When does the hotels list on the web site get updated? I've tried most of the hotels listed and some that don't say "sold out" really are. Most of the others don't have any rooms left at the posted rate and are $300/night.
Unfortunately a lot of companies like mine don't budget for conferences until the year they happen, which means by January when we can book, there is nothing good left.
As a standby, I made an independant reservation in a small hotel nearby that wasn't on the list, but now I look at their reviews, I'm doubting my descision.