Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center
425 Water Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
This new high-rise hotel boasts a waterfront location in the heart of historic Olde Towne Portsmouth and is within minutes of Norfolk, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. It reflects the city's sense of history while blending in cosmopolitan progress.
SIAM is holding a block of rooms at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel. These rooms are being held on a first-come, first-served basis at $122.00 single/double,
Rates are subject to prevailing state and local taxes. These rooms will be held for SIAM's use until Thursday, February 8, 2001.
Please be aware that SIAM's room block fills quickly so we suggest that you make your hotel and travel plans early. After SIAM's room block fills, reservations at the SIAM price will depend upon availability. Fax or mail the Hotel Reservation Form directly to the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel. You may also make your reservation by phone (757) 628-6400. Remember to get your confirmation number! Please be certain to mention that you are an attendee of the SIAM Conference being held at the hotel during the week of March12-14, 2001. When making your reservation remember that the Welcome Reception is scheduled for March 11th immediately following the Short Course(s).
The Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel requires a deposit equivalent to one night's room rate plus 11% tax to guarantee your reservation. The hotel accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa, money orders, or personal checks as forms of payment.
If you need to change or cancel your reservation, you must contact the hotel by 3:00 P.M eastern time, 48 hours prior to your scheduled arrival to receive a refund of one night's deposit. Remember to get a cancellation number from the reservations department.
Check-in time is 3:00 PM and checkout time is 12:00 noon
The Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel has a fully equipped fitness center, indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. These facilities are complimentary to all SIAM conference attendees staying at the hotel. Hotel room conveniences include remote control television with cable channels and up-to-date movies, touch-tone telephone with voice mail and data port, alarm clock radio, and individual climate controls. Non-smoking rooms are available upon request.
Plans are under way to supply E-mail access and CD-ROM proceeding readers. Computers will be available in the Holley Ballroom for attendees from 8:00 AM-4: 00 PM, Sunday, March 11 through Wednesday, March 14. Computer accessibility to SIAM conference attendees is generously provided by Old Dominion University, Norfolk, through the initiative of Organizing Committee member David E. Keyes and Head of the Office of Computing and Communications Services of ODU Rusty Waterfield. Wireless service from key points in the hotel will also be available so that people with wireless Ethernet cards can communicate without tying up a terminal.
Parking is available at the hotel for $12.00 per day. All SIAM conference attendees staying at the hotel have in and out privileges on a 24-hour basis.
A Hotel Room-Sharing List is available for those who wish to share a room with another attendee at the conference to reduce expenses. Please submit the Hotel Room-Sharing Form directly to SIAM.
The weather in Portsmouth during March varies widely, average March temperature is in the mid 50° range. The evenings can be cool so bring an all-purpose jacket. Also, remember that meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely. It is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions.
For more information, visit the Portsmouth Convention & Visitors Bureau's website at http://www.portsva.com.