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videoguy
12-11-2003, 06:31 AM
I finally get to go to NAB ths year can anyone recomend a decent hotel? also are we going to do toast 04 ? i think the guys at newtek deserve it for what they done with vt3

ted
12-11-2003, 10:06 AM
Glad you'll be there.
As for Toast 04, only if NewTek gets VT4 ready for preview!:D

I'm still considering it, but it's a huge thing to pull off as well as a comitment dollar wise. Last year I only had to throw in a few hundred out of pocket, but it got really close to being much more. Not to mention the time.

I'm open to suggestions.

ArthurDent
12-11-2003, 10:50 AM
I have stayed in a few differet hotels, including Ceasers, Rio, MGM, but the best trip I had was at the Westward Ho. It was the cheapest, we had a rental car and we could pull right up to the door. Nice after walking all day. Who wants to walk for 3 miles trhough the casino.

We were in walking distance from the Convention center. I know it sounds crazy, but it really turned out to be cool. We got a vacation package with free lunch, unlimited drinks and the largest freaking hotdog in the world.

Brad and I work together and we payed for this trip oursleves. If the companies buying stay wherever, but you can't beat a vacation package, if you can get one. I do not know where Southwest Airlines might fly close to where you are in Ohio, but it worked great for us.

(Brad is typing as I type this and will have more details, I'm sure.)

AD

bradl
12-11-2003, 10:51 AM
Southwest Vacations (http://www.swavacations.com)

Used this last year after 10 years or more of company paying. Stayed at Westward Ho, you can stop laughing now... but we loved it. We had a rental car, could park right at the room and were right in the heart of the strip. Now there is something to be said for the big casinos, but after I while all you do is walk your buns off!. This trip we relaxed more, got to see the city more, went on little day trips and even enjoyed the Westward Ho quaintness. We had free lunch and unlimited drinks (any kind!) all week. The cost with airline, hotel and car was under $400 per person Saturday thru Friday.

ArthurDent is racing me to post this first! I lose...

ScorpioProd
12-11-2003, 02:14 PM
Well, my favorite Vegas hotel is the Luxor, that's where I stay, but...

If you're looking for affordable and walking distance to the LVCC, I recommend the Best Western Mardi Gras, where I have stayed before, right on Paradise a short walk from the LVCC.

I wonder if the monorail is finished?

Oh, and if you ever go to something at the Sands Expo Center, like the old NABs used to be, the Vagabond Inn is dirt cheap and right on the strip across from Treasure Island and a REALLY short walk to the Sands Expo Center.

Jim_C
12-11-2003, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by ScorpioProd
Well, my favorite Vegas hotel is the Luxor, that's where I stay, but...


I thought I saw you throwing down in Ra Eugene.

;)

Jim Capillo
12-11-2003, 04:10 PM
Yeah, those sideways elevators are fun to ride in after 10 or so drinks..... :eek: ;) :D

bradl
12-11-2003, 09:16 PM
Originally posted by ScorpioProd
If you're looking for affordable and walking distance to the LVCC, I recommend the Best Western Mardi Gras

Eugene, I kept seeing that hotel right on convention ave. and thought it would be ideal and no large casion as far as I could tell...

Stayed at Mirage many times to the point it felt like home away from, but then rotated between Caesar's and MGM, which are both very nice. Caesar's is probably my favorite big place to stay. Great buffet and lots to see and do with a whole new (3rd) extension to the mall area, unbelievable pool/spa area (with European sunbathing!) and awesome location.

ArthurDent
12-12-2003, 07:49 AM
Originally posted by bradl
with European sunbathing

As I recall, someone forgot to tell the 60 year old patron that this was not a good idea in her case. Doh!

I guess the bottom line is that there are a lot of cheaper alternatives, but the more expensive ones are always nice.

AD
"Don't Panic"

ScorpioProd
12-12-2003, 08:40 PM
Oh yeah, I was at RA, love it! :)

bradl
12-13-2003, 09:35 PM
Will there be a Toast 4? If not, maybe we could agree on a night to meet for dinner or drinks for an hour or two. Restaurant, quiet lounge or hospitality suite or something if we all chipped in. Very informal, just meeting and mingling...

Or during show hours at an NAB lounge area...

Jim Capillo
12-14-2003, 09:43 AM
What are the dates this year?

Paul Lara
12-14-2003, 09:52 AM
April 17 - 22

Jim Capillo
12-14-2003, 12:26 PM
Thanks Paul!

vanguard
12-15-2003, 08:01 AM
We've always stayed at Arizona Charlies... Waaaay off the strip on Decatur Ave. Excellent food, cheap rates, good gambling. Cheap enough that even with the necessary rental car it is still cheaper than on the strip.

Vegas secret from after a decade of NABing:

If you have to park a car there, skip the moraks charging$$$$, and park for free behind the Riviera in their out lot.

A short walk to the LVCC and viola -- you're a string quartet... no.. you're there without spending dollar one. Besides you'll need those $$$$ for the LVCC $19.00 Lunch Special...

Oh, for the days when NAB was held in Atlanta...., or New York....

Adam_LightPlay
12-16-2003, 07:18 PM
Again on the low budget side, there are several Budget Suites of Americas around the strip or a few blocks from. A week is about what one day costs at a fancy place, $200-$300.
However if close parking, a hot tub a few feet from your door, and a kitchen are your priorities, it can be very nice.

RE: Toast '04 or some get together... I sure want to spend at least one evening with my fellow toasterheads.
Now, if NewTek will announce an HDV Toaster and/or a software only Toaster, I might even help pay for it.