Travel and lodging

Meeting Location

The 2023 Fall Vision Meeting is happening in Seattle, WA, at the University of Washington's South Lake Union facilities (C building, 850 Republican St: map).

Getting around Seattle

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (map) is about a half-hour by car or an hour by public transit from the conference venue.

Seattle has many options for getting around. The South Lake Union neighborhood in particular is very pedestrian and cycle-friendly. The accommodations listed below are all less than a mile of our conference venue.

Our public transportation options include King County Metro, the Seattle Streetcar, and Link Light Rail. Ride share services include Uber and Lyft. E-bikes and scooters are available from Lime/JUMP and Veo. Both Zipcar and GIG have car share services in Seattle.


Pay parking is available at the facility on weekdays. The South Lake Union facility has two parking garages. You'll want the 850 Parking Garage, accessible off of Republican. There are disability parking spots located near the elevators on each level. The elevators will bring you right up to the lobby where the Fall Vision Meeting is occurring.

For weekends, there is also street-level pay parking in the area (free on Sundays) which is generally limited to 2 hours, 4 hours, or 10 hours (all-day) depending on spot. Seattle exclusively uses the PayByPhone app (no cash meters), which allows you to extend your parking stay remotely.

The street-level parking near the building has generally good availability on the weekend, and there are also a few disability-placard spots peppering the area. If you need guaranteed accessible/disability parking on the weekend, please get in touch with the local organizers and we'll be happy to coordinate a solution. 


Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Lake Union

1150 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (map)

The Silver Cloud Hotel overlooks Lake Union. Less than a mile from the conference venue, it's a ≤20 minute walk along the city's Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop path.

For FVM attendees, standard king and double queen rooms are available at $199/night. Discounts are also available for other room types, if you'd like to treat yourself to an updated room! Breakfast included.

Use this booking link before Sept 29 for discounted rates.

Staybridge Suites Seattle Downtown - Lake Union

1119 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109 (map)

Only 5 blocks away from the conference venue, Staybridge is close to the beautiful Lake Union Park. 

Discounted rooms for FVM attendees are $169/night. Breakfast included, and rooms have full kitchennettes.

Use this booking link before Sept 18 for discounted rates.

Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union

925 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (map)

The Courtyard by Marriott is only a few blocks north of the conference venue, overlooking South Lake Union and across from Lake Union Park.

Discounted rooms are available for University of Washington visitors at this booking link, no expiry

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Seattle Center

226 7th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (map)

The Downtown/Seattle Center Fairfield Inn & Suites is about a half-mile from the conference venue and a short walk from downtown.

For FVM attendees, king and queen rooms are available at $139/night. Breakfast included, amenities include a fitness center.

Call the Fairfield Inn & Suides directly (206-443-2012) before Sept 7 for discounted rates. Let them know you're with the University of Washington's Fall Vision Meeting. Block rate expired

EVEN Hotel Seattle Downtown - Lake Union

527 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (map)

EVEN Hotel is located next to the Staybridge Suites, only 5 blocks from the conference venue. 

Discounted rooms for FVM attendees are available at $169/night. The hotel is pet-friendly and has a fitness center.

Use this booking link before Sept 18 for discounted rates.

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