The annual Federation of Genealogical Societies conference will be held August 21 through 24 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The conference web site at https://www.fgsconference.org/lodging/ lists the Hyatt Place Fort Wayne at 111 W Washington Center Road. Indeed, I have stayed at this hotel before and know that it is both a nice hotel and also is a short drive to the convention center. An auto will be required, however.
Today, I went to the conference web site at https://www.fgsconference.org/lodging/ to make my reservation. The price for one room was listed as $109 per night. I assume that is the "official conference rate" although that wasn't mentioned on the site. When I clicked on the link to make the reservation, I was transferred to the Hyatt corporate web site, as I expected. I entered the dates I wished to stay and then a message appeared saying that no rooms are available. Apparently, the hotel is fully booked. Or so it seemed...
Being suspicious and having stayed in many different hotels at conferences and elsewhere, I then went directly to the Ft. Wayne Hyatt's web site at http://www.fortwayne.place.hyatt.com and entered the same information.
It worked! I got the same room without difficulty. Even better, I was charged $89 per night, $20 per night less than what the conference web site says.
The room includes free Wi-Fi Internet access, divided living and sleeping areas, one king plush Hyatt Grand Bed™, state-of-the-art media and work center with a 42" flat-panel high-definition television, an oversized Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper, wet/dry bar and more. The rate also includes free parking for your automobile. Details are available at http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/images/hotels/fwazf/factsheet.pdf.
I suspect rooms are limited so I have no idea how long this rate will be available. I suspect it is "first come, first served." I also know that the rates for hotel rooms often vary, even hour by hour, as a hotel nears full capacity. This price might not be available for long. If you have been procrastinating about making a hotel reservation at the FGS conference, I'd suggest you make arrangements NOW at www.fortwayne.place.hyatt.com/.
You can learn more about the 2013 FGS conference at https://www.fgsconference.org/.