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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. 

Important Note

Make Housing 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.



Hotel Information

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 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

Metro Rail

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
Silver Spring MD Red Hotels
Takoma MD Red Busboys and Poets - Takoma Park
Washington Dulles International Airport VA Silver Dulles Airport

Click here to view WMATA's interactive Metro Rail map.


Conference Parking

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.

Need a Letter of Invitation?

If you need a Letter of Invitation in order to obtain a visa to the US, please fill out this form to request one from ELTS. We will email the letter to you within 5 business days after your submit the request.

If you have any questions, contact ELTS customer support.


Not yet registered for the conference? 

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