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Pinfest 2019 - hotel, food, show talk (NO buy, sell, trade, want)


By bluespin

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    Time to move on from the 2018 show thread.

    #2 2 years ago

    The Pinfest website hasn't been updated with 2019 dates yet. However, at the close of the show on Saturday night they announced it would be the same week next year. I'm assuming that means May 2-4, 2019.

    #3 2 years ago

    Think we will be trying the Comfort inn again next year. That Ramada just stunk, literally.

    #4 2 years ago
    Quoted from Mike_M:

    The Pinfest website hasn't been updated with 2019 dates yet. However, at the close of the show on Saturday night they announced it would be the same week next year. I'm assuming that means May 2-4, 2019.

    Thanks Mike. I'll update as soon as they update their site or Ivan responds. Ivan and his crew did another great job this year and they deserve some time off to recuperate.

    #5 2 years ago
    Quoted from Kawydud:

    Think we will be trying the Comfort inn again next year. That Ramada just stunk, literally.

    What stunk? The piss soaked carpet, the pet friendly bedding?? Or the bartender chick(s) recently released from The Methodone Clinic ?

    I gotta admit if I was in my 20’s I woulda stayed at The Ramada. Fast forward a bunch of decades and Now I avoid places
    Like that. Hats off to the poster who busted his ass trying to make that pinball game room happen.

    My notes and conversations with others are leading me towards the Wingate in 2019, hopefully that 89$ rate carries over.

    #6 2 years ago

    So the booze bus was docked this year and we all stayed at the Ramada. I have to laugh,a couple of the guys in our group told us at breakfast there was no shower curtain in their bathroom. they did not let that stop them LOL. Management had a curtain there the second night. So what do you think happened to the first curtain?

    #7 2 years ago

    Had a lot of fun at the show this year, my friends and I are already looking forward to 2019. I know a lot of people are pissed at the Ramada but for what it's worth, my friends and I have only ever had good experiences there.

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    #8 1 year ago

    How about Allentown hotel rating contributers .

    1 point being crack hoes and bed bugs and 10 points being the Taj Mahal with golden toilets .

    These are the 2 places I’ve stayed in the 7 years I attended.

    Comfort Suites - 7
    Windham Suites 7.5

    3 months later
    #9 1 year ago

    Allentown bump,don’t forget to request your flea and vendor spaces next month.
    Remember in 2018 some people who didn’t register games early were turned down as last minute Charlie’s. I head it was because the free play floor was fully booked .

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from 1974DeltaQueen:

    How about Allentown hotel rating contributers .
    1 point being crack hoes and bed bugs and 10 points being the Taj Mahal with golden toilets .
    These are the 2 places I’ve stayed in the 7 years I attended.
    Comfort Suites - 7
    Windham Suites 7.5

    Renaissance -10+

    Liked the downtown location, which was walking distance to a great brewpub and cool outside bar. Place was very modern, and extremely clean. Yes, overkill for most going to a pinball show, but to each their own.

    Have stayed at the Holiday Inn and Comfort Suites in the past, had issues at Comfort two years ago(when mostly everyone else did) but they were taken care of with a room change quickly. Both were fine otherwise..

    Don't know if I'm attending this year but if I do, Renaissance all the way...

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    #11 1 year ago

    Anyone able to register a game, a flea space or a vendor spot yet ? I’m looking to book my regular flea spot again plus a few free play pins.

    Update: all set now, menu is on the upper left margin if the Pinfestival Webpage.

    2 weeks later
    #12 1 year ago

    Lodging info still TBD on Pinfestival
    website for 2019 . Wingate was bought out recently not sure what rate Ivan will get.

    #13 1 year ago

    Tried to book at the Comfort Suites, that is booked up already.

    #14 1 year ago

    Booked rooms at the Springhill Suites, little bit further away, but looks really nice.

