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After a long day of attending sessions at the Annual Meeting, it is good to have a haven to relax and recharge for the next day. AAR has negotiated special conference rates at six luxurious and convenient hotels for the convenience of meeting attendees. Hotel room rates do not include the average of 15.6 percent hotel room tax. Please note that the single/double/triple/quadruple room designation denotes the number of room occupants, not the number of beds. A triple room means three people are sharing two double beds, unless a rollaway bed is requested at an extra charge.

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O’Farrell Street

The historic Hilton San Francisco Union Square is one of the largest and tallest hotels on the West Coast, boasting three towers with guestrooms and suites offering exquisite views of the city. Guests are encouraged to refresh themselves in their sparkling outdoor pool and relax in their Jacuzzi heated to perfection, all perched atop the lush sixteenth-floor deck. The Urban Tavern Restaurant, located in the hotel, has a stylish and energetic atmosphere featuring an innovative gastropub menu with savory comfort food. The Hilton’s amenities include deluxe bedding with a plush-top mattress and fine European-style linens, high-speed Internet access in all guestrooms, a full service business center, concierge services, a Starbucks, and is pet-friendly.


Intercontinental San Francisco Hotel
888 Howard Street

The Intercontinental, San Francisco’s newest luxury hotel, soars thirty-two stories above the vibrant South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood and is located directly adjacent to the Moscone West Convention Center. Rooms are luxurious and elegantly appointed with rich wood and marble, striking contemporary art, stylish furniture, and the latest high-tech amenities, all of which is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows. The Intercontinental features a ten-room spa offering a comprehensive array of exquisite treatments and signature experiences; or, for a more vigorous workout, guests can enjoy the indoor heated lap-pool or fitness center right next door to the hotel. The Luce Restaurant offers American-style breakfast and lunch, which then transforms into a destination wine restaurant for dinner.


Hotel Nikko San Francisco
222 Mason Street

Experience the fine art of hospitality and the ultimate in personal service set in the midst of a city world-famous for its charming history and its cutting-edge style. Hotel Nikko’s guests are pampered by such amenities as pillow-top beds, high-speed Internet access, large flat panel televisions, stereos, CD players, and room service twenty-four hours each day. Hotel Nikko features an indoor fifteen-meter heated pool and whirlpool bathed in natural light from atrium windows. Massages are available by appointment. The elegant and intimate Restaurant ANZU showcases European and Japanese culinary traditions, including an incomparable menu of sushi. The Razz Room, San Francisco’s premier nightclub, boasts a variety of headline entertainment and is located on the lobby level of the hotel.


Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco – Union Square
55 Cyril Magnin Street

Immerse yourself in calming luxury at the Parc 55, a four-diamond oasis nestled in the heart of Union Square. This exceptional San Francisco boutique hotel offers a decidedly different experience from typical chain brands. Each of their newly renovated and beautifully appointed smoke-free guestrooms feature custom furnishings and stunning views. Dine in style at one of their three onsite restaurants, offering a wide array of cuisines. Take time to enjoy their twenty-four hour health club which provides all equipment for an invigorating workout.


San Francisco Marriott Marquis
55 Fourth Street

Rising thirty-nine stories high, the magnificent Marriott Marquis San Francisco Hotel exudes an essence of modern luxury and the convenience of an extraordinary downtown hotel. Located just south of Market Street and next to the Moscone Convention Center, the hotel is steps away from the Yerba Buena Gardens, renowned museums and cultural attractions, world-class shopping on Union Square, and AT&T Park — home of the San Francisco Giants. Enjoy inspiring penthouse views and cocktails at the View Lounge or the finest contemporary cuisine at Mission Grille before retiring to luxuriously appointed hotel rooms and suites.


Westin San Francisco Market Street
50 Third Street

Renovated and rebranded, the Westin San Francisco Market Street offers you an oasis of sophistication in the heart of the South of Market district. Their four-star property boasts an artful blend of style and architecture. When it is time for bed, retire to their supremely comfortable AAA Four Diamond accommodations, featuring new bedding, designer bath amenities, and stunning city skyline views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Visit the Ducca restaurant, which exudes the restless magic of Venice and the relaxed elegance of Northern California, focusing on Northern Italian cuisine.


JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
500 Post Street

Experience the fashion, elegance, and unmatched energy of this hotel with an architecturally stunning style all its own. In addition to the 24-hour fitness center, guests also receive discounted access to a health club one block away, providing an indoor lap pool, fitness center, personal trainers, and fitness classes. A unique amenity to this hotel is its complimentary drop-off Town Car service within the downtown area during select hours. A Level III restaurant serves California cuisine with a focus on Northern California wineries, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or 24-hour room service. Guestrooms feature pillow-top mattresses, down bedding, high-speed Internet access (surcharge applicable), Bose radios, LCD TVs, laptop-compatible safes, video games (surcharge applicable), mini bars, granite-topped desks with ergonomic chairs, and bathrobes. This is a smoke-free hotel.


Palomar San Francisco
12 Fourth Street

Located in a historic 1907 building, this downtown SoMa area hotel is located on the top five floors of a nine-story building. In addition to the complimentary wine reception each evening, there is an elegant French restaurant onsite, which offers a 700-label wine list, a chef’s tasting menu, an à la carte menu for dinner Monday through Saturday, and breakfast daily as well. This pet-friendly hotel’s guestrooms have Italian linens, alligator-print carpets, CD players, mini bars, video games, complimentary Internet access, and granite bathrooms. Coffee/tea makers are available on request. TV stations include a meditation channel and a yoga channel; complimentary yoga mats, straps, and blocks are available for in-room use. “Tall rooms” (available on request) have extra-long mattresses. In addition to in-room recycling bins and water-efficient bathrooms, other highlights include the use of non-toxic cleaning products, recycled paper, and energy-efficient light bulbs. The hotel has a fitness room and spa services. Guests may also use a nearby health club (surcharge applicable), which has a pool. This is a smoke-free hotel.


Serrano San Francisco
405 Taylor Street

This 1928 seventeen-story Spanish-Moroccan style boutique hotel embodies the spirit of the city by offering a sense of fun through complimentary bicycles and a library of fifty board games and puzzles guests can borrow. Other complimentary amenities include an evening wine reception, coffee and tea service in the morning, and high-speed internet access. The hotel has a 24-hour business and fitness center and a sauna. In addition to in-room dining, there is a stylish Ponzu restaurant onsite that showcases California-Asian cuisine, serving breakfast and dinner. This pet-friendly hotel’s guestrooms have triple-sheeted beds, iPod-docking stations, high ceilings, window seats, full-length framed mirrors, flat-screen TVs, mini bars, terry-cloth bathrobes, and are soundproofed. Coffeemakers are also available upon request. In addition to in-room recycling bins and water-efficient bathrooms, other highlights include the use of non-toxic cleaning products, recycled paper, and energy-efficient light bulbs. This is a smoke-free hotel.


Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street

This 1928 historic hotel has door staff in Beefeater regalia greeting guests at the twenty-one-story Sir Francis Drake Hotel. This pet-friendly hotel has a rooftop nightclub serving a light menu with live bands four nights a week, a fine-dining Mediterranean bistro serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, and a street-level Starbucks. In addition to in-room recycling bins and water-efficient bathrooms, other highlights include the use of non-toxic cleaning products, recycled paper, and energy-efficient light bulbs. There is also a fitness center onsite. This is a smoke-free hotel.


Marriott Courtyard Downtown San Francisco
299 Second Street

This eighteen-story downtown San Francisco hotel is tucked away on a pleasantly quiet street in the SoMa district. Guests of this Marriott Courtyard relax in the living room-style lobby or unwind in the indoor splash pool and spa tub. Complimentary wireless Internet access is provided in all public spaces. The hotel also offers the amenities of a luxury hotel, such as valet parking, a Starbucks, Whispers Bar and Grill, Jasmine’s Restaurant, room service, and complete fitness room. Guestrooms at this Marriott Courtyard feature feather pillows, large work desk, and cable TV with HBO. Views are of San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, the waterfront, or a courtyard.


Please note that you must be registered to secure housing. Register online here.


To help orient you to the city, here’s a map of the area of San Francisco where the hotels and Moscone Center are located. The Map corresponds with the hotels listed below:

1 — Hilton Union Square
2 — Intercontinental Hotel
3 — Hotel Nikko
4 — Parc 55 Wyndham
5 — San Francisco Marriott Marquis
6 — Westin San Francisco Market Street
7 — JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
8 — Palomar San Francisco
9 — Serrano San Francisco
10 — Sir Francis Drake Hotel
11 — Marriott Courtyard San Francisco Downtown


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