I stayed in the dorms in Alexandria. Very much cheap and cheerful
accommodation, but being with other Wikimedians meant there were very late
Staying elsewhere seems like the same as going to Glastonbury festival and
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Ray Saintonge
Sent: 30 July 2009 08:26
To: Wikimania general list (open subscription)
Subject: Re: [Wikimania-l] Shouldn't you suggest HI Hostels in Buenos Aires?
Galileo Vidoni wrote:
On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 1:36 AM, Everton Zanella
<everton137(a)gmail.com <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
I've just booked HI Hostel Florida
> The prices are very good, around 20 US$ per night on shared rooms, 41
> US$ per night on single rooms and US$ 46 per night on double rooms (a
> bed for a couple, I already checked by phone). Likely most people know
> HI Hostels, but I think it's worth suggesting. The first time I went
> abroad I didn't know about them.
> Buenos Aires also has other hostels
> <http://hostelsuites.com/hostels.php?idioma=2>. Maybe locals could
> inform which are the closest to the Wikimania event place. For me
> Hostel Florida seems OK.
> Dear Tom,
> Hostel Florida is about nine blocks away
from CCGSM, the venue for
> Wikimania 2009. I think you will be fine there, if you like going
> through touristy-financial districts :). You'll have a nice glance of
> Buenos Aires.
> While we can encourage and help attendees
to find an accomodation
> fitting their preferences --I'm affiliated to HI, BTW--, we have
> already made an agreement with Hotel Bauen for a *really* cheap price
> for a hotel of its type and location, on the other hand just two
> blocks away from Wikimania. It's better for organizative reasons to
> have a centralized prearranged offer and then let make his particular
> choice to anyone that wants so.
I'm sure there are plenty of places where
one might save a little money
on the room rates, but is the difference over five nights enough to be
worth it? The people you will meet at Wikimania are from all over the
world, and one of the great benefits of being there is to wander into an
international conversation in the hotel lobby and becoming involved in
it until the small hours of the morning. Living in a different facility
makes your participation more difficult. Last year in Alexandria three
facilities were available, and the choice depended on price. The effect
was that it separated people, and it was difficult to know where you
could meet people.
It's your right to choose where to stay, but this and walking seven
blocks further in winter are points to consider.
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