After much discussion, the company that owns both the Plaza Real and St. Francis hotels has agreed to let us consolidate the workshop at the St. Francis. Everyone will be staying and meeting there. To recap, we had originally contracted with the Plaza Real but were informed in March, to our great surprise, that a renovation project would force us to hold the sessions at the St. Francis, a few blocks away from where most people would be lodging. That was o.k., but the new arrangement is far better. Here is what that means:
1. If you are one of the few participants who was already booked at the St. Francis, check in there as expected. Your room should be ready.
2. If you booked a room at the Plaza Real, simply show up instead at the St. Francis. We have been promised that all the reservations will be automatically transferred there. There should be nothing special you need to do. The rate will be the same.
We apologize for all this running in place. Changing venues after 15 years at a nonprofit conference center has been stressful, but we think everyone will love being in a nice old hotel less than two blocks from the Plaza.