Upon Arriving at the Crowne Plaza Hotel we could tell we came to the right place. We proceed to check into our rooms and order some room service. Before it arrived I decided to take a stroll to the underground concert room the hotel provided for the “Halloween Horror Rave”, which was quite electric. You could feel the excitement in the air for tomorrow and the pleasant activities the day will bring along with the convention. I head up to the room, devour the food brought up by the hotel and let sleep quickly carry me away.
The next day came early as we were told of the breakfast provided by the con, so we head down to the front desk to ask about it and a snippy young woman whose name escapes me, looks at us confused as she correctly says we should have received the vouchers for the breakfast upon check in. We refute and say no such thing happened. She responds accordingly and hands us the vouchers we asked for.
The breakfast was delicious and paid for by the con and I must say I left with a belly fuller than most, but satisfied. We head to the room and collect our wares and items for the booth set up, and head back to the conference room as the dealer’s room will open at 12:00 PM (which I thought was a bit late).
We show up to the dealers room only to be caught in a load of chaos, this was not a good sign. There weren’t enough tables to fit all the vendors who had arrived and it took until 2 0’clock to get entirely sorted out. Our booth was located outside the dealer room along with other “Brony” vendors into the “Brony Café”, which was a medium room decorated to look like a small café or sweets shop, catered to Bronies. Some wonderful girls by the name of “Em and Brie” were in charge and I must say this idea went amazingly. Between the waitress’s dressed as the Main six, to the cupcakes which were also flavored to the lovable ponies as well. It was spectacular and delicious!
The rest of the convention ran a bit slow with few guests and many vendors and celebrities. But it was a Friday and we were expecting the larger of the masses to visit us on the weekend.
That evening after packing up for the day the convention had a rave and concert play for the evening festivities. Not sure who played at the concert in the underground concert room but the rave was exciting! That evening I did not stay, we had a long day tomorrow so it was time to recharge.
The next morning follows with disaster! Gavin and I head to the front desk to pick up more vouchers and with disdain the concierge obliged after saying we should have received all the vouchers we needed upon check in. We dined upon a delicious breakfast as usual and afterword’s head to the Café. What was next was not what we expected.
We waited patiently with every vendor there and all the celebrities for the hotel staff to open the doors. It was already an hour past when it should have opened. The Con Manager, “Nyte Breed” or so he was dubbed throughout the con, was running around stressed and with inquiry he told us the hotel had been giving us problems which explained a lot. So just like everyone else did, we waited and waited and what seemed like 3 hours later, we got the news that since the contract was written, the hotel had switched management and no longer wanted to honor the contract.
Not only did they no longer honor the contract they no longer honored the con, rooms rented, and meals comped by the con. The Crowne Plaza hotel of Albuquerque, New Mexico had officially shut down Jacko Con 2013. Not only did many people pack up and leave angrily, many were up in arms against the hotel. So Gavin and I packed up and headed home, saddened at the sudden turn of events.
We do not place any blame on the convention hosts. They tried to do everything in their power to make this an awesome convention. The Brony Cafe was spectacular, the events planned ahead seemed great, and Nyte Breed was accommodating to the many requests given to him. We hope that the Crowne Plaza Hotel learns from this mistake on their part. As for us at Southwest Bronies, we will never attend any event at this hotel, nor stay there for any reason.
-Berry and Gavin