Conference Location and Accommodations
All sessions and meals will be held at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. The Jefferson Hotel received both the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards for 2011. Centrally located in the heart of downtown Richmond, Virginia, the hotel is just blocks from the state capital, historic Shockoe Slip, the Richmond Convention Center and Richmondís financial district. All of Richmond's most popular shopping, entertainment venues, museums and restaurants can be reached using the hotel's complimentary transportation.
First opened in 1895, the Jefferson is a charter member of Historic Hotels of America and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. A fine example of the Beaux Arts architectural style, the building also houses a collection of late 19th century paintings as well as a famous life-size statue of Thomas Jefferson. The Palm Court used to feature a fountain and pool with live alligators, and the 36-step polished marble staircase in the lobby is said to have inspired the grand staircase in Gone with the Wind. The hotel has attracted many notable guests through the years, including 12 presidents, Charles A. Lindberg, Sir Edmund Hillary, Charles Chaplin, Sarah Bernhardt, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley, among others.
The Jefferson Statue in the Palm Court
The discounted room cost for conference attendees at The Jefferson Hotel is US$185 for "Superior Queen" rooms and US$205 for "Deluxe King" rooms. The deadline for hotel reservations at the discounted rate is August 26, 2011. Attendees are individually responsible for room reservations. Make hotel reservations by submitting an online reservation (Attendee Code: 2USTA911), or by contacting The Jefferson Hotel directly via telephone at (800) 424-8014. If you call the hotel directly, please be sure to request the US-Taiwan Business Council's group rate using the Attendee Code "2USTA911" - or you may be charged the hotel's regular rack rate.
Hotel reservations after the deadline date of August 26, 2011 can only be made subject to availability, but note that September is a busy month for the hotel. Check-in is 3:00pm, and check-out is 12:00pm. Please talk to The Jefferson Hotel for additional reservation policies. Should your flight arrive early or leave late, please contact the hotel directly to inquire about flexible check-in/check-out times. If you have any questions about your room reservation at The Jefferson Hotel, please contact the hotel directly at (800) 424-8014 or (804) 788-8000.
Room at The Jefferson Hotel
Transportation to The Jefferson Hotel is the attendee's responsibility. The resort is located in downtown historic Richmond, approximately two hours by car from downtown Washington, D.C., Reagan National, and Dulles International Airport, and approximately two hours and 45 minutes from Baltimore International Airport.
Driving & Parking
The Jefferson offers both valet and self parking services in a secure lot. Rates are $16.00 for valet and $12.00 for self parking overnight (the Council does not provide validation - parking is the responsibility of the attendee). The Jefferson Hotel website lists driving directions from around the region. The Jefferson also offers complimentary transportation to all downtown Richmond destinations. Advance reservations are required and may be made through the concierge desk. The service is available from 7:00am to 11:00pm daily with last call at 10:45pm.
Ronald Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport, BWI Airport
Information about transportation options from D.C. area airports is available from the Metroplitan Washington Airports Authority and from BWI Ground Transportation. In addition, Amtrak, Apex, and Greyhound all provide transportation services from Washington, D.C. to Richmond. Amtrak runs about eight trains each day between Washington and Richmond. The train ride from Union Station (Washington, D.C.) or King Street Station (Alexandria, VA) to Main Street Station (downtown Richmond) is approximately $40. Some local Richmond taxi companies also provide airport transportation services.
The Jefferson Hotel works with Groome Transportation (one way/shared ride fare - $24.00 per guest) for transportation to the Richmond airport. See the Jefferson's Directions page for details. More information about other transportation options is available from RIC Ground Transportation.