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ddashaq
Aug. 31, 2010, 11:09 PM
My husband (who works at one of the horse associations at the KHP) received a call from Comfort Inn and Suites today. Apparently, they are dropping their prices (a lot) because they have not filled up like they thought that they would. So if anyone is still looking for a room, you may want to give them a call.:cool:

JackMallory
Sep. 1, 2010, 12:23 AM
I just now went on their website for dates during the last week, and they had no availability.

vineyridge
Sep. 1, 2010, 02:43 AM
Call them.

They wouldn't show availability if they had contracted to use Short's as their agent.

OneDaySoon
Sep. 1, 2010, 02:24 PM
I called for 9/28 - one night and they quoted $175 for Queen and $195 for King. It matched their web site rate - they sounded pretty keen to book a room.

MTshowjumper
Sep. 4, 2010, 11:28 AM
Yay! Thank you! I just booked a room for oct 1st and 2nd in Lexington for 148 including taxes. That is less than the room I had initially booked 45 mins away. It did say it was full online, I had to call them. Thank-you!!

horse2rider
Sep. 7, 2010, 02:11 PM
Can anybody help me with just a bed and a shower near the Kentucky Horse Park from 26th Sep until 3rd Oct.

Charlotte
www.horse2rider.eu

Sister Margarita
Sep. 11, 2010, 11:48 PM
I just went on tripadvisor.com and the Candlewood Suites have rooms for $60. per night. Has anyone stayed there? Is it a horrible part of town? One review out of 12 or 15 said bedbugs with a clear reply on that review from management saying they had sent in Ecolabs to check it out, found nothing.
I am wondering, since this is a huge savings from my 200+/night room.
Anyone know more about this location?
Thanks!
On to WEG!

eventermomoh
Sep. 12, 2010, 01:34 AM
Is it the one in Georgetown? I don't know the hotel, but Georgetown is very nice, not hostile or a horrible part of town by any means.

IMHO, you will not be spending much time in the hotel room, no? I'd rather spend the extra $100+ on horsey stuff at the Park. You can pull the sheets back and look for bed bugs. Plus BB aren't limited to sleezy hotels, at least around here anyway, there're everywhere. You'd be just as likely to find them in the $200/night hotel as the rental by the hour (though you may get more then just bed bugs from the latter).

Sister Margarita
Sep. 12, 2010, 09:23 AM
Thanks for the input!
Actually this Candlewood Suite is 6.6 miles from the Horse Park!!!!
I could take my bike to the Games!
I know what you are saying about the bug thing. I stay in so many places while competing, that it is likely my exposure is everywhere. It looked from the review that it was one disgruntled review out of 14.
Wow, never thought of the $$ saved as being WEG Goodie $.

Lost In Space
Sep. 12, 2010, 09:41 AM
I called Candlewood suites and they don't have any availablity, at least not the guy I talked to said they didn't. All the other rates were around $130+ and up. I'm going to keep trying. If anyone knows of other hotels, post it here.
Thanks!

Sister Margarita
Sep. 12, 2010, 02:29 PM
Checked my reservation at Candlewood this morning to be sure that we were confirmed, we were, and were told that there might be a smoking room or two left, but the comment was 'off the cuff' rather than an actual check. We are looking at the entire week from opening ceremonies to GPFS.

We paid $70 for a double and $60 for a king. It is supposed to be a 'suite', not daily maid service. I think that is fine for us, and we may see about a shuttle or taxi for the 6 miles if that is possible rather than the parking deal.

Anyone know if there is a spot for 'drop off' spectators?
Thanks!

tempichange
Sep. 12, 2010, 04:44 PM
Candlewood is one of my company's main sponsors. they confirmed to me on Friday that they have openings.

SmplySweet1021
Sep. 12, 2010, 04:53 PM
Checked my reservation at Candlewood this morning to be sure that we were confirmed, we were, and were told that there might be a smoking room or two left, but the comment was 'off the cuff' rather than an actual check. We are looking at the entire week from opening ceremonies to GPFS.

We paid $70 for a double and $60 for a king. It is supposed to be a 'suite', not daily maid service. I think that is fine for us, and we may see about a shuttle or taxi for the 6 miles if that is possible rather than the parking deal.

Anyone know if there is a spot for 'drop off' spectators?
Thanks!

Yes there is a drop off location but only taxi's and limos are allowed to drop of patrons there.

Beverley
Sep. 18, 2010, 07:52 PM
When I started trying to book hotel rooms for self & friends last January, through the official WEG lodging web site (trying to be supportive and all!)- EVERYTHING in Lexington showed as booked except for a few in the $200+ per night range. One had the option of 'waitlisting' for a hotel room closer, or booking a 'sure thing' further away- but they were all pretty pricey for what they were! And the kicker was, you couldn't do both- either waitlist or reserve but only one!

Along about May or June, I finally booked a hotel 30 minutes away (I think- Richmond KY) through Expedia. At the time it was way cheaper than equivalents on the WEG site.

So, guess I need to ponder whether to stay with the relatively reasonable price 30 minutes away, or bail out a cheapie in Lexington who falsely advertised 'all booked up' months ago!

JackMallory
Sep. 19, 2010, 11:34 PM
So, guess I need to ponder whether to stay with the relatively reasonable price 30 minutes away, or bail out a cheapie in Lexington who falsely advertised 'all booked up' months ago!

Several months ago all I could find was the Days Inn in Frankfurt, but recently I've been checking back on the websites, and now I have the Days Inn only about 7 miles from the Horse Park for just about the same price. :) So keep looking.

