Aloft Plano (Website)
6853 North Dallas Parkway
Plano, TX 75024
When you call, be sure to tell them that you’re with the “GWC Meetup” for two reasons: First, you’ll receive the discount rates listed below (which Sean worked hard to negotiate). Second, they’re trying to put everyone together into nearby rooms. Third, the hotel has been extremely accommodating in helping us in terms of the Friday night podcast and party, and letting them know you’re booking because of us will help them feel better about their decision to help us.
As you can see from the photos, this place freakin’ rocks. It’s custom designed for exactly what we’re doing: hosting a big, three-day party. The rooms aren’t extremely large, but they’re decked out in designer chic. The bar (yes, there’s a bar in the hotel this time) and podcast room are incredible.
Each room includes a waterfall-type shower, and (more important to geeks, we suspect) a 42" LCD TV along with a convenient breakout box and power setup that makes connecting a computer or game console dead simple.
Note: These rooms are smaller than the ones at last year’s venue, though they’re cheaper and nicer. You can fit four people into a double queen room, but we wouldn’t advise trying to stuff in more. There’s not really much room for roll-away beds.
Single king and double queen rooms are available for $80/night + tax/fees.
When To Book
They’re holding a small group of rooms for us, and though they should have additional rooms available beyond this, there’s no reason not to book as soon as possible.