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CrowHop

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I've decided to take the plunge and go to the WCWS in 2019.   Can any of the cognoscenti  here give some advice on lodging accommodations?   Just looking for a nice, decent place, nothing fancy.

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I have rented 2 houses now, one on HomeAway.com for this year, and for 2019, one from vrbo.com, both under the HomeAway umbrella.  Both provide easy booking at pretty great prices.

I rented a 2bd/2ba 1400 sq ft house for $612 bucks this year and next year's I went a bit higher at $800 for my 9 day trip.  You simply cannot beat the rates.  Two years ago, my hotel room and my travel buddy's hotel room together were about $1800 for 8 days.  Staying in hotel's though you get to meet a lot of softball folks from across the country in the breakfast room every day!

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in 2016 and the Country Inn and Suites on Northwest Expressway in 2017...both pretty decent except for the coffee.  Lol.

The wcws is an AWESOME trip!
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VRBO/Home Away, AirBNB, is an awesome way to go anywhere on travels or vacation.  Hotel rooms get old quick.  You have plenty of time to plan, rent a house, they rent ALL sizes.
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I believe Lefty has already booked the Presidential Suite at the Colcord Hotel. Should be plenty of room for a guest or two. [smile]
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Nice info on the hotel alternatives!  I hadnt thought of that, have never tried them.  Perhaps its time 😉
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Nice info on the hotel alternatives!  I hadnt thought of that, have never tried them.  Perhaps its time 😉


If you do the HomeAway type of thing, be sure to look for home owners who do NOT add taxes and/or owners fees or especially large cleaning fees because it becomes utterly obnoxious and just like a hotel.

Both places I have rented had the HomeAway booking platform fee and only the 2019 home has a rather small cleaning fee of $30.  Many also want a ridiculous (but refundable) upfront damage deposit too.  My 2018 rental had a small $100 fee that was refunded a couple weeks ago already.

When I rented in August of 2017 for June of 2018, there were hardly any of these "fees" but it seems there are a lot more of them now so be picky and send the owner's messages rather than just going by reviews.
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OK.  What would you consider an excessive 'cleaning fee' and/or damage deposit?


Also, is there a better place to get tickets other than through the "official" NCAA website?

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OK.  What would you consider an excessive 'cleaning fee' and/or damage deposit?


Also, is there a better place to get tickets other than through the "official" NCAA website?



Anything more than $30 bucks for the owner to clean his or her own house is too much.  I feel like these people think that they are renting to tenants rather than usually weekly guests, as I have seen cleaning fees as high as $150 bucks.  For refundable damage deposits, I would not pay a penny over $100 bucks, but I have seen them as high as $500...PLUS some of them want you to ALSO get an expensive $59 to $119 dollars renter's protection thing.

Like I said, it is an awesome way to go, but please, read through the details once you put your dates in and they come up with the weekly total.  All the additional crap will be listed.  If you want to pay all the extras because you can't do without that particular house, go right ahead.  For me, I keep moving as there are lots of options.

You can find a great home to stay in with an owner who does not gouge you for every penny under the sun due to greed.


As far as tickets, no, you have to put a deposit down for 2019 ($25), and that will get you in the door with outfield seats...go that route if you want to keep coming back yearly because eventually you will move closer to your desired seating area.  Once you have arrived, you can always buy and sell tickets on the ncaa ticket exchange.  You can easily sell outfield seats daily and also purchase better seats daily.

I have 3rd baseline seats that I did not sit in once this wcws because I sold them for all but 2 sessions, which didn't matter because I more than made up for it with the other daily session ticket sales.  I actually purchased the most outstanding all session pass from a member here for 2018, but I don't think it's common.
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Great info, thanks 😉
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