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Hotel And Dorm Options
May 18, 2012
The Atlas Summit is going to be fantastic! It's our Summer Seminar on steroids, packed with headliners and fascinating content. It's where the open Objectivist movement will be this summer!
For those coming to the Atlas Summit from out of town, here's a primer on places to stay.
The Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel – UPDATE: inquire for discount
The Renaissance is Atlas Summit Central. You're just an elevator ride and a few steps from all the sessions, the Friday dinner with John Stossel, the receptions, and the Common Room.
The Renaissance is comfort, convenience, and downtown Washington, with all its restaurants and entertainment, at your doorstep.
We've reserved a block of rooms at the amazing price of $189 per night (normally, these rooms go for over $300 per night)! This is very competitive rate for downtown Washington. To take advantage of the $189 discount rate at the Renaissance, be sure to reserve your room by 6pm, Thursday, May 31. After that time, fewer or no rooms may be available at the discount rate. UPDATE: a small number of rooms remain available at the $189 rate. It's also possible to get an upgraded, larger “Capitol room” at the Renaissance for $239 per night.
There's only one way to get the Atlas Summit/Summer Seminar discount rate at the Renaissance: write to email@example.com. If you contact the hotel directly, you could well hear that it is sold out or that the going rate is much higher than our special discount.
There's no advance payment needed at the Renaissance: your credit card is for confirmation purposes, only. You won't be charged until June 28. You can cancel your reservation at any time before your check-in day.
Catholic University Dorms – UPDATE: Inquire
For those on a tight budget, we've made arrangements for basic dormitory accommodations in double rooms at the Catholic University of America (if you don't have a roommate, we can find you one). The dorm, expected to be Regan Hall, is half an hour by foot and Metro rail from the Renaissance where the Atlas Summit events take place (I've timed it.). The rooms are air-conditioned open doubles with twin beds. Bathroom facilities are shared (segregated by sex, of course).
The dorms are basic, college-style living. But it is cheap: $210 for four nights June 28-July 1: that's $52.50 per night, and it includes breakfast provided each morning June 29-July 2 at CUA. Over thirty-five scholarship students and others will be staying at CUA, so it won't be lonely and you'll have company traveling back and forth. To make a dorm reservation, go to http://either-or.eventbrite.com.
Because dorm rooms must be reserved and paid for in advance, it may not be possible to get rooms after May 29, and room payments may not be refundable after that date. It may still be possible to book a CUA dorm package. Contact conference director at atlas society dot org to check if any are available.
Other options – Good luck!
The Washington area is full of hotels, but June 28-July 2 is a busy period. Parking downtown can be tricky or expensive, but Washington's extensive Metro system overs a lot of the territory and their website has a handy trip planner. Comparison shop if you like with online services like hotels.com to see what's available. Or bid for a good value on Priceline.com (both these have worked well for me in my travels). Cheaper hotels are further out in the suburbs. Just remember: you are trying to get to the Renaissance Downtown, at 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC. 20001 each day for the Atlas Summit activities.