A big perk of having the guests in the condos is that we are able to stock them with food. Eating on vacation is a huge cost, but for a fairly small amount of money we are able to put breakfast and lunch foods in the condos. This allows guests to not only save money, but also save time. The foods mostly consist of cereal, instant breakfast sandwiches, cold cuts and other sandwich fixings, and tons of snacks. It’s impossible to please everyone, but over the past two years we have refined the menu and we are getting close to an ideal list.
Approaching the first year we ran into one problem around the condos, I couldn’t get any information out of the resort about which condos I was getting and what the bed situation in each condo was. All the condos are privately owned, but rented by the resort. They are supposed to have one room with two twin beds and queens or larger in all the other rooms, but from my own experience, I knew that wasn’t the case. To ensure that I could put all my guests in rooms that I knew they’d be comfortable in I decided to leave one room in each condo empty. It raised the cost of the rooms substantially for me, but in the long run it was a great decision.
The first year went great, for the most part the guests really liked the rooming situation. They immediately knew some other people at the convention and the condos were big enough that everyone had plenty of space. By leaving one room empty, most couples had their own bathroom, which people greatly appreciated. That year two of the condos were quite rundown, but immediately following the trip, the resort finished the renovations on them and they were quite nice in 2014.
For the second year, we decided to offer hotel rooms at the resort. Ultimately, we had 2 rooms get reserved and the majority of the guests stayed in the condos. One of the sets of guests in the rooms did say that next time they would likely stay in the condos. The resort rooms are a bit more expensive, which required us to charge more for that option, and because we planned on keeping one room in each condo empty we raised the price a bit on the condo option.
We have received feedback over the years that some of the guests are willing to pay more for a bit nicer condo. The condos are by no means luxury. They were built in the 70s, but all of the ones we use have been renovated in the last 5 years. The wear of constant use in a ski town does show. There are scuffs on the wall and nicks on the corners. The furniture is gently used. They are however clean, comfortable and practical. The resort does offer upgraded condos, which are gorgeous, but they are close to twice the price. We would love to provide that option, and may in the future, but the more options we offer, the more expensive each option becomes. We’ve decided, for the present, to continue to offer the standard condos and hotel rooms.
If you are thinking of coming to Teton Con I would encourage you to stay in the condos. The perks of immediately being connected to other guests and having the food restocked are part of what makes Teton Con so special. Ultimately, if you are not interested in shared housing, the hotel rooms are nice as well.