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D*Con Secrets

D*Con Secrets
« on: July 24, 2018, 01:30:00 PM »
Its my second year to the con and am staying at the Westin. I was pleasantly surprised to know that there is tunnel that connects the Westin to the America's Mart! This got me wondering. What other secrets and treasures have you seen or used?

I bet with the collective experiences of this forum there are some good ones.

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Re: D*Con Secrets
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2018, 01:46:25 PM »
I like going for the International tower in the hyatt to the atrium tower by going to the bottom floor and crossing under....don't know if it saves time but it seems like a secret tunnel!
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Re: D*Con Secrets
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2018, 02:41:44 PM »
If you haven't found the Con Suite, please do so.  The secret stairwell to the Con Suite is behind the little convienence store in the Hyatt right before the walkway to the Marriott. Go to that corner, find the stairwell and take it to the second floor. Free soda machine and other drinks, and many times free snacks.  Great vantage point for people watching and taking some time out of the crowds up there too.
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Re: D*Con Secrets
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2018, 03:03:02 PM »
Its my second year to the con and am staying at the Westin. I was pleasantly surprised to know that there is tunnel that connects the Westin to the America's Mart!


there's a crossover bridge, but i have yet to see AM security allow anyone access to the Mart over it.  they send you down to street level and you have to go in through the one entrance like everyone else.
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Re: D*Con Secrets
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2018, 03:04:19 PM »
oh, supersecret food court in the suntrust building.  i just wish it was open on the weekend.
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Re: D*Con Secrets
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2018, 04:18:26 PM »
Parking Garage Hamster-tube.  It's not Air-Conditioned but it runs from Peachtree to the Parking garage just a block away from the Hilton and a couple blocks from the Sheraton.  No Stairs, No Hills!

There is a hallway in the Westin that leads to the back entrance to Meehans to stay inside and away from the dreaded Day-Ball.

Every few floors in the Hilton there is a big open lounge type area with some chairs and tables that's great for gaming without going to AmericasMart.  The best of these is unfortunately on the Executive floors which require keycard access.

Lindbergh Station parking. Forget parking at the hotel. Drop your crap, park at Lindbergh Station for $6/day or something like that and Marta back to Peachtree Center.

Mellow Mushroom.  Just outside of the usual con frenzy zone Mellow Mushroom has tasty Pizzas, normal priced craft beer and other drinks and little to no wait when we've gone down there.

Re: D*Con Secrets
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2018, 10:08:35 PM »
Head over to Broad Street (called "food street" by Georgia State students) for some less crowded food options; mostly not open on the weekends, but a good place for Friday lunch off the beaten con path and Rosa's pizza (YUM) is open for lunch hours on Saturday now I believe.

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Re: D*Con Secrets
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2018, 12:16:44 PM »
Food-
Metro Cafe Diner on the far side of Peachtree Center is open 24 hours.
2 Waffle Houses within walking distance, one on courtland and one near Centennial park.
Gus's in the bottom of Peachtree Center (across from Benihana) has amazing fried chicken. 
Midtown is a short Marta ride or 20 minute walk north with a plethera of food options open all weekend. Including the Vortex, one of the best burgers in  Atlanta.  Vortex is 21 and over only.   Midtown and Buckhead probably still have hotels available.
On Thursdays there is a farmers market open outside of Peachtree center, across from the Apparel mart.

Inside the hotels, the side staircases of the Marriott are key to being able to navigate vertically at peak traffic times.

Re: D*Con Secrets
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2018, 11:59:41 AM »
The anime viewing rooms.  From what I gather theve moved to the Hilton, but they were always a good spot to chill, especially if your staying at a non-host hotel.  Dark, quiet and airconditioned, with emterntainment to boot.  Sometimes they get a little smelly, but that's to be expected.  Either way they can be a nice spot to escape the chaos and relax for a couple minutes.

I'm also always surprised how many people have never been to the consuite.  Free drinks, not normally too horribly crowded, and usually have snacks (stock varies).  It's typically only little cheese cubes and similar, but it's a free source of quick fuel to help recharge

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Re: D*Con Secrets
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2018, 02:15:39 PM »
The anime viewing rooms.  From what I gather theve moved to the Hilton, but they were always a good spot to chill, especially if your staying at a non-host hotel.  Dark, quiet and airconditioned, with emterntainment to boot.  Sometimes they get a little smelly, but that's to be expected.  Either way they can be a nice spot to escape the chaos and relax for a couple minutes.

I'm also always surprised how many people have never been to the consuite.  Free drinks, not normally too horribly crowded, and usually have snacks (stock varies).  It's typically only little cheese cubes and similar, but it's a free source of quick fuel to help recharge

Indeed its a nice place to go. I typically will fill my bottle up with Mtn Dew for the day. (beats playing the "find the Pepsi products in Coke Town" game.) Ive never gotten cheese cubes, once i got a PB & J though normally only tortilla chips or popcorn. I'm jealous!