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Housing and Travel

Make your hotel reservations now and save! NSTA has negotiated special discounted room rates with five hotels near the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Click here for a map of downtown Philadelphia.

Hotel Single Double Triple Quad
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown $199 $199 $199 $199
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia–Convention Center $199 $199 $199 $199
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (*Headquarters Hotel) $209 $209 $209 $209
Residence Inn Philadelphia Center City
(1 bed only)
$199 $199    

You must make your reservation through Orchid.Events to receive these discounts. You may make your reservation by internet, phone, fax, or mail.

The preferred method for making reservations via credit card is online. Reservations with payment by check must be mailed.

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  • Make your hotel reservation now using our online reservation option. Using this system, you can make real-time reservations through our secure housing website. Orchid.Events is the ONLY NSTA designated housing provider for this event. Beware of companies misrepresenting themselves as affiliated with NSTA or the 7th Annual STEM Forum & Expo. Questions on using the online reservation option? Please call 877-352-6710 (toll free). This number is available Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM Eastern Time.
  • Download a Housing Reservation Form in Adobe Acrobat format, including hotel list and map, to mail your reservation.

Important Booking Information

Do make sure to make your reservation through the Passkey to get the special conference hotel rates. Making reservations through the hotel directly, or through a central hotel reservation number, will not guarantee that you receive the NSTA discounted rates.

Do make your hotel reservation as soon as possible. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. For best availability, make your reservation online.

Do not fax your Housing Request Form to NSTA. In particular, some people have sent a Housing Request Form along with their conference registration. This will delay the processing of your hotel reservation.

The hotel does not accept Purchase Orders for deposits or payment of hotel rooms.

If it is necessary that you cancel your reservation, do so as soon as possible to avoid penalty.

Transportation Discounts

NSTA has made arrangements with several major airlines (PHL) and Amtrak to offer discounted fares to 7th Annual STEM Forum & Expo attendees. Go online or call NSTA-designated airlines toll free and use the following NSTA codes to receive discounts off even the lowest promotional fares. Please note that each airline has different booking policies. The discounts below apply for travel between July 8 and July 16, 2018 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).


  • Delta—Up to 5% off applicable classes of service for tickets purchased prior to the conference. Choose your flight arrival/departure dates and access NSTA discounts by clicking on "Advanced Search" on www.delta.com/meetings and inserting NMR3M in the Meeting Event Code box. Or, call Delta at 800-328-1111 for reservations ($25 fee per ticket). You may also book your reservations online through ATC Travel Management or by calling 800-458-9383. Service fees apply to ticketed reservations.
  • United Airlines—Receive discounts by booking online via united.com using Z CODE: ZEEF and Agreement Code 385596 or by calling the United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800-426-1122 and providing the Z Code and Agreement Code.


  • Amtrak—10% discount off the best available rail fare to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between July 8 and July 16, 2018. To book your reservation, call ATC Travel Management at 800-458-9383. Please note that conference travel cannot be booked online. Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X29H-999 when making your reservation. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class, or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

Rental Cars

  • Alamo Car Rentals—Receive discounts by booking online at www.alamo.com and providing the Discount Code number CD#LEADERS or calling Alamo at 844-354-6962 and providing the Discount Code number.
  • Hertz Car Rentals—Receive discounts by booking online at www.hertz.com and providing the Discount Code number #1170024 or calling Alamo at 800-654-3131 and providing the Discount Code number.

Ground Transportation to/from

  • Airport It’s a 25-minute ride by SEPTA mass transit or a 10-minute ride in a taxi to cover the eight miles from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Center City. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves at 30-minute intervals, and a one-way fare is $7. The taxi ride costs a flat rate of $28.50. For more information, visit the Philadelphia International Airport website at www.phl.org.
  • Train Amtrak Acela and commuter trains arrive at Philadelphia’s historic 30th Street Station throughout the day, placing passengers within a short walk of Center City and 1.2 miles from the Convention Center. For more information, visit www.amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL.

Getting Around Town

Center City provides plenty of opportunities for visitors to stroll and take in the sights. And, if you want to stay on the move, hop aboard the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) (http://www.septa.org), which provides an extensive network of buses, subways, trolleys, and regional rail lines throughout Center City and the surrounding region. For more details and to access city maps, click here.


Shuttle service will not be provided as all hotels are within walking distance to the Convention Center.


There are many parking options—both garages and lots—conveniently located within blocks of the Convention Center. For directions and a list of parking options and rates, click here.

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