UPDATE: Additional Discounted Double Bed Hotel Rooms Available at Hilton Garden Inn, Las Cruces
The Hotel Encanto inform us they have no more double bed rooms available. In response ESRA and the Spaceport America crew have arranged for an overflow room block at the Hilton Garden Inn, Las Cruces. These double bed rooms are available to Spaceport America Cup attendees for $99 per night and may be booked at http://group.hiltongardeninn.com/spaceportamericacup. Attendees interested in single bed rooms may still contact the Encanto to inquire if any single bed rooms remain available. The Hilton Garden Inn and the Encanto are owned by the same parent company, and so rooms booked at either will continue to assist us with our convention center costs. Lastly, participants booking at the Hilton Garden Inn will be permitted the same access to storage and work-space at the Encanto as those booked there.
Hotel Accommodations in Las Cruces, NM
ESRA highly recommend all participants at the First Annual Spaceport America Cup (SA Cup), stay in Las Cruces, NM. Together with the Spaceport America crew, we have negotiated a block rate on rooms at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. All rooms in the block will be offered to participants for $90 per night. Furthermore, due to our filling nearly all their rooms the staff have graciously offered us 24/7 access to the hotel's conference spaces, where teams may store their hardware and perform non-hazardous work on their rockets (eg electronics) - all with plenty of space instead of working in a cramped hotel room.
ESRA would like very much for all teams to take advantage of this offer since our partnership with the hotel is tied to our hosting the First Annual SA Cup Conference poster and podium sessions at the Las Cruces Convention Center at a heavily discounted rate.
Participants may book their rooms at the block rate either by calling the hotel directly (575-522-4300 or 1-866-383-0443) or by using the Booking Page created for the SA Cup. The hotel staff have assured us they will increase the number of rooms in the block as much as neccissary to support our needs. Therefore, if the booking link indicates all rooms are filled, participants need only call the hotel directly and ask to book additional rooms at the "Spaceport America Cup" block rate of $90.
The Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces is located at 705 South Telshor Boulevard, Las Cruces, NM 88011.
Camping On-site at the Spaceport America VLA
Understanding that some rocketeers are more adventurous than others, the Spaceport America Crew will permit competition participants to campout at the Vertical Launch Area (VLA) during the on-site component of the First Annual SA Cup - beginning on the launch preparation day scheduled for 21 June.