Renaissance Seattle Hotel
For SOCC2016 attendees, the conference hotel provides a specially negotiated room rate of $199+tax per guestroom, per night, single or double occupancy, from Sept. 3 to Sept. 11, 2016. A $2 per room per night per occupied room surcharge is assessed in addition to the 15.6% hotel tax.
Set off I-5, this posh high-rise hotel in downtown is only 0.8 miles from Pike Place Market and a 1.4-mile drive from the Space Needle. The newly renovated guest rooms provide flat-screens with cable channels, minifridges and coffeemakers, as well as city or coastal views. Free high-speed Internet access is included in the room rate. There's a subdued restaurant, a coffee shop and a lobby lounge with a bar.
Cut-Off date for the rates above is Friday, September 2, 2016, 5pm PST. After that time, the group rate will be offered based on hotel availability only.
If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, you may as well call the hotel toll-free reservation center at +1 (800)546-9184, mentioning the group name of “IEEE 2016 SOC Conference”.
How to Get there?
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) International Airport, called "Sea-Tac" for short, is about a 30-minute drive south from downtown Seattle. It can be reached via LINK rail, car, Shuttle Express, taxi, or bus.
Visitors can take the Central Link Light Rail between Sea-Tac and downtown Seattle. From the airport, follow the signs to Link Light Rail by way of the 4th floor of the parking garage (and not Public Transit). The fare is $2.75 and the schedule can be found here. Buy a ticket before getting on the train from the machines. Allow about 37 minutes into downtown.
All rental car agencies are located at a central car rental garage at the airport. You can access the shuttle that serve all car rental firms by walking out of baggage claim and walking to the far right or left for the closest bus stop.
The 16-mile taxi from Sea-Tac airport may charge a minimum of $40 plus a $2.50 flag drop and $1 airport fee plus extra charges for extra passengers. Alternatively, you may choose towncars to get downtown for a flat rate, especially during rush hours. If you call #55 and give them the door you are closest to from the baggage claim area towncars or limo will come to you. Both the cabs and limos are regulated by the Port of Seattle and are the only ones allowed to stage themselves at the airport. Yellow Cab is the exclusive cab provider and STILA is the limo and towncar provider. You can use this link to get a good realistic estimate of your taxi fare.
Another option that is a good compromise between a towncar and a cab are flat rate cabs. There is a company with 200 flat rate cabs that operate throught the city and suburbs. They will quote you a flat rate without time metering and you can get a quote online. Currently they are charging $29 to downtown from Sea-Tac airport or vice versa. They have a variety of car types.
There are currently two shuttle services which have desks inside the parking garage on level 3 of the airport.These two offer either shared or private van transfers to downtown hotels. Shuttle Express serves Madison Renaissance on main route with adult rate of $19/one way. They have discounts for multiple riders and round trip. Go to shuttleexpress.com and click the link for airporter or scheduled hotel service. Since Shuttle Express took over it bacame a 24 hr service which is very convenient. Speed Shuttle offers shuttles into most any downtown hotel for $15.99. You can see which hotels they serve on their website, however it seems to cover most every location.
Ride share companies are now allowed to meet passengers at Sea-Tac. Uber offers uber pool into downtown for rates of approx $16.50 and that would be for one or two people. Its easy to leave baggage claim and cross the skybridge into the parking garage and meet your driver. You can find out more about Uber here, or download the app here.