The Fort Douglas historic buildings are restored structures originally built by the Army at the time of the first settlement and are now deeded to the University. The Officer's club features early local masonry and wood architecture with modern updates such as high-speed wireless internet. It borders the restored old chapel and officer's quarters, and a stunning view of downtown. Like all of Salt Lake city, it is nestled under the majestic Rocky Mountains. The conference lodging is a very short walk away. There will be free day parking at the Officer's Club for the duration of the meeting.
University Guest House
The Guest House is a three-star hotel located in the historic Fort Douglas area on the University of Utah campus. Complimentary parking passes will be issued as you check in for their parking lot. The entire hotel features complimentary high-speed wireless and breakfast. There is no airport shuttle.
A block of rooms has been set aside at the Guest House at a rate of $72 for Single King or Double Queens. Please mention the "Ray Tracing Conference," and please reserve before August 21. After August 21 rooms will be available as space permits.
The Hotel Monaco is a four-star hotel located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake. It is on the UTA Trax University Line, the city's small-rail system connecting Downtown to the University. It is also a 10 minute drive up to campus. The Monaco offers valet parking only, $15.50 per night. Every room has complimentary WiFi high-speed Internet. The Monaco has no airport shuttle.
No block has been set aside, but you may ask for the University Rate ($109 single, $119 double), available as space permits. Ask for a goldfish.
Getting Around Salt Lake
Salt Lake City has a Cartesian grid coordinate system. Most of the street names are just the x or y value for that street. The hard part is remembering what the xy axes are. Here is an article about the details.
For participants who need to get around campus beyond the Symposium site or the Trax stop, The University Shuttle service will probably be the most convenient means of on campus transportaion for those staying at the Guest house. Here are the route maps and schedules for the shuttle.
The light rail system, called TRAX, connects the University with downtown Salt Lake. It is the easiest way for those staying at the Monaco to get to the symposium; and is the best way for those staying at the Guest House to find good restaurants in the evening. See the maps under the venue and lodging locations above. There are two lines, and you want the University Line. Here is how to ride the light rail. The fare is $1.50 each way and the ticket can be purchased on the platform. You only need to show your ticket if a fare inspector asks for it (a rare occurance on the University line). Downtown, fares are free-- this is useful if you are going from the Monaco Hotel to the Gateway Mall (see below).
The stops on the line are (starting from downtown):
The TRAX runs weekdays from around 6:30am to around 11:30pm. The entire University route is around a 1 hour walk, so if you miss the last one and don't want a taxi, just follow the tracks. Sunday it is around 9am to 10pm.
If you prefer to use a Taxi, you may call Yellow Cab: 521-2100
For those renting a car in Salt Lake, parking will be provided at the Guest House and the Symposium (and at Monaco for a fee). Parking around Salt Lake is sometimes very difficult, and other times inexpensive and available, depending on the venue.
On campus, the food encourages off-campus exploration... But the food at the Point Bistro is decent and affordable. The local on campus hangout is The Pie. It has VERY cheesy pizza, as well as microbrew beer and root beer. Those who prefer thin crust pizza with moderate cheese can order the "Italian Special" pizza.
Off campus there are a wealth of choices, with Thai and Mexican probably having the most choices. High-end dining is available at Metropolitan. The most popular Mexican restaurant is The Red Iguana. Downtown there are many choices all within walking distance of the light rail.
Utah alcohol laws are not as complex as widely believed. A tradional bar is a "private club" in Utah, and you pay a membership fee or go with a member. If you are staying in the Monaco, you are automatically a member. Anybody can buy a membership at any bar-- think of it as a cover charge. The best bar is probably The Bayou. There are also many pubs that do not require a membership. These serve "three point two" beer (usually brewed in Utah but also has Guiness etc.) and usually pub food. Popular choