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UW Housing & Food Services operates select new dormitories like hotels for UW events during the summer. We have toured these facilities and consider them by far the best option for all IIFET attendees. They would probably rate at three stars in most cities in Europe. Features include:
- New construction (2011-2015) within easy walking distance of IIFET venues
- 24-hour staffed reception desk in one of the dorm buildings
- Two twin beds (which can be pushed together) per room
- Private en-suite bathroom with shower
- Daily cleaning and linen service
- Free university-grade wi-fi.
Importantly, these rooms (like our conference venue) are built to a sustainability standard that uses passive ventilation. Air conditioning is not usually needed in Seattle, even in July (none of the organizers have air conditioned homes, for example), as nights are normally cool and dry.
UW Housing & Food Services will offer an IIFET package for July 16th-20th (four nights) at the following rates:
Single occupancy (total for 4 nights): $373.00 + $20 booking fee
Double occupancy (total for 4 nights): $219.00 + $20 booking fee per person
These nights must be purchased as a package, even if you do not stay all four nights. The nights of 7/14, 7/15 and 7/20 and 7/21 can be added at a rate of $103.35 per night for a single, or $64.75 per person per night for a double.
As of June 1, a reasonable number of rooms are still available in the IIFET block. Please reserve as soon as possible to secure a room, because once the block fills, it may be not be impossible to accommodate additional bookings. More info about reservations can be found here.
There are many hotels available in Seattle, and a few of them are within walking distance of our conference venues. These hotels are very expensive, and we have elected not to reserve blocks of rooms because it was not possible to get a discount large enough for us to guarantee that there would be enough takers given the value proposition against UW housing. However, if you need a large bed or air conditioning (not usually necessary in Seattle in July), the hotels within walking distance are:
Another option is to stay in a hotel downtown and take the light rail to campus each day. This generally also quite expensive.
There is a strong market for web-based short-term private space rental in Seattle. This is a good option if you have a group or family. Be mindful of reviews, and check the transit maps to ensure that access to campus will be easy. Driving to campus each day is not recommended, as parking is scarce and expensive.