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  1. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

    The Pampered Chef® has partnered with Experient to deliver excellent service
    for your housing needs at National Conference 2009.
    • You may make reservations with Experient beginning Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
    • Please use the housing link found on the National Conference 2009 overview page on Consultant’s Corner.
    • You may also speak with an Experient Call Center Agent, at (800) 974-3084 during
    normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT beginning Tuesday April 14, 2009.
    • Make sure to add [email address] to your address book, so you’ll be
    able to receive e-mails about your reservation or any other important information.
    • Faxed or mailed reservation forms must be received by Experient before Friday, June 12, 5 p.m. CDT.
    Online reservations can be made until June 14, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.
    • Confirmations will be sent directly from Experient (not your hotel or The Pampered Chef® Home Office) via e-mail
    or fax within (3) business days or via mail within seven (7) business days of date of processing.
    Before reserving your room, make sure you contact your roommates so you can:
    • Confirm that they’re committed to sharing a room with you.
    • Verify their Consultant numbers, e-mail addresses, and the correct spelling of
    their first and last names. Consultant numbers and names will be verified.
    • Make arrangements for your roommates to pay their share of the bill.
    • Confirm any special needs. Request an ADA room, if necessary.
    The hotels available for your stay in Chicago during National Conference
    are the Hilton Chicago Hotel and Towers and Sheraton Hotel and Towers.
    • To receive the reduced Pampered Chef® rate, you must reserve your room through Experient.
    Please do not call the hotels directly to reserve a room.
    *Tax is 15.4% (subject to change)
    • Rollaway beds are only available at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in King bedded rooms.
    A fee of $25.00 per rollaway will be charged for length of stay.
    • Hilton Chicago does not offer rollaway beds.
    • Double/Double rooms with two baths are only available at the Hilton Chicago and are limited.
    They will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
    • Transportation will be located at each hotel designated for the Conference to and from
    McCormick Place Convention Center.
    Hotel One Bed, One Bath Two Beds, One Bath Two Beds, Two Baths
    Hilton Chicago Hotel and Towers
    720 South Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60605
    (312) 922-4400
    **Not Available** ** Not available ** $182 plus tax * USD
    (double beds)
    Sheraton Hotel and Towers
    301 East North Water St.
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 464-1000
    $179 plus tax * USD
    (king bed)
    $179 plus tax * USD
    (double beds)
    **Not Available**
    National Conference 2009
    General Housing
    Information And Policies
    • The room leader must pay a deposit of the first night’s room and tax when making a
    room reservation. It may not be divided and charged to your roommates at that time.
    • The deposit must be paid to Experient using a single source (credit card, check, etc.).
    The room leader is responsible for collecting shares for the deposit from other occupants of
    the room after the reservation is made. Please note that should the number of roommates
    change and any credit coming back to the room leader, it is the room leader’s responsibility to
    collect those additional monies from their roommates.
    • Should any changes to a reservation take place, either with the room leader or other occupants,
    it’s the responsibility of the room leader and roommates to work out financial arrangements.
    • Deposits may be paid by Credit Card (American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, or Visa®) or personal check.
    • Credit Cards will be billed immediately.
    • Checks must be made payable to Experient. Mail your payment with the completed housing form, located on
    Consultant’s Corner, by Friday, June 12, 2009. All checks must be made payable to Experient in U.S. funds drawn
    on a U.S. bank. No wire transfers will be accepted. Your reservation is not confirmed until your check is processed.
    • All deposits become non-refundable for reservations after June 14, 2009, 11:59PM CST, should an emergency
