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.
700 F Street NW,
Washington, DC 20004
This centrally located Penn Quarter home — a beautiful juxtaposition between old and new — sits just blocks from some of the most distinguished sights in our nation’s capital. An elegance-meets-whimsy style continues from the spacious guest rooms to the restaurant and bar, Dirty Habit. So pull up a chair and stay awhile. After all, life is meant to be savored and enjoyed. Festival attendees are extended an exclusive $289/night rate on a first-come, first-served basis if booked by Wednesday, October 4th.
Eaton Workshop’s flagship hotel in downtown DC is a welcoming and inclusive cultural hub for kindred spirits, locals, and travelers alike, to convene, collaborate, and create. Within walking distance of the Smithsonian museums, Black Lives Matter Plaza, Capitol Hill, and the Convention Center, guests can be a part of the culture of a world-class city and enjoy the comforts of a boutique hotel. Festival attendees are extended an exclusive 15% off discount link using the code CAT20, based on availability.
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-minute stroll away. Festival attendees are extended an exclusive $199/night rate on a first-come, first-served basis if booked by Monday, Octoberber 9th.
West End Washington DC
1121 New Hampshire Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20037
Located between Washington Circle and Dupont Circle, West End offers a vibrant speakeasy-style retreat for an award-winning drink or bite to eat. Festival attendees are extended an exclusive $189/night rate on a first-come, first-served basis if booked by Sunday, September 17.
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.