Hyatt Century Plaza on the Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles. Rumor at the conference (From President Martin Burke, actually) is that this building, built in 1966 and recently renovated, is among America’s top eleven most endangered places. Really??
Here you are at the registration desk, two floors below the main lobby. Strangely, cell phones still work down here.
Can you appreciate how cavernously huge this ballroom is? It even has a sunken terrace area in the center, rather like a 1970’s conversation pit but without the shag rug.
Okay, so this is something you won’t miss…all this fabulous food for a bargain price of $25 !! Seriously, my lunch contained a small container of potato salad, a bag of chips, a roast beef and brie sandwich, a packet of mayo, a packet of mustard, an apple and a cookie. Twenty Five smackaroos! No beverage, just a pitcher of water on the table. Wow.
The most spacious vendor hall I have ever seen, with plenty of room for everyone, and coffee breaks stationed at each end. So cavernous that those folks bent on bottlenecking the whole thing by standing in chattery groups are utterly thwarted.
In the antechamber just behind the vendors was the poster hall…
And here you go, Richard McCoy…another good reason we need to keep the poster session. Hands-on! Can’t recapture that in a blog, I’m afraid.
Typical room at the conference hotel. Unfortunately, internet is not free(it costs about $10 a day, but you’re worth it) and there is no coffee maker in the room. You can order a pot from room service for $9.00 or go to the Starbucks in the lobby. The room does have a nice little balcony with chairs on it, though. And the clock radio has a dock for the iPod I did not bring. Lots of marble in the bathroom.
And here’s me, blogging away in the lobby…