    #15 1 year ago

    Wingate was 116 for a King just booked it

    #16 1 year ago
    Quoted from 1974DeltaQueen:

    Wingate was 116 for a King just booked it

    I stayed there two years ago other side of the freeway from the comfort suites. Clean rooms, but bathroom needed updating. Large back parking lot, easy to move trailers in and out. It was probably $89 a night. Last year someone said that a large group of Canadians was going to negotiate a special group rate.

    #17 1 year ago

    Everyone book the Ramada then cancel last minute!

    #18 1 year ago

    Not sure if we'll be driving out Thursday night or Friday morning. If we stay over on Thursday, it'll probably be the comfort inn in fogelsville. Stayed there 2 years ago. Very, very low rates, clean, and modern.

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    #19 1 year ago

    Stopped by the fairgrounds farmers market today after doing a show.

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    #20 1 year ago

    Lodging has been updated on the site, don't see Comfort Suites this year.

    #21 1 year ago
    Quoted from Hammerhead:

    Lodging has been updated on the site, don't see Comfort Suites this year.

    Has changed name to Allentown Suites. Becoming a Four Points in June.

    #22 1 year ago

    ? I checked and the lodging link and it still says 2019 info coming soon?

    #23 1 year ago

    Try refreshing your page

    #24 1 year ago

    Booked at the Days Inn. Accidently did it at booking.com......didn't even realize it so I cancellef it and called them directly and got a much better price.

    #25 1 year ago

    Booked at the Wingate with the rest of the Canadian contingent.

    #26 1 year ago

    Thank you Ivan!

    #27 1 year ago

    I stayed at the Hampton Inn last year. A bit longer drive, but it was really nice.

    #28 1 year ago

    Dumb question perhaps but I have never been to a show but the wife and I are thinking of going. Question I have is are vendor prices higher or lower than online pricing - say I want to get some sort of mod from Lermods and that is $30 on their site. Will it be more or less than that at the show (yes I know I would save at least the shipping of course). Just trying to decide if it matters if I wait to order some things or just get them now.

    TIA

    #29 1 year ago
    Quoted from GCS2000:

    Dumb question perhaps but I have never been to a show but the wife and I are thinking of going. Question I have is are vendor prices higher or lower than online pricing - say I want to get some sort of mod from Lermods and that is $30 on their site. Will it be more or less than that at the show (yes I know I would save at least the shipping of course). Just trying to decide if it matters if I wait to order some things or just get them now.
    TIA

    You want something before the show, contact me and I’ll provide a cash discount. I’ll have it put aside for you. That goes for anyone.

    #30 1 year ago
    Quoted from Lermods:

    You want something before the show, contact me and I’ll provide a cash discount. I’ll have it put aside for you. That goes for anyone.

    Sweet makes me wish I hadn't just ordered a bunch of stuff, lol.

    Appreciate the offer greatly, thanks.

    #31 1 year ago

    Looking at hotels in the area. I see the Renaissance is "pet friendly". For $200 a night do I get the litter box too?

    #32 1 year ago
    Quoted from Playdium:

    Looking at hotels in the area. I see the Renaissance is "pet friendly". For $200 a night do I get the litter box too?

    No litter box, but it was a top notch hotel...I liked the fact I could walk to a brew pub for dinner, and stumble across the street to a cool outside bar (with A Hole bartenders).

    Splitting between my buddy and I, it's a no brainier.....I don't get out like I used to, I don't feel like staying in a "meh" joint, so F it.....$200 for a night is nothing in most places.....(I spent more than that on dinner last night)

    #33 1 year ago

    A Pinsider said that he stayed at the Renaissance last year. He offered $80 a night through Hotwire and they accepted his offer

    #34 1 year ago
    Quoted from bluespin:

    A Pinsider said that he stated st the are Renaissance last year. He offered $80 a night through Hotwire and they accepted his offer

    Believe it was Priceline

    #35 1 year ago

    Ok whose got the best breakfast? When I’m on vacation it’s Belgian Waffles or bust

    There’s a real good pizza & sandwich shop
    Towards 222 heading back to the hotel area: Deliciosa’s . Huge fan of Wert’s cafe the open faced Reuben is my favorite . In the market Billy’s Pretzel wraps are awesome. Dan’s BBQ has good food as well. They’re downstairs by the ramp. Me personally I avoid the pizza in the market at the street entrance.

