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Local Host Information

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University of Washington
Department of Communication


Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Airport Phone: 1=1-800-544-1965

Hotel direction: 15.2 miles North

The Seattle Renaissance does not provide shuttle service.

Alternative Transportation

  • Downtown Airporter by Shuttle Express; fee: $18 (one way); reservation required
  • Estimated taxi fare: $45 (one way)
  • Seattle Yellow Cab: (206) 622-6500

  • Uber and Lyft are easily available throughout Seattle

  • Car Rentals:Hertz, Avis, and Enterprise all have SeaTac locations

  • Bus Station: Greyhound Bus Station Seattle, 1.6 miles S from Hotel

  • Subway Stations: Pioneer Square Station, 0.2 miles W from Hotel; University Street Station, 0.3 miles NW from Hotel

  • Train Station: King Street Station, 0.7 miles SW from Hotel

Driving Directions

Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle, Washington: 1. Head south on Departures Dr 0.4 mi 2. Continue onto Airport Expressway 1.3 mi 3. Keep right at the fork and merge onto WA-518 E 1.5 mi 4. Take the exit on the left onto I-5 N toward Seattle 9.8 mi 5. Take exit 164A for Dearborn St toward James St/Madison St 0.5 mi 6. Follow signs for Dearborn Street/Interstate 5 N 0.6 mi 7. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-5 N/Vancouver B C/Madison St/Convention Center 0.2 mi 8. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Madison St/Convention Pl and merge onto 7th Ave 0.3 mi 9. Turn left onto Madison St 413 ft Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 515 Madison St., Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle Renaissance Parking:

  • Off-site parking $57/day
  • On-site parking $45/day
  • Valet parking $57/day

Local Host Activities

The local hosts in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington have planned several fun activities for convention goers. All the events take place on Friday, February 22. If you want to participate, sign up when you preregister for the conference. If the minimum numbers are not met, the events will be cancelled and those who registered will be notified.

Seattle Brewery Tour with Road Dogs Tours

 $55/person (includes tip)

Friday, February 22, 2019

12:30 - 3:30 pm


You'll visit three distinct breweries in three hours on a beer tour with Road Dogs (and get to take home a cool t-shirt and souvenir pint glass to boot). You'll be provided with safe transport along the way and the opportunity to make new, like-minded friends. Inside the breweries, you'll become acquainted with the facts and figures of what goes into a beautiful brew. Information on the history, culture and technical aspects of a good brew will be freely dispensed -- and so will the beer! Learning has never been more delicious.You must be at least 21 years old to participate in this event. The tour leaves from the Renaissance Hotel.



Tour of Underground Seattle

*Group of 12 or more $15/person; $13 with student ID

Non-group Rate $22/person; $20 with student ID

Friday, February 22, 2019

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour is Seattle’s most unusual attraction, a humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889.  The 75-minute guided walking tour begins beneath Doc Maynard’s Public House, then spills into historic Pioneer Square, Seattle’s birthplace, before plunging underground for an exclusive, time-capsule view of the buried city.

We are scheduling a group from 10:00 - 11:00 am so you may take this tour prior to the brewery tour. Yet, the tour leaves from beneath Doc Maynard’s on the hour, every hour, between 10am and 6pm. Feel free to arrive early for a drink or a meal at this historic Seattle pub located only .5 miles from the Renaissance Hotel! 

Go to: 614 1st Avenue, in Pioneer Place Park, Pioneer Square, between Cherry and James Street.

*We will take reservations when you register for the WSCA conference. If a group of 12 or more does not pre-register, you will be refunded and may experience the tour on your own at the non-group rate.

Note: This tour is not ADA accessible.

Seattle CityPASS

$89 adults (13+); $69 children (5-12 years)

For those of you who prefer the freedom to explore Seattle on your schedule, the Seattle CityPASS gives you admission to Seattle's top attractions for a deeply discounted price!

CityPASS Admission Includes:

  • Space Needle
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
  • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) OR Woodland Park Zoo
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass OR Pacific Science Center





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