Carol Lynn will continue as MW*C Hotel Liaison, and member reservations will go through her. This is the only way we can be assured of getting properly credited for rooms reserved in the host hotel, which is what pays for much of the expense of putting on MW*C. It also assures that only MW*C 37 members will be getting into our room block, thereby helping reduce the possibility of conflicts with mundanes.For those who are curious about the Days Inn next door which was closed during MW*C 35, the furnishings and fixtures were auctioned off in September, and the building was used for firefighter training in December, and has since been torn down and the rubble cleared just before MW*C 36. It has been reported that the new owners plan to demolish the building and rebuild with a new hotel and shops.
More on Ramada, Comfort Inn, and Surrounding Hotels
The location of the Ramada should be familiar to long-time MW*C members, as it was the original location for T’Con (1978), 2’Con (1979), and MediaWest*Con 1 (1981) through 11 (1991), first as a Hilton Inn and later as a Holiday Inn. It has gone through several owners and franchises since then, and is now a Ramada. The Ramada is the second largest hotel in the greater Lansing area.
The Ramada has 244 sleeping rooms and 6 suites. MW*C will have rooms blocked, including some for the week leading up to the con, for those of you who like to arrive early. (Ramada has ongoing agreements with airlines for crew stopovers, etc. and must hold some rooms due to various commitments, but will later add to the MW*C block as available) and we will use 2 of the suites for Con Suite and Party Suite.
Ramada will host a Welcome Reception Thursday, in the lobby for those who arrive early, and daily breakfast buffets 6am-10am for those staying in Ramada (in th pool area during the con).
There are four other hotels (Comfort Inn with 105 rooms and 6 suites, Red Roof Inn with 81 rooms, Motel 6, and Fairfield Inn West with 64 rooms and 8 suites) within walking distance* (see map), as well as 3 all-suite hotels (Quality Suites with 117 suites, Residence Inn Marriott West with 78 suites, and Springhill Suites with 104 suites) in the immediate vicinity. In addition, a new 86 room Hampton Inn & Suites is now open just north of Horrock’s on Canal Road.
The Ramada has a full-sized indoor pool and Atrium Recreation Center with sauna, whirlpool, and fitness center, free parking, free WiFi, a guest computer with internet access, and provide free continental breakfast for guests. Ramada is continuing to upgrade rooms with flat screen TVs, and all rooms have coffee makers, iron/ironing boards, hairdryers, and data port phones. Microwaves are available in some rooms or by request.
The Ramada is close to the airport (6 miles), has free airport shuttle service, and will extend complimentary shuttle service to various destinations within a 5 mile radius. Ramada is also willing to shuttle members to and from the other hotels, and will provide shuttle service beyond the 5 mile limit for $20 per person. Shuttle to Bus and Amtrak $30 round trip.
Pets are allowed, with a nonrefundable pet fee of $25 (Comfort Inn has a refundable $25 deposit). There will be a designated dogwalk area. Ramada may charge a $100 fee if they are not informed of pets staying in a room.
Posting flyers in the hotel with low-tack tape will be allowed in designated areas and we will have a designated area for official MW*C postings. Members will be allowed to decorate their doors. As always, care must be taken not to mar any wallpaper, woodwork, etc..
Comfort Inn, the official MW*C 37 auxiliary hotel, has spacious guestrooms and suites with 32 inch LCD HDTV, coffee maker, microwave, mini-refrigerator, hairdryer and iron with board, as well as an indoor pool and hot tub, exercise room, and business center.
There are also numerous restaurants, both fast food and sit-down, in the immediate area. Finley’s American Grill is attached to the Ramada (though the hotel has its own catering and room service kitchen). Across the street is Horrock’s (fresh produce, groceries, antipasto and olive bar, and more), Burger King, Denny’s, McDonald’s, Ukai Hibachi Grill and Sushi Bar, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Frank’s Press Box.
Across the highway (and accessible by foot via sidewalks and crosswalks) to the west is a large shopping center that includes a Wal-Mart, Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans, Steak N Shake, Staples, Petsmart, Lowes, Michaels Art Supply, Gander Mountain, and Tractor Supply. There is also a new Dunkin Donuts (24 hours)/deli/24 hour BP station, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Biggby’s Coffee, Menards, and Cancun Mexican Grill. Culvers is across the street.
There are several gas stations (including Shell, BP, and Sunoco) in the immediate vicinity, with a Speedway directly across the street.
Further to the East (in driving distance) is Outback, Carraba’s, Red Robin, Krogers (groceries), Miller Animal Clinic, Walgreens, Subway, Dimitri’s Restaurant, Jet’s Pizza, FedEx Office, Lansing Mall (with food court), Applebee’s, Fire Mountain Grill, Meijer (groceries and general goods), and Target, as well as many other fast food and sit-down restaurants, bank and credit union branches, and gas stations.
For those concerned with safety, the township police and fire departments are kitty-corner across the street.
This official MediaWest*Con page was updated May 1, 2017