    #36 1 year ago

    Holiday Inn has a smallish but decent breakfast buffet. It has a Pancake Printer on it. There is also a Waffle Maker (not automated like the pancakes) .

    #37 1 year ago

    Renaissance Hotel has a parking garage. Can you get a pickup and enclosed trailer in, or is off site parking available?

    #38 1 year ago
    Quoted from Playdium:

    Renaissance Hotel has a parking garage. Can you get a pickup and enclosed trailer in, or is off site parking available?

    I stayed there last year, booked for this year as well (If I do attend). It was your normal cramped parking garage, located on the side of the hotel(shared with event center I believe). I don't see getting a pickup with a trailer in there easily in any way (I'd F it up big-time if I tried). I don't believe there is any other parking available (other than street) since It's downtown. Use Google Street view to get a better idea.

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    #39 1 year ago

    I'm bringing Williams Indiana Jones back for freeplay (not for sale.) Will likely bring 3 games total- and requests based on my current collection?

    #40 1 year ago
    Quoted from Playdium:

    Renaissance Hotel has a parking garage. Can you get a pickup and enclosed trailer in, or is off site parking available?

    The Wingate has a large parking lot in back, can probably hold 30 pickup trucks and their trailers. It’s on the other side of the freeway from the amusement park and (dis)comfort suites. Free breakfast. Much nicer than The Ramada Inn, but not as nice as Renaissance, Marriot, etc

    #41 1 year ago

    Just booked the Renaissance on pricelines express deals for $93. Here's what it looks like as an express deal.

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    #42 1 year ago

    Wow, great deal!

    #43 1 year ago
    Quoted from Mike_M:

    I'm bringing Williams Indiana Jones back for freeplay (not for sale.) Will likely bring 3 games total- and requests based on my current collection?

    Family Guy and Whirlwind please

    #44 1 year ago

    Is it rolling the dice though? As you can't choose..

    And can you choose the bed situation??

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    #45 1 year ago

    Just went to that site and as an "express deal", they don't disclose the hotel until after you book it. I chose the exact options as you, and was booked at the Staybridge Suites. Not too pleased with the savings after comparing the regular rate. Oh well...

    #46 1 year ago
    Quoted from Playdium:

    Just went to that site and as an "express deal", they don't disclose the hotel until after you book it. I chose the exact options as you, and was booked at the Staybridge Suites. Not too pleased with the savings after comparing the regular rate. Oh well...

    That's what I was afraid of....O well, the extra hundo doesn't bother me, want Renaissance so won't risk it..

    #47 1 year ago
    Quoted from Playdium:

    Just went to that site and as an "express deal", they don't disclose the hotel until after you book it. I chose the exact options as you, and was booked at the Staybridge Suites. Not too pleased with the savings after comparing the regular rate. Oh well...

    It's the only hotel that was $93 and had the same amenities and was over $200 originally. You have to do a little research and compare what each hotel has and you can be pretty certain. Staybridge is 3 star and renaissance is 3.5 stars. Biggest way to narrow it down is star ratings.

    #48 1 year ago

    Any pizza close by that’s highly rated ? Basically that’s not the cardboard Inside the show or @ the Farmers Market
    Not a fan of thin crust or real dry. I like average to thick crust with some oil from the necessary level of cheese

    #49 1 year ago
    Quoted from 1974DeltaQueen:

    Any pizza close by that’s highly rated ? Basically that’s not the cardboard Inside the show or @ the Farmers Market
    Not a fan of thin crust or real dry. I like average to thick crust with some oil from the necessary level of cheese

    There’s a few really good pizza joints downtown, only 3 miles away from the venue. Hop and a skip. Plus there is a Chickie & Pete’s down there too.

    A few of us shut that place down last year. Had to handtruck a few people back to the hotel.

    #50 1 year ago

    Anyone know if any of the nearby hotels have chargers for electric vehicles?

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