Details, details, details – to make the conference easier!

Posted By DLaVallee on May 8, 2012

Location and Transportation:

The Marriott hotel and the convention center are located between Clay and Broadway and between 10th and 11th in Oakland. The entrance to the West Exhibition Hall is on 10th St. midway between Clay and Broadway.

If you take BART the Marriott is across the street from the 11th street exit from the 12th St – City Center station.  Parking at many outlying BART stations with lots is free on Saturdays and Sundays.

If you take Amtrak – there is a bright green Free Shuttle from the Amtrak station all the way up Broadway – get on at the Bright Green B stop near the station and get off at 11th.  This shuttle runs along Broadway from Jack London Square to the Uptown Arts District Fridays from 7 AM to 1 AM, and Saturdays from 6 PM to 1 AM.


The Entrance to the Parking garage is at 11th and Clay.

Parking will be available at the reduced rate of $15 a day. (That’s down from the currentdaily rate of $24.)  Conference goers will be given vouchers for the reduced rate. Registrants will receive parking vouchers when they check in on-site, day visitors will receive vouchers when they pay for their daily admission. Payment for parking is made upon departure from the garage, and will be at the $15 rate with presentation of the voucher.

  1. Parking rate is $15 inclusive.
  2. No In & Out privilege.
  3. Discounted vouchers will be available at conference check-in.
  4. Pay at gate upon departure. If you’re staying at the hotel, you cannot charge parking to your room.

There are some small surface parking lots in the area of the convention center, some with special weekend rates.  Or, if you’re willing to walk a few blocks, there is a multi-story  lot on Clay St between 14th & 15th.  Also the Trans Pacific Center Garage is at 1000 Broadway.


The hotel has a restaurant – The Level Two, open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and a Lounge – The Twelve Bar Lounge – with light dinner options and a full bar.  Full and mini conference registration includes a banquet on Saturday night.

Grab and go meals, coffee and tea will be available just outside The Level Two Restaurant in the hotel at Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday and Sunday.  The lounge space will be available for seating at these times.

Every hotel room has a small dorm-size refrigerator.

In addition, there are numerous coffee shops, restaurants and delis all within a few blocks walk of the hotel.  The revival of the Old Town district is in full swing and new spots open up almost weekly.  The area is very safe in the daytime, but go with a friend after dark.

Be sure to check out the list of these food spots with their hours of operation on the CNCH website. It will be also be available near the registration desk at the conference.