Dave CROCKER wrote:
On 9/14/2010 9:58 AM, Michael Dillon wrote:
Even in Dublin and Maastricht there were
"restaurant" districts nearby for those with vehicles.
Virtually no attendee had a vehicle at either of those venues
(or many others.)
And Dublin arguably had nothing "nearby" even for this elite set of folk.
Having ones employer pay for a rental car is definitely convenient.
I would not call it elite -- but most of the time a _very_ poor ROI.
I participated 12 IETFs, had a vehicle during the IETF week on 6 of them
(5x rental, 1x my very own car). Once I did the motel+rental vs. conference
hotel trade-off, twice I paid personally for the rental.
And on 6 of these IETFs I selfishly appended a vacation in that area.
Personally, I liked Chicago Aug'98, Sheraton, weekend of the Air&Water
show. Lots of places in walking distance, but low-budget accomodations
might be scarce.
I also liked L.A. (97-WestinBonaventure, 96-Omni), San Jose (96-Fairmont),
Memphis (97-Peabody) and Stockholm (95-Grand)
Dallas (95-Hyatt) was OK (after they opened Reunion Tower to
Montreal (Jul'96) was a nice city, the convention center was central,
but the hotels somewhat scattered over the city (metro commute).
My baggage got delayed for a day when connecting through Paris-CDG.
Washington(Dec'97-Omni) was somewhat non-central.
Munich (Aug'97-Arabella) was quite far out in a boring part of the city.
The Hyatt conference hotel in Orlando (Dec'98) with no elevators was
quick&convenient for dropping off & picking up stuff in your room,
but it was very far out and nothing worth remembering in walking distance
(I had a rental, though). The Social on Disney Treasure Island was fun.
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