Accommodations and Transportation
April 5th and 6th, 2024
Planet Word Museum, Washington, DC
We hope you'll join us for our 2024 in-person Color Vowel® Conference!
With educators from all over the world, we'll foster community as we share ideas, strategies, and activities that promote the goals of accent equity and mutual comprehensibility through Color Vowel® principles of teaching.
Make Reservations Early!
Washington, DC is a very popular tourist destination and hotels fill up fast. The weekend of our conference falls in the middle of the annual DC Cherry Blossom Festival and during Spring Break for many school districts all over the U.S. Don't delay in making your travel arrangements and hotel reservations as availability may be limited.
View All Locations on the Map
This interactive map displays all venue sites with nearby parking facilities, recommended hotels, and convenient Metro stations.
Click on the icon in the top right corner to expand the size of the map.
The Planet Word museum in downtown Washington, DC is the site of the 2024 Color Vowel® Conference.
If you're coming in from out of town, we've made a list of places to stay that we feel are affordable, convenient, and safe.
You can always search on your own to find other accommodations. We recommend using travel sites like Travel Advisor or Expedia to research your options and to get better rates. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about visiting the DC metropolitan area.
Eaton DC is across K Street from the museum and is offering discounted rates for conference attendees. Only Eaton DC is offering special conference lodging rates. To receive a 20% discount, enter the promo code planet when you make your reservation. These rates are available until March 15, 2024 or until the room block sells out, whichever comes first.
There are, of course, other hotels in DC, but they do tend to be more expensive than those in the outlying suburbs. We do not have any recommendations to make for other hotels in the District at this time.
If you do not wish to stay in DC, there are many possibilities for accommodations in neighboring Virginia and Maryland. We have made a list of just a few of the many hotels in the DC metropolitan area that are affordable and within 30 minutes of the conference site.
Please note that the hotels in Silver Spring, Maryland will require more travel time than the sites in Virginia. Traveling from Silver Spring on Metro will require you to change to the Blue or Orange Lines at Metro Center or exit at Metro Center and walk a little further than if you exit at McPherson Square.
Click on the images below to go to the websites of recommended hotels or see the room rate comparison chart below.
Room Rate Comparison
These hotels are suggestions only: there are many more places to stay in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Rates below are provided as an estimate for what your lodging expenses might be.
|Average Rates in USD*|
|Hotel||Location||Single Queen||Single King||Double Queen|
|Eaton DC†||Washington, DC|
|Courtyard by Marriott SIlver Spring Downtown||Silver Spring, MD||n/a||$177||$196|
|Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport||Crystal City, VA||n/a||$179||$188|
|Crystal Gateway Marriott||Crystal City, VA||$179||$179||$188|
|Double Tree by Hilton Washington DC Silver Spring||Silver Spring, MD||n/a||$139||$139|
|Hampton Inn & Suites Arlington||Crystal City, VA||$201||$201||$201|
|Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport||Crystal City, VA||$212||$212||$212|
|Holiday Inn Express Washington DC N-Silver Spring||Silver Spring, MD||$199||$190||$199|
|Hotel Silver Spring||Silver Spring, MD||$136||$136||$136|
|Sonesta Select Arlington Rosslyn||Rosslyn, VA||n/a||$227||$237|
|Westin Crystal City Reagan National Airport||Crystal City, VA||n/a||$201||$201|
* All rates shown are per night. They are in U.S. dollars and exclude applicable taxes and fees. These prices are for the weekend of April 5-6, 2024 as per Expedia.com in October 2023. These are recommendations only; ELTS is not liable for differences in actual rates or quality of accommodations.
† Eaton DC offers a special rate for conference attendees.
Getting Around the DC Area
Travel & Parking Information
The easiest way to get around the Washington, DC metropolitan area is the Metro Rail system.
You can use the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Trip Planner to determine which stations to use, how much walking you'll need to do, and how long your trip will take.
See the table below (or the interactive map above) to locate metro stations that are closest to the conference venue site, the restaurant for Friday's ticketed dinner, and some recommended local hotels.
|Metro Station||State||Metro Line(s)||Close to ...|
|McPherson Square||DC||Blue, Orange, & Silver||Planet Word; Eaton DC|
|Metro Center||DC||Red, Blue, Orange, & Silver||Planet Word; transfer from Red to Orange/Blue/Silver|
|National Airport||VA||Blue & Yellow||Reagan National Airport; Hotels|
|Rosslyn||VA||Blue, Orange, & Silver||Hotels|
|Takoma||MD||Red||Busboys and Poets - Takoma Park|
|Washington Dulles International Airport||VA||Silver||Dulles Airport|
Local attendees may want to drive to and from the conference. We have arranged for discounted parking with ParkAmerica in the Washington Post building at the corner of K and 13th Streets NW. Just ask for a parking coupon at the conference check-in desk. When you leave the parking garage at the end of the day, present the coupon to the attendant in the booth and pay only $10 for the day.
Ticketed Dinner Parking
Dinner on Friday night will be held at Busboys and Poets in Takoma Park, DC and is for ticket holders only. If you're driving, we recommend parking in one of the pay lots along Carroll Avenue that are within an easy walk of the restaurant.
Traveling from abroad?
Need a Visa?
For information on visas for travel to the US, please go to the U.S. State Department website.
If you meet the requirements for the Visa Waiver Program, you can travel to the US for business or tourism for up to 90 days without needing a visa. Please see the Visa Waiver Program Eligibility Requirements.