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Conference Location

PLC 31 will be held at the Jon M. Huntsman Hall (JMHH; 3730 Walnut Street which is at 38th and Walnut), home of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This state-of-the-art academic center opened in August 2002 and features conference rooms with capabilities for multimedia presentations, laptop hookup and Internet access.

Below you'll find information on making copies, transportation, and accommodations.

If you have any questions about travel arrangements, please contact plc, followed by the number thirty-one, followed by an
at-sign, followed by ling.upenn.edu.

Copy Center

To make copies, the following copy center is conveniently located:

Campus Copy Center
main office: 3907 Walnut St., 215-386-6268
mini office: 3733 Walnut St., 215-386-6114


Please note that the rates listed below are mostly from 2004 or 2003, and should therefore only be taken as an orientation towards the relative price of accomodations.

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There are several lodging options within walking distance of the conference site: three hotels and two cheaper dormitory-style places (International House and the Divine Tracy Hotel). Hotels in Center City are also reasonably close to campus. Note: Hotel tax is 14% per room per night.



Rates (per night)

Distance from Jon M. Huntsman Hall


Penn Tower Hotel
34th St. at Civic Center Blvd.
FAX: 215-386-8306
(Call hotel for rates)
10 min. walking
Amenities include dataports; cable TV; individual climate control; access to University fitness facilities; covered parking ($9/day); airport shuttle ($8 one-way; inquire when making reservations)
International House
3701 Chestnut
(215) 387-5125
$70 (single w/shared bath)
$90 (double)
$115 (apartments)
7 min. walking
A student dormitory that rents available rooms for conferences. Desk, chair, and lamp provided. Note: Alarm clocks are not provided and wake-up calls are not available. Please plan accordingly.

36th & Chestnut
(215) 387-8000
(800) 325-3535
Internet: $186
(check internet and call for best rates)
10 min. walking
Internet access via data port and web tv; business services; fitness center; Top Dog Sports Bar and Grille
Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street
Internet: from $179
5 min. walking
A four-diamond hotel; closest hotel to Jon M. Huntsman Hall. 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 USA Today


Rates (per night)

Distance from Jon M. Huntsman Hall

Best Western
501 N 22nd Street
Penn affiliate: $90
Approx 30 min. Multiple SEPTA connections.
Parker Spruce Hotel
261 South 13th Street
10-15 min. by #21 bus; 5-min. walk to bus stop
Rodeway Inn
1208 Walnut Street
From $99
10-15 minutes by #21 bus
Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel
1701 Locust Street
from $209
10 minutes by #21 bus
The Windsor Suites
1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Penn rate: from $119
10 minutes by taxi
Philadelphia Downtown Courtyard Marriott
21 North Juniper Street (at Filbert) 215-496-3200
Internet: from $159 10 minutes by #21 bus
Latham Hotel
135 S 17th Street
Internet: from $119 10 minutes by #21 bus
Alexander Inn
12th and Spruce Streets
$99-159 10-15 minutes by #21 bus
Philadelphia Downtown Marriott
1201 Market Street
Internet: from $189 10-15 minutes by #21 bus
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Internet: from $149 (Loews website) 10-15 minutes by #21 bus
Omni Hotel at Independence Park
401 Chestnut Street
Internet: from $189
20-30 minutes by #21 bus
The Rittenhouse
210 West Rittenhouse Square
Internet: from $260
5-10 minutes by #21 bus

You may find hotels farther from campus with cheaper rates. The cheapest ones on campus are International House and the Divine Tracy Hotel. 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.


Public Transportation:




Train: 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 ($5.50) 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.

Shuttle: 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:

Taxi: A taxi from the airport to the University City area costs $20-$25 and takes 20 minutes assuming no major traffic problems.

Driving: Directions from the airport to campus, and from nearby cities to campus are available here.