MacTech Conference 2014: Hotel and Travel
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MacTech Conference 2014: Hotel and Travel

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November 5-7, 2014 • Pre-Conference Workshops: Nov 4 • Manhattan Beach Marriott, Los Angeles, CA








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As an immersive conference from morning until evening, you should plan on activities for the entire time you are at the conference -- and commonly, attendees gather, after hours in the lobby or patio of the hotel. Additional details on schedule will be disseminated closer to the event. But, without a doubt, the best experience will be for those who are staying at the Manhattan Beach Marriott (where the conference is) as it will give you the greatest exposure to meeting others, and talking with your peers. We have selected the Marriott not only for the conference space, but also for the quality of its rooms and location.


Schedule

For travel planning purposes, here are times you may want to know.

 

Tue, November 4th, 2014:
Pre-Conference Workshops
9am: Pre-Conference Registration
- no Conference Registration Please
9:30: Workshops Begin
Workshops include morning break, lunch, and afternoon break.
No evening activities.

Apple Certification Exams
9:00am: Exam Registration and Study Group
- no Conference Registration Please
9:15am-1pm: Course and Exam
Exam Certificates included.

Microsoft Office Accreditation
1:45pm: Accreditation Registration
- no Conference Registration Please
2pm-6pm: Course and Exam
Course includes afternoon break.
No evening activities.

Wed, November 5th:
8am: Conference Registration Begins, Sponsor Exhibits Open
10am: Keynote Begins
Schedule includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon break, dinner and evening activities.

Thu, November 6th:
8:30am: Breakfast
9:30am: Sessions Begin
Schedule includes full breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break, dinner and evening event party.

Fri, November 7th:
8:30am: Breakfast
9:30am: Sessions Begin
5pm: All Conference Activities Conclude.
Schedule includes full breakfast, morning break, lunch, and afternoon break.

Post Event: Fri-Sat
Official activities conclude by 5pm on Fri, but many attendees stay for informal or ad hoc gatherings, enjoy the nearby eateries for dinner, or enjoy the Southern California climate before they return home on Saturday or Sunday. Attendees are responsible for their own plans post-event, but there is a negotiated hotel guest room rate to give you the best deal.


About the Hotel

The energetic and stylish Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel offers a resort like feel, making it easy for guests to unwind and relax. Located in the upscale South Bay area, the hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA sits on 26 beautifully landscaped acres, 3 miles south of the LAX Airport. Upon completion of a $7 million renovation, the hotel now features high speed Wi-Fi in all guest rooms (included in the MacTech special rate), helping guests stay connected.

The hotel's ideal location is within walking distance to area beaches, businesses and shopping, perfect for business or leisure travelers. Guests can enjoy a round of golf on the 9-hole course, a swim in the heated outdoor pool or a brisk workout in the health club. Experience a variety of delicious options in the View Restaurant or wind down in Escape, on the lobby level. At the Manhattan Beach Marriott, you can indulge yourself in the classic, laid-back lifestyle of sunny Southern California. The hotel does their part to keep California GREEN and we're proud that they're an Energy Star certified hotel.

Manhattan Beach Marriott
1400 Parkview Avenue
Manhattan Beach, California 90266 USA
Main: 310-546-7511 • Fax: 310-939-1486



Hotel Packages, Special Pricing, and Room Types

Special event hotel room rates are available to conference attendees and sponsors only.
Once you've registered for the event, you can move forward and make your hotel reservations online or by calling the Marriott Reservation line. Haven't registered for the event yet? No problem, register now for MacTech Conference using this link.

Like a lot of quality hotels, the Manhattan Beach Marriott has different rates for different parts of the week (weekends costing less than during the weeknights). Weekday nights are differentiated from weekend nights as follows:

  • Weekend nights BEFORE the event: Friday through Sunday nights (nights of Oct 31st through Nov 2nd)
  • Weekday nights DURING the event: Monday through Thursday nights (nights of nights Nov 3rd through Nov 6th)
  • Weekend nights AFTER the event Friday through Sunday nights (nights of Nov 7th through 9th)

Their normal rates are as high as $309 for a standard room, plus tax and service charges, and you pay for extras such as Internet (normally $12.95 per night).

We've been able to negotiate an awesome deal for our guests. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, MacTech Conference attendees get special group rates which includes hotel-provided internet in the guest rooms:

  • Standard Room for $189 per weeknight; $149 per weekend night
    With a bigger than ever allocation of discounted rooms, these standard rooms typically have a City or non-Golf Course view.

  • Golf View Room for $219 per weeknight; $189 per weekend night
    Golf view rooms are on the Golf Course side of the hotel on 5th floor and above.

We encourage you to come early, or stay after the event ends. If this year patterns the past, we expect a large number of people will stay at least Friday night, November 7th. A fair amount of people will take advantage of Southern California, and Manhattan Beach on the weekend either before or after, as well.


Making Your Reservation

Available on a first-come, first-served basis, the easiest way to get the best deal is reserve using this link to reserve your room. Again, you should register/reserve sooner as we're confident the hotel will sell out just as it has in the past.


Additional Room and Hotel Information

All rooms in the hotel are non-smoking rooms, but the hotel does have designated smoking areas available. Price is the same for both single and double occupancy (more than 2 people have additional charges). Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 10%), plus California Tourism Assessment Fee (currently $0.19) in effect at the time of check-out.

Parking is available on-site at the following rates.

  • Self-parking $21.00
  • Valet $26.00
  • in and out privileges are only for overnight guests
  • All parking rates are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, which is currently 10% and is subject to change without notice.

Designated hotel check in time is 4 P.M. Early check-in is based on availability and not guaranteed.
Check out time is 12 P.M. and the bellman is happy to store your luggage until you are ready to leave.


Flights and Airports

While you can fly into any of the five Los Angeles area airports, Los Angeles International (LAX) is next closest -- just 3 miles away. The best way to get from LAX to the hotel is a taxi.


Getting to the Marriott from LAX

There are three primary ways that people get from the airports to the hotel: rent a car, taxi, or shuttle services. Remember that if you rent a car, there's a charge for parking at the hotel. You won't need a car while at the conference as we've taken care of transportation from the Marriott to our other venues. See the hotel transportation page for more information and directions.

The most economical method, and the one that natives of Los Angeles tend to use most, are the shuttle van services. While there are a number of these, we can tell you that we've found PrimeTime, and Road Runner to all be reputable and typically have service from all major LA area airports. We've had complaints about some of the other name brand shuttle services.




What's in the plan for this year?
Awesome Venue. Expanded Schedule. More Pre-Conference Workshops.
Sessions. Labs. Certifications. Vendor Forums. Amazing Peer Networking.

This year's event has an expanded schedule with more time for more sessions, expanded labs, the best peer networking opportunities around, multiple accreditation options, and optional pre-conference workshops. Our expanded selection of Pre-Conference Workshops and the acclaimed Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation Courses take place on Tue, November 4, 2014.

And the core of the event: the sessions? They're better than ever! Great speakers. Awesome, timely topics for both IT and Devs. There are a whole lot more industry leaders, sessions, and even surprise speakers coming. MacTech Conference 2014 will be three full days — we'll end by 5pm on Friday. Not to mention our widely talked about evening events.

And, we're really excited about our venue: The Manhattan Beach Marriott. It's a beautiful venue, with easy access to LAX, overlooking a golf course, and we've secured awesome deals on guest rooms. As it did last year, the discounted guest room block is expected to sell out, so don't wait (you must be registered for MacTech Conference to reserve).
Register by August 31st, and save $400 on Early Bird Registration Pricing!




 
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