business so I made reservations at the Crowne and was going to treat myself, but you know what? I think I am gonna cancel. I mean, I am in my room for maybe 6-7 hrs a night. Do I want to pay $175 for a bed? :evil: Guess I am just a tight wad, but I have stayed at the Super 8 (in Elkgrove about 15 minuets away) the past 5-6 years. $59 a night and the have a free shuttle service. That is $100 in my pocket. Multiply that x 4 days and that is almost $400 I can spend at the bar, or at a booth. :twisted:

Ron
btw, # for the Super 8 is 847-827-3133

Ken Spriggs
12-11-2006, 04:58 PM
Hmm if you book them as soon as they announce the dates for TW
You COULD score really cheap deals prior to Globetrotter locking down the rooms. They buy up all the rooms and jackup the price the later it gets.

Jim Warfield
12-12-2006, 01:45 AM
Maybe they should stick to playing exibition basketball?

mindtumor
12-12-2006, 06:18 AM
THE BEST WAY TO GET HOTELS...

www.priceline.com

We do it every single year and get great deals! You will stay a bit further away like a mile or two but you will pay like 80 bucks a night. Yes I agree its a ripoff!!!

Larry

I use priceline for my hotels and you can get really nice hotels for next to nothing. Trust me try it and you will not be dissatisfied. I used it last year for Transworld and I was within walking distance of the convention center.

bodybagging
12-12-2006, 04:10 PM
We just went thru the round around with the crowne as well, friday night we were told that they do have rooms available, but we could not book a room until Monday AM, then of course on Monday AM , no one knew what we talking about and no room unless we wwant to pay the outrageous price....... GRRRRRRRRRRRR so off to the weston for us.... After reading this post and speaking with Screamline, we may be cancelling that reservation and head that way!

xxxdirk
12-12-2006, 04:43 PM
If anyone wants my room at the CRowne, let me know. I still have it, but am gonna stay at the Super 8.

savage
12-15-2006, 12:40 AM
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From: screamline studios
To: screamline studios
Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2006 3:51 pm
Subject: just a little upset with transworlds hotel rates

Just a quick question, has anyone had a problem with renting a room at the crown plaza for the transworld show at there discounted rate. You have two options, one use the discounted rate at $139.00 per night (which is sold out) or option two spend $249.00 per night, now granted maybe i would not think this is such a big deal but after being legally raped with all the costs that go along with being a vendor there, i feel this is a problem, now maybe we should have reserved our rooms sooner but as a vendor that discounted rate as i believe should always apply. maybe i am wrong but i would like your opinion.

Jason Blaszczak

SCREAMLINE STUDIOS

For what it's worth, the Crowne Plaze, TransWorld and the Rosemont Convention Center are all seperate entities. The Crowne's prices are set by Crowne, not TransWorld, and are ridiculous 365 days a year (ask anybody who hits Flashback Weekend in July); the food at the Rosemont is outrageously priced as well, but again, TransWorld has NO control over that, either.

Just sayin' - be outraged, but blame the correct parties. The Crowne Plaza doesn't care if you're vending across the street - they have their discounted block and once it's full, it's full. That's it. TransWorld doesn't have a say in it.

drfrightner
12-20-2006, 04:44 AM
I once talked to the front desk of Embassy Suits, and they said oh our rate for tonight is something like $349.00 per night. And I was like WHAT are you joking...I love your hotels but usually can stay for about $150.00 per night.

They said yeah usually our rates are about $150 per night but for this show for some reason they're double. I swear this is what the lady told me...'FOR THIS SHOW FOR SOME REASON THEY ARE DOUBLE". She told me flat out she didn't know why she only worked there.

I think the best thing for the show is to move it out of Chicago all together and onto Vegas! Warm weather, tons of things to do, and lets not forget Rich Strelak lives there!

LOL

Larry

Jonathan
12-20-2006, 07:16 AM
Yeah the prices get jacked up all the time.

But then again, this year I am staying at the Wyndam so I can hit up both TW and also the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors since that is taking place at the Wyndam. Also saving me a ton of $$ and they have a free shuttle to TW every 15 min. one leaves.

But I think most hotels look at it as a "what other choice do they have" mentality.

drfrightner
12-20-2006, 01:32 PM
One thing more...

