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JULY 18-22, 2022

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Hotel Accommodations

The room blocks are scheduled to close effective at the end of business on June 17.  Availability and rates after that date are not guaranteed.

 

Host Hotel Option #1

Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

101 West 100 North

Provo, Utah 84601

Tel: 801-377-4700

Host Hotel Option #2:

Hyatt Place Provo 180 West 100 North

Provo, Utah   84601

Tel: 801-609-2060

OPTION #1: One hotel for the 2022 IEEE NSREC is the 4-star Provo Marriott, located in the heart of Provo and across the street from the Convention Center. The property features a full- service restaurant, one cocktail lounge, a 24-hour fitness center (complimentary to hotel guests), a business center, room service, lobby ATM, computer room for guest use, complimentary self-parking at their attached garage, a whirlpool, and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

The 329 guest rooms are all non-smoking and are comfortably furnished. Each room features large windows with dramatic views, individual climate control, flat-screen TV with video-on-demand & cable, complimentary hi-speed wireless internet, work desk with USB chargers, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, phone with voice mail, one king or two double beds, and room service. A concierge floor is expected to be open by July. . . but not guaranteed. Check-in is 3:00pm or later; check out is before 12:00n.

Provo Marriott Guest room rates for a standard king or double-double are:

NEGOTIATED GROUP RATE: $154.00 single/double per night

GOVERNMENT PER DIEM: $98.00 single/double* per night

*For the government rate, guests must provide current government or military ID at check-in.

Room taxes currently at 13.32% will be added to all rates listed above.

Based on availability, the guest room rates will be offered 3 days before and 3 days after the conference. If you want to “arrive early” or “depart late,” and the nights you need are NOT shown on the online system, it is suggested that you make your reservation for the maximum number of nights that you can and THEN send a request for the remaining nights that you need to Jeremiah Clark at: Jeremiah.clark@marriott.com. Be sure to provide Jeremiah with your existing hotel reservation number.

If you prefer, you can also call Marriott Reservations to confirm your room:

Tel. 800-228-9290. Ask for the group named IEEE NSREC and then, they can use the applicable room type code, as follows:

IEEIEER – Group rate in run-of-house standard room. No bed preference

IEEIEEA – Group rate with request for king bed in the room

IEEIEEB – Group rate with request for 2 queen beds in the room

IEGIEGR – Government rate in run-of-house standard room

 

 

OPTION #2: Another great hotel option would be the 3-star Hyatt Place Provo in the heart of town and one block from the Convention Center. This 133-room property is totally non-smoking. Each room features a combination sitting area & bedroom, complete with a pull-out sofa, a mini- frig, single-serve coffee maker, individual climate control, flat-screen HDTV with video-on-demand & cable, complimentary wireless internet, desk with USB chargers, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, phone, and one king or two double beds.

Additional amenities in the Hyatt Place include an outdoor swimming pool, a small business center with free public computers for guest use, free parking in an open-air lot 1 block away OR $10 per night in their “soon-to-be-open” attached parking garage, 24-hour gym, a 24-hour guest market (snacks & toiletries), an evening bistro, and complimentary hot breakfast daily... a great option for families! Check-in is 3:00pm or later; check-out is before 12:00n.

 

Hyatt Place Provo Guest room rates:

NEGOTIATED GROUP RATE: $159.00 single/double per night  

GOVERNMENT PER DIEM: $98.00 single/double* per night

*For the government rate, guests must provide current government or military ID at check-in.

Room taxes currently at 13.32% will be added to all rates listed above.

Based on availability, the guest room rates will be offered 3 days before and 3 days after the conference. If you want to “arrive early” or “depart late” but the nights that you need are NOT shown on the online system, then it is suggested that you call the hotel directly to make your reservation: Tel. 801-609-2060. Advise them of the applicable group code G-IEEE (group rate) or G-IEE2 (government rate).

Hotel Reservations

The preferred method to make reservations is by using the following weblinks:

In any case, enter your arrival and departure dates and follow the prompts.

