The good news: Washington, DC has hundreds of hotels, and deals abound for those who seek them. The bad news: October is a very busy month for the city, and hotel rooms are both expensive and hard to come by.
FMC has reserved a block of rooms at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center at a special discounted rate. The hotel has offered conference attendees the chance to stay on location for $219/night on Sunday October 27, Monday October 28 and Tuesday October 29 (prices do not include tax and other charges). These rooms will go fast at such a low rate, so secure your reservation on their website. Reservations must be guaranteed with a first night room deposit or with a major credit card. Check-in at the conference center hotel is at 4:00 pm, with check-out at 11:00 am; early arrivals and late departures can be accommodated via the front desk. The hotel is a non-smoking facility.
We recommend you use the website to reserve your room but you can also make reservations by calling the Hotel and Conference Center at 202.687.3200 and identifying yourself as attending the “Future of Music Coalition 2013” event with the reservations desk. UPDATE: as of October 1, the Georgetown University hotel block is now sold out.
Additionally, here’s a Google map that includes numerous hotel options near Georgetown’s campus and throughout the surrounding areas:
For attendees traveling to the Policy Summit on a budget, there are many hostels and guest houses in the Washington, DC area. They include:
Hostelling International: 1009 11th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001, 202-737-2333 Hostelling International offers a traditional American hostel close to the White House and four blocks from the Metro. With free wireless internet in lobby, security lockers, luggage storage and 24 hour check in this may be your best budget bet for an active downtown location. Dorm style rooms start at $33/night for non-members. Double and private rooms are also available but book quickly and are more expensive. You can check availability and rates online.
The Hilltop Hostel: 300 Carroll St. NW, Washington, DC , 202-291-9591 Formerly the India House Too, this hostel in the Takoma Park neighborhood is a converted Victorian hotel listed on the register of historic buildings. DSL, parking, and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Starts at $24/night for dorm style rooms.
Attendees on a budget are encouraged to use resource sharing services such as airbnb.com, Couchsurfing, and Zimride to get to and stay in Washington, D.C. and to reduce their costs and carbon footprint.