Hotel and Travel

July 1–6, 2014
Grand Hyatt Washington

Grand Hyatt Washington - AtriumGRAND HYATT WASHINGTON ATRIUM

Grand Hyatt Washington, located in the heart of Washington, DC’s trendy Penn Quarter (see area map), completed a $23 million renovation of its guestrooms and expanded its Grand Club lounge to double the size in April 2013. Centrally located at the Metro Center subway station—with convenient in-lobby Metro access—Grand Hyatt Washington is a full-service hotel providing the ideal base for meetings, business travelers, and tourists.

Grand Hyatt Washington is a AAA Three Diamond hotel located at 1000 H Street NW, famous for hosting the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The hotel has 897 rooms, 32 conference rooms, five restaurants, and three bars.

Hotel Reservation Information

The NSPE 2014 Annual Meeting standard room rate is $155 per night for single/double occupancy, and an additional $25 for each additional occupant up to a maximum of four people per room. These rates apply to standard king, standard queen, or standard double/double guest rooms.

In addition to the standard guest room rate, guests may choose to upgrade to:

  • Grand Club level for an additional $100 per night;
  • 1-bedroom Conference Suite at the rate of $305 per night; or
  • 1-bedroom Grand Suite the rate of $405 per night.

Hotel room rates are subject to state and local taxes (currently 14.5%) in effect at the time of check in. All reservations require a one-night’s deposit or credit card number. Check in is at 3:00 p.m.; check out is at noon.

Guest rooms and suites offer individual climate control, dual-line phones, and wired and wireless Internet access, as well as cable and movie access. This hotel is a smoke-free property.

Make Your Hotel Reservations

  • Make reservations online.
  • Make reservations by calling Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel at 1-800-633-7313 (toll-free) or their local number 202-582-1234.
  • NSPE 2014 Annual Meeting standard room rate is $155.
  • NSPE conference rate is good beginning 6/30 and ending 7/6, based on availability.

VERY IMPORTANT: The NSPE 2014 Annual Meeting room block will be available until June 2. Reservations cannot be guaranteed after the cutoff date. Plan ahead to take advantage of this great rate!

Air Travel to Washington, DC

Aerial view of Gerogetown WaterfrontAERIAL VIEW OF
GEORGETOWN WATERFRONT
PHOTO BY: JASON HAWKES

Ronald Reagan National Airport
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is a public airport three miles south of downtown Washington, DC, in Arlington, Virginia. It is the commercial airport nearest to Washington, DC. Reagan National is a hub for US Airways, Reagan National’s largest carrier.

Major airlines serving DCA: US Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, Sun Country Airlines, and AirTran Airways.

Dulles International Airport
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is a public airport in Dulles, Virginia, 26 miles west of downtown Washington, DC. IAD is the busiest airport in the Washington metropolitan area, and second busiest airport in the larger Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area (after BWI Airport).

Major airlines serving IAD: United Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines (Delta Connection, United Express), Mesa Airlines (United Express, US Airways Express), American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Trans States Airlines (United Express), Delta Air Lines, Virgin America.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is an international airport serving the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. It is commonly referred to as BWI or BWI Marshall. BWI is located about 10 miles south of Baltimore and 32 miles northeast of Washington, DC.

Major airlines serving BWI: AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways.

Ground Transportation

Metrorail Photo by: Destination DC METRORAIL
PHOTO BY: DESTINATION DC

Hotel Transportation & Metro Station Access
Grand Hyatt Washington is conveniently located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of downtown Washington, DC. A variety of public transportation options from nearby airports are available to and from the hotel, including convenient DC Metro access from the hotel lobby.

From Ronald Reagan National Airport

  • Super Shuttle: No advance reservations required. Super Shuttles are located at Ground Transportation. A Super Shuttle representative is onsite during regular business hours. After hours, call 1-800-258-3826. Cost: $10 per person, one-way.
  • DC Metro: Take the Blue Line to Metro Center station. Follow 11th Street exit to the lobby of Grand Hyatt Washington hotel. Cost: $2.10, per person, one-way. DC Metro fare is subject to change.
  • Taxi: Taxis are available outside airport terminals. Grand Hyatt Washington is located approximately 15 minutes from the airport, traffic dependent. Cost: $12 to $15, one-way.

From Dulles International Airport

  • Super Shuttle: Advance reservations not required. Super Shuttle stops are located on the Ground Transportation level roadway outside the Main Terminal at Dulles International Airport. Shuttles operate on demand. Cost: $38, per person, one-way.
  • Taxi: Taxis are available on the lower level of the Main Terminal. Wheelchair-accessible minibuses are available. Grand Hyatt Washington is located approximately 40 minutes from the airport, traffic dependent. Cost: $50 to $60, one-way.
  • Private car service: Please contact Grand Hyatt Washington concierge to make arrangements for private luxury car service to our DC metro area hotel.

From Baltimore-Washington International Airport

  • Super Shuttle: Super Shuttle is located at Ground Transportation. No reservations needed. Cost: $45, per person, one-way.
  • Taxi: Find taxis outside Baggage Claim. Grand Hyatt Washington is 50 minutes from the airport, traffic dependent. Cost: approximately $60-$70, one-way.
  • Private car service: Contact the concierge at Grand Hyatt Washington to make arrangements for private luxury car service.

Parking

There's hotel parking, both valet and self-service, at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel for guests and visitors.

EASTERN MARKETEASTERN MARKET
PHOTO BY: DESTINATION DC

Valet DC Parking: $45 per night, including in/out privilege

  • 0-2 hours - $20
  • 2-8 hours - $30
  • 8-24 hours - $45
  • Overnight - $45

Self-Parking: $34 per night, with no in/out privileges

The maximum height for all parking at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel is 6’5”. Parking is available for oversized vehicles at the Marriott Metro Center for $35.00 per day or Union Station for $22.00 per day.

Weather

In summer, June through September, visitors to Washington, DC, will enjoy hot weather and a very humid climate. July is the hottest month of the year in Washington, DC, with plenty of sunny weather and daytime temperatures around 89°F. Check the weather report for Washington, DC, before you pack!

Meeting Attire

The dress code for the NSPE Annual Meeting is business casual (e.g., slacks, casual dresses) up to business formal (e.g., neckties, business suits). Meeting room temperatures will vary, so wear layered clothing to ensure your personal comfort. We also recommend attendees wear comfortable shoes. Please note that certain events may have specific details on attire, and you should refer to the event for more information.

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting PoolLINCOLN MEMORIAL AND
THE REFLECTING POOL
PHOTO BY: DESTINATION DC

City Information

Maryland and Virginia each donated land to form the federal district, which included the preexisting settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria. Named in honor of George Washington, the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital.

The District’s estimated population of 646,449 in 2013 ranked as the 24th most populous place in the US. Commuters from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs raise the city’s population to more than one million during the workweek. The Washington metropolitan area, of which the District is a part, has a population of 5.8 million, the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the country.

The National Mall is a large, open park in downtown Washington between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol. Given its prominence, the Mall is often the location of political protests, concerts, festivals, presidential inaugurations, and Independence Day celebrations. The Washington Monument and the Jefferson Pier are near the center of the Mall, south of the White House. Also on the Mall are the National World War II Memorial at the east end of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Directly south of the Mall, the Tidal Basin features rows of Japanese cherry blossom trees that originated as gifts from the nation of Japan. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the District of Columbia War Memorial are around the Tidal Basin.

JULY 4TH FIREWORKS PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROL M. HIGHSMITH’S AMERICA, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION