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.

Austin is a fun and unique mix of Texas tradition and laid-back vibes. It’s not uncommon to see cowboy boots and ten-gallon hats on one block, and vegan cafes and bumper stickers with the city’s unofficial slogan, “Keep Austin Weird,” on the next.

Austin isn’t only the capital of Texas – it’s also the Live Music Capital of the World. In addition to its music and entertainment scene, the city is renowned for its restaurants, nightlife, culture, and beautiful outdoor spaces. There’s truly no shortage of things to do in Austin!

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 Friday, May 11, 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.

    Headquarter Hotel

    Hilton Austin 

    Hilton Austin

    Rate: $229 + taxes/night

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

    Other Conference Hotels

    Hampton Inn & Suites - Downtown/Convention Center

    Hampton Inn

    Rate: $199 + taxes/night

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

    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

    Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

    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

    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

    Hyatt Place Austin Downtown

    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

    Budget-Friendly Hotels

    Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center

    Hilton Garden Inn

    Rate: $169 + taxes/night

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

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

    https://www.thelinehotel.com/austin/

    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

    Travel Information

    Getting to Austin

    United Airlines

    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.

    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.

    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.