4th Street Fantasy…
continues June 22-24, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN

About the Hotel

Spring Hill Suites, Marriott
5901 Wayzata Blvd
St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416
(952) 738-7300

We're very excited about the new 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) What are the rooms like?

All of the suites are quite spacious with separate living and sleeping areas, wet-bar, mini fridge and microwave. The entire hotel has free wireless access. All suites have iPod docking stations.

2) Where are convention events happening?

We'll be using Elmwood I and II, which are directly off of the breakfast room as well as the corridor just through the lobby. The hotel website seems to lack a map.

3) Where's the ConSuite and what about breakfast?

With our new venue comes a new system. Our "Suite" is actually the breakfast area of the hotel. It will be ours from after breakfast until... Cold drinks will be available in the program room 24/7.

A hot breakfast buffet with eggs, meat and make your own Belgian waffle station, as well as a variety of cereal and oatmeal; fruit, yogurt and granola; a variety of breakfast pastries, muffins, bagels; coffee, tea and juice. Daily offerings of eggs [hard cooked, and either scrambled, omelets or made for breakfast sandwich] and meat [sausage, bacon or ham] vary daily. Generally this buffet is offered only to registered guests of the hotel, but we have arranged to include all 4th Streeters.

After breakfast the ConSuite choices will include Beverages [teas, fruit juices, sodas, water], Savories [Chex mix, pretzels, nuts, snack crackers, jerky, string cheese, spinach dip with chips, hummus with pita chips], Tortilla rolls [Caesar salad, ranch; green onion, cream cheese, black olives; salsa, grated cheddar and chicken; roast beef, horseradish sauce; ham and swiss, mustard], and Sweets [M&Ms, Hershey minis, jelly beans, licorice, cookies, fresh fruit, raisons].

If there is a gap in the offerings, you have special dietary needs that need to addressed, or you have a suggestion/request, please send us a note so that we can adjust the planning.

4) 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.