We’re thrilled to be in Austin, Texas for the 2018 Conference! 

The conference will be held at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701.

Not only is Austin the capital of the Lone Star State, it’s also home to some of the world’s best live music, food and nightlife. And this year’s conference is in the heart of it all. Austin is a city full of creators and innovators, musicians and software engineers, migas and chicken fried steak, legislators and college kids, Lone Star beers and Tito’s vodka, vegan restaurants and Texas barbecue, and Willie Nelson and Matthew McConaughey.

Austin offers a little something for everyone and its ethos is entirely its own. After just a few days here, you’ll have no problem understanding the Austinites' need to “Keep Austin Weird”. 

Conference Hotel Information

We’ve reserved blocks of discounted rooms at several Austin hotels for conference attendees. To accommodate a variety of budgets, we have included blocks of rooms in budget-friendly hotels. All hotels are within a few short blocks of the Austin Convention Center.

Click here to view all conference hotels on a map.

To book a room, please click the hotel link below or call the number provided. When booking over the phone, please be sure to mention that you will be attending the National Charter Schools Conference. The Hilton Austin and Hilton Garden Inn have provided specific event codes to use when booking a room in our block.

The deadline to book hotel rooms is this Friday, May 18, 2018. Our discounted rates are not guaranteed if you book your hotel after that date.

**PLEASE NOTE: There will not be shuttle or transportation service provided from the hotels to the convention center.

    WARNING: HOUSING SCAM

    If you are contacted by a company called Convention Housing Services or Exhibitor Housing Services (or any other company, for that matter) telling you they are the “official” housing service for our conference, please do not do business with them. We do not use any housing services for the conference. The only way to book in our block is through the links and phone numbers below.

    This is a scam that targets conferences across the country. The hotels have advised us not to utilize this company, and to continue to encourage NCSC attendees to contact the hotels directly through this page. If you believe you have booked through an unofficial housing service, please cancel with that service.

    Newly Added Hotels

    Aloft Austin Downtown

    Aloft hotel

    Rate: $249 + taxes/night

    • Book online or by phone: (866) 912-1073 (use group code NAF17A)
    • Address: 109 E. Seventh Street, Austin, TX 78701
    • 5 blocks from convention center

    Westin Austin Downtown

    Westin

    Rate: $269 + taxes/night

    • Book online or by phone: (800) 937-8461 (mention group NAPCS)
    • Address: 310 E. Fifth St., Austin, TX 78701
    • 2 blocks from convention center

      Budget-Friendly Hotels

      The Line ATX (previously Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown)

      Line ATX

      Rate: $189 + taxes/night

      • Book online or by phone: (800) 333-3333
      • Perks: complimentary internet
      • Address: 111 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701
      • 2 blocks from convention center

      Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center - Limited Availability

      Hilton Garden Inn

      Rate: $169 + taxes/night

      • Book online or by phone: (877) 782-9444
      • Perks: complimentary internet
      • Address: 500 N. Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78701
      • 2 blocks from convention center

      Other Conference Hotels

        JW Marriott Austin

        JW Marriott

        Rate: $230 + taxes/night

        • Book online or by phone: (844) 473-3959
        • Address: 110 E. Second St., Austin, TX 78701
        • 2 blocks from convention center

         

          Hyatt Place Austin Downtown - Limited Availability (6/15 - 6/18 only)

          Hyatt Place

          Rate: $205 + taxes/night

          • Book online or by phone: (855) 556-1272
          • Perks: complimentary internet and breakfast
          • Address: 211 E. Third St., Austin, TX 78701
          • 2 blocks from convention center

          Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center - Limited Availability

          Courtyard

          Rate: $191 + taxes/night

          • Book online or by phone: (844) 473-3959
          • Perks: complimentary internet
          • Address: 300 E. Fourth St., Austin, TX 78701
          • 2 blocks from convention center

          Residence Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center - Limited Availability

          Residence Inn

          Rate: $201 + taxes/night

          • Book online or by phone: (844) 473-3959
          • Perks: complimentary internet, breakfast buffet
          • Address: 300 E. Fourth St., Austin TX 78701
          • 2 blocks from convention center

          Hilton Austin - Limited Availability

          Hilton Austin

          Rate: $229 + taxes/night

          • Book online or by phone: (800) 445-8667
          • Address: 500 E. Fourth St., Austin, TX 78701
          • Across the street from convention center

          Hampton Inn & Suites - Downtown/Convention Center - Limited Availability

          Hampton Inn

          Rate: $199 + taxes/night

          • Book online or by phone: (800) 445-8667
          • Perks: complimentary internet, hot breakfast
          • Address: 200 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701
          • 1 block from convention center

          Travel Information

          Getting to Austin

          The main airport in Austin is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). It is 10 miles from downtown, or about a 20-minute car ride. 

          United Airlines Discount

          Book travel online and enter ZEBU963838 in the Offer Code section to receive up to 5% off your flight. Or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at: 800-426-1122 and provide the Z Code ZEBU and Agreement Code 963838.

