May 09

More Info about the 4th Street Hotel

We're very excited about the hotel - as described on the main hotel page, we think it offers a great combination of a convenient layout, many convenient food options, reasonable price, and other amenities. We've gotten a few questions, though, so here's some further information for those considering a hotel room.

1) Where are convention events happening?

The programming space is on the first floor, in the Courtyard rooms. Courtyard 1-4 (configured as one room) will be the programming space (with microphones and wireless access) while Courtyard 5 and 6 will be the Dealer's Room.

You can access a map of the first floor by clicking on "floor plan" under the first floor page listings on this page.

The consuite will be on the 2nd floor, directly above the Courtyard rooms. Our consuite will be two adjoining suites, but there are seating spaces throughout the first floor atrium for conversation, board games, and other interactions. The smoking consuite will be in the smoking rooms on the 2nd floor - these are a separate area of the hotel from most rooms (they are above the reception desk). You can get to the consuite from programming by using either of two staircases or an elevator just around the corner.

The Sunday morning brunch will be on the 2nd floor, in one of the larger event rooms, to allow for tables and chairs. We're excited about the brunch: the hotel chef is looking forward to coming up with food that will fit a wide range of food needs and preferences.

2) I live in the Twin Cities - I'm trying to decide between staying at home, and getting a hotel room. What should I know?

One thing many people enjoyed at last year's 4th Street were the music parties - which went late into the night. Having a hotel room means you don't need to drive home when you're tired.

More than that, though, it allows for a continuation of great conversation and at many more times. This hotel has a number of spaces to catch up with old friends, make new connections, or continue a discussion from a panel. And, of course, for introverts, having a hotel room means you can have somewhere to take a short break from those conversations when needed. The hotel also has a pool, hot tub, sauna, and exercise room, along with other amenities.

3) What about accessibility?

When we looked at hotels, we really paid attention to accessibility. The Doubletree Park Place has a layout we really liked. Below is an outline of accessibility questions we've been thinking about: if you need additional information, please contact Jenett at hotel@4thstreetfantasy.com for more information.

Rooms: The Park Place has several accessible rooms. They are happy to answer any questions about your specific needs. Information about the accessible rooms is also available on their website.

Mobility: The elevator between the first and second floors is just around the corner from programming: the Park Place was the hotel we looked at with the shortest distance between programming space and the consuite. Jenett's glad to provide you with more details. (The elevator isn't on any of the hotel floor plan maps, though.) There is a level difference (four steps) between the programming space and the hotel restaurant area: this is handled through a small lift.

The consuite will be made from two adjoining suites. We will be moving furniture to create more open space for everyone, but we also expect conversations will spill out into the open atrium area, to help people move around in the consuite space. We'll also be marking some space in the programming area for anyone who needs a wheelchair or other mobility help to park.

Air quality: Smoking is forbidden in all public areas of the hotel, and limited to smoking rooms (which are in a separate area of the hotel from most of the rooms - the smoking rooms are over the front desk, while other rooms are in the space above the programming area/atrium.) We are near the pool, but they do not overchlorinate (Jenett and Elise are both sensitive to this, and have had no trouble on any of our visits.)

Hearing impairment: Panelists will have microphones to use, and we're glad to make sure those who lipread can see what people are saying. We do our best to make sure those with hearing impairments (including our con chair, Elise!) can participate: questions are often repeated, so they can be clearly understood, lighting is good, etc.