    arise after June 14, 2009 contact [email address].
    NOTE: Your reservation will not be confirmed until payment has been processed.
    • To reserve a room, go to Consultant’s Corner, and follow the Consultants and National Conference
    menu to National Conference 2009. When you select the National Conference housing link, you’ll
    be re-directed to the National Conference 2009 housing site hosted by Experient.
    • Please note, when you enter the housing Web site, the first page will be the Housing Guidelines. In order
    to advance to the reservation page you will need to mark an X in the box showing that you’ve read and
    acknowledged the housing reservation process and guidelines.
    • Read the information carefully and follow the on-screen directions.
    • Once the name and Consultant number have been verified you’ll be allowed into the reservation system.
    This process may take a few moments. Please do not hit the refresh button.
    • If you’ve already made a reservation, the system will direct you to your existing reservation.
    • When adding your roommates, the room leader will need to enter the first name, last name
    and Consultant number for each person sharing the room. All Consultant numbers will be verified.
    • The room leader will be the only person on the reservation who may:
    • Change the date of arrival or departure
    • Cancel the reservation in its entirety
    • Roommates have the ability to view the reservation and may cancel only their own names from the reservation.
    • Once a roommate cancels a reservation, an e-mail will be forwarded to the room leader advising of the
    cancellation. The roommate is then free to become a room leader in a new reservation or a roommate in another
    reservation, if desired.
    • You may make changes or cancel your reservation online before June 14, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CDT.
    Any cancellations after June 14 are subject to one night’s room and tax.
    • Only after June 22, 2009, should you contact the hotel directly, if you need to make any changes.
    Though you may make changes to your reservation, cancellations after June 14, 2009, even if
    made directly with the hotel, still incur complete charge of your first night’s room and tax.
    • The room leader is the only one able to completely cancel a room reservation.
    • Deposits become non-refundable after June 14, 2009, should an emergency arise
    after June 14, 2009 contact [email address].
    • Refunds for cancellations received prior to June 14, 2009 will be processed within 7 – 10 business days.
    • For those using a debit card at check-in for incidental charges please remember that a debit card acts as your
    personal checking account. The Hilton and Sheraton Hotel requires a $50 deposit for incidentals each day of your
    stay. This deposit will be applied by the hotel to your individual room folio for incidental charges incurred during
    your stay. If there are no incidental charges on your individual room folio the unused deposit will be credited back
    to your bank and applied back to your debit card/checking account. This credit process with your local bank takes
    approximately 7 - 10 business days to appear on your debit card.
    • Should you confirm a reservation and then cancel without notifying the hotel, and the room becomes completely
    vacant, you’ll be charged the first night’s room and tax as a cancellation fee; the remaining dates of the
    reservation will be automatically canceled.
    • Please advise the hotel at or before check-in of any change in the length of stay.
    • Should you decide to depart early and your room becomes completely vacant during your stay, you will be
    charged $50 by the Hilton Hotel and one night’s room and tax at the Sheraton Hotel as an early departure fee.
    • Once you complete your reservation, you’ll receive a Reservation ID.
    • The Reservation ID number is used by you and Experient to look up and manage your reservation.
    • Confirmations will be sent directly from Experient (not your hotel or The Pampered Chef® Home Office) via
    e-mail or fax within three (3) business days, or via mail within seven (7) business days of date of processing.
    • You do not need a Reservation ID to check in to the hotel.
    • If you won or earned free hotel accommodations for National Conference 2009,
    please follow the instructions in the communication provided by the Home Office.
    Mar 17, 2009
  2. nldavis321

