Hotel room block & rates
A block of sleeping rooms is being held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. The room rate, which is the same for 1–4 occupants in a room, is $91. This price does NOT include taxes and fees (currently 14% taxes + $2 occupancy fee), which are subject to change. Federal per diem rates for Norfolk are: $91 lodging, $51 M&IE (meals & incidental expenses).
If you wish to arrive early or stay later, the room rates will be extended to you, subject to room availability, for a period of 3 days before and after the conference.
Virginis sales tax exemption for US federal government employees. Federal government employees who are attending in their official capacity and who pay using a government CBA/Purchase Card will be able to exempt themselves from the state portion of tax (but not the occupancy fee) on the hotel room. If you are paying with an IBA/Travel Card, you are NOT exempt from state taxes. No forms are required at check-in. Click here for more information.
Making a reservation
You may reserve your room is online through Marriott's GWS2017 reservations webpage. The site will walk you through the reservation process. Note that if you cancel your reservation with 24 hours or less notice, you'll forfeit one night's room charge and tax.
If you prefer to reserve by phone, call the Marriott systemwide toll-free reservations line at 1-800-228-9290. Be sure to identify yourself as a participant in the 2017 George Wright Society Conference. Have your arrival and departure dates and times ready, as well as a major credit card to guarantee your first night’s reservation. Also be sure to state any special preferences.
Thinking about sharing your room to cut costs? Be sure to reserve a room with 2 beds; our room block contains a mix of rooms, some of which have only 1 bed.
Cut-off date for guest rooms. The room block is being held through March 9, 2017, or until all the rooms in the block are taken. After that, any additional rooms will be sold on a space-available basis and the GWS conference rate is not guaranteed. We urge you to make reservations early — the room block almost always sells out before the cut-off date!
Free in-room, high-speed Internet for people reserving under the GWS room block
We have also negotiated free Internet access in sleeping rooms for guests who have registered under the GWS room block. The charge for this is normally $12 per day. There is free high-speed wireless in the hotel lobby. There is no Internet access in the meeting rooms.
Parking at the hotel
There is valet parking ($26/day) at the hotel. Self-parking in nearby city parking facility is available at a discounted rate ($14/day) for GWS attendees — be sure to ask for this at the hotel's registratiion desk. Prices do not include 6% sales tax.
Instructions for shipping materials to the conference hotel
Address shipments like this:
HOLD FOR GUEST, Arriving on [INSERT YOUR ARRIVAL DATE HERE]
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 E. Main St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
There may be a charge to receive and hold your shipment. Shipments cannot arrive no more than 3 days before the opening of the conference, so time your shipping accordingly.