Travel and Lodging
Hotels are in high demand for the week of the festival this year, so we recommend booking early. The festival has negotiated discount group rates at the following hotels. Rooms are available on a first come/first served basis, and have deadlines for booking.
Please use this form if you’d like to share a room with a colleague.
Another great option is to book an Airbnb.
Please note that DC charges a 15% tax on all hotel bookings. Keep that in mind when budgeting your stay.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chinatown
Just two blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station, Marriott’s Fairfield Inn & Suites is décor themed to the historic Washington, DC Chinatown. With spacious rooms, free wifi and easy access to the Irish Channel Pub, guests enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning before walking about 10 min to our screening and symposium venues. Festival attendees are extended an exclusive $249/night rate on a first-come, first-served basis if booked by Friday, September 16th.
Motto by Hilton DC City Center
Hilton’s micro-hotel concept has a communal vibe perfect for the minimalist traveler. Boasting rooms as efficiently designed as a jigsaw puzzle, our screening and symposium venues are a convenient 6-8 minute stroll through the bustle of 7th Street. Festival attendees are extended an exclusive $209/night rate on a first-come, first-served basis if booked by Monday, September 12th.
Kimpton’s boutique hotel in Capitol Hill, The George offers a distinguished, yet modern stay with a 24-hour fitness center, in-room yoga mats, complimentary bikes and pet-friendly amenities. Conveniently located near Union Station, Eastern Market and the Capitol Building, The George is about a 15-minute walk from our screening and symposium venues. Festival attendees are extended an exclusive $379/night rate on a first-come, first-served basis if booked by Wednesday, September 15th.
There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). All three offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.
Reagan National Airport is the closest airport to DC proper, just a 10-minute drive from city lines. The airport is accessible from its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines. To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside of baggage claim. A ride into downtown DC will cost about $15-$20. Visit the Reagan Airport transportation and parking page for more information.
Dulles Airport is located 26 miles from DC in suburban Virginia. The airport has a dedicated access road that makes getting into the city efficient via car, taxi or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport. Taxi stands are located outside the main terminal at Door 2 and Door 6. A ride into DC will cost about $60-$68.
BWI Airport is accessible via an Amtrak train route that drops off at DC’s Union Station. A reserved seat on the train will cost $15-$30. Visit the BWI Airport ground transportation page for more information.
If you’d rather travel to DC on the ground, Amtrak is the ideal solution. The Northeast Regional train runs every hour from New York City to the District, including early morning and late night departures. The train saves time and can save you money, too – when you purchase a ticket two weeks in advance of your trip, you can save up to 25% on the lowest available fares.
The train departs and arrives from New York’s Penn Station and DC’s Union Station, which is centrally located, features its own Metro stop and plenty of taxis awaiting as you exit.
Traveling by bus to and from DC is easy. Choose from an array of options, including Megabus.com, Battle’s Transportation and Vamoose. While in DC, you can sightsee on a bus with Big Bus Tours, which offers 24 or 48-hour hop-on, hop-off tickets, letting you explore attractions at your convenience.
If you’ve chosen to drive to the District with your own wheels, SpotHero and ParkWhiz are good apps to use in order to find a parking spot that suits you. Many hotels also offer parking options, so check with yours when securing your reservation.
Please drop us a note at [email protected] if you need assistance.