We have recently rearranged our website, if your looking for information about how to book a room at RainFurrest (yes, we still have room for more Campers (Attendees), please visit our hotel page for more information!
|Main Hotel - Address and Location|
Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd.
Seattle, Washington, United States 98188-4001
Tel: +1 (206) 244-4800
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|Overflow Hotel - Address and Location|
Clarion Hotel Seattle Airport
3000 S. 176th St
Seattle, Washington, United States 98188-4001
Tel: +1 (206) 242-0200
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If you are a Ham Radio Operator, bring your 2 Meter Radio. RainFurrest is annoucing 146.58 as a calling frequency for convention attendees, while we can't promise anyone from the convention staff will be monitoring, many of us are Hams and have Dual Band radios.
Depending on how you are attending and where you are staying, parking costs can vary a little, for example if you are a guest at the Hilton - Parking is $7 per night for overnight guests, if you are a guest at the Clarion - Parking is Complimentary, and if you drive in just for the day, Parking is $10 a day.
Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotel, just use the provided courtesy phones to contact the hotel, or contact the hotel directly by telephone. However, if you do not want to use the shuttle and would prefer to walk, simply find your way to the light rail platform and exit to the International Blvd side. (The walkway is located on the 4th floor of the main parking structure, across from the terminal.)
|Public Transit and Rail Options|
The Puget Sound Region is particularly well connected by public and private transit, we have taken some time to outline some options for you to get to RainFurrest without having to drive your car.
AMTRAK offers a variety of service to the Pacific Northwest. The Empire Builder service from points east, Coast Starlight services from Los Angeles through California and Oregon, and the Cascades route will service the Pacific Northwest from Bellingham and into Vancouver, as far south as Eugene, OR. All trains will connect at Seattle King Street Station, at the south end of downtown. From here, it's a short walk to the Link Light Rail station across 4th Ave S from King Street Station - follow directions to get to Jackson and cross in front of the old Union Station to get to the nearest tunnel station entry (International District). Make sure you go to the southbound side!
Also, Amtrak passengers can take the train to Tukwila and use Metro route 156 to get to the hotel. The nearest bus stop to the hotel is the Airport light rail station.
The Sounder is our local "heavy rail" commuter train with two runs - one from Tacoma to downtown Seattle on the south run, and downtown Seattle to Everett, and both run during peak hours. If you are in those areas and want to save some money, this is your best option. From the south line, exit the train at Tukwila, and take Metro 180 to the Airport light rail station; from the north, you can simply transfer as above from King Street to the light rail with one exception - use the stairwells on the train platforms to exit to 4th Ave S, and there is a walkway that will get you to the street level entrance for the International District station.
The Greyhound station is on 9th and Stewart at the north end of downtown Seattle; your nearest Link Light Rail station will be the Westlake transit tunnel station. To get there, drop down into the Convention Place tunnel station: as you exit the Greyhound terminal once you collect your belongings, proceed south (it's the direction the bus park is facing for the terminal) - it will be visible on your left. Bus fare from this point to Westlake is free, and on the southbound lane, any bus you catch will do to get you to Westlake. Watch the signs, and don't be afraid to ask questions of the posted security guards!
via Light Rail from Downtown
Seattle's light rail runs from downtown Seattle directly to the airport. When you get to the airport station, exit the train and proceed to the International Blvd. exit,which will take you through a pedestrian sky bridge. The Hilton is across the street, and the front entrance is about a two minute walk from the light rail station elevators as you exit. The fare payment boxes are located at the mezzanines of all stations except the International District station, which are located at street level - make sure you pay your fare before you board. As of June 2011, fare from downtown Seattle to the airport is $2.50.
Using Park and Ride
If parking is full, you can park at a park and ride location, and take a bus to the hotel. Please note, however, that there are regulations: in particular, you can only leave your car at a King County park and ride for up to 72 hours, you cannot use the park and ride if you are not using a bus, the park and ride is not to be used for auxiliary hotel parking (it's used so you can park your car and take a bus in each day), and they are NOT responsible if your car is damaged or broken into. If you are staying at the hotel, you should use hotel parking.
Other Transit Options
If you live in the greater Seattle area and are simply using public transportation, all the information you need can be found at http://metro.kingcounty.gov. In addition, Google Maps now has transit information for King County Metro - however, for other areas, your mileage may vary. As the hotel is adjacent to the Airport Light Rail station, your best service options are the light rail (downtown Seattle to the airport), Metro 156 (Tukwila Station - Seatac Airport), 180 (Burien - Seatac - Kent - Auburn), and Sound Transit 574 (Seatac Airport - Federal Way - Tacoma - Lakewood).