This is the price of doing business. Everyone in America has the right to pay those prices or not to pay them...you can find a hotel less than 5 miles away for half the price. No one is forcing anyone to do anything.

I personally choose to stay five miles away and not pay $300.00 per night.

Call me scrooge or just that I would rather pay $80.00 per night over $300.00...

What we really need in Chicago is a HOSTEL ... hehehe

Can you imagine a Hostel with haunters...I wonder if we can make a movie out of that one.

Larry

Rachel
12-20-2006, 05:20 PM
I booked my room at the Crown about 2 weeks ago. When I called they told me I had taken the last room at the show rate ($139) for Saturday night. They still had rooms available for the show price the other nights (at that time) but not Saturday....

Jim Warfield
12-20-2006, 07:07 PM
So Larry, does Rich Strelak have enough room for all of us haunters to bunk at his place?

MidnightEvil
12-20-2006, 11:53 PM
Hey Jim

No problem.
Rich has "THE HOTEL FEAR" there are plenty of spooky room's for everyone. :lol:
And for the unruly guest they can stay at the "ASYLUM" :wink:

Jim Warfield
12-21-2006, 06:39 AM
Asylum? Maybe that is what I have here? No. Others hear the voices too.
They are not just in my head.
It makes life interesting though.
If only they would whisper those next week's winning Lotto numbers to me.........
"Ring! Illinois State Lotto."
"Hello, , yes, I'm going to be out of town next week and won't be able to check on the winning numbers, could you tell me what they are going to be?"
"Click."
"Hello?"

maverick005
12-21-2006, 09:34 AM
i think larry is on to something...i think we should the transworld show out of chicago....and into a non union town....someplace where you dont have to pay through the nose to do business, and in order to get things done in a timely manner you wont have to grease the pockets of some union shop jock...unfortunately you have to be at transworld to pretty much make it in this business so it is a necessary evil at this point...i will add that we do better pound for pound at the smaller tradeshows like MHC...and we dont have to clear out our bank accounts, take out 5 new mortgages, rob 3 quicky marts, and mug an old man to have enough money to go to them....i am just kidding about the old man....we usually target old women, they are much easier targets...lol...
with that said, i hope everyone out there has a merry christmas, a happy new year, safe travels and great and prosperous upcoming year in this industry...long live the haunted attraction business....


todd poole

Raycliff Manor
12-21-2006, 01:04 PM
Hey Todd, I'm hoping to be able to go to MWHC next year. Some things are going to have to fall into place in order for me to be able to get away then, but after checking out their seminar lineup and the low cost for attendance, I'd be a fool not to make it if I can! They've got an awesome thing going over at MWHC!

In the mean time, I've already booked my room for TW and I'm looking forward to seeing all the other haunters there! I'm glad I booked my room before I started to hear about the rates escalating! :shock:

Kel

xxxdirk
12-21-2006, 01:29 PM
Kel,

REALLY hope you can make it to the MWHC. Went last year and had a good time and learned a lot. Unfortunatly, I am booked to perform at a cty fair that weekend this year, and a different one in 2008!! After seeing all the tours and lectures and other activites that Barry has lined up, I am drooling, but I can not turn down the amount the fairs are paying me. I am going to Haunt Con this year so between Transworld and that convention, I should get my fill of haunt stuff.

ron

maverick005
12-22-2006, 12:32 PM
i will be the first to say that if you are missing MHC then you are missing out on a ton of cool stuff....the producers put on an excellent show, and they really take care of you...i hear they have a lot of new stuff lined up this year...take care and merry christmas...

todd poole

Raycliff Manor
12-22-2006, 12:34 PM
Thanks for the input guys! I sure hope it works out and I can make it! I guess we'll have to have a couple of drinks together at TW Ron, since I won't be able to have drinks with you at MWHC (or os ot MHC?) Todd will have to help me pick up the slack! :lol:

Kel

maverick005
12-22-2006, 02:04 PM
well i would like to help pick up the slack, however i will leave the drinking to the professionals....lol...which happens to be my partners (jason and steve)...i am a novice drinker, about four beers and the only thing i will be doing is crawling on the floor, and mutterin something about "never drinking again"...which is in fact a total lie...take care

todd poole
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