Plan Your Stay
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Headquarters
1300 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20577 USA
Tel: +1 202 623 1000
A limited number of rooms have been blocked at a discounted rate at the following hotels. Please be sure to book directly with the hotel as soon as possible, as the spaces may fill quickly. If any rooms remain by the dates listed, they will be released from the blocks and the discounted rates may no longer be available.
Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington DC 20005
Discounted block rate: US$295 per night for stays between 13-18 November
Residence Inn Downtown
1199 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington DC 20005
Discounted block rate: US$279 per night (must book by 16 October) for stays between 13-18 November
Club Quarters Hotel
839 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20006
Discounted block rate: US$119 per night (must book by 13 October) for stays between 13-17 November
BOOK ONLINE HERE or call +1.203.905.2100 during business hours (reference code IA1115).
TRANSPORTATION TO Washington, dc
There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). All three offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.
Reagan National Airport is located just across the Potomac River in Virginia and is the closest airport to DC. It is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow Lines. (It is also the airport where you are most likely to spot senators and representatives heading home to their districts.) To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside of baggage claim. A ride into downtown DC will cost about $20. Visit the Reagan Airport transportation and parking page for more information.
Dulles Airport is located 26 miles from DC in suburban Virginia. It has a dedicated access road that makes getting into the city efficient via car, taxi, or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport. Taxi stands are located outside the main terminal at Door 2 and Door 6. A ride into DC will cost about $70. Washington Flyer also offers a Silver Line Express Bus that drops off at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station about 15 minutes away. Silver Line Express Bus fare is $5 for one way. Purchase tickets inside the airport at Arrivals Door 4. Visit the Dulles Airport transportation and parking page for more information.
BWI Airport is a bit further out in Baltimore, but that often means you can find even better flight deals. BWI Airport is accessible via an Amtrak train route that drops off at DC’s Union Station. A reserved seat on the train will cost $15-$30. Visit the BWI Airport ground transportation page for more information.
TRANSPORTATION WITHIN washington, dc
DC is not a car-friendly city. You can walk mostly everywhere or take the metro. Taxis and Uber are also both options for traveling within the city.
The Metrorail system has six color-coded rail lines: Red, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow, and Green. The layout of the system makes it possible to travel between any two stations with no more than a single transfer. Look for tall brown columns with a large "M" identifying the station entrances. Colored stripes around the column show which lines serve the station.
PASSPORTS & VISAS
All attendees from outside the US are responsible for making sure they have the correct documentation to enter the country. Before you travel, please consult the U.S. Department of State Guide at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html. Delegates are strongly advised to explore visa requirements as early as possible, and should a visa be required, to apply as soon as possible as the process can be time consuming.
If you have a disability and require assistance, please contact IAIA HQ (firstname.lastname@example.org | +1.701.297.7908) by 27 October 2017 to discuss your specific needs.
IAIA, the organizing committee, and the venue will not be responsible for medical expenses, accidents, losses or other unexpected damage to property belonging to conference participants, either during or as a result of the conference and during all tours and events. Delegates without travel or health insurance are personally liable for covering any medical and associated costs they incur. IAIA recommends that delegates purchase travel insurance and ensure that the policy covers all medical expenses for injury or illness, as well as theft of valuables, damage to baggage, and cancellations or interruptions to flight plans.
Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, is a compact city on the Potomac River, bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It is defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings, including the iconic ones that house the federal government’s three branches: the Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. It is also home to well-known museums and performing arts venues such as the Kennedy Center. For more information, please visit: https://washington.org/.
November weather in DC is mild, with daytime highs in the low to mid-60s (about 17C) while early morning lows are mostly in the mid-40s (about 7C). Bring clothes that suit both mild to cold weather; it is best to dress in layers.
In Washington, DC, tipping is not optional. It is the norm to tip taxi drivers 10%-15% and waiting staff in restaurants 15-20%. Many restaurants automatically add a service charge to the bill, so check before leaving a tip. When buying a drink, it is customary to tip the bartender 15% per drink.
The currency in Washington, DC, is the US dollar. ATMs can be found on nearly every corner or in convenience stores close to your hotel or the venue. Credit cards are widely accepted.
In the US, the standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. Plugs are typically two flat prongs (Type A) or two flat prongs with a third round prong (Type B).
911 is the number to call in case of any emergency (police, ambulance, fire).