Okay, I am taking a risk here with the duopost, but I do have something to post, so anyway...
The second of six hotels in the resort is the Putah Resort and Convention Center - one of the few hotels nationwide that not only hosts conferences and conventions in a built-n convention center, but also is exclusive to said attendees - unless you're attending an event, you can't stay here.
Assuming you're driving to the hotel, you will see this tall sign in front of you. Not only does it display the Hotel's name (in case you forget where you were), but also contains an electronic sign displaying anything relevant to the current event (or if there isn't an event happening, information about the next one as well as urging you to turn around and go back until next time).
As you walk towards the hotel, you'll see the giant pyramid-like structure inspired by a local building
. Not only does this contain the open-two story lobby, but also four floors of suites.
If you're like one of many, you'd be coming from Sacramento International via an express monorail, one of the many new services provided by MARF, and exit on the rightmost track to this picture. Monorails provide service on the other two tracks to either park every 15 minutes, with Core and hotel trains arriving every hour (whenever the hotel isn't in use, then Putah serves as an express line bypassing Core).
Now, the hotel is separated into four quadrants: Ziggurat, Terrace, Convention Center, and Courtyard. For reference, Ziggurat is the...pyramid-looking tower.
Terrace is where the bulk of the rooms are, in 4-story wings. Technically on the second story, this section contains a nicely-themed pool (as well as a slide), and a miniature golf course for so leisure-within-leisure.
Up next is courtyard, home to two-story buildings with typical two-queen bedrooms (due to miscommunication in design, second story rooms lack balconies). While the pool has no slide, it does have a bar, as well as a laundromat and showers.
You can see why this section is called 'courtyard' as there is a wide, open area for performances or other outdoor events.
Alas, here's the whole point as to why you're staying here - the Convention Center! One of the largest of such combined facilities, it is also the most flexible - walls are designed to collapse or expand to create either large halls or small rooms, depending on the purpose. Combine that with natural lighting from glass windows (which can be closed with blinds) as well as large walkways to prevent traffic blocks, and you can see why this is, indeed, quite flexible. In fact, MARF took theme park design as a reference for building this hotel and its convention center. Take that Swan and Dolphin! Unlike some other corporate resorts, this hotel is MARF owned and operated
Now, we know that you might be hungry, so we have 2 eateries - Fuzio's Universal Pastaa, which is one of the first outdoor chains (okay, a local one, but still) to be built in a MARF hotel serves a fusion cuisine of Italian, Asian, and Steak, and can be found in the Ziggurat section (to the right of this pic).
The other one takes inspiration from Futura - diners are given an electronic card with a number on it, diners go to that table and insert the card into the table, bringing up touchscreens from the table from which diners order from, and thus decreasing the amount of time it takes to dine and increasing convenience.
Amenities for the hotel include:
Complimentary transport to either park.
Free wireless internet
Free continental Breakfast delivered to room
Free/discounted access to either park during duration of the event (depending on event/organizer's choice)
Optional extended-stay to explore the resort (at, of course, another resort hotel)
Rooms range from single, to double, to king, to suite.
Rates vary depending on event, not all room types may be available during stay.
Now then...after all, this is an event-only hotel, so MARF has gotten in contact with several organizations interested, and have gotten 6 (potentially) annual events booked as a result, with two being MARF-run. These events do have the option of having an opening ceremony at either park (in which said park would be emptied of guests by 4 pm). Here they are, in order from Jan-Dec:Verde California
* (Home, garden and apparently environment - Mid January)ER Retreat
(Medical Nursing, First week of February...very clever pun there, nurses -.-)MARF CoMonth
*/** (MARF-ran event, entire month reserved for corporations to hold seminars)Valleyfur
** (Fan convention - last week of april)Maintenance
(Hotel shut down during may and June for maintenance and routine cleaning)MARFest!
*/** (MARF's signature corporate event, takes place in late July)Coast-to-Coast
(Amusement industry, sometime around october)Winter Maintenance Legend:
* = Opening Ceremony in Echenima
** = Opening Ceremony in K9-Falliday Studios
Now, then...onto the parks...
In the Studios, construction is going on smoothly on the new area.
We're experimenting with faux-snow here...
And look at what has appeared!
Also, due to some guest complaints, and with added contruction all around, resort prices have changed:1-day 1-park
: $59 adults 16+/$49 kids -161-day Park Hopper
: $79 adults 16+/$69 kids -162-day Park Hopper
: $99 adults 16+/$89 kids -16Add an additional $10 for every subsequent day, 5 days max.
(explore one park for one day, and the other the next for the price of one, no park-hopping): $87/$77Moonlight venture
(Access to either park after 5:30 pm) $45/$36
(Must reside ZIP codes between 93900-96100 - proof of residence required): $25 discount of any price on select weeks.NorCal Exploration Pass
(A tourist package that includes lodging in a MARF property (or partner) hotel, a day at either Echenima or Studios, a day in Sacramento, a day in San Francisco (with an optional tour of either the city, bay cruise, or Alcatraz), A day in San Jose (with option of Baylands ticket), and a day Napa. Transportation provided by Coach): $365/person, cost of lodging not included.
-----Echenima MARFlepass -annual pass of the resort - Alpha
(Free Parking, free admission, discounts in shop and restaurants, priority seating for shows and parades, complimentary access to special events, early entry, no blackouts, free print or electronic newsletter): $645/year or $55/monthBeta
(Free Parking, free admission, discounts in shop and restaurants, priority seating for shows and parades based on availability, discounted access to special events, blocked half the year, free e-newsletter): $434/year or $15/monthBeta-lite
(Free admission, discounts in merchandise, 250 blackout dates, free e-newsletter): $225/year or $12/monthOmega
(Discounted admission, acknowledgment that you have a pass): $150/year or $5/month -- To be discontinued
and that should do it, see y'all a little later!