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Unofficial Defcon FAQv3

Hotel and Travel Information


  1. What's a good day to get there? How long is the actual event? Are things going on before and after the official event that I should consider being attending?
  2. What are the age requirements of to get a room at the Ri0?
  3. What is the Cost of a room at the Ri0?
  4. How do I register an anonymous hotel room at the Ri0?
  5. Does registering on the Website guarantee you a room at the Ri0?
  6. What's the smoking policy like at the Ri0?
  7. Should I consider staying at the Ri0 or another Hotel?
  8. It's 4am and the noise is so loud from next door that I cannot sleep. Should I call hotel security?
  9. What are some of the Hotels near the Ri0?
  10. Are the rooms at the Ri0 secure?
  11. Where do I get food other than at the Ri0?
  12. Around how much ($$$) should I bring if I want to have a decent time at Defcon?
  13. How long does it take to get a cab to the airport?
  14. How do I reserve my room at the Ri0 a year in advance?
Q) What's a good day to get there? How long is the actual event? Are things going on before and after the official event that I should consider being attending?

A) The event itself starts on Thursday, August 4th and runs till Sunday, August 7st. There are things to do before Defcon starts, but they are not official events/parties, and unless you are cool, people won't want you to be there. Also, Black Hat runs before Defcon.

Q) What are the age requirements of to get a room at the Rio?

A) You have to be 18 to register a room at the Rio.

Q) What is the Cost of a room at the Ri0?

A) DefCon often negotiates a pretty good room rate for its attendees. The rooms for DefCon 18 cost $99.00 for Thursday, $112.00 for Friday and $112.00 for Saturday.

Q) How do I register an anonymous hotel room at the Rio?

A) Why do you want to register an anonymous room? Oh, I know... Because you're a Tool.

Q) Does registering on the Website guarantee you a room at the Rio?

A) Yes, though it's always best to call prior to the con to confirm reservations.

Q) What's the smoking policy like at the Ri0?

A) Due to Vegas trying to be more "Family Friendly" (read: bitches) smoking is only permitted in the casino proper, bars in the casino area, and designated outdoor smoking areas. 80% of the hotel rooms are nonsmoking. Oh and "Whiney non smokers can kiss my fucking ass".

Q) Should I consider staying at the Rio or another Hotel?

A) With the amount of rooms at the Ri0 there really is no reason not to try to stay at there. The more people who stay at the hotel with the con, the easier it is to negoitate rates in the future, so it really behooves you to stay on site - unless you're a whiny little bitch.

Q) It's 4am and the noise is so loud from next door that I cannot sleep. Should I call hotel security?

A) No, don't be a fucktard. If you call hotel security and people find out about it, they may be pissed. Is pissing off a bunch of hackers really how you enjoy spending your days? Go buy some ear plugs/nyquil... On second though, you shouldn't be fucking sleeping, this is DefCon. Get the fuck out of bed and go join the party.

Q) What are some of the Hotels near the Ri0?

Being "off the strip" it harder to find hotels within stumbling distance. That being said, here are a few:
Extended Stay America Hotel Las Vegas - Valley View
The Palms Hotel & Casino
Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
If you are really tight on cash, try a youth hostel:
Las Vegas Youth Hostels

Q) Are the rooms at the Rio secure?

A) The rooms are about as secure as any other regular hotel room. If you have anything expensive you always run the risk of having that shit stolen from you when you stay at a hotel.

Q) Where do I get food other than at the Ri0?

A) There are plenty of places within walking distances of the Rio where you can find food. Though, unlike hotels that con has previous been hosted at, the food on site is actually pretty good.

Q) Around how much ($$$) should I bring if I want to have a decent time at Defcon?

A) Spending Money (not including room): Should be $150 for the badge. Money for food, alcohol and swag. You can squeeze by with $430. Less if you budget really well.

Q) How long does it take to get a cab to the airport?

A) Cabs usually sit at the airport, so you should be able to walk out and get a cab at the airport. If you are going from the Ri0 to the airport on your way home, it takes 3 hours hangover time + 2 hours for the TSA to RAPE you. For Taxi Rates check out: http://www.taxi.state.nv.us/FaresFees.htm

Q) How do I reserve my room at the Rio a year in advance?

A) Give the hotel a call.


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