21-25 August 2017
University of Washington, Seattle
US/Pacific timezone


Alder Hall is located on the West side of campus. The campus, as a whole, is not very large; you can cross it in about 15 minutes at a brisk walk. The hotel locations and the conference buildings can all be found in this map collection.

Hotels in the University District

There are a number of hotels located close to the conference site (walking distance). Our department travel manager says to always to double check to see if they have a "deal" on, as that is often better than what we've been able to negotiate with them! See the university housing option for a more spartan and cheaper option.

We have an association with the following hotels. I would call these 4-star places.

  • Residence ($240/night)
    • Use this link to book. You must book by 7/21!
    • Located about an 9 minute walk from the conference center.
    • Part of the Marriot chain
  • Watertown Inn ($240/night)
    • Located about an 8 minute walk from the conference center.
    • When booking be sure to mention the group code, "ACAT 2017", and that you want to stay at the Wattertown.
    • Call +1 206-826-4247 or email rcloy@staypineapple.com
    • Book by July 15th
  • SilverCloud ($199/night)
    • Located just north of campus, about a 25 minute walk, and has free shuttle service to Alder Hall (but you should reserve first!).
    • Costs: $199/night for a king-sized bed. (book by July 22!)
    • Make sure to fill in the dates for the conference. No Group ID or anything similar is required.
    • It is always a good idea to check without this link (though at the time of this link the general public rate was over $240).
    • Use this link to book.

Here are some other hotels that we dont' have an association with, and are more barebones (3-star?). If any of them are full for the conference period, please let us know at acat2017@uw.edu so we can take them off the list. Prices are subject to increase - especially as we get closer to the conference date.

  • Travel Lodge ($119/night)
  • College Inn ($110/night)
    • A 4 or 5 minute walk from the conference location
    • This is a unique hotel - old - and bathrooms are shared!
    • Book starting at this site.

University Housing

The University of Washington runs some modern dorms with private rooms. It is possible to request accommodation in these. The rooms include two single beds and a private shower/bathroom (one of the local organizers, Gordon, has stayed in these rooms. They are spartan but comfortable. And the wifi is amazing). They are especially cheap if you have a friend you can share with.

Booking instructions:

  • Use this page for a booking request.
  • Where it says Guest Type, please make sure to select "I will not be a visiting student enrolled in a college/university"!!
  • The selection of guest type will cause a Sponsorship section to be displayed. Please put "Gordon Watts" as the sponsor, the title is "Professor of Physics", the department as "Physics", the email as "gwatts@uw.edu", and the phone as 206-543-4186 (Gordon's office phone).
  • Location choice: West Campus: you'll be either in the same building as the conference area or next to it. I'd recommend this as an option. North Campus: very close (or in same building as) the banquet. About a 15 minute walk. West Campus rooms are fairly new; I'd choose those if possible.
  • Please be aware of payment info and confirmation instructions. The LOC's houses really do not have spare beds! ;-)
  • Costs: West campus single $94/night, double: $56/night each person.
  • Please make sure you have registered at least on indico before you fill this out - we have to verify everyone who requests a room in the dorms, and I do this by checking the indico registration list.

Other Options

Seattle has an active AirBnB community, and there are often places available near the university during the summer. You can also find places further afield, for example, along the light rail line. Note that getting from the light rail station to the conference location is a 10 minute brisk walk, or a 15 minute more normal paced walk. Any site, like Priceline or hotels.com will have deals for downtown and most of those hotels are a 8 to 10 minute light rail ride from the UW light rail station. Costs for downtown should be cheaper than the University area.



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