4th Street Fantasy Conversation…
continues June 24-26, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis Park Place

1500 Park Place Blvd.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Phone: 952-542-8600

Once again we are happy to be gathering at Doubletree Park Place. The hotel has set aside a limited block of rooms at special Con Rates good from Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26. We encourage you to stay on site to maximize your Con experience. To receive Con rates you must register by May 31 and tell them you are with 4th Street Fantasy.

You can use the hotel's online reservation system to receive our group rates. Alternatively, you can call 1-800-245-9190.

Room Rates

  • $109 for regular rooms ($124 for 3 people in a room, $139 for four): the hotel has both double/doubles and kings available.
  • $159 for suites ($174 for three people, and $189 for four). Suites include a pull-out couch.
  • Room charges do not include 7.28% sales tax.

    If you reserve a room via any means other than our online reservation page, you should contact our hotel liaison so that your room can be added to our room block list.

Two noteworthy changes in the hotel this year:

  • As of this year, the hotel is entirely non-smoking (Sorry Steve).
  • Access to the internet is free now, yay.

More Info about the Hotel

We're very excited about the hotel. 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?

Once again we'll be using the Courtyard conference rooms for the panels. The hotel website has a nice map.

Unlike the last few years, the consuite will be in the Spring conference room, just past the hotel restaurant. Additionally, there are seating spaces throughout the first floor atrium for conversation, board games, and other interactions. You can get to the consuite from programming by heading left.

The Sunday morning brunch will be on the 2nd floor, in the Terrace event room, 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 us.

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. We'll be 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.

Air quality: Smoking is forbidden throughout the hotel.

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 can participate: questions are often repeated, so they can be clearly understood, lighting is good, etc.