RARA-AVIS: 2005 Bouchercon Chicago update

From: J. Alec West ( mystery@alecwest.com)
Date: 30 Aug 2004


For those interested in attending the 2005 Chicago Bouchercon, room reservations at the con-hotel (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers) open up on September 7th. The discounted con-rate is $135 per night, single or double. Of course, there's a 14.9% per-night occupancy tax ... which brings the total up to $155.12 per night. The "Hotel Info" page on the http://Bouchercon.net website has been updated with this and other info.

A few other things. Unlike most hotels in the past, the Sheraton Chicago has (ahem) NO free parking for guests. All parking is "valet" parking and costs $35 a night with 24-hour in/out priveleges. Keep that additional cost in mind if you plan on driving to the con or renting a car when you get into Chicago.

The hotel requires no deposit to make a reservation if you use a major credit card. And, sometime in October, the Sheraton Chicago will provide the Bouchercon.net site with a link ... allowing con-goers to book their discounted rooms online. However, if you plan on paying by check, you have to call in your reservation ... and there will probably be a deposit requirement of some kind in order to hold the room. In all cases, reservation cancellation policy requires guests to cancel at least four days prior to their arrival date. Keep that in mind in case some unforeseen problem prevents you from attending.

Below are the reservation-line numbers. These go _direct_ to the hotel and are not "national trunk" numbers:

(877) 242-2558 --- toll-free for North American callers
(312) 464-1000 --- everybody else

Regards, J. Alec West

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