Venue and Accomodation
The conference will be held on the University of Pennsylvania campus in
Philadelphia. The main workshop will be at Claudia Cohen hall and
the tutorial and STELARIS workshop will be at the Institute
for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS).
The workshop organizers have negotiated a discount rate at the nearby Sheraton University City Hotel.
Workshop participants will be able to book rooms for $174/night. This rate
will be available until January 14, 2011, through this
Below you can find information on other accommodation options as well as transportation.
Other Accommodation Options
The University of Pennsylvania is situated in University City, Philadelphia, a
short distance from West Philadelphia and Center City. Hotels in Center City
are reasonably close to campus, and are readily accessible by public
transportation. Accommodations in West Philadelphia are usually a 15-30 minute
walk (or shorter bus or trolley ride) from the campus, and are located in a
residential area of Philadelphia where many Penn students and professors live.
Powelton Village accommodations are a 10-20 minute walk to campus, and are also
located in a residential area of Philadelphia, north of Penn's campus. Most
accommodations in these neighborhoods are small hotels and bed and breakfasts.
Please note: There will not be luggage storage facilities at the conference site.
|Sheraton University City
36th & Chestnut
|| Located on the campus of the University of
Pennsylvania; a short walk to your event location.
Please book before January 14, 2011, using the link on the left to get the conference rate.
Civic Center Boulevard
at 34th Street
|Located on the campus of the University of Pensylvania.
Guestrooms have one king or two double beds; can accommodate a maximum
of two guests.
|Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street
||Located on the campus. A four diamond hotel.
Includes business center (guests have complimentary use of printer, fax,
computers; fee for copying); in-room internet access via web tv, dial
up, or DSL; 24 hour fitness center; room service; many in-room extras
(bathrobes, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, toiletries); complimentary
|West Philadelphia and Powelton Village
|Spruce Hill Manor
3709 Baring St
||Located in West Philly. Bed and breakfast with three full
suites (w/ bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and kitchenette). Suites hold
a maximum of 4 people.
|Inn between Bed and Breakfast
321 South 46th Street
|$85 - $125 for single
$110 - $175 for double
|Located in West Philly. Bed and breakfast with both single
and double rooms, with either shared or private bath. Wireless internet
|Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast
3300 Baring Street, 19104
||Powelton Village bed and breakfast with private bathrooms, flat screen TVs, and wireless internet access.
|Apple Hostels Philadelphia
32 Bank St
|$36 for a dorm bed
$91 for a private room
| This hostel is located in the Old City area of Philadelphia, close to
many restaurants and bars. There are various form of public transportation
from this area to the University.
|$114 for standard
$99 for club size
| Adjacent to Liberty Place with over 70 unique boutiques and
restaurants and easily accessible to Penn, 30th Street train station,
and Rittenhouse Square.
Spruce at 12th Street, 19107
|from $119 for single
from $129 for double
|Boutique hotel in downtown Philadelphia in Center City; breakfast included; parking available in a lot nearby.
|Best Western City Hotel
501 N 22nd Street, 19130
||Located in the Art Museum area.
1208 Walnut Street, 19107
||Located in Center City. Free continental breakfast, free
local calls and a 24-hour concierge; free wireless high-speed Internet
access in all rooms and access to copy and fax services.
|Holiday Inn Express Midtown
1305 Walnut Street, 19107
||Located in Center City. Free high-speed, wireless Internet access.
1301 Race Street, 19107
||Located slightly north of downtown Philadelphia, close to Chinatown.
1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
||Located in the Art Museum area.
|Double Tree Hotel
237 South Broad Street, 19107
||Located in Center City; 432-room center city hotel with
great views of downtown Philadelphia and its landmarks. Valet and
self-parking available in adjacent garage and wired and wireless
You may find hotels farther from campus with cheaper rates. Please note,
however, that the areas of South Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, Northeast
Philadelphia, Southwest Philadelphia, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks
County and New Jersey are significantly farther from campus than Center City.
In many cases, public transportation from these areas to the University is
available, but can be time consuming and costly, and is not available 24 hours
a day. If you choose to stay farther away, please investigate your
transportation and parking options before booking a room.
From Center City, a taxi to campus takes 5-10 minutes depending on traffic.
From University City, taxi queues in front of hotels are reliable places to find taxis.
There are several public parking lots on/near campus. See
In addition, metered parking is available on the street. If you choose to park on the
street, be advised that parking regulations are strictly enforced. Keep the meter full
of quarters or expect a parking ticket. Also pay close attention to signs. On some
streets, parking is prohibited during rush hour (e.g. on Chestnut Street from 7-9am and
on Walnut Street from 4-6pm). Violators are towed promptly.
For safety reasons, avoid parking on quiet streets near campus (e.g. Samson); break-ins
are more frequent there than on busy streets like Chestnut and Walnut. Generally, lots
are also safe.
The cheapest lots cost $8-10 for all day. Metered parking costs $1 per hour, 8am-8pm,
Monday-Saturday. Guests of the Penn Tower Hotel can park for $9 per day in their
parking garage. Non-guests can also park in the garage, space permitting, at a
significantly higher rate.
Getting to and from the airport
SEPTA operates a regional rail line from the airport to the University
Area/Center City. It runs every half hour, and takes 15-20 minutes to Center City.
From the baggage claim area, follow signs to the train (there is a stop at each
terminal). Purchase a ticket from the machine located near the elevator ($7.00) or from the
conductor on board the train. Get off at the University City stop
(Convention Ave. at South St.), 30th Street Station (30th and Market Sts.), or Suburban
Station (16th Street and JFK Blvd.) depending on where your hotel is. Taxis are
available from 30th Street Station.
Information is available at the ground transportation desk located
in each terminal near the baggage claim area. Some shuttles that service University
City and Center City are:
Lady Liberty Transportation, 215-724-8888
Penn Express, 215-223-1887
Philly Shuttle, 215-333-1441
A taxi from the airport to University City or Center City areas costs $30-$35 and
takes 20 minutes assuming no major traffic problems.
Directions from the airport to campus, and from nearby cities to campus