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At Worldcon

Montreal is a lovely city with many fine restaurants.

The con... well, there have been problems. Major meltdown at the party hotel last night resulted in the hotel management at the Delta descending on the SFWA suite and throwing most of the world's leading SF and fantasy authors out of their hotel for... wait for it now... talking too loudly. A few of us refused to leave and continued the party in whispers. Here's to Connie Willis, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, and the rest of the small company of Those Who Would Not Be Expelled.

Lots of bad juju at the Delta, which does not seem to have realized that being the party hotel entailed crowded rooms and noise. Hours-long wait for the elevator to the party floor, the 28th. Yes, elevator, singular. They have a whole bank of elevators, but fans were only allowed to use one, the rest being reserved for "real guests." (The words are the Delta's).

The BWB party is in the Delta tonight, 28th floor. Here's hoping we don't see the same problems.

If Dany has been cast, it is news to me.

Lovely wake for Charlie Brown in the Intercontinental. It doesn't seem like worldcon without him. If there is an afterlife, I bet he's found the best party by now.


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Aug. 8th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)

*wonders if Delta realizes exactly how much money they're flushing down the toilet by mistreating SF&F fans that way*
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
I think that they do not realize or maybe the upper management doesn't have a clue about what is happeniing.
Aug. 8th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Is that Concom's blood in the water I smell?
Aug. 9th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
And the Sisterhood Party is in KC tonight, all of us being too impoverished to allow a trip to the Great North. May you have a fine time even if the party hotel doesn't grok "party" -- or Real Guest.
Aug. 9th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
I hadn't realised that had happened to the SFWA suite too! We were ordered to close our doors to newcomers at the UK & Ireland party by a very irritated hotel manager, but we reopened 10 minutes later.

Everyone was very well behaved and not at all noisy. I was sitting right outside our party room, handing out flag stickers and I could barely hear any loud conversations or music.

Thank you for coming by to our party :)
Aug. 9th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Interesting the elevator thing. And the company of Those Who Would Not Be Expelled. I think you guys dealed with it very well. ;)
Good luck with the party of this night.

On second thought... Have you posted this at 12 AM? Here it's 2 AM... really late.
Greetings from Spain!
Aug. 9th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
talking too loudly ... the rest being reserved for "real guests." --- Holy Wah. Did anyone tell them that it's not a good idea to piss off a bunch of world famous *writers*?
Aug. 9th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Hours-long wait for the elevator to the party floor, the 28th. Yes, elevator, singular. They have a whole bank of elevators, but fans were only allowed to use one, the rest being reserved for "real guests." (The words are the Delta's).

Jesus H. tap-dancing Christ.
Aug. 9th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Maybe a good thing I wasn't there. I would have started with, "I'll show you 'real guests'" and no doubt ended messily.
Aug. 9th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
That is a bunch c'est des conneries! Those bullys. They are jealous of your adoring fans. They wish they had adoring fans. They aren't likely to get any with that attitude either. Do you need me to come up there and have a talk with them? I will. What a bunch of jerks. There goes their word of mouth rating. I got kicked out of a hotel in Butte Montana once for giggling too loud at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. And i got kicked off a carousel (while it was still moving mind you...) for pretending I was riding a horse. People are getting really anti-fun these days. I'm really glad you aren't letting it stop you. :) Have one for me.
Aug. 9th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Wow. Guess that's one hotel that's never getting booked for any geek con again ever (poor bastards--it's like watching money going down the drain).
Aug. 9th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
I'll just bet the hotel is thrilled with the bad press they're getting, eh?
Aug. 9th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
"Real guests"? What are you guys, fake guests? That's ridiculous. My big convention is Dragon*Con, which is fortunate enough to be in the same location each year, and the hotels love us. The Marriott Marquis even remodeled in order to be able to keep hosting the convention.
Aug. 10th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
My guess is they hadn't realised that people who are not actually guests of their particular hotel (but at a different one) would come to these parties.
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Aug. 9th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
those are french canadians :P
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Aug. 9th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
That really stinks about the hotel being so rude towards the WorldConn group. I work in hospitality, and part of the job is realizing that lots of guests mean noise AND lots of money. Being noisy and busy certainly beats slow and unemployed. Sounds like their Sales department fell down on the job-big groups should never be treated this way.

Best wishes with HBO green-lighting the series-I'll be looking forward to seeing what they do with the great storylines.

Aug. 9th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
"real guests"?? Sounds like an ass-kicking is needed somewhere in Canada.
Aug. 9th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Delta is making friends and cementing relationships. Not.
Aug. 9th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)

I see an anthology in the works...
The Delta 28th: Tales of Darkness, Intrigue, and Dour Hotel Management

Aug. 9th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
what a bunch of wankers.
Aug. 9th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Oooohhhh-kaaaaayy. You know, that's a really quick way to get bad word-of-mouth.
Aug. 9th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
I was rather startled to see the signs up by the elevators today as well. I can see perhaps dedicating 1 or 2 elevators to go to the party floors, but the way the signs read it appears to be three groups of elevators: party floors, convention guests, and non-convention guests. I was prepared to go complain to the management if I was forced to wait in a special convention line to get to my room when non-convention guests didn't have to, but that doesn't seem to be how they're running it. It looks like it's a party line, and a non-party line, which is a little more tolerable.

(At least to me, since I just wanted to get back to my room.)
Aug. 9th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Writers are such a rowdy bunch. Maybe next time the hotel can get lucky and have professional athletes or a few rock bands instead.
Aug. 9th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
If this is the first time they've used this hotel for WorldCon, then I recommend they don't go back. As someone who works at a hotel that has many different sorts of conferences held at it at any given point in time, there are much, much, much better ways for dealing with guests making noises complaint, rather than asking the venue to leave.

*sighs* I hope the BWB party does go better. :)
Aug. 9th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Hmm. My experiences at the Delta in Victoria, BC were quite positive... but I went there for a relaxing weekend with my wife, not a convention. I suspect that the management simply had no idea what they were getting into when Worldcon booked the venue. At any rate, I hope things get worked out.
Aug. 9th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
Please...the Hilton Anatole in Dallas host the idsoftware QuakeCon each year when 2,000 gamerz book the hotel solid and spend 4 days and 5 nights gaming 24 hours a day. If they can do that then the Delta should be able to handle some writers...geez.
Aug. 9th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
And no doubt the hotel was all too happy to take the business without any idea of what it entailed...

Perhaps the organizers are at fault for not illuminating them fully, but in the end, in taking the money, the hotel needs to deal with it and make sure that this 'rowdy' event goes well.

Good luck for the remainder!
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