ABOUT NCECA CONFERENCE HOTELS

The organization of any conference the scale of NCECA’s involves a complex coordination of resources. One of the most important resources required are an adequate number of hotel rooms to accommodate conference registrants from individuals to businesses and organizations seeking sleeping rooms for their team members. NCECA’s selection of conference hotels is influenced by factors including price point, value, proximity to the convention center, and the amenities that they can offer their guests. Oftentimes, agreements that NCECA is able to strike with convention centers and convention and visitors bureaus are affected in significant ways by the number of rooms that we block in conference hotels for our conference attendees. If NCECA conference registration and room bookings can meet the room block numbers that we project, rebates become available that offset costs associated with convention center space rental. When NCECA fails to meet these targets, added financial burdens can affect the organization.

Over the past several years, while NCECA has increased the number of rooms it blocks, we find that before advanced conference registration ends, there are many people planning to attend conference who can no longer find rooms in the conference hotels. This occurs largely, because some members of our community may block more rooms than they actually need early on in the conference registration cycle. These rooms are then removed from inventory of those available and others searching for rooms are told that none are available. When those who have blocked rooms they do not need, wait until just weeks or days before the conference to cancel them or worse yet, after they arrive at the conference location, conference hotels are no longer required to make them available to other conference guests at the favorable rates that NCECA negotiates in advance.

Our guests work directly to secure rooms with hotels, which abide by a set of ethical guidelines to protect consumers. There are no systems that NCECA can put in place that can prevent people from overbooking rooms that cannot be circumvented by someone who wishes to do so. Please be aware that when room overbookings take place and the individuals who reserve them wait to cancel them until very late in the conference’s timeline, this action hurts those who want to participate in the NCECA conference and also poses financial harm to NCECA. We ask that members of the NCECA community consider the impact of their actions concerning hotel reservations for the annual conference.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Distrikt Hotel
453 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

$149 Cozy Room (1 queen bed); $179 Pair of Queens Room (2 queen beds)

Rates listed are single/double occupancy

Distrikt Hotel is located 0.8 mi. from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  Book you reservation online at https://res.windsurfercrs.com/ibe/details.aspx?propertyid=14682&nights=1&checkin=03/14/2018&group=NCEC or call 1-412-339-1870 and reference NCEC rate code.  Requests for reservations must be made by February 12, 2018 in order to qualify for the group rates.  In the event an individual cancels their reservation, they must do so prior to 7 days before the date of arrival to avoid a cancellation penalty equal to one night’s room and tax.  Cancellations to existing and confirmed reservations requested within the 7-day deadline will be subject to this penalty fee.

DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown
1 Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
$179 flat One Bedroom Queen Suite

DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown is located approximately 5 blocks from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Book your reservation online at http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/P/PITDTDT-NEC-20180311/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG or call 1-800-222-8733 and reference NCE rate code. Requests for reservations must be made by 12:00 noon February 16, 2018 in order to qualify for the group rate. Reservations and deposits received after this date will be confirmed on a space and rate available basis only. Reservations must be guaranteed by credit card and cancelled no later than 48 hours prior to arrival local hotel time to avoid a one night room and tax cancellation penalty.

Embassy Suites
535 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
$169 King Suite

Embassy Suites is located 4 blocks from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Book your reservation online at http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/P/PITSMESCEC-20180311/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG or call 1-800-445-8667 and reference CEC rate code. Requests for reservations must be made by February 11, 2018 in order to qualify for the group rate. Reservations must be guaranteed by credit card and cancelled no later than 48 hours prior to arrival local hotel time to avoid a one night room and tax cancellation penalty.

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place
3454 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
$159.00 single or Queen/Queen room

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place is located approximately 3 miles east of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.Book your reservation online at http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/P/PITUCGINCECA-20180313/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG and identify yourself with group NCECA. Reservations must be made by February 16, 2018 in order to qualify for the group rate. Reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space and best rate availability at the time. Reservations need to be guaranteed with a major credit card or a deposit equal to the room rate and tax for the first night. The hotel offers shuttle service departing the hotel at the top of every hour from 7:00am-10:00pm. This shuttle goes within a 3-mile radius of the hotel. Guests must sign up with the Front Desk prior to departure. For pick up, guests can call 412-901-5483. Pick-up calls must be made prior to 10:00pm. Shuttle availability cannot be guaranteed.

