Information on the 2017 conference hotel and the nearby area

The PSA 2017 Conference Hotel—the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower

PSA 2017 will be held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Thursday, April 6 to Sunday, April 9.  The conference hotel is located in the heart of downtown Portland, one block from the Red Line light service which comes from the airport, (only $2.50 each way!) with both lots of nearby public transportation and many interesting city features in walkable distance.  The Blue Star company airport express shuttle service also stops at the hotel, with departures twice each hour and a one-way fare of $14. For more information, https://www.travelportland.com/article/portland-international-airport-pdx/   As is typical, parking fees at the conference hotel are high—so you might check out other options!

The conference hotel has two options for food and beverages—a full restaurant/bar and a smaller café—so you should be able to easily get that caffeine fix (local favorite Stumptown Roasters!), a quick snack, a full sit-down meal, and some evening libations if desired.  Menus include options for those needing gluten-free or vegan as well as vegetarian  and omnivore fare, and also feature some options that resonate with that Portland-foodie vibe, like maple-bacon doughnuts.

Lodging in Portland is, well, not so budget…the best rate PSA was able to obtain at the conference hotel is $189/night for a single/double/triple/or quad room—so you might consider sharing a room with one or more other folks you know are attending!  If you use the special PSA rate, this includes complimentary wifi in your room; wifi is also available in the common areas of the hotel .

     Use the link below to get the PSA special rate for rooms at the conference hotel.  If you need to talk with someone by phone about your booking, be sure to be very clear that you are seeking the PSA special rate, and verify that this is shown in your reservation confirmation. Book early, so you can get the rate for the days you want before our special rooms sell out!   Note: as of February 2017 rooms at the conference hotel at the special PSA rate are sold out (unless there are cancellations).  You may consider looking at reservations at rates available to the public, such as through a site like Kayak.  PSA tried to get some rooms at nearby hotels, but this did not work out.

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You can find more information about the hotel on its website http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/oregon/hilton-portland-and-executive-tower-PDXPHHH/index.html

Note that Oregon has no sales tax (although there is an accommodation tax applied to hotel room rates)—so enjoy shopping!  The hotel offers a map handout that will help you find lots of shopping opportunities nearby.

Notes on the area near the conference hotel in Portland, from President and Program Chair Karen Pyke:

We hope you will take advantage of the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower’s great downtown location while you are attending PSA in Portland this spring. Just a short walk from the hotel will put you at the epicenter of “foodie” Portland: the famous food carts on SW 10th and Adler. Sample everything from gyros or barbecue to salt and pepper squid or a classic Italian pasta dish. Vegan? No problem! Whatever your tastes, you are sure to find something to hit the spot. Also in the neighborhood are a plethora of more conventional eateries that accommodate everything from the casual to the elegant, from pizza or wings, to small plates or multi-course meals. If libation is what you seek, then by all means duck into one of the many interesting cocktail bars in the area, or visit the Deschuttes Brewery or the Tugboat Brewery, both just a short distance from the hotel. Between sessions, you may wish to feed your head with different fare. In that case, consider a stroll to the nearby Portland Museum of Art. In addition to its permanent collection, two notable special exhibits will be open: The Mistress and the Muse: Figurative Art from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, which focuses on portraiture, and for those interested in photography, The Thrill of the Chase, The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. For art you can take home, plan a Saturday or Sunday visit to the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market, the Portland Saturday Market. Of course, no visit to Portland is complete without a meander through the Pearl district (5 blocks from hotel) with its galleries, bistros, coffee houses, and the famous Powell’s bookstore.

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