With people of all ages and abilities in mind, Midwinter Gaming Convention strives to create an environment which is safe and functional for participants with a variety of physical and mental abilities. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us. Thank you!
Discounted parking is available to those staying in the hotel. Parking is available in the structure attached to the Hilton, entrance is on 5th Street. Each level has multiple disabled parking spots right at the doorway into the elevator "lobby". The second level leads directly into the hotel while the other levels have elevator access to level two. The parking doors have automatic door buttons. The second level entrance from the parking structure to the hotel is a motion activated double door. Street parking is also available.
Aside from the adjoining parking structure, the primary entrance to the hotel is located on 5th Street. There is both a revolving door and motion activated entrance which is accessible via wheelchair. Elevators to the main lobby are located to the left when entering on 5th Street.
As we are located in a building that is on the National Historical Register of Hotels, some aspects of the building are unfortunately not fully accessible. All areas where the convention is being held are wheelchair accessible EXCEPT the Empire Ballroom which is located on the lobby level. Up a stairway with railings, this ballroom is tiered into three levels. And except for the tiled lobby, the flooring throughout the hotel is of low pile carpeting.
There are two banks of elevators to access the convention space, as well as a set of escalators. The main bank of elevators is located just off the lobby and may see high volumes of traffic. We are not the only group at the Hilton over the weekend. There is a second bank of elevators located down the hallway behind the escalators that may see reduced traffic. No hotel key is required to use the elevators.
Accessible/companion and unisex bathrooms are located on the lobby level, between the Empire Ballroom and the Monarch Lounge. There are two bathrooms in this area, and a ramp to bypass the steps to them.
There is comfortable seating throughout the hotel for those who may need to rest. We are also setting up additional tables and seating for pick up games or people who want to take a break and chat for a bit. In addition, the hallways are spacious with plenty of room for movement. There will be a few spaces in the front row of our media room available for wheelchairs/scooters. Please note that the hotel does not have scooters or wheelchairs to borrow or rent. As a convention that focuses on games as opposed to panels, we do not set up lines to get into rooms for Q&A/Panels and such. Our panel/media room is a small room for an intimate setting and the panels are not the focus of the show. Should we find we need to create a line we will keep the accessibility questions in mind. We WILL however, make sure there is ample space and maneuverability in our Registration line to accommodate mobility devices.
All of the restaurants in the hotel either do not have stairs or have ramps in place to bypass stairs.
There is no shuttle between locations as we only have one site. Accessible shuttles are available from the airport but the hotel does not have a dedicated shuttle service.
The Hilton is a pet friendly hotel, but in consideration of everyone's comfort we must limit the presence of our furry friends to certified service animals only in the convention spaces