The hotel blocks are filling up! If you haven't done so already, make your reservations soon. There is another convention booked into the Marriott starting on Sunday night. Make reservations directly with the hotels: ask for the World Fantasy Convention rate.
To get the convention rate you must make your reservations by October 1. Monterey is a popular tourist spot: it is often difficult to find rooms on weekends, and the ones that are available are not cheap!
Out-of-area visitors: the California legislature has not completely banned smoking - yet. But they seem to be working on it! Smoking is generally prohibited in restaurants, bars, museums, shops and public buildings. In most cases, smoking is limited to outdoor areas - fortunately the weather is usually cooperative. Much of the public area of both hotels and the convention center is designated "Smoke Free". If you are a smoker, please request a smoking room when you make your reservations.
Doubletree 408-649-4511, $125 S/D, $135 T/Q; Marriott, $127 S/D/T/Q, 408-649-4234. The Marriott is the party hotel: the Doubletree has a great lobby bar and a passable brew pub. Both hotels in downtown Monterey, adjacent to the downtown Monterey Convention Center and within easy walking distance of Fishermen's Wharf. Parking for both hotels is $10 per day.
Marriott: 1-408-646-4234. Reservations: 1-800-228-9290 or http://www.marriott.com/reservations
Doubletree: 1-408-649-4511. Reservations: 1-8800-222-8733 or http://www.DoubleTreehotels.com/DoubleT/Home.htm.
Suites: contact Hotel Liaison Bryan Barrett.
The Pacific and the Monetery hotels are nearby, but are more expensive than the con hotels. There are a number of slightly cheaper motels along Munras Avenue, about 1-2 miles from the convention center. Check the listings at http://www.monterey-travel.org for area hotels.