GLSVLSI 2006
Philadelphia, PA
April 30, 2006 - May 2, 2006
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Accommodations

The conference hotel is Holiday Inn, Philadelphia-Historic District, located at 400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 . The telephone number at the hotel is +01-215- 923-8660 and their FAX number is 1-215-923-4633 .

The rates negotiated were $129/night. Please register as soon as possible to reserve this rate.  In order to get the conference rate, please tell the reservations clerk the name of the conference to receive the special rate.  Please mention one of the code listed below while making a phone reservation to obtain the special conference rate:

  • ACM

Hotel Parking

Hotel parking at the Holiday Inn has been reduced for your stay during GLSVLSI. The rate is $15/day as opposed to $20/day for any conference attendee who stays at the Holiday Inn Philadelphia-Historic District hotel.

Travel

The hotel is located at the Nation's most historic square mile. While in the historic downtown Philadelphia area, the National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Penns Landing, South Street, Pennsylvania Convention Center and world-renowned hospitals are some of Philadelphia's finest attractions and establishments within walking distance of the Holiday Inn Philadelphia Historic District Hotel. Near by, the Philadelphia Art Musem is just a short distance.

Nearby Philadelphia restaurants, shops and galleries line the streets. This historic district hotel's location provides easy access to the Philadelphia Zoo and all major transportation arteries - just 10 minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport and Amtrak's 30th Street Station. The Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Flyers are an easy 6 mile drive.

Arriving by flight:

  • Nearby Airport: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Approximate Distance to hotel: 8 mile/12.87 km
  • Taxi Fee: $20.00   (USD)
  • Time by taxi: 10 minutes
  • Time by train: 20 minutes

Arriving by train:

  • Train Company: Amtrak
  • Train Station Name: Amtrak 30th Street Station, Philadelphia
  • Train Station Distance: 1.75 mile/ 2.82 km
  • Taxi Fee $7.00   (USD)

Arriving by car:

  • Direction:
    • From I-95 North, take Callowhill Exit, Follow Callowhill to 4th Street, Turn LEFT. Hotel is on the corner of 4th Street and Arch Street.
    • From I-95 South, take Vine Street Exit, Take Vine Street to 4th Street and make a RIGHT on 4th Street. Hotel is on the corner of 4th Street and Arch Street.
  • Parking:
    • Number of Parking Spaces: 200
    • Daily Parking Fee: $20.00   (USD)
    • Above ground enclosed garage. Self parking - $20 fee with in/out privileges. Maximum vehicle height is 6ft 6 in.

Getting around:

There are several attractions within a short walk of the hotel. For other destinations, SEPTA subway (less than $5) is a good way of getting around town. SEPTA commuter rail ($5-$15) offers transportation to surrounding areas. (All fees subject to change without notice.) . You may go to http://www.septa.org/ for detailed schedule.

Activities

For general sightseeing information about Philly, please go to http://www.gophila.com.

Below are some recommendations:

The 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin: On January 17, 2006, the world - and especially Philadelphia - will celebrate the 300th birthday of universal icon, Benjamin Franklin, with Ben Franklin 300 Philadelphia, a year of special events and programs in Philadelphia and Its Countryside, all honoring the city's most famous historic citizen. It all starts with the world premiere of a special 300 th Birthday Exhibition which opens 10am-5pm on the Sunday of the conference (April 30th).The tickets are $5.50 for groups of 20 or more.

The Liberty Bell (0.1 mile/ 0.16 km) : The Liberty Bell is the symbol of freedom and independence in America. In 2003 a $12.4 million glass pavilion encases was built to encase the bell, but the bell is still visible and photographable. Be prepared to pass through a security checkpoint if you would like to get a close view of the Bell.

Please Touch Museum (2.0 mile/ 3.22 km) : The Please Touch Museum is a great place to bring your kids if you bring them. The staff share a love for children and teaching them about the world around them. It is also an excellent place for adults. The museum in a unique environment that caters towards exhibits that you can touch.

The Franklin Institute (1.5 mile/ 2.41 km) : See one of the best scientific museums in the United States. You can walk through a heart, play with early computers, ride a train and other amazing interactive scientific exhibits. It is fun for both adult and children and has many exhibits for all interested in science. education, and much more.

South Street (1.36 mile/ 2.19 km) : Called the "hippest" street in the United States by many Philadelphians. South street is a collection of shops, restaurants, bars, and art shops that dot this street. It is also a great place to get a great "cheese steak" and a place to cruise on any night of the week. Many college students hang out here during the night, so its best to visit during the day.

National Constitution Center (0.1 mile/ 0.16 km) : This center was created in 2003 and is the first museum in the world devoted to the United States Constitution, covering departments of history, outreach, education, and much more.

Philadelphia Museum of Art (2 mile/ 3.22 km) : See where Rocky stood! This is America’s third-largest art museum and comprises several different major collections in endless galleries. The museum also has terrific dining facilities on-site. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and children between the ages of 12-18. Admission is free for children under 12. For more information call (215) 763-8100 or visit www.philamuseum.org.

Penn's Landing (0.3 mile/ 0.48km): This freshwater port has a lot to offer, from seaport museums, cruise facilities, a marina, and more. There are many pedestrian walkways and lots to see. Visit www.pennslandingcorp.com or call (215) 629-3200 for more details.

Independence Hall (0.2 mile/ 0.32 km ) : Independence Hall is rich in memorable historical events. This is the place that the Second Continental Congress first convened, the Declaration of Independence was written, and the Articles of Confederation were created as the loose governmental structure of the nation.

Helpful Phone Numbers

Tourist Information:
Independence Visitor Center
6th and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(800) 537-7676
(215) 636-1666

All-night Pharmacy:
South Philadelphia 24-hour CVS Pharmacies
(215) 972-0909
(215) 465-2130

Northeast 24-hour Pathmark Pharmacy
(215) 879-1322

Near Independence Hall – Green Drugs
(215) 922-7441

Emergencies:
Police, fire, and ambulance - 911
Accidental Poinsoning – (215) 386-2100

Transit Information:
SEPTA, (215) 580-7800
www.septa.com

Local organizing committee

The local arrangements web page was created by Lin Yuan.  It was last updated March 14, 2006.