          Airport Transportation

          Book your airport transfer through this Super Shuttle link and use the discount code PRB8J for 10% off shared-ride or ExecuCar Austin airport transfers (advanced reservations only).

          Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are available for airport pick-up and drop-off. Please note that most hotels do not provide shuttle service to and from the airport, but please confirm with your hotel.

          Parking

          Check with your hotel for parking rates. If you are planning to drive to the Conference each day, garage and street parking are available at the Austin Convention Center for a fee.

          Things to Do in Austin

          We encourage you to take advantage of all that Austin has to offer. Here are just a few of the things you can do and see when you’re in the city for the 2018 National Charter Schools Conference. Scroll down to see our shortlist of where to eat, explore, and play in Austin.

          Check Out the Famous Sixth Street District

          Perhaps the most famous entertainment district in Texas, Sixth Street is filled with bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues – and is a great place to people watch. Whether you’re singing along to classics at a dueling piano bar, trying your hand at shuffleboard or outdoor ping pong, or listening to your new favorite band at one of Austin’s famous music venues, Sixth Street is where you can get the full Austin experience within just a few blocks.

          Eat Typical - and Not So Typical - Texas Fare

          Texas is famous for its beef and barbecue, and Austin has plenty of smoked meat to go around. Try brisket, sausages, chicken, ribs, and more at one of the many famous barbecue places throughout the city. In addition, Texas is also known for its delicious Mexican food, and Austin offers a variety of authentic dishes and Tex-Mex options. Not a meat-eater? Not a problem! Austin’s progressive vibe means there are plenty of tasty vegetarian and vegan options. (Fun fact: The first Whole Foods grocery store opened in Austin in 1980!)

          Get Batty!

          In addition to live music and great food, Austin is famous for the 1.5 million bats that call the city home. In fact, Austin boasts the largest urban bat colony in the world! Join locals and tourists alike at dusk each evening to see these animals emerge from their roosts under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Find one of the many prime spots to watch the nightly flight, including on a boat tour or standing on the bridge itself, and take part in a fun Austin tradition. There's even a bat hotline and website you can check ahead of time to ensure you have your best batty experience.

          Explore the Great Outdoors

          Austin is a bustling, lively city, but it also has plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces and activities that will excite even the most adventurous explorers. Stretch your legs with a walk along Lady Bird Lake in the heart of the city, or opt for some time on the water kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. (Really feeling adventurous? Try stand-up paddle board yoga, an Austin favorite!) If you have some extra time to explore the hill country surrounding Austin, the outdoor options are endless, from rafting in the Guadalupe River to wine tasting at one of the region’s many vineyards.

          History and Culture and Art, Oh My!

          Austin may be well known for its nightlife and music scene, but the city also offers top-notch activities for history buffs, museum fans, and culture aficionados. Take a tour of the Texas State Capitol, located right in downtown Austin, and maybe even luck out with a ghost sighting at the historic (and haunted) Driskill Hotel. Visit the Harry Ransom Center to see the first photograph and a Gutenberg Bible, or browse through one of the many art galleries throughout this artsy city. Austin also boasts its own ballet and opera.

          Something for Everybody

          No matter what you’re interested in or looking for, Austin has it. Want to see why Austin is called the Live Music Capital of the World? Catch a live show in the South Congress and Red River districts. Can’t wait to shop ‘til you drop? Congress Avenue or The Domain are where you want to be. Want a quiet stroll and to learn something new? Walk through the lovely campus of the University of Texas at Austin and visit the LBJ Presidential Library. Looking to treat yourself to a decadent dinner? Find some of the city’s best upscale restaurants in the Warehouse District and on Second Street – bonus points if you find one with rooftop seating!

          Learn more about all that you can do in Austin at https://www.austintexas.org.

          Austin Highlights

          Eat

          Downtown Bites

          • Iron Cactus (Tex Mex and margaritas)
          • Easy Tiger (craft beer and bites in a cool atmosphere, try the beer cheese and pretzels)
          • Voodoo Doughnuts
          • Uncle Julio’s
          • Eureka!

          Staples & Dives

          • Juan in a Million
          • The Hoffbrau
          • Torchy’s Tacos
          • P. Terry’s Burger Stand

          Late Night

          • Magnolia Café (open 24 Hours)
          • Roppolo’s Pizzeria

          Feelin' Fancy?

          • Eddie V’s Seafood
          • Péché
          • Lonesome Dove
          • Mattie’s at Green Pastures

          Explore

          • Texas State Capitol (free tours!)
          • Bat watching sunset cruise
          • Barton Springs Pool
          • South Congress Bridge
          • Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail
          • Paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake
          • HOPE Outdoor Gallery
          • Jo’s Coffee Shop (“I Love You So Much” Instagram-famous mural)
          • Zilker Park
          • Blanton Museum of Art

          Play

          • Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar
          • Handlebar
          • Firehouse Lounge
          • Stubbs (live music venue)
          • Antone’s (live music venue)
          • Rainey Street bars (too many to name!)
          • Coyote Ugly
          • Broken Spoke (learn how to two-step like a true Texan!)