Room reservations require a credit card as a guarantee. The cut-off for IEEE NSREC reservations is at 5:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on June 17, 2022. Once the room block has been filled OR after the cut-off date (whichever comes first!), it is at the hotel’s discretion as to whether they can book more rooms and at what room rate will be offered. Early reservations are strongly suggested!

Please be certain to notify the hotel of any change to your arrival or departure dates. When you check into the hotel, be sure to verify your departure date.

Airport and Transportation Information

Provo Regional Airport (code: PVU) is located approximately 4 miles west of the Provo Marriott and Hyatt Place Provo. However, this airport only has small commuter aircraft on Allegiant Air from just a few cities and on limited days during the week, so... it is NOT likely to be the best option for most NSREC attendees.

The major airport nearby is Salt Lake City International Airport (code: SLC). The Provo Marriott and Hyatt Place Provo are located about 43 miles south of this airport. Traveling outside of normal commuting hours, the drive typically takes between 45-50 minutes. During heavy commuting times, the drive can take up to 75 minutes.

 

Airport to Hotel Transportation:

There is no scheduled shuttle service from either of these two airports to downtown Provo, but there are other options.

  1. From/to the Provo Regional Airport, the following will supply private taxi
    • Travel Car Service Tel: (801) 854-0000
  2.  From/to the SLC Airport, the following will supply private car transportation at a fee:
  3. From/to the SLC Airport to Provo, there IS public transportation!! The southbound Light Rail service (TRAX) at the airport will connect half-way to Provo to a train called the “Frontrunner”.

To use this option, you should first plan your trip using Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) Trip Planner at the website https://rideuta.com/Rider-Tools/Trip-Planner. You can learn more about specific route information for the Frontrunner at https://www.rideuta.com/Rider-Tools/Schedules-and-Maps/750-FrontRunner. In any case, follow these instructions:

    1. Go to the SLC Airport Light Rail (TRAX) system which is located at the south end of Terminal 1
    2. Buy your Frontrunner ticket at one of the kiosks using the following
        • Frontrunner
        • One-Way
        • The full fare at approximately $7.00, or a reduced fare for senior citizens or disabled TRAX is free, so you’re only paying for the Frontrunner service.
        • From: North Temple Board Station
        • To: Provo Central (in the “additional stations” section)
    3. Get on the Light Rail 704 Green Line going south
    4. Get off the Light Rail at the North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe Station
    5. Head to the west end of the Station, cross the train tracks, and take the escalator down to North Temple Station
    6. Take Southbound Frontrunner 750
    7. Get off at the Provo Station (the last stop going south). From here, you can either walk less than a mile to the hotel, call Uber or Lyft, OR . . .
    8. Get onto the UVX (Utah Valley Express) bus 830X (free service)
    9. Exit at the Center Street Station
    10. Walk .2 mile (less than 5 minutes) to the Provo Marriott or Hyatt Place Provo

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FRONTRUNNER DOES NOT OPERATE ON SUNDAYS!!!!

 

Car Rental:

This is one place where a car rental makes sense!! There are so many places to explore, it’s easy to get around, and the host hotels have free (or very inexpensive) parking for hotel guests. Therefore, consider the cost of car rental versus the cost of airport transfers plus any additional transportation you might need during the week. Most major car rental companies are located in the Salt Lake City International Airport at their Gateway Car Rental Center (across the drive from baggage claim). More information can be found at https://slcairport.com/parking-and-transportation/rental-cars-2/

No car rental service is available at the smaller Provo Regional Airport.

Parking and Driving Directions

Self-parking at the Provo Marriott Hotel is FREE for hotel guests, so this is not a concern when driving your own car or renting one. In addition, the Hyatt Place offers FREE parking at a lot one block from the hotel OR parking at $10 per night at their attached garage. Driving directions from the Salt Lake City Airport are as follows.

