News about Hotels
Demand is high
As UKGE has grown the numbers staying overnight has risen sharply. Hotel rooms in and around the NEC -Hilton complex are very quickly booking up. In addition prices are high. We have recieved emails complaining about hotel prices in the area. I am afraid however that this is a case of market forces operating. The hotels in the vicinity as with all hotels operate a suply-demand system with prices. When Expo was a lot smaller just 3/4 years ago we were able to negotaite fairly decent prices and as the Hilton hotel did not fill up completely that year the hotel was happy to offer that. However for the last 2 years the Hilton has been full and as such the hotel can command pretty much any price for its rooms. This same maths applies to other hotels - as they fill, prices rise.
This pattern only mirrors similar situations in the other larger international conventions like Gencon and Essen Spiel.
We are not however blind to the needs of ordinary gamers. Whilst we cannot do much about the hotel prices we have taken a few steps:
Firstly the local 4 hotels have agreed some form of fixed or limited prices on rooms. See Accomodation for details. Most of these rooms are now gone however.
Further away there are a range of hotels. Did you know it is only 10 minutes by train from Birmingham and Coventry City Centres and services run from Birmingham International to Coventry and Birmingham New Street to as late as 23.30*. So it is possible to game on into the evening and then get a late train back to your hotel. Taxis are another option - certainly to and from nearby Solihull.
We have listed a number of hotels with contact details on our alternative hotels page along with some comments on transport and maps.
One thing we advise most strongly is to BOOK your hotel early. To be honest you would be advised booking now!
* Check your train times guys - dont get caught out.