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Blitzkrieg1701, January 16th, 2019, 8:53 pm

If you read my pledge to stop going to cons that'd require me to get a hotel room, you can probably imagine how well my attempts to find a place to stay anyplace in National Harbor went. If you didn't... I didn't, I had to stay at a place in Alexandria and drive back and forth each day. And I don't actually mind that, if I just know from the start it's what I'll be doing. But spending months getting buffeted around other people's plans as they try and fail to secure a room amid the rampaging hordes swarming across the unprepared National Harbor? That's downright exhausting, and probably not even worth the trouble if you CAN find one. But I digress.

The real point here is just how many old fashioned tourist-trap-y roadside motels are apparently still around Alexandria. I thought the national chains were squeezing most of those out of business, but apparently a lot of those locally owned, pre-Interstate places have been hanging on south of DC. You know, the sketchy-looking places with weird, gimmicky designs and the owner's house sprouting out behind the front office and a sign out front that still things cable TV is a thing to brag about? Yeah, we drove past a BUNCH of those to and from MAG.

In the interest of honesty and transparency, though, I should confess that that The Starlite Motel (and Pawn Shop) isn't actually in Alexandria, it's right down here in North Carolina. I should also confess that I had to cobble together a picture Google'd images because SCREW YOU IF YOU THINK I'M GETTING CLOSE ENOUGH TO THAT PLACE TO TAKE PICTURES OF MY OWN.

EDIT: Oh, and I forgot to mention that I'm totally not making up that bit about the garbage. Four straight days of a roadkilled bag of trash splattered all over the nearest intersection, and it was STILL there when we checked out. Clearly, this was the classy side of town.

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Anikiki (Guest), January 19th, 2019, 7:05 pm

Ugh, the hotel hunt was a pain in the neck. I was lucky enough to score a room at the Residence Inn.

Seriously, I was on constant alert for rooms. I even heard there were last-minute cancellations from nearby hotels, as well as the Gaylord.

Blitzkrieg1701, January 20th, 2019, 5:46 am

Yeah, I just can't deal with that scramble anymore. I mean, if I CAN score a room right there, that's awesome. It's waaaay more convenient to be staying on-site (especially for a 24 event like MAGFest) but the uncertainty of looking is just too exhausting.

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