Inside the Columbus Hyatt

In running my own creative business these past seven years, condensing and properly explaining the basics of what I do has been challenging. My elevator pitch has evolved over the years, but I have perfected my description so that it’s quick and to-the-point but intriguing enough to keep the conversation going.

When you come to Midwest Craft Con you might want to have an elevator pitch, but if you don’t yet, it’s OK because we’ll have three days and countless opportunities to meet one another: You’ll meet people in the elevator, at lunch, in sessions, at the bar and in the pool!

We three organizers spent a night at the Hyatt this past weekend to see what it’ll be like in February 2016. While there are many lodging options in Columbus and you might be tempted to shack up with a friend or distant relative, you won’t want to miss the action at the conference hotel. Here are a few reasons why you should book a room at the Hyatt for Midwest Craft Con:

Early check in and late check out: If you arrive before check in on Friday, we’re planning to arrange for crafty tours of Columbus. The Hyatt can hold your bags until check in officially starts at 3 p.m. And the check-out time is noon (perfect for craft hangovers).

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Slumber party! Get extra cozy and save money by sharing a room with other attendees. If you aren’t traveling with a friend, you can find a roommate in the Midwest Craft Con Facebook group once you register. Our discounted room rates at the Hyatt are $129/night for single or double occupancy and $159/night for triple or quadruple occupancy.

The rooms, with great views of downtown Columbus, come with a minifridge, flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi for up to five devices, iHome and a safe. The hotel also has an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center in the basement. The Hyatt staff prides itself on its excellent service, so have some singles on hand to tip the valets, bellhops and housekeeping along the way.

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Parking is easy: Whether you want to treat yo self to valet parking or park your car in the off-site garage (connected by a sky walk), the living is easy. Hotel valet parking is $26 per overnight with complimentary in/out privileges. Or you can park at the Chestnut Street Garage, which is a block south of the hotel and $18 per night for self-parking with in/out privileges. Hotel guests get a discounted rate and you can charge it to your room.  Consider organizing a crafty caravan from your city to Columbus to save money!

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On-site food: The Hyatt has a market stand and coffee stand for on-the-go meals and all the coffee needed to jump-start you in the morning. The on-site restaurant has a BIG BAR and offers room service, of course. There’s also a food court area in the convention center part of the hotel.

Shopping excursions: The Hyatt is located at the edge of the Short North Arts District, which is packed with unique restaurants, bars, shopping and galleries. A walk of about a block into the Arena District offers many casual and fine dining options. The North Market is also close by with every food option you can dream of — see our Crafty Guide to Columbus for more suggestions.

WE will all be at the Hyatt! Why would you want to leave? With early morning activities and late night social engagements, you won’t want to worry about driving home or missing out on any surprises. And it’s worth noting that we, the organizers of Midwest Craft Con, are liable for selling a specific number of rooms. By staying at the Hyatt you help us meet our contractual obligation.

You’ll get a direct link to the hotel’s booking site with the discounted room rates when you buy your ticket. Remember: The early bird rate expires at the end of October or until we sell out those 100 tickets, whichever comes first. Pack your bathing suit, craft supplies and your elevator speech and we’ll provide the rest for a comfortable stay at the Hyatt.

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Brit, Megan and Grace checking out and looking forward to February.
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