From our hotel liaison...
Our host for the weekend will be the Hilton International in Basingstoke. This is a modern built hotel on the edge of town. This hotel was used previously for XIlophone and so many members of the convention will remember it, hopefully fondly.
For those of you who were not at XIlophone or who, like me, have trouble sorting one hotel from another after any length of time here are a few details on what we will have available to us.The main function room is rated for 100-150 people and has a lobby area suitable for siting the dealers' tables. There are a further 10 function rooms ranging from 20 to 70 in capacity. It is our intention to have at least one of the smaller rooms for workshops and smaller circles. If finances allow, additional rooms will be booked and made available for small circles or rehearsal space.
The hotel offers an impressive array of bar food and has added a coffee and pastry bar to the main lounge area. In addition to explaining how much beer a filkcon can drink, the committee is endeavouring to explain to the hotel how much chocolate cake and pastries a filkcon can eat. For the more athletic the hotel has a small gym and pool.
The hotel does not have a lift but a number of rooms are available on the ground floor for those who do not want to deal with the stairs. All function space is on the ground floor.
The room rate will be £35 for half a twin or double room with a £10 supplement for single rooms.
A map of the immediate vicinity of the hotal can be found here|
Driving Directions:The easiest approach to the Hilton Basingstoke (and the one which minimises the number of roundabouts) is the M3. Take Junction 6 off the M3 and turn north towards Basingstoke on the A30/A339. At the Black Dam Roundabout, take the exit marked Alton/Viables (A30, also marked as the Ring Road). Take the first slip road on the left towards Eastrop and Black Dam.
Take the first left, pass over the bridge, turn right at the T-junction, and the hotel is on the left-hand side.
If approaching from the M4, exit at Junction 11 and follow the A33 towards Basingstoke, then the A339 to Alton. At the Black Dam Roundabout, follow the directions above.
By Train:Basingstoke is approximately 50 minutes from London by train from London Waterloo Station.
By Air:If you're coming into Heathrow Airport, a taxi trip is typically a minimum GBP 35.00 fare to the Hilton Basingstoke. Alternatively, First Great Western runs buses from Heathrow Terminal 1 to Reading train station, and trains run between Reading and Basingstoke.
If you're coming into Gatwick Airport, a taxi trip is typically a minimum GBP 50.00 fare to the Hilton Basingstoke. Alternatively, take the train from Gatwick Airport to Basingstoke, generally connecting through Clapham Junction. (Please check at the train stati on at the airport for details.)