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Re: PgWest Locations

From: Peter Headland <Peter(at)matrixlink(dot)com>
To: jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com
Cc: sfpug(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: PgWest Locations
Date: 2010-05-21 21:44:56
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PS: If you go for somewhere in SF, please make sure it does not involve 
complex public transport shenanigans to get there from elsewhere in the 
Bay Area. That means very close to BART, at a minimum. Expecting people 
who don't live in SF to understand how to navigate multi-modal public 
transport (BART + Muni, or similar) is a non-starter, quite apart from 
the excessive travel time mode shifts introduce. Bear in mind there is a 
good chance of rain here in November, and some folks have mobility 
limitations, so don't make us walk 5 blocks from BART.

On 2010-05-21 14:38, Peter Headland wrote:
> The Crowne Plaza is out in the burbs/business park land. Its 
> conference facilities are adequate (we had a business function there 
> quite recently). Its in-house food is adequate. The few nearby 
> restaurants are uninspiring - you have to drive to get to anything 
> decent. There are no local attractions that can be reached without 
> driving quite a ways.
>
> The Crowne Plaza is not all that near to SFO, and there is no easy 
> public transport link to it - I'd say it's easier to get into SF using 
> public transport. I would expect the Crowne Plaza to have a regular 
> shuttle to SFO. There are a couple of alternative hotels for folks to 
> stay at within walking distance (Hilton Garden Inn and Marriott 
> Courtyard). The Crowne Plaza is infinitely easier to drive to than 
> anything in San Francisco, and has integral parking.
>
> Personally, I'd love you to use the Crowne Plaza, because it is 5 
> minutes' walk from my office, and I hate traveling into SF, but 
> honesty compels me to say that Foster City is absolutely not a 
> "destination"; I think out-of-town folks would enjoy somewhere in the 
> city a lot more.
>
> On 2010-05-21 14:01, Joshua D. Drake wrote:
>> Hello,
>>
>> As I hope most of you know, I am the primary organizer of PostgreSQL
>> Conference West. The top two contenders this year for a location are
>> Seattle and the Bay area. We are leaning toward the Bay due to the high
>> PG population and density of tech companies (thus potential sponsors).
>>
>> The current plan is to hold the conference Nov 3-4-5-6.
>>
>> We have been shedding through a list of 50 potentials and have narrowed
>> it down to the following 5.
>>
>> Hotel Monaco
>> 501 Geary St. SF
>> http://www.monaco-sf.com/
>>
>> Hotel Kabuki
>> 1625 Post Street
>> San Francisco, CA 94115
>> http://www.hotelkabuki.com
>>
>> Crowne Plaza Hotel
>> 1221 Chess Drive
>> Foster City, CA 94404
>> http://www.eventscp.com
>>
>> Dolce hayes mansion
>> San Jose
>> http://www.dolce-hayes-mansion-hotel.com/
>>
>> Intercontinental SF
>> http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/event-facilities/overview/sanfrancisco-markhopkins 
>>
>> (To do this one, we have to move to the next week)
>>
>> We would love some feedback. I have spoken to Josh Berkus and he is
>> favorable of the Hotel Kabuki. Any other thoughts? Is there a hotel you
>> folks might have a particular passion for?
>>
>> I am leaning toward the Crowne Plaza because it is very close to SFO but
>> you guys certainly know the area better than us.
>>
>> Any help would be appreciated.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
>> JD
>>
>

-- 
Peter Headland

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