Past Conferences:

2004 2003 2002 2001

Accomodations and Travel

Hotel Rates
MERLOT has negotiated a special rate of $135 per night for a single or double occupancy, $145 for triple occupancy and $155 for quadruple occupancy rooms. This rate is subject to state and local taxes, currently 14.25%. To confirm your reservation, you must provide a major credit card number or send the Renaissance a personal check. Reservations must be cancelled prior to 72 hours of scheduled arrival or deposit will be forfeited. To avoid any potential early checkout fees, you must inform the hotel at or before check-in that you will be departing early.

Group rates will be offered three days before and three days after the dates of the conference, based upon availability. The MERLOT International Conference room block will be held until Friday, June 24, 2005. After this date, the rooms will be released and reservations will be taken based on availability of group rate.

To receive the discounted rate, please call Renaissance Reservations at 1-800-266-9432 (within the US and Canada) or +1-615-255-8400 (outside the US and Canada). To get the reduced rate, request the MERLOT group rate when making your reservations. Reservations may also be made online by clicking on the link below.

Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203 USA
Hotel Direct Phone: +1-615-255-8400
Check-in: 3:00 p.m. Check-out: 12:00 noon

Internet Access
Every room features complimentary Wired for Business service, which includes high speed internet access, as well as unlimited local and long distance (within the US) phone calls for $9.95 per day. Wireless access will be available in several areas of the Nashville Convention Center during the operating hours of the Convention Center. An 802.11b wireless card is necessary to connect to the wireless network.

Travel to Nashville
The Nashville International Airport is serviced by ten airlines: Air Canada, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Independence, Northwest, Southwest, United Express and US Airways.

The Renaissance Nashville Hotel and attached Nashville Convention Center are seven miles west of the airport. Shuttle service is available to and from the airport by Gray Line Airport Express. The rate is $12 one-way and $18 round trip when purchased upon your arrival at the airport. Services run approximately every 15-20 minutes from 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. daily. You can visit (“Airport Express” link in the lower part of the left-side navigation bar) for more information or to make reservations online.

Taxis cost approximately $20 each way. Rental cars are also available at Nashville International Airport.

Special Needs
We are committed to making conference activities accessible and enjoyable for all. If you have any type of special need, such as a physical disability or dietary requirements, please indicate your need in the ADA Requirements area on the registration form. All meals at the conference will include vegetarian selections.

Area Attractions
The hotel and convention center are located in the business district of Nashville and is within walking distance of the:

  • Coliseum (NFL)
  • B.B. King's Blues Club
  • Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts
  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center
  • Historic Second Avenue District (some of the city's most popular honky tonks)

For more information about Nashville, visit the following sites:

Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Nashville International Airport

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