The conference will be held at the Alyeska Prince Hotel in Girdwood, Alaska. Update: The block of rooms reserved at the hotel is now full. The hotel is also reporting that it is completely full for the nights of May 21-24. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list for any rooms that open at the hotel for those nights please call the hotel directly (1-800-880-3880) or email (email@example.com) and identify yourself as a participant of the "astronomy conference." Do not use the online registration system.
There are no other hotels in Girdwood, but there are several other lodging options available, some of which are within walking distance of the hotel. And all are less than a 5 minute drive. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as Alaska is very popular in the summer and rooms are going fast. You can find lodging through the following services:
The Girdwood B&B Association: (907-222-4858)
The Alyeska/Girdwood Accommodations Association: (907-222-3226)
Alyeska Accommodations: (907-783-2000)
Please let me know if you have difficulty finding accommodations.
Lodging at the Alyeska Prince Hotel is already limited the weekend after the conference. If you wish to explore Anchorage there are many hotel options, including the standard hotel chains. Two of the more interesting hotels located in downtown Anchorage are the Captain Cook and the Inlet Tower
hotels. For a smaller hotel in downtown there is the Copper Whale Inn. The Millenium Hotel is a nice option closers to the airport. Information on Anchorage "bed and breakfast" options can be found here.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of the conference. The conference dinner will be at the Glacier Express restaurant on the mountain on May 23rd. On other evenings dinner can be found at several restaurants at the hotel. Outside of the hotel Girdwood has a handful of excellent dining options. Within walking distance are The Bake Shop and Jack Sprat. Not within walking distance, but other worthwhile restaurants include Maxine's Bistro and the Double Musky Inn. A list of local restaurants will be provided at the conference. The hotel provides a shuttle that can take you to any of the restaurants.
Girdwood is a small mountain town of about 2,000 residents. It is located in a valley at the base of the Alyeska Ski Resort. By late May the lower part of mountain is dry, but there may still be skiing at the top. Activities available in Girdwood include flight tours, dog sledding, hiking, biking, paragliding, and more. The hotel can help arrange these activities for you, as well as activities outside of Girdwood.
For more information on activities in Alaska, click here.