The Main Congress Lodging

This year the Congress is being held on a college campus (Concordia University at Austin). The dormitory for this purpose, Harms Hall, is very nice. It is a large, air-conditioned, modern building. Sleeping rooms are arranged in suites of 4 bed rooms, with 2 bathrooms and a living area in each suite. The baths have showers, not tubs. The sleeping rooms are secure (lockable), small rooms with single beds. The suites each have two small refrigerators and two small microwaves, as well as couches, desks, chairs, credenzas, etc. Each sleeping room has an armoir with room for hanging clothes. Linens (sheets, pillows, towels, etc) are included. There are free self-service laundry facilities in the dormitory. We will make every effort to fill suites with groups of friends who request to be in the same suite. The campus is non-smoking.

This has the advantage of being very inexpensive: only $35/night, half the price of any hotels close by. We also hope it will contribute to a friendly and festive communal atmosphere. You will also not waste time travelling between a hotel and the congress site. Although one can stay in a hotel, ELNA is contractually committed to filling a certain number of these rooms. We strongly recommend that you use this lodging rather than a hotel.

A few people have asked about sharing rooms. Sorry, there are no double rooms. The rooms all have single beds: 2 adults who are very close might be able to sleep in one bed, but it would probably be sub-optimal... Babies or little ones might more comfortably share beds. You are welcome to bring a sleeping bag or cot, though again be aware that there is not a lot of space in the rooms. You will be paying per room, not per person in room.

If you want to be matched with a suitemate in Harms Hall, please inform us on your registration form.

Other Options

For those of you who prefer not to use the dorm rooms, we provide the following information.

There are two hotels close by. In the same side of interstate highway I-35, the Rodeway Inn (2900 N. I-35; 1-877-424-6423) may have rooms available if reservations are made well in advance for $69/night. Directly across I-35, the Days Inn (3105 N. I-35; 1-800-329-7466, 512-478-1631) will have rooms for $79. This requires a walk under I-35 across busy access roads, although there are stoplights there. We recommend the Rodeway Inn. Neither of these hotels are luxury hotels. If one is willing to take a taxi, one can stay at the Omni Southpark (4140 Governors Row; 1-800-THE-OMNI, 512-448-2222), a more luxurious hotel further away for about $90.

For a uniquely luxurious experience, try the famous Driskill Hotel (604 Brazos Street; 1-800-252-9367) downtown, which is a fine example of early Texas architecture with authentic cattle-baron decor. It also has the advantage of being haunted; it is of course much more expensive (several hundred dollars per night).

There are other hotels and bed-and-breakfasts in town.

Contact: kongreso2005@hewgill.com