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Location & Lodging

The NSF Grants Conference will reconvene at the Philadelphia Marriott Old City in historic downtown Philadelphia, where some of the country’s most iconic destinations, including the Liberty Bell and National Constitution Center, are within walking distance. Other historic sites and museums, trendy restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries are also an easy walk from the hotel.

Philadelphia Marriott Old City
One Dock Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106

A room block with a special group rate has been reserved at the Philadelphia Marriott Old City from Sunday, June 2 – Thursday, June 6, at a rate of $219 per night plus state and local taxes. A link to book a room as part of the group block will be provided when registration opens on March 6, 2024.   

Attendees are encouraged to make hotel reservations immediately after receiving their conference registration confirmation. Room reservations must be made no later than Monday, May 13, 2024, to receive the group rate.  

Philadelphia Old City

Old City Philadelphia, often referred to as the birthplace of the United States, is a historic neighborhood that exudes charm and significance. Nestled in the heart of Philadelphia, this district boasts cobblestone streets and a rich architectural tapestry that transports visitors back in time. The area is home to iconic landmarks such as Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. The Liberty Bell, a symbol of American independence, is also prominently displayed in this historic enclave. Walking through Old City, one can explore a myriad of preserved 18th-century buildings, charming boutiques, and vibrant art galleries. The neighborhood seamlessly blends the old with the new, offering a unique blend of history, culture, and modern amenities. As you stroll through the narrow streets, you can feel the echoes of the past and appreciate the pivotal role this area played in shaping the nation’s history.

Transportation and Parking Information


Airport – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is about 9 miles (14 kilometers) from the venue and is the most convenient and accessible option.  

Taxi & Ride-sharing services – Taxi and ride-sharing services are readily available at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and provide a convenient and direct way to get to the Philadelphia Marriott Old City. The estimated fare is around $25-35, depending on vehicle type, traffic, and demand. Typical drive times from Philadelphia International Airport to the Philadelphia Marriott Old City are 20 – 25 minutes. 

Public Transportation – The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides train service between Center City and the airport on the Airport Regional Rail Line. Trains run every 30 minutes on weekdays and hourly on weekends. Three SEPTA bus routes also serve the airport. Payment for all transit modes can be made with a SEPTA Key card. Plan your trip with SEPTA.  

Please note that travel times and costs are subject to change based on traffic conditions and other factors, so checking for the most up-to-date information in advance is always recommended. 


Valet Parking: $60 daily 

Off-Site Parking: Philadelphia Parking Authority AutoPark at Old City 0.1 miles from the property 

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