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About rangiferina

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  1. rangiferina

    How was your hotel?

    I stayed at the Kimpton Donovan again, after having a good experience there last year. I still think it's a good hotel to consider if you don't mind a bit of a walk every morning and night. It's about half a mile west of the convention center. The price is very reasonable if you use their "third night free" deal - the only downside is that I don't think you can get that rate too far in advance (I booked in April; I wasn't seeing the deal available for summer dates in the fall/winter). It's a nice hotel with comfortable beds, swanky shower, A/C, etc. Free wifi too, if you're an IHG or Kimpton rewards member. The front desk was very helpful, especially when there was a bit of a mixup at check in and check out. (Definitely check your bill closely - they almost overcharged at first, maybe due to extra guest fees? but everything was sorted out in the end and I ended up paying $100 less than expected.) There's no free breakfast, but they did have coffee in the lobby every morning, as well as complimentary wine in the early evening. There's a CVS across the street and a Starbucks, Au Bon Pain, and Le Pain Quotidien just a short walk away. Rooftop pool and bar, too, if that's your thing. Downsides... besides the 10-15 min walk, there's no fridge in the room besides the minibar. That didn't bother me, but it would have come in handy for some people in my group. One of the elevators was out of service, which meant there was often a wait. Also, my group had some issues with room keys being deactivated when new people checked in (we all came in at different hours, so left the key cards at the front desk for pick up). Overall, I'd definitely consider the Kimpton Donovan again for next year, unless a cheaper/better option magically appears closer to the convention center.