Hotel Monaco
620 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
$159.00 single/double
Hotel Monaco is located 4 blocks from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Book your reservation online at https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Chain=10179&start=availresults&arrive=3/13/2018&depart=3/16/2018&adult=1&child=0&group=J09&hotel=61775 or call 1-855-338-3837 and identify yourself with group “NCECA”. Requests for reservations must be made by February 11, 2018 in order to qualify for the group rate. Reservations and deposits received after this date will be confirmed on a space and rate available basis only. A deposit equal to the room rate and tax for the first night for each reservation is required. Deposits are refundable if the Hotel receives notice of an individual cancellation at least 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival.

Renaissance Hotel
107 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
$159.00 king bed, single occupancy
Renaissance Hotel is located 0.6 mi. from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Book your group rate for National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts or call 1-866-915-0479 and identify yourself with group NCEN. Requests for reservations must be made by February 16, 2018 in order to qualify for the group rate. Reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a for one night’s room and tax being applied to the credit card provided.

We encourage you to check sold out hotels as cancellations may have occurred.

Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown (SOLD OUT)
945 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
$159.00 flat rate

The Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown is 1 block from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Book your reservation online at http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporatetravel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=NCECA%202018%20Annual%20Conference%5EPITCY%60NCENCEB%60159%60USD%60false%604%603/12/18%603/18/18%602/18/18&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes or call 1-800-MARRIOTT and identify yourself with group National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts. Reservations must be received on or before February 18, 2018. Reservation must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

Drury Plaza Pittsburgh Downtown (SOLD OUT)
750 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
$159.00 single/double; $169.00 triple; $179.00 quad

The Drury Plaza Pittsburgh Downtown is 2 blocks from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 or reserving online at www.druryhotels.com and providing Group number 2314162 (upper left corner on the reservation page). Reservations must be received by February 16, 2018. A major credit card is required to reserve a room. Reservations must be cancelled prior to 12:00pm on the confirmed date of arrival in order to avoid a fee equal to one night’s room rate plus tax.

Hampton Inn & Suites (SOLD OUT)
1247 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
$159 single/double

Hampton Inn & Suites is approximately 1 ó blocks from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Call 412-288-4350 and identify yourself with group “NCECA”. A major credit card or advance deposit is required to guarantee reservations. In the event individual room reservations are cancelled less than 24 hours prior to arrival, the individual agrees to pay the Hotel a cancellation fee equal to the first night’s room and tax.

Omni William Penn (SOLD OUT)
530 William Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
$159.00 single/double; $169.00 triple; $179.00 quad

The Omni is located 4ó blocks from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Book your reservation online at https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/pittsburgh-williampenn/meetings/nceca-2018 or call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) and identify yourself with group “NCECA”. Requests for reservations must be made by February 16, 2018 in order to qualify for the group rates. Reservations and deposits received after this date will be confirmed on a space and rate available basis only. A one-night non-refundable deposit (one night room rate plus tax) will be due at the time the reservation is made. In the event a guest who has checked in to a room checks out prior to the guest’s reserved checkout date, the Hotel will add an early checkout fee in the amount equal to one night’s room and tax to that guest’s individual account. Guests wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise the Hotel at or before check-in of any change in planned length of stay.

Westin Convention Center (SOLD OUT)
1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
$159.00 single/double; $169.00 triple; $179.00 quad

The Westin Convention Center is located 1 block from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and is connected by a covered walkway. Book your reservation online at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/nceca2018 or call 1-800-WESTIN1 (1-800-937-8461) and identify yourself with group “NCECA”. Requests must be made by February 19, 2018. A one-night nonrefundable deposit plus tax will be due at the time each room reservation is made.

Students (SOLD OUT)

Housing for students has been established at a property 1 ó blocks from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Rate is $139 double queen rooms and can accommodate up to four people per room. This special rate includes free hot breakfast, parking and WiFi. To obtain a reservation your professor/teacher needs to provide the names of everyone associated with the reservation, include arrival and departure dates and a statement verifying current student status. Email this information to dori@nceca.net. Reservation requests are not accepted submitted by students. Once this block is filled a confirmation number will be sent and a credit card will need to be provided directly to the hotel. Confirmation numbers not associated with a credit card will be released on February 1, 2018.

All rates are subject to lodging tax of 14% (subject to change).