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RAGBRAI 2019      

Pork Belly Update #8---Offering Hotel Stays

June 22, 2018

Dear Porkers,

 

RAGBRAI is a camping vacation, yes. But sometimes you just need a little refresher to help you finish out the week. PBV has been offering hotel stays for many years, and we describe this add-on service below. In short, our comfy motor coach will carry you from our campsite to your hotel and back again in the morning. The twelve hours between those transfers are yours to enjoy. Bare feet on carpet. A clean and private bathroom. A thermostat. A mattress under your spine. These are the usual amenities of any hotel or motel, but you'll feel a whole new level of appreciation for them during RAGBRAI.

 

A list of our hotels, the distance from camp, and pricing for one, two, or three room occupants appears at the end of this update.

 

Please read everything carefully here, and then write to Ann with your request for a room or rooms.

ABOUT OUR RATES

We have not slapped a flat rate on these hotel stays. Our rates include the room, the tax, and a per-person transfer fee for the door-to-door service of our coach and driver. Therefore, our hotel pricing varies from night to night, property to property, and sometimes room to room. (Some hotels raise their rates when RAGBRAI is in the area, something that is beyond our control.)

 

**Please note that I haven’t firmed up all of the breakfasts yet. In most places, breakfast offered by the hotel will be available for you at 5:00 or 5:30 a.m. I still need to call our Friday hotels about breakfast.   

 

Everyone who uses our hotel stays must be on our Weeklong Support. 

 

If you use or consume incidentals at the hotel, you will pay for them upon check-out with your own credit card.  

WAITING LISTS

Please don’t hesitate to ask to be put on a waiting list for a sold-out night. We’ll have some changes during this last month before RAGBRAI, and you could get a room after all.

HOTEL SHUTTLE DEPARTURE TIMES AND TRAVEL TIME

Again this year, we will make our departure time easy to remember:        

 

6:00 p.m. departure from camp*        

6:00 a.m. departure from hotel*

 

Every afternoon and every morning, your bus rolls at 6:00. Be at least 10 minutes early, please. 

 

*The one exception may be Tuesday, when we have a very large block of rooms right in town. If needed, we will make two trips in the afternoon (6:00 and 6:30) and two trips on Wednesday morning (5:45 and 6:15). If you have a room on Tuesday night, please watch updates about our transfer times on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. 

 

Below, I have included the distances between camp and hotel, varying from 5 to 30 minute trips. To secure our rooms, we spent the days after the route announcement phoning hotels repeatedly—otherwise, we would be driving much further to hotels. Similar RAGBRAI hotel services may travel more than an hour each way, to and from hotels. 

CHAIN HOTELS, PLUS ONE INDEPENDENT HOTEL

For most nights, we offer stays in chain hotels (Super 8, AmericInn, Best Western Plus, and more). On Sunday and Monday nights, we have taken a block of rooms at the indpendent Carrollton Inn, complete with a restaurant on site.  

 

COURTESY

It must be said… please treat any hotel staff and property with respect. With some hotel owners and managers, RAGBRAI has a negative reputation, and every year we do all we can to refute that. Be courteous, please. 

THE UPSIDE AND THE DOWNSIDE

The upside of going off to your hotel at 6:00 p.m. is the relief of an air-conditioned room with your own private bath. 

 

But camp is fun too. The downside is that you miss eating dinner in camp (you may take your dinner on the coach), grooving to the tunes on stage, fireflies after sunset, the evening experience. Although some folks simply want the hotel every night (and we already have their reservations settled), the majority of those who take advantage of our hotel stays only take one or two nights away from camp, for a refresher. 

CONSIDER AND KEEP THE COMMITMENT

You need to commit to any hotel reservations you make with us by email. Please check with friends and be sure before you tell us what your group wants. We’re working on lots of things this time of year, and we’re not prepared for changes and cancellations. If you claim a room, we will honor your reservation and turn others away. You will be charged for the hotel stays, which are subject to our cancellation policy. Please honor your commitment. 

 

PAYMENT OPTIONS AND DETAILS

We will add the charges for lodging arrangements to your Pork Belly Ventures application. (After receiving your reply, it may take us a few days to do that.) Once the charge is on your application you can either pay for the room/s by credit card or avoid the 3% convenience fee by mailing in a check to PBV LLC, 412 Forest Glen Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503. (We can only offer hotel stays to people who have paid in full for our Weeklong Support.)

