« on: July 05, 2012, 08:52:54 AM »
Sure, you can stay anywhere you'd like. :) The reason most people like to stay at the con hotel is that it's a lot more convenient. You can do quick costume changes mid-day, quickly retrieve something you forgot, or just head up to the room to chill for a bit. I find it helps the con experience, but there's no rule saying you have to stay there. The first few cons I went to I booked elsewhere, but now I try to budget in a stay at the con hotel. Usually I group together with a bunch of friends to split the cost. And the Sheraton has super comfy beds, always a plus when there's not much time to sleep!