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LISA '02, 16th Systems Administration Conference, November 3-8, 2002, Philadelphia Marriott, Philadelphia, PA
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Hotel Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2002

Why should you stay in the headquarter hotel?

We would like to encourage you to stay in the headquarter hotel(s) and when making your reservation remember to state that you are attending the USENIX conference.

USENIX conferences use a lot of meeting space and rental fees can be quite costly. As a result, USENIX always negotiates contracts that contain guarantees that a certain number of sleeping rooms will be used during our conferences. And, when those guarantees are not met, USENIX is assessed penalties which sometimes are quite high.

As a benefit to you, USENIX is able to leverage these guarantees to negotiate discounted rates for your stay. Widespread defection from the headquarters hotel will inevitably lead to higher registration fees for everyone. It will also lead to hotels declining to book USENIX conferences.

Although we try to negotiate the best possible rates, we recognize that not everyone can afford to stay in the headquarters hotel. We always try to choose sites that have less expensive options in the immediate area. We also recommend roomsharing ( is good for this purpose).

Thank you for your understanding.

USENIX has negotiated special rates for conference attendees at the Philadelphia Marriott. Please make your reservation as soon as possible by contacting the hotel directly. You must mention USENIX or LISA to get the special group rate. To cancel your reservation, you must notify the hotel at least 48 hours prior to your planned arrival date.

Philadelphia Marriott Hotel
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Local telephone: +1.215.625.2900
Fax: +1.215.625.6097
Room Rates:
Single/Double: $170.00
(plus local and state taxes)

You may book your room online at the hotel Web site. Just put in the Group code of USXUSXA to get the LISA special rate.

Note: When the rooms in the USENIX block are sold out, requests will be handled on a space-available basis at the hotel's standard rate. Make your reservations early!

Residence Inn Center City
(about 1 block from the Philadelphia Marriott)
Corner of Market and Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
1-800-648.4462 or 1.215.557.0005
Mention USENIX to get the group rate
Rate: $139 plus tax for studio suite (sleeps 3)
Includes a full kitchen and a breakfast buffet

Need a Roommate?
Usenet facilitates room-sharing. If you wish to share a room, post to and check

Special discounted airfares have been negotiated with United Airlines:

  • 5% off any published fare on United Airlines, United Express, or Shuttle by United.
  • 10% off coach fares (BUA) when reservations are made in "M" class and utilize the MTGUA Unique Fare Basis Code.

Make reservations through your travel agent or directly with United Airlines at 1.800.521.4041. Refer to Meeting ID Number 510CH.


Easy Trip by Train from East Coast Cities
Philadelphia is very easy to get to from many East Coast metropolitan areas. Trains offer frequent service and fares are reasonable. Check out The 30th Street Station in Philly is only about a 10 minute (approx. $6.) cab ride to the Philadelphia Marriott.

Approximate mileage to Philadelphia:

Boston: 300 miles
NYC: 100 miles
Washington, DC: 125 miles
Baltimore: 100 miles

Philadelphia International Airport is located seven miles from downtown Philadelphia and provides both international and domestic services. For more information, please go to

Ground Transportation
Taxi service is $20 from the Philadelphia International Airport to the Philadelphia Marriott. Philadelphia Regional Train is $5.50 per person. Take the R1 from the airport to the Marriott. For the full schedule, please go to and select R1. The hotel shuttle is $8.00 per person one way: look for a van with the Marriott logo. For more information about ground transportation services from the airport, please go to

The Philadelphia Marriott offers valet parking for hotel guests only. The rate is $26 for 24 hours, and does not include in-and-out privileges. There are also many self-parking garages close to the hotel. Rates may range from $15 to $25 per day.

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