We decided to table this subject until the dust settled from the vbulletin upgrade. Now that we’re through that, I’d like to share where we are leaning for next year.
As Chris Johnson and others have mentioned, the Super 8 is becoming less and less attractive. Costs are rising, competition for the rooms is getting tougher, and the new owners have not been open to working with us on scheduling our rooms in a manner that helps with the noise complaints. The Super 8 has never been particularly family friendly, and this year I believe it was worse than ever. I personally witnessed construction workers shouting f-bombs at each other from one end of the hall to the other, and it seems every year – including this one - one or two of us end up with a sketchy room. The lack of a pool denies us all the opportunity to show off our svelte toy collector bods.
Given the above, it seems like an upgrade is in order. I have spoken with the folks at the Hampton Inn and it looks and sounds impressive:
For the Mego Suite they have a large room with an adjacent meeting room, and it opens to the courtyard. The room includes a bed, fold-out couch, and a plasma TV, fridge, microwave, etc. The guest rooms are nicer and better-equipped than Super 8, and include access to the exercise room and swimming pool. The views seem a lot better than Super 8, and reviews on the breakfast are good. There are plenty of dining choices close by, which is something to consider now that neither Hoss’s or Undo’s are options. It’s obvious this is a much more family-friendly facility, and getting more museum families into the mix is something we’d like to accomplish. I’m personally pumped about the ability to turn right or left! when exiting the parking lot, but there are a few cons that should be mentioned:
- There doesn’t seem to be an incline anywhere that is conducive to the Mego races
- The rooms cost more – likely in the $140s with our discount
- The Hampton Inn is a little farther away from Kruger St.
I would hate to see the Mego Races end. As Mr. Gaffney has suggested, we could perhaps convert to RC vehicles and race in the courtyard. The greater distance from Kruger St. isn’t quite as convenient, but we were going to need to drive further for the Thursday and Saturday dinners anyway which makes it almost a wash. I think the two biggest concerns are the increased cost, and just the idea of leaving the familiar Super 8 behind.
We need to finalize things with the Hampton Inn folks soon if we are going to make the switch. Please share your thoughts in this thread ASAP. I hope that we can reach a consensus and move forward.