REFUNDS AND CANCELLATION PROTECTION--READ THIS.

This service is like any other PBV service, subject to our cancellation policy. If you have selected our cancellation protection on the application, then your hotel expense will be included in the protection. (At this point, you either have cancellation protection or you don't. It can only be selected at the time of initial registration.) An additional 5% will be charged, extending your cancellation deadline from June 15 to July 18 at 10:00 p.m. If you cancelled before July 18 at 10:00 p.m., you would receive a 90% refund on all of your services, including the hotel stays.  

 

Without the cancellation protection, we don’t make refunds after June 15th. 

 

To be very clear, without the cancellation protection, you lose 100% if you cancel.  

HOW TO RESERVE

Please read carefully and confer with your friends before writing to Ann at ameastman@cox.net. Type the first and last names of ALL room occupants. She will be taking reservations in the order that she receives emails, on a first-come-first-served basis. You can ask for a night, for a certain hotel, and for certain a room type, but be sure to say you’ll take what we have available on that night. Can’t be too choosy on these limited opportunities. 

 

Ann has other responsibilities, so just put your request in an email and be confident that she will respond as soon as she can. 

 

Rates and other information below. Pretty quickly after we send this update, most of these rooms will be claimed. So don't delay. Write to Ann with your request, and please stand by for More Pork News as It Happens.

 

All our best,

Tammy and Pete

p.s. Do you have the FREE Pork Belly App on your phone? Get it now--it will not only provide you with all updates, essential Pork Info, and host-town maps, but it will literally deliver breaking Pork News each day of your Week in the Corn!

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2018 HOTEL STAYS

PORK BELLY VENTURES

 

Saturday, Onawa

South Sioux City Super 8, 12 double queens

PERHAPS ONE ROOM AVAILABLE

30 minutes from camp

1 person using room, including transfer:  $163.00


2 people using room, including transfer:  $104.00 per person

3 people using room, including transfer:  $85.00 per person       

 

Sunday, Denison

Carroll, Carrollton Inn independent hotel, 9 king, 1 parlor king, 1 dq ste, 1 king handicap

PERHAPS TWO ROOMS AVAILABLE

30 minutes from camp

1 person using room, including transfer:  $197.00


2 people using room, including transfer:  $121.00 per person

3 people using room, including transfer:  $95.00 per person       

 

Monday, Jefferson

Carroll, Carrollton Inn independent hotel, 7 king, 4 dq, 1 dq ste

PERHAPS ONE ROOM AVAILABLE

25 minutes from camp

1 person using room, including transfer:  $197.00


2 people using room, including transfer:  $121.00 per person

3 people using room, including transfer:  $95.00 per person       

 

Tuesday, Ames

Ames Quality Inn, 35 double queens, 20 kings

MANY ROOMS AVAILABLE, RIGHT IN TOWN

In town

1 person using room, including transfer:  $176.00


2 people using room, including transfer:  $98.00 per person

3 people using room, including transfer:  $85.00 per person       

 

Wednesday, Newton

Altoona Best Western Plus, 30 double queens

MANY ROOMS STILL AVAILABLE

25 minutes from camp

1 person using room, including transfer:  $215.00


2 people using room, including transfer:  $130.00 per person

3 people using room, including transfer:  $101.00 per person       

 

Thursday, Sigourney

Ottumwa AmericInn, 10 double queens, 3 kings, 2 king handicap

SOLD OUT AT PRESENT

30 minutes from camp

1 person using room, including transfer:  $130.00


2 people using room, including transfer:  $88.00 per person

3 people using room, including transfer:  $74.00 per person       

 

Friday, Iowa City

Coralville Marriott, 10 double queens

SOLD OUT AT PRESENT

10 minutes from camp

1 person using room, including transfer:  $227.00


2 people using room, including transfer:  $126.00 per person

3 people using room, including transfer:  $93.00 per person       

 

Coralville Fairfield Inn, 5 double queens

TWO ROOMS AVAILABLE

15 minutes from camp

1 person using room, including transfer:  $227.00


2 people using room, including transfer:  $126.00 per person

3 people using room, including transfer:  $93.00 per person