    nldavis321 Member Gold Member

    Sorry to be so dense, but where did this info come from? I was looking on PC.com, but dont see it. Thanks for the info!
    Mar 17, 2009
  3. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

    Hey Nicole, I found it on the PC Newswire. First paragraph.
    Mar 17, 2009
  4. Ginger428

    Ginger428 Legacy Member Gold Member

    I wonder why only 2 Hotels this year & with such limited room selections....:confused:
    Mar 17, 2009
  5. nldavis321

    nldavis321 Member Gold Member

    Ahhh just checked my email! Thanks.
    Mar 17, 2009
  6. amy07

    amy07 Senior Member

    I thought the same thing!
    Mar 17, 2009
  7. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    I remember hearing something about this - isn't the Palmer House Hilton being remodeled? I think they are changing it so that it's all 2 bed/2 bath - like the Downtown Hilton.

    I wouldn't stay there anyway - had the worst experience there one year - it was absolutely horrible.
    Mar 17, 2009
  8. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    Interesting. I've set my alarm as a reminder that morning. :)
    Mar 17, 2009
  9. c00p

    c00p Veteran Member Gold Member

    I love the Palmer House!!! Guess I'm with Rae and needing to get it booked early this year!
    Mar 17, 2009
  10. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Don't think it's going to help - since the Palmer House isn't a conference hotel this year.;)
    Mar 17, 2009
  11. Fluffy215

    Fluffy215 Member Gold Member

    I stayed at the Palmer House last year and hated it! I thought when I saw it wasn't listed it was because of to many complaints LOL They were remodeling the pool last year so didn't even get to use it but didn't know they were doing the hotel over this year. That's okay I am going to stay at Sheraton this year :) If I am not mistaken that's where our banquet was last year and I thought it was a much nicer hotel than Palmer LOL
    Mar 17, 2009
  12. This will be my first conference, however I booked a hotel that is less than 3 miles away for $149 a night. It is the Blackstone Hotel - A Rennaisance hotel (owned by marriott). The cost for a AAA member is $149 a night and they have 2 QUEEN beds in the rooms. According to my calcuation, it is only a $10 taxi ride from the hotel to the McCormick place.

    The hotel looks really great - very historic!! Hope this helps any of you out there!
    Mar 18, 2009
  13. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    I cannot even begin to tell you about our horror story from the Palmer House 2 years ago. It was a fiasco from beginning til end. The only good thing was discovering The Corner Bakery right next to it!
    Mar 18, 2009
  14. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

    Doesn't sound like you'll be saving that much with rides back and forth every day. Plus finding a taxi, I don't remember seeing that many taxis picking people up at McCormick because of the buses they have available for us. Depending on where your hotel is compared to the conference hotels, you could always walk to one of those and catch the bus. We did that my first year. It was a 6 block walk but it wasn't too bad.
    Mar 18, 2009
  15. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

    If she's dividing the taxi between 4 people she's saving some. Personally, I prefer to stay in the hotel that my banquet is in. Makes life easier. I wish there was a Corner Bakery near the Sheraton though. YUM!
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2009
    Mar 18, 2009
  16. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Do you mean the other Hilton? There is one right underneath the Palmer.

    BUT there is also one just a couple blocks from the other Hilton too.
    Mar 18, 2009
  17. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

    But at $20 a day for taxi rides (yes, split between 4 people) that could go towards a room at a conference hotel (split between 4 people) and would only be maybe $5-10 more per person or less.
    Mar 18, 2009
  18. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Plus getting a Taxi to and from your Banquet...and also, spending money if you want to go back to your hotel anytime, instead of just taking the Shuttle.
    Mar 18, 2009
  19. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

    OOPS! I meant Sheraton. ...I'll go fix that.
    Mar 18, 2009
  20. pkd09

    pkd09 Future Director Silver Member

    I wonder how bus transportation is going to work. Didn't they pick up at the Holiday Inn the past couple of years?
    Mar 18, 2009
  21. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    The Shuttles only run from the conference hotels to the McCormick Center.
    Mar 18, 2009
  22. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    Maybe I'm missing something (first timer) but the rates on the Housing sheet are the same you'd get if you booked at any online travel site. You might even do better with a AAA card discount. Didn't see any deals to me. Only thing I see as a money saver was the shuttle to and from. Having roommates will obviously help, but $179 was the rate you'll find at the main travel sites (expedia, travelocity, and I think Sheraton directly). PLUS you can cancel later- like July 15th I think (for wave 3). You'd have to cancel in June sometime with PC conference travel agents.

    I was booked at The Silversmith which was near the Palmer House, but I just finished changing and am now at the Sheraton.
    Mar 18, 2009
  23. myinnerchef

    myinnerchef Member Gold Member

    I highly recommend out-of-towners order transit passes and take the train from Millenium Park. It goes right to McCormick Place and lets out directly into the building. The trains are more reliable than the shuttle buses and faster (and cheaper) than waiting for a taxi. You can share a multi-ride pass with your roommates and pay about $5 round trip.
    Mar 18, 2009
  24. Flamingo

    Flamingo Advanced Member Gold Member

    Why would you pay anything if you don't have to.... The shuttle picks you up right outside your hotel and drops you right at the correct entrance in McCormick Place....I think this is a no brainer IMO
    Mar 18, 2009
  25. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 2009
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