Fan-run social gatherings (“room parties” in fan-speak) are among the great established traditions of SF conventions. If you’re interested in hosting a room party at Westercon 64, check out our Parties page for information you need to know before hosting a party.
Before making your hotel reservation for Westercon 64, you may want to sign up for the Fairmont President’s Club frequent-traveler program (it’s free), because FPC members get free in-room internet. Internet connectivity (wi-fi) will not be available in the function rooms or hallway areas. See our Internet Access page for more details.
Please note that due to an event happening just before Westercon, we have very few hotel rooms on the nights before the convention. If you are planning on combining a vacation with your trip to Westercon, we recommend planning it for after Westercon, not before.
If you have any questions or problems with your hotel reservation, please contact our Hotel Liaison at hotel [at] westercon64.org.
Representatives of Westercon 64 will be staffing a fan table at Further Confusion 2011, January 13-17 at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San José. This is the same hotel as we’re using for Westercon 64, so this can give you a chance to check out our facility if you haven’t been there before.
Further to our previous post about downtown San Jose’s walkability, we’ve posted a video slide show of restaurants, services, and attractions in the downtown San Jose area. The material for this video was shot by one of our committee members walking around downtown San Jose, and everything in it is no more than about 2500 feet (about 800 m) from the hotel, with many places being much closer, including right outside the hotel’s doors.
One challenge of many convention sites is that they are isolated from anything other than the hotel/convention center in which they are held. Restaurants, shops, and other services are inconveniently far away, often requiring one to drive. We’re happy to say that downtown San Jose is nothing like that. In fact, our convention hotel has earned a maximum rating from WalkScore.com, a service that rates locations based on the ease of accessing restaurants, shops, etc. within easy walking distance of a given site. Check our their map centered on our hotel and you’ll see how many places are located nearby within a short walk. Downtown San Jose is also nice and flat, making access simple.
San Jose in 2011 is not the only fannish group using the San Jose Fairmont Hotel. Further Confusion is moving from their previous home at the Doubletree San Jose to the Fairmont San Jose in January 2010, and before the 2009 FurCon Masquerade, the convention played a introductory video produced in cooperation with the Fairmont to familiarize FurCon’s members with the convention’s new home. Although this video is specifically aimed at FurCon attendees, we think Westercon voters deciding on whether to vote for us would be interested in seeing this as well, not only because it highlights our proposed site, but because it demonstrates the interest that the Fairmont has taken in genre conventions.
FurCon have graciously posted their “Welcome to the Fairmont” video to YouTube, and we’re happy to include it below:
Our thanks to FurCon and to the Fairmont for remembering to mention our Westercon as one of the possible conventions that will be in the hotel in the future.
SFSFC, parent organization of the San Jose in 2011 Westercon bid, has formally filed our bid to host Westercon 64. The bid has selected the Fairmont San Jose as our host hotel.
Although we had earlier announced that the San Jose Doubletree was our preferred site, after evaluating all of the proposals we received, we elected to go with the Fairmont Hotel’s as representing the best overall value for Westercon’s members.
For more details and the full text of the announcement, see the press release on the SFSFC corporate web site. We have also updated the Site pages of the bid web site to include more information about the Fairmont, and we have included links to our bid filing information in the Materials and About SFSFC pages.
The San Jose in 2011 Westercon bid has selected the San Jose Doubletree Hotel as its preferred bidder to be the site for the 2011 Westercon. The bid will now begin negotiating to conclude a contract in preparation for filing its bid to host Westercon 64. The bid has published a new version of its membership flyer including the Doubletree San Jose as its intended site.