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Old 16th July 2015, 02:21 AM   #81
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Would it be too inconvenient if one were to not have a car? If so, I'll look
for accommodations with free parking.

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Old 16th July 2015, 05:41 AM   #82
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Hoping for a Social Hour(s) starting at 8. That means lunch AND dinner! Yipes! I think we can swing it. Charlie has suggested Indian food catered and I love the idea. Was going to do that for lunch, but maybe the traditional sausages at lunch and an Indian dinner? We have a decent sized kitchen and tables there and in the presention area..

There is free parking at the venue. Caltrain station is about 15 blocks away. Would be cool to have people stay in the same hotel! Preferably halfway between the station and the venue. That area isdn't the fanciest, so there might be a reasonable place

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Where are those of you coming from out of town, and those like me who just don't feel like driving home that night, planning to stay? Don't feel that you have to identify the EXACT hotel or anything, but will you be staying near the event, or somewhere else?

Should there be some kind of after-social-hour socializing somewhere? Only get to do this once per year, so might as well make it count!
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Old 16th July 2015, 02:28 PM   #83
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the bay area is known for its indian food and so that would be a good move and great for those coming in from out of town.

good idea, charlie.
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Old 16th July 2015, 04:11 PM   #84
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Default Burning Amp 2015 Accommodation Options

Here is some info for those coming in from out of town or who want to book some local lodging. Google Maps shows several hotels in the immediate area. Rates start at about $80/night. These are mostly 2-star properties.
HOTELS WITHIN ~1 MILE OF THE 2015 BURNING AMP VENUE
The Redwood City Caltrain station is 1 mile from the venue.

If you zoom the map out to a 2 mile radius there are at least 18 places to stay, so plenty of options. Most are very affordable. There are two three-star rated properties within this radius, the Holiday Inn Express, Redwood City Central (1.2 miles, currently $126/night) and a Best Western Inn (1.8 miles, $162/night).

Going slightly further afield, there is the 4-star rated Sofitel San Francisco Bay (3.8 miles). A special offer for ONE NIGHT for $110 (including taxes!) is currently being offered the night of Burning Amp. I found this via the hotels' web site (see link above). This is a large hotel with a upscale bar and restaurant (click on links for pics). This could be a place to plan to meet up for any after-social-hour socializing. For longer stays, the room rates start at $159/night. I have booked a stay at this hotel myself as it seems to be a good balance of class and affordability, and is relatively nearby the event.

Within 5 miles there are endless possibilities, and even more upscale accommodations in the Palo Alto area. The 4-Seasons Hotel ($444) and Epiphany Hotel ($289) are both 4-star hotels but prices are higher, accordingly. If you are looking for an upscale place, both of these would be a very nice choice.

All of these can be found using Orbitz or other travel search engine, or use the links above.
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I would be sorely tempted to spend the night nearby on the day before the venue to get my stuff loaded in earlier. Socializing before/after would be a cherry on top of the cake, as a lot of times during the course of the actual event, I'm too focused to circulate and mix. Loading in on the night before BA would be really cool.
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and since its possible to leave the gear there at the end of the show-day, people don't have to rush around packing up their stuff. in theory, we could quit at a reasonable time, leave the gear, lock the doors and go have a nice group dinner
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Should there be some kind of after-social-hour socializing somewhere
That question doesn't really need an answer does it?
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Hoping for a Social Hour(s) starting at 8.
8? I vote for earlier, much earlier. Happy hour should start about noon. The buzz from my scotch on corn flakes will have worn off by then.
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Old 17th July 2015, 01:39 AM   #88
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This is quite a score! Must be audiophiles... I'm pretty sure it's just the date of BAF, but Of course the rates are difficult to figure out!
There is a 2 double bed room that is pretty reasonable on most days..


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Going slightly further afield, there is the 4-star rated Sofitel San Francisco Bay (3.8 miles). A special offer for ONE NIGHT for $110 (including taxes!) is currently being offered the night of Burning Amp. I found this via the hotels' web site (see link above). This is a large hotel with a upscale bar and restaurant (click on links for pics). This could be a place to plan to meet up for any after-social-hour socializing. For longer stays, the room rates start at $159/night. I have booked a stay at this hotel myself as it seems to be a good balance of class and affordability, and is relatively nearby the event.


All of these can be found using Orbitz or other travel search engine, or use the links above.
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Old 17th July 2015, 03:54 AM   #89
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This is quite a score! Must be audiophiles... I'm pretty sure it's just the date of BAF, but Of course the rates are difficult to figure out!
There is a 2 double bed room that is pretty reasonable on most days..
That two-double-bed room is the one I got for 110.

Here is how to book it:
Go to the Sofitel web page using the link in my post above. In the little brown colored area at the top right that says "BOOK" select OCTOBER 17th and then click the "BOOK" button. On the next page that comes up, select 1 room and 1 or 2 adults, and then click "VIEW RATES". On the next page that gives all the room options, scroll down to SUPERIOR ROOM (there is one with King and one with two double beds) and click on the small text that says "view rates for this room type". This opens up more options for the SUPERIOR ROOM, and you should see "EXCLUSIVE OFFER" listed. This is the $110/night rate.

Takes a little drilling down, but you get there eventually. Get 'em while there still available!
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That is an amazing rate for the Sofitel. I have stayed there many times and it is very nice. They make their money on the amenities. Breakfast is gorgeous but pricy. A coke in the shop in the lobby is $5. With this rate you can enjoy luxury accommodation and then choose your level of spend based on eating in or enjoying the many places near by.
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