Salt Lake City International Airport to Marriott or Hyatt:

  • Head northeast on N Terminal Drive
  • Turn right towards N 3700 W and then continue onto W Crossbar Rd
  • Take the ramp onto Terminal Drive and then follow signs to I-80 E towards Ogden/Provo
  • After about 3 miles, take the exit on the left onto I-15 S/I-80 E towards Cheyenne/Las Vegas
  • Continue to follow I-15 S for about 24 miles, but be aware of a “fork” where you will ..
  • Keep to the left to stay on I-15 S for 18 additional miles
  • Take exit 265 to Provo’s Center Street
  • Turn left on N 500 W
  • Turn right onto W 100 N
  • In 5 blocks, a) Marriott will be on the right . . .
  • OR b) in 3 blocks, turn left onto Freedom Blvd (another name for 200 W) to the Hyatt Place

Basically, the UVCC can be found at the southwest corner of W 100 N and Freedom Blvd 200 W. The Marriott is on the southeast corner of that intersection, and the Hyatt Place is on the northeast corner of that intersection.

If you are not staying at either of the NSREC’s host hotels and you need to drive to the UVCC, the following are a couple of the free public parking areas nearby:

  • Freedom Lot (outdoor parking) at 225 Freedom Blvd with 400 parking spaces
  • UVCC Lot (outdoor parking) at 250 W. 100 N with 41 parking spaces

Getting Around Town

The NSREC optional tours are the easiest way to explore the area. Still, there is much to see and do within walking distance of the hotels. The city is quite safe, so feel free to experience it at your leisure. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) provides local bus service (including the “Utah Valley Express”) throughout Utah County to venture a bit farther from the hotels. There is a UVX stop near the hotel that provides convenient transportation to BYU, Utah Valley University, and other destinations in Utah Valley. It would be helpful to peruse their website and specifically look at their route map on the website.

Downtown Provo is laid out on a standard street grid with great logic for street names IF you know the “plan.” The main streets are University (or Highway 189) going north/south AND Center Street (state road 114) going east/west. Most of the remaining streets are named according to their distance from these two main streets. For instance, the street called “W 100 N” means that this street is west of University and 1 block north of Center Street. That can be handy to know when exploring the area!

Tips When Visiting Provo

Altitude: The valley is rich with lakes and rivers, but its altitude of about 4,550’ (1,387 m) above sea level keeps the humidity level relatively low. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated in this dry and high altitude location.

Fun in the sun: On average, there may be only about 5 cloudy days in the entire month of July, so consider taking a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses on any excursions. The heat of the day could affect you rather quickly in Provo and the surrounding areas!

Weather: In July, this “semi-arid” climate is typically quite dry with low humidity but high temperatures. However, nights and early mornings can be cool, even in July. Historically, the average high temperature in July is in the low 90’s with an average low in the low 60’s. July could have some light rain, but it would typically be short-term.

Driving: Be patient in traffic and mindful of pedestrians. Obey all traffic rules and be alert, whether driving or walking. It is easy to navigate in the downtown Provo area, but there are numerous students out and about at all hours since this is a college town. Let’s face it... when tourists are not familiar with the area, they don’t always pay attention to everything around them. Also, know that driving while talking on a cell phone in Utah is illegal, and they DO issue tickets.

Restaurants & Tipping: Be aware that upscale restaurants might require reservations, especially during the busy dining hours of 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Most restaurants accept “casual” dress, although some are less “casual” than others. Standard tipping is 15 to 20 percent of the bill. Some restaurants add a “service charge” (gratuity) for groups of 6 or more, so check your bill to see if this has already been added.

Alcoholic Beverages: Utah is a “liquor control state,” which maintains the policy that “moderation” can be best achieved through “control .” The laws are strict regarding where alcoholic beverages can be sold and/or served, to whom they can be sold/served, the quantity that can be served, and more. The DUI alcohol limit, pertaining to a person’s maximum blood alcohol level when driving a car or riding a bike, is now the most strict in the country... only .05%. For some people, that’s only one drink. Do NOT drink and drive! For more information, see: https://utah.com/state-liquor-laws

Utah Valley Savings Passport: Get your Savings Passport before the conference to unlock discounts that can only be found in Utah Valley. Whether you are a visitor or resident, the Explore Utah Valley Savings Passport will help you find great deals at restaurants, hotels, local businesses, attractions, and more! The Savings Passport is ever-changing, but you’ll have access to ongoing and new offers once you have signed up. To learn more, go to the website: https://www.utahvalley.com/explore-utah-valley-savings-passport/