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Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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The Conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the City of Brotherly Love. It is the birthplace of US democracy and one of the most popular destination cities in the United States. Philadelphia is easily accessible by air, train, and major interstate highways. The hotel room block and all sessions of the Conference are at the Philadelphia Marriott. This hotel is approximately 20 minutes from the airport.

Hotel and Reservations

Reservation Deadline March 1, 2018

The Philadelphia Marriott has two fitness centers, an indoor pool, and three restaurants. It is also adjacent to the Reading Terminal Market. The hotel is within walking distance of many Philadelphia historical landmarks including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

To reserve a hotel room, you may make your reservations online directly at the Philadelphia Marriott Reservation site, or by calling the hotel directly at 1-877-901-6632 and identifying yourself as an attendee of the 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference.

Deadline for receipt of reservations: March 1, 2018

Please note that neither the Philadelphia Marriott nor the GSA staff will be able to assist in finding or assigning roommates. However, individuals looking for roommates may check the online bulletin board at the Drosophila Conference Web site. The bulletin board will open in late October, 2017.

The Philadelphia Marriott will process reservation requests on a first-come, first-served basis until the block is full or the reservation deadline (March 1, 2018), whichever comes first.

Room Rates

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Single (1 person) - $219
Double (2 people) - $219
Additional person in any room - $20
Concierge Level - $359

All rates are per room, per night and do not include local taxes and fees of 15.5%. Maximum occupancy per room is four people.

Housing Cancellations

IMPORTANT Room Reservation Cancellation Policy: to receive a credit or refund of the required first night’s room and tax deposit, cancellation must be made by 6:00 p.m. three days before arrival date. When making your reservation, please notify the hotel of any special needs regarding accessibility. Every effort will be made to accommodate special needs.

Ground Transportation

Transportation Shuttle van service and taxis are available at the airport. Shuttle service is currently $9.50 each way; taxi service is currently about $16.00 each way. Valet parking is available at the Philadelphia Marriott for $54 per day. Self-parking lots are available nearby.