Does Country Inn have a waiting list? I am still on the list for rooms at the Residence Inn by Marriot. Quality Inn Suites has a list and they will call you when they open the rooms up. I think the Day's Inn on Wellington one has to call them when they open up the rooms.....The North/South buss routes look like they could get busy!!!!
I don't have a problem with Omaha for the US nationals or with London for worlds. I have not been to either city and would love to visit them for a majpr FS championship. I don't feel that these opportunities to host should be reserved for only glamorous cities.
I booked with Maritime Travel and they put us in the Windermere Manor hotel, which is on/near the campus of the Univ of Western Ontario. We've been told that SkateCanada is providing bus transfers to the venue, because parking is going to be "scarce."
I've never been to London so this is all new to me.
For those going and not finding any hotel, has anyone considered bed & breakfast? I stayed at a lovely place a couple of years ago and mostly enjoyed my stay. Healthy, filling breakfast every morning helped set the tone for the day.
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The city of Woodstock is about 30 min. east of London and has plenty of hotels. All are just off Highway 401...take Norwich St. exit. There's a Holiday Inn and Suites, Quality Inn, Super 8, Microtel. Ingersoll ( 20 min. east of London ) has a Comfort Inn, Elmhurst Inn etc and all just off the 401 as well. So there are plenty of other options within driving distance of London.
I just booked at the Motel 6, which is one of the bigger ones, near the Mall.
It costs $60 Can a night plus Canadian taxes. For that kind of money, I can take a limo, a cab or the #13 bus (Wellington). Most major hotels are double or tripple that. It is possible that I can find a better place, but many in this area are full already, like the Four Points and the London suites.
As we get closer, I am wondering if we should set up a post on getting together and combining transportation. There is nothing wrong with the bus except the mass transit system may not realize just how many people from the 10 hotels in this area of the mall want to ride at once. I wouldnt mind sharing a cab with one, two or three others or giving someone $10 or ? to ride with them in their car to the arena area.
Here is an interesting factoid. The Hilton near the JLC has I think about 350 rooms. That's not enough to cover the Japanese team, their media, and the Japanese fans, for instance, so there are many in the same boat as we are who didnt get close rooms....
Hopefully, London will have a skatin' shuttle to the mall area. But if not, The people at the bus service seem very nice and I have requested a guide to the buss and informed them that if there isnt a fan shuttle, they might consider running more buses, like Spokane did for their nats.
I mentioned this a while ago on the thread, but in case it was missed- for those with vehicles, the City of St. Thomas is about 20 minutes south of London and also has hotels and bed and breakfasts.
Maybe my little birdie friend is wrong about parking near JLC, but I have seen lots of odd things at skating events....sometimes, large blocks of parking are allocated to skating officials, teams, etc and what's left is priced very high.
One never knows....
BTW, the Motel 6 website is not showing that the rooms are available yet.
But if you call the Motel 6, as well as possibley others, their computers will show the rooms are available.
(Just talked with the Downtown Holiday inn express...they have no waiting list for their 109 rooms but they said to call back in Feb and they would know about any cancellations then.)
I would appear with coversations with hotels that certain entities like tour groups are able to tie up large blocks of rooms and then release them at the last minute.
Just talked with the Delta London arms. They and the Hilton are the host hotels. They have a waiting list (I am number 30) but being a host hotel the odds are slim I can get in and I wont know till Feb. They have 246 rooms and their rate is 159 plus HST
Last edited by CoyoteChris; 03-06-2012 at 05:17 PM.
FYI tour groups were required to confirm (and pay for) their tickets before the all event tickets went on sale to the public. This is why the omnipresent DASH ads referred to the date of February 2nd. I would presume that would mean they would know their hotel requirements by now too.
What may not yet be known would be the room requirements for competitors, coaches, judges and other officials as well as press/media. These could change closer to the event as it becomes clear who will be competing.
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^That makes sense. Residence Inn is telling folks they will be calling the "list" about April, but since Delta deals more with the competitors, etc, they wouldnt know till much later.
Chris hoping for a shuttle from White Oaks Mall.
It is my understanding that there will be shuttle bus service from the hotels that are out a bit from downtown (in the vicinity of Wellingon Rd. and Exeter Rd.), i.e. the Four Points Sheraton, Hampton Inn, etc. The Dash Tours site states that their hotel reservations include shuttle bus service, so I figured there must be something planned. I have also submitted some general questions to Skate Canada via e-mail and was told that they are indeed making shuttle bus arrangements and will have info available closer to the event. Even if they don't stop at every hotel, the shuttles might be accessible through parking near, or walking to, the closest one.
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The shuttle bus mentioned in the DASH ads is just for members of the tour. At GPF in QC there were 2 buses available for tour members, and at Cdn Nats there was a van.
There may be other shuttles available for hotel guests who are not part of DASH tours, however. Whether they are laid on by the hotels or SC, I couldn't guess. Although I can't see SC spending money like that!
A group taxi sounds like the best idea.
Another hotel update: The Station Park Inn is taking phone numbers for a waitlist. The Four Points is sold out and not doing a waitlist.