NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR MAKING RESERVATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 4TH; AFTER THAT DATE NO ROOMS WILL BE AVAILABLE.
Accommodations: Rooms have been reserved at the Marriott Courtyard Downtown ($114) and the Holiday Inn ($115) in downtown Grand Rapids, each a five minutes walk from the Conference site. Note that parking at the Marriott Courtyard is $14 a day and free at the Holiday Inn.
The Holiday Inn Front Desk is 616.235.7611, and the Courtyard Marriott's is 616.242.6000; ask for the SEAC room rate. To make a reservation at the Marriott, you may go to their website if you wish. In the bottom left-hand corner, under the tab for Rooms, it says Group code. Use seaseaa for a King room and seaseab for a room with two doubles.
On the red section of the map of Grand Rapids, the Marriott is marked as #3 and the Holiday Inn as #4. The Holiday Inn is at 310 Pearl Street NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504, and the Courtyard Marriott is at 11 Monroe Ave Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The Conference site is the GVSU Eberhard Center, 301 West Fulton St., directly across the river via a walkway from the Marriott.
The deadline for hotel reservations is September 4th. If you do not make reservations by that date, you will not get them at these hotels -- and will have a difficult time making them at any other hotel. Because the Arts Festival coincides with the Conference, all rooms will be booked.
Restaurants: There are over thirty restaurants within a ten-minute walk from the hotels. Restaurants vary from the incredibly elegant Ruth’s Chris and Cygnus 27 (on the top of the Amway Grand) to the Dog Pit and Quiznos. You can walk to more than ten restaurants from the Marriott without going outside, thanks to an extensive skywalk system. And because your visit is during ARTPRIZE, every restaurant and walk will include art exhibits every step of the way, both outdoors and indoors.