Local Information for UIST'98
Hotel update NEW
Conference hotel, rates and reservations
Other hotel options NEW
Getting to and from the San Francisco Airport
Getting around the City NEW
Foreign currency exchange
Hotel Update 10/8/98
There are still rooms at the UIST rates for Sunday and Monday night.
Best rate for Tuesday night is $240 and the hotel is booked for
You can, however, get a room at the Mark Hopkins across the street by
going through the PUI workshop. Send email to Cindy Muszynski,
email@example.com, and she should hopefully be able to get you a rate of $195. You do not have to attend the PUI workshop to get these rooms.
The hotel conference rates are available if reserved by October 5.
The Fairmont Hotel
is located on prestigious Nob Hill, 950 Mason Street at California Street.
The Fairmont, UIST'98 Conference
To reserve a room for UIST, contact the Fairmont directly by October
5, 1998. Be sure to specify ACM UIST, as there are two ACM conferences
going on at the same time.
950 Mason Street
San Francisco CA 94108
+1 (415) 772-5000
+1 (415) 772-5013 (fax)
North American Toll-free: 1-800-527-4727
Room Rates Single/Double
Main Building Standard $175/195
Main Building Deluxe $195/215
Tower City View $215/235
Tower Bay View $265/285
Convention rates are available 3 days before and 3 days after the official
conference dates on a space available basis.
Rates do not include the 14% San Francisco occupancy tax. Major credit
cards are accepted.
The conference is close to Union Square, an area with many, many
hotels in all price ranges. The following recommendations are drawn
from several reliable sources, and is by no means exhaustive. All
are within 4 blocks of the Fairmont. Because the Fairmont is at the
top of a steep hill, almost all the hotels are downhill. For a more
complete listing, see the San
Francisco Visitors website.
Other hotel options
Expensive (like the Fairmont or costlier) but really convenient--within
Within 2 blocks
Within 4 blocks
Hotel (415-474-5400, 800-227-4683 Fax: 415-474-6227) 140 rooms. Elegant,
Mark Hopkins (415-392-3434,
800-327-0200 Fax: 415-421-3302) 392 rooms. Old-style San Francisco
Renaissance Stanford Court
(415-989-3500, 800-227-4736 Fax: 415-391-0513) 402 rooms. Well-regarded
Moderate cost ($120-180) These are all reputed to be very well-appointed
and fine places to stay.
Many hotels are available between 4 and 8 blocks from the Fairmont, including
the modestly priced, recommended Commodore,
Arms and Andrews.
There is also the moderately priced Holiday
Inn Union Square .Try to stay near a cable car or bus line.
Modest cost ($80-120) These hotels are comfortable and have some
Amsterdam (415-673-3277, 800-637-3444
Fax: 415-673-0453) 34 rooms.
Hotel Beresford (415-673-9900, 800-533-6533
Fax: 415-474-1317 ) 114 rooms.
Cartwright (415-421-2865, 800-227-3844
Fax: 415-398-6345) 109 rooms.
Cornell (415-421-3154, 800-232-9698
Fax: 415-399-1442) 60 rooms. French country inn.
800-848-1529 Fax: 415-775-3271) 68 rooms.
Inexpensive (less than $80) These hotels are adequate lodgings
that have been recommended.
Grant Plaza (800-472-6899, 415-434-3883
Fax: 415-434-3886) 72 rooms. In bustling Chinatown.
Biltmore (888-290-5508, 415-673-4277
Fax 415-673-0453) 60 rooms.
San Francisco International Airport
(SFO) is 15 miles south of San Francisco.
Getting to and from the airport
The fare is $30-35, and the ride will take about 30 minutes, longer at
rush hour. Taxis leave from the airport's lower level, outside baggage
The fare is $10-15, and the ride can take somewhat longer than the taxi
or the bus. There are multiple services available, such as SuperShuttle,
Door-to-Door, and Quake City Shuttle.
Shuttles leave from the center island, outside of the airport's upper
level. SuperShuttle says, "Follow the Super Shuttle signs to our uniformed
Airport Guest Coordinator. They will arrange SuperShuttle transportation
to your destination."
The SFO Airporter bus ($10) leaves every 30 minutes, 6:30 am-midnight,
and takes about 40 minutes. It doesn't go directly to the Fairmont, but
you can take it to the Holiday Inn Union Square and walk two blocks up
the hill on Powell, or take it to the Hyatt Regency and catch a California
Street cable car.
This is possible, with a fare of $2-6, but not simple. It will involve
multiple transfers and quite a bit more time.
Ground Transportation for more details on this and other services.
Parking at the Fairmont is $27/day (even for hotel guests). Hertz does
have a desk at the hotel, open 7:30am - 3:30 pm.
Driving directions: Take highway 101 North towards San Francisco.
Follow it towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the Ninth Street/Civic Center
exit. Stay in the two right-hand lanes on Ninth Street. Cross Market Street,
where Ninth becomes Larkin. Take Larkin to California Street and turn right.
Take California to Mason Street and turn left. The Fairmont is at 950 Mason
The Fairmont is at the intersection of two cable cars, the Powell line
that runs north and south from Market Street to Fisherman's Wharf and the
California Street line that runs east and west from the Embarcadero to
Cable car fare: $2.00 per ride; Daily pass: $6.00
3-day pass: $10.00 Weekly pass: $15.00
San Francisco has an extensive public transit system, called Muni, that
operates buses and streetcars all through the city. There is also
BART, the subway system, which runs down Market Street and across the bay
Near the Fairmont, buses run north-south on Stockton Street, and east-west
on most streets during rush hour, Sacramento street continuously.
Taxis are available at the Fairmont. Distances are short within the
downtown area, somewhat longer to the Wharf and Civic Center areas.
There is a Foreign
Currency Exchange at SFO in the Bank of America International Terminal
branch every day from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Foreign Currency Exchange
The Fairmont front desk also exchanges currency.
In early November, daytime temperatures are likely to be in the 60s (16-19C),
with nights around 50 (10C). Rain is possible, and chill winds can
be expected. For forecasts, check
Intellicast or USA
By Debby Hindus, Local Arrangements.