Well for anyone on whom we're really lavishing the VIP treatment I was
thinking either the Randolph or Malmaison. The Randolph is right next to
Balliol, Malmaison's less central (in the old prison) but it has a greater
variety of room prices.
For the tier below VIPs which I presume you fall into, I don't think using
college accommodation would be that unreasonable. Balliol's Jowett Walk
buildings are modern, clean, well furbished and have en suite showers so are
probably more than adequate. They're 5 mins from main college. There are
also some en suite rooms in Balliol's front quad though they may be a little
small. I imagine other colleges will also have some en suite rooms so I
expect we'll manage something with the staff in basically the same buildings
as everyone else.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Cary Bass
Sent: 31 July 2008 18:14
Subject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] Report back from meeting at the OII + Help
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Cormac Lawler wrote:
| On 7/31/08, *Tom Holden* <thomas.holden(a)gmail.com
| <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
| Balliol is just for accommodation and social spaces. People from the
| OII are going to get in contact with its master imminently to see
| how they could help. We will however need at least one other college
| for accommodation though, which the OII is also investigating for
| us. A £50 per person per night figure sounds like the upper bound at
| the moment (fingers crossed).
| Thanks for all your work Tom, and this update. Though this accommodation
| situation is another thing I would identify as already being a point of
| concern. One of the criticisms of this year was that attendees'
| accommodation was scattered across different places, meaning that social
| potential was compromised. Of course, it was still liveable with :-) -
| but just to point out that it would probably be a "perceived weakness"
| of the bid. If there is any way of accommodating people all together,
| and as near to the venue as possible, that would be best. These
| practical questions are the things most likely to swing a bid IMHO, more
| than partnerships with prestigious organisations (even though these are
| of course *great*).
And if you must house the staff in a completely different venue (which,
if housed with board and advisory board, may be the case) please make
sure it's a short (2-3 minute) walk from the dormatories... Or just
stick me in with the attendees...
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