2016 APT Conference Travel and Lodging

Dining and Entertainment Guides

Many thanks to Ben McKean and Inés Valdez of Ohio State for these fabulous guides to coffee shops, restaurants, and bars in Columbus:

http://tiny.cc/APTCoffee

http://tiny.cc/APTRestaurants

http://tiny.cc/APTBars

 

Travel

Columbus is served by Port Columbus International Airport (CMH), which offers flights from most major airlines including American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United.  Port Columbus has direct connections to most major and many smaller airports east of the Rockies, and to several major airports west of the Rockies (e.g. Los Angeles, Oakland, and Phoenix).  Other nearby airports include Cincinnati (CVG) and Cleveland (CLE), each about 2 hours away.  Detroit, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh are each about 3 hours away.

COTA, the local public transit system, has an “AirConnect” bus that runs between the airport and the downtown hotels; the fare is $2.75 (exact change needed) and a schedule can be found here (pdf).  The airport is about 15 minutes by taxi from the conference hotel and the Ohio State campus; taxi fare should be about $30.  Uber and Lyft are also available in Columbus.

Lodging

The conference hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Downtown, located 1.8 miles south of the Ohio Union where the conference will be held.  A block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants at a rate of $135 (king standard or double) or $175 (king suite) per night plus tax.  The block will be held until September 20th, then released to the general public.

Rooms can be booked by following this APT-exclusive link.  Or you may call the hotel at 614-559-2000 and use the group code "APT."  The supply of rooms is limited, and the deadline is September 20th, so early booking is encouraged.

Valet parking at the Hampton Inn is $24 per night.  There are public lots and garages nearby.  Daily parking at the garage directly adjacent to the Ohio Union is $11.75.  Street parking will be limited in both areas.

Alternate Lodging

Other nearby hotels include the Columbus Hilton Downtown and the Hyatt Regency Columbus, each located within a block of the Hampton, and the Blackwell Inn, located on the Ohio State campus less than a mile from the Union.  If you plan to use Airbnb or a similar service then the closest neighborhoods are the Short North, Italian Village, Victorian Village, and the University District.

Getting Around Columbus 

A free shuttle bus will run from the Hampton Inn to the Ohio Union in the morning and early evening during the conference.  If you miss the shuttle, the #2 COTA bus stops at the Hampton and the Union every 10-15 minutes from 5 am to midnight.  The fare is $2 and the ride should take 10-15 minutes (max).  It’s also an easy 40-minute walk.

Please be aware that APT will be sharing the streets of Columbus with the HighBall Halloween party/fashion festival.  This may affect transportation around the city, as areas of High Street (the location of our conference hotel) will be shut down at night.  But it also provides APTers with another entertainment option during the conference: check out the HighBall website here.

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