Petstorejunkie
Sep. 20, 2010, 12:00 AM
I just booked a reward stay through Hilton Honor's for a 429sq ft suite for 60,000. Judging by the reward points, i'd say the rooms at the Hilton only 21 minutes away must still be fairly reasonable.

okay, maaaybe not. $349 a nite
I guess it pays to be a diamond member *shrugs*

Beverley
Sep. 20, 2010, 12:54 AM
Several months ago all I could find was the Days Inn in Frankfurt, but recently I've been checking back on the websites, and now I have the Days Inn only about 7 miles from the Horse Park for just about the same price. :) So keep looking.


Well, ya know, when you are planning a major trip with three other people, all coming from different parts of the country, I'm one of those who likes to nail things down early. I wanted to nail down the hotel before going to the expense of purchasing tickets. Of course the ticket prices seem to be dropping like a rock too. But what the heck, I'm only going to do WEG once. Though I have to say, having done the '96 Atlantic Olympics and the 2002 'home' winter Olympics, this WEG process has not inspired confidence.

Sandy M
Sep. 20, 2010, 11:48 AM
I always get my COTH a couple of weeks late, so this is probably old news, but I see that by now (two weeks before start??!?) They have sold HALF of the available tickets. OMG!!! And Alltech is having to rush in and pony up more money so they don't have to cut out a lot of things they planned for the WEG.

Excuse my smirk. Perhaps if they'd priced things more reasonably, they might have sold ALL of the tickets. Perhaps if they'd done something to prevent hotels from price gouging, they might have sold ALL the tickets.

It is sad to think that I did two weeks in England and the last long-format Badminton event for less than it would cost me to go to see a few days of the WEG. I almost feel like saying I hope it's a colossal failure financially (Yes, I know that means they might never hold them in the US again), but since it's obviously CHEAPER to go to Europe to see the games than to see them here in the good old "Anything for a Buck" USofA, it would be no real loss.

Good timing that the new "Wall Street" movie has just been released. Obviously, in the minds of the US WEG organizers and the hotel industry in the Lexington area, greed is good.

vineyridge
Sep. 20, 2010, 12:06 PM
The ones who showed all full up for direct booking or exorbitant rates were hooked up with Short's, the "official" agency for the Games. The hotel had contracted with Short's for all their rooms and were waiting for Short's to sell them at the rates agreed to with Short's.

So if you are gonna hate on anyone in the housing fiasco, hate on Short's. :)

Beverley
Sep. 20, 2010, 04:09 PM
So if you are gonna hate on anyone in the housing fiasco, hate on Short's. :)


Happy to oblige.:cool:

Although I think there were other organizational glitches along the way too. Some of us signed up years ago indicating interest in housing (hotels)- but never got the promised notifications. Just the monthly newsletter that eventually said 'go to the housing link.'

Watermark Farm
Sep. 20, 2010, 04:22 PM
My WEG travel buddy just booked us a junior suite at the Days Inn 7 miles from the KHP. $189/night for 5 of us including breakfast. Call them --- she said they were eager to book rooms and had a 2 bedroom suite for about $229/night.

Also, I just canceled 2 nonsmoking rooms at the Red Roof Inn South Lexington. Those were at $150/night. They said they had availability.

asterix
Sep. 20, 2010, 04:40 PM
rooms are definitely coming down. I just rebooked us 50$ night cheaper, equivalent place, and expect to be able to do that at least one more time before I have to "commit" w/o refund.

I ran a search last night and just now, and in between that time a number of places have dropped their rates.

Sandy M
Sep. 21, 2010, 11:49 AM
The ones who showed all full up for direct booking or exorbitant rates were hooked up with Short's, the "official" agency for the Games. The hotel had contracted with Short's for all their rooms and were waiting for Short's to sell them at the rates agreed to with Short's.

So if you are gonna hate on anyone in the housing fiasco, hate on Short's. :)

And Alltech, the KHP, the WEG organizers, etc. - whomever designated Short's as "official" has absolutely NO control over what they do? Not getting a cut, at all? I think there's plenty of blame to go around. The whole thing may come off well organizationally with regard to the competition itself, but the ticketing, parking, transportation, lodging, etc. is a cluster f**k and I really do hope they take a financial hit and learn something.

To compete at the WEG level is, for the most part, the provenance of the elite, but to have to be among the "elite" to afford to WATCH the competition is ridiculous! I've attended Rolex, I've attended the World Championships in several disciplines before they became the WEG, I've been to the Olympics...and calculated in the dollars relevant at the times I attended, they were MUCH, MUCH less expensive than these WEG. Greed, greed, greed....

And as for the COTH editor who suggested that one "give up a lesson or two" in order to attend. What it would cost to attend ONE HALF DAY of dressage would pay for two lessons for me from my instructor who has all her USDF medals (i.e., not some up-down teacher of beginners), and that's leaving out air fare, hotel, etc. Really, I give up "a couple" of lessons and I can afford to go to the WEG??? NOT. Perhaps in the COTH editor's world. Perhaps she takes from the former Olympian who, I once was told, charged $200 for a 45 min. group lesson (probably more these days). LOL

kraslad
Sep. 21, 2010, 06:22 PM
If you or anyone you know is still looking for housing, tell them to call Active Travel at 800.973.3221 - they have rooms available and are willing to work with folks. It's the whole "something is better than nothing" scenario.

They have rooms during the entire games.

Good luck!