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Festival Housing Frequently Asked Questions

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Are group rates available?

Yes, we have obtained a group discount for a block of 12 downtown hotels through Meet Minnesota (the Minneapolis convention bureau) and Convention Housing Partners (CHP).

The GALA discounted rates are guaranteed to be the lowest possible for each hotel and will not be available to anyone making reservations by any means other than the dedicated GALA-CHP housing registration link on the GALA website. Also, GALA Choruses will face monetary penalties if we do not meet the required minimum number of room nights within the contracted hotel block.

What are the room rates at the various hotels?

The nightly rates for the hotels in the Festival housing block vary between $139 and $229. We have been guaranteed that the rate offered through CHP is the lowest available for each hotel. A table showing the hotel rates, locations, amenities, and other hotel details can be downloaded from the GALA website.

What is CHP?

Convention Housing Partners is the official hotel provider for GALA Choruses Festival 2020. They are a gay-owned convention housing business with much experience and excellent customer service.

What hotels are in the festival block? Which are the closest to the concert halls?

A list of the 12 hotels in the Festival Village is posted on the GALA website, https://galachoruses.org/events/gala-festival/housing. Downtown Minneapolis is very walkable, and all the hotels are within a half-mile of Orchestra Hall and Peavey Plaza; some are only 2 blocks away. All the properties are within 2 blocks of Nicollet Mall, which is a lively hub of activity and is lined with restaurants and shops.

I have accessibility and/or environmental needs. Are there ADA-accessible rooms available?

Yes, all the hotel rooms are smoke-free and all properties have ADA-accessible rooms available. Nicollet Mall, around which the Festival Village is centered, is closed to automobile traffic; there is a free, wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus that runs up & down Nicollet. The area around the Convention Center is completely accessible.

How many rooms are available?

There are more than 3900 rooms available in the Festival housing block of 12 hotels.

When can we make hotel reservations?

HOUSING REGISTRATION will open December 16, 2019. In order to receive the discounted GALA group rate, reservations MUST be made online through our friends at Convention Housing Partners. Hotel reservations will be handled by Convention Housing Partners through a dedicated web link to be posted on the GALA website and distributed to our email list (site is not yet operational). The GALA discounted rates are guaranteed to be the lowest available and will not be available to anyone making reservations by any other means.

Check with your chorus’ Festival Liaison to see whether you need to make hotel reservations on your own, or whether they will reserve rooms for the whole chorus.

How does the reservation site work?

The housing registration site looks very much like other online hotel booking sites (Expedia, Travelocity, etc). To book a room, select your check-in and check-out days, and the number of guests staying in the room. Clicking the “FIND” button displays a list of all the available rooms meeting your criteria, sorted by hotel. ONLY ONE ROOM can be booked through the website at one time.

Can a chorus reserve a block of rooms in the same hotel?

Yes, depending on availability. A form will be distributed to Festival Liaisons prior to the opening of housing registration; that form will be used to request large blocks of rooms for your chorus.

EACH room in your block must have the actual names of the people who will be occupying the room; a credit card is required to hold each room, although the card(s) won’t be charged until check-out, and the charge can be split on multiple cards.

Can the hotel bill be split between roommates?

Yes, the hotel desk personnel can make those arrangements for you at checkout.

If I’m not the person who made the reservation, can I check in to my room?

Regardless of who actually booked the reservation and whoever is responsible for payment, your name should be listed as a room occupant when the reservation is made. Otherwise, you will not be able to check in. Bags may be left with the hotel concierge.

What is the cancellation policy?

Room reservations may be cancelled without penalty through Convention Housing Partners through June 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. After that time, CHP will hand over the reservations to the contracted hotels, at which point you can contact the hotel for their particular policy.

When do I need to arrive in Minneapolis?

Your arrival time depends on which events you are participating in. Be sure to check the performance schedule on the GALA website before making your room reservations. While the opening events are scheduled for early afternoon on July 4, 2020, some rehearsals for opening day events (opening concert, Flash Mob, et al) will be scheduled for July 3rd.

Can I book rooms for additional dates and still get the GALA discounted rate?

Yes, you can book “shoulder dates” for the 3 days before and after the dates of Festival (July 4th-8th, 2020).

What else do I need to know to make a reservation?

After the housing webinar is presented to Festival Liaisons, a housing registration presentation can be downloaded from our website.

I still have questions; whom should I contact?

QUESTIONS about your hotel reservations can be directed to CONVENTION HOUSING PARTNERS at galafestival [at] chphousing.com. General questions can be directed to Sue in GALA Member Services, memberservices [at] galachoruses.org.

DO NOT contact the hotels directly, as they will not have your information until CHP hands over the reservation list on June 5th.

Festival 2020

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