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Re: [802SEC] RE: status of Albuquerque meeting


You may think you know why people are whining about Albuquerque but, for me, it is not "because they think Albuquerque is a rather uninteresting venue in which to hold a meeting".

It is because:
        * The last time we were there the washing machines/extractors in the basement under the main ball room produced intolerable noise and vibration.
        * An unacceptably high number of attendees had really bad experiences getting there by air. Mostly due to the dominant carrier in their local market.
        * Airline connections were poor in general and terrible getting out last time.
        * Only 395 total guest rooms in the hotel.
        * Total hotel restaurant capacity of 236
        * Albuquerque’s ONLY 4 Diamond Full Service Hotel (Hyatt's own fact sheet)
        * No noticeable overflow hotels anywhere near the Hyatt at better than road motel level.
                2 Miles to the Sheraton Old Town
                7 miles to the Sheraton Uptown (275 rooms)
                All other lodging listed on
                        is quality rated at "moderate" or "budget".
                Oh wait! There is another downtown hotel (not classified as to quality)
                It is the:
La Posada de Albuquerque (only 1/4 mile away!)
125 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
At A Glance Cost: Expensive
The city's most historic hotel, was built in 1939 by New Mexico native Conrad Hilton (who honeymooned here with bride Zsa Zsa Gabor). Today, it stands as one of the finest hotels in the Southwest. All 114 guest rooms and suites feature Spanish tile, hand-carved furnishings, and all the amenities you would expect in a luxury hotel. Four meeting rooms with large windows and antique carved woodwork are equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and furnishings...easily customized for any function. The lobby bar, with its hand-painted murals, hand-crafted beams and balconies, has long been one of the city's most popular meeting spots. Conrad's Downtown is renowned for its award-winning cuisine. La Posada is located 1 block from the convention center, and just minutes from Old Town Plaza, museums and historic sites. Get lost in history...find yourself at La Posada de Albuquerque.
        * What was alleged to be the best Mexican restaurant in town said that it was dangerous to wait outside for a cab (on a weeknight!)

Thanks, but no thanks. To paraphrase W.C. Fields: All things considered, I'll take St. Louis.


At 03:18 PM 1/21/2003 -0800, Rigsbee, Everett O wrote:

Roger,  If you got that impression it was erroneous.  We have the Albuquerque Convention Center right next to the Hyatt and they have plenty of meeting space for us.  People keep whining about Albuquerque, not because it is not good meeting spaces and a low-cast bargain as well, but because they think Albuquerque is a rather uninteresting venue in which to hold a meeting.  Some folks would disagree with that, but I suspect that after this trip we will not choose Albuquerque again because the whiners are louder.   :-) 

Thanx,  Buzz
Dr. Everett O. (Buzz) Rigsbee
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-----Original Message-----
From: Roger B. Marks []
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 12:59 PM
To: Rigsbee, Everett O
Subject: status of Albuquerque meeting


Where do we stand on the site of the November meeting? Is it still set for Albuquerque?

Before we passed the single-site motion in Kauai ["That future meeting venues (after today) be chosen on the basis of being able to support the entire body of 802 in meeting spaces within a 400 meter walk."], the discussion indicated that this condition would be tough to satisfy in Albuquerque.