AND RELATED INFORMATION FOR CSDL 6,
TWO OFFICIAL CONFERENCE HOTELS
The official conference hotels for CSDL 6 are the Crowne Plaza
Hotel and the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Medical Center,
which are located approximately opposite each other on Main Street
in the Houston Medical Center, about a half a mile from the conference
site at the university.
The Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn are 3 star hotels with the following
amenities: Outdoor pool; fitness center; business center (with complimentary
internet access); free shuttle service to area attractions.
The conference rates we have arranged for the official hotels are
at a substantial discount. At the Crowne Plaza, which is the flagship
hotel, the rate for a single or a double room is $79 per night. At
the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, the rate for a single or a double
room is $69 per night.
Suites are also available at the Holiday Inn and might be appropriate
for groups larger than two, as there is a sofabed in the 'living
room' of the suite. The normal double room has two queen-sized beds,
and a third person could also be added to a double at both hotels
although no extra bed is possible.
As is usual
in U.S. hotels, the quoted rates do not include hotel tax (17%)
or breakfast (see below for breakfast).
To book a room at one of the conference hotels, call or fax the
hotel directly at the following numbers:
6701 S. Main St.
Price: $79 per night plus tax
Inn Hotel and Suites
6800 S. Main St.
Price: $69 per night plus tax
Do not call
national reservations numbers for these hotels, but only the local
hotel numbers given above. Tell the local receptionist that you
are attending "Rice CSDL" (or put that on your
fax) and you will get the quoted rate. The cutoff for the conference
rate has been extended to October 7. If you book after that
date, the rate may or may not be available, depending on whether
the block of rooms reserved is fully booked.
There are a few other nearby hotels for which we have negotiated
conference rates: the Rodeway Inn, the Best Western Plaza Medical
Center, and the Hilton Houston Plaza. Click on Other
Hotels for more information about these.
Breakfast is available at the official conference hotels for about
$10 for a continental breakfast. At the Best Western and the Rodeway
Inn (under Other Hotels above), continental breakfast is included
in the room rate. At the conference, morning pastries or bagels
will be available each day from about 8:20 (see conference schedule).
GETTING TO THE CONFERENCE SITE
There will be a conference shuttle that makes trips from the two
official conference hotels to the conference site at the start and
end of each day. This shuttle will pick up at both the Crowne Plaza
and the Holiday Inn and Suites. It is certainly possible to walk
from these hotels, although for several blocks the route is along
a major thoroughfare (Main St.) and we must mention that Houston
is not a pedestrian-friendly city. Use of crossings at the traffic
lights on Main is strongly advised, and even then, please watch
out for cars turning corners as they will be unlikely to be watching
out for you.
From the two Other Hotels: The Best Western is a little nearer to
Rice than the two official conference hotels. If you do not wish
to walk to campus, however, you can walk the short distance to one
of the official hotels and take the conference shuttle from there.
The Rodeway is on the other side of campus, about 15-20 minutes'
walk from the conference site. There is no shuttle but it is an
easy walk, most of which is through the campus. Directions and/or
map will be forthcoming.
The conference reception will be held at the Crowne Plaza on the
evening of Friday October 11, 2002 starting at 8:45 p.m. Light refreshments
and a cash bar will be available. The Crowne Plaza is quite near
the Holiday Inn (across the street) and the Best Western (next door,
across a large parking lot).