sweetamber92 wrote:What was the parking like, wash it free and plentiful??
Upon entering security pointed BYOC/Festival Ticket holders left towards car park A/B, day visitors were pointed to the right to the Casino car park. Parking in A will get you near the front entrance, parking in C will put you near the rear entrance to the arena. There were some cars packed in car park C over the weekend but I never parked there myself (I'm not sure why you would, who want's to walk more than is necessary?). Annoyingly the road to exit is a one way road that takes you almost around the entire outside of the arena, but from what I saw there were no issues with parking, not once did I fail to get a space in car park A that wasn't close to the door despite leaving and arrive at different times each day, it all seemed to be handled pretty well and is free!Unspecified wrote: They tried to split BYOC and visitors between them, though i confess i cant quite recall which way around it was because i wasnt driving myself.
FoodNachoDuck wrote:There is one onsite hotel available the arena which is the De Vere hotel, this sold out within 20 minutes of the hotel bookings opening for the spring LAN as there wasn't many rooms available to attendees (most been reserved by MPUK). Due to this I stayed at the Novotel which is about a 5 minute drive/1 mile walk from the arena and overall had a pretty good stay there over 4 days, the hotel was quite busy but I wasn't disturbed by any noise at any point and there was also the surprise bonus of having breakfast included in price of the room which made it a pretty good deal in my opinion, it was a cooked buffet breakfast. I actually made the effort to get up before breakfast closed each day so I suppose that says something about the quality . The only complaint I have of my stay was that for some reason the hotel charges £4 per visit (ie each time you leave the premises) to use their car park, I'm not sure if this was due to previous problems with people using the parking for other events at the arena as some of the streets near the hotel also have restricted parking to permit holders only "during events", the date on the sign was in August so it didn't apply during our time there at least. Either way you can park on the street outside the hotel as I and some other guests chose to do.
Aside from my experience I think others stayed at the Premiere Inn/Holiday Inn which are slightly further away off J2 of the M6, these weren't included in the partner hotels for the event so you would be paying whatever the standard rate is if it stays the same for this event. There were some additional deals made with some of the hotels in the centre of Coventry, I didn't hear of anyone staying at these but there was a shuttle bus run by Coventry council from these to the venue as well as Novotel and a few other places in Coventry which could come in useful if you don't have another means to get around.
It's unfortunate that the venue doesn't have the same amount of on site accommodation as Telford did but I think it may have been quite unique in that way so the choice (or lack there of) we have for the Ricoh might be more along the norm for this sort of venue. I think I'll still try and get a onsite hotel this time again as it would have been nice to have a couple of drinks whilst I was playing rather than be face with driving back to the hotel each night but I wouldn't put all your hopes in getting a room there because demand for them will be even greater this time around.
NightStalker wrote:How many nights and the total cost for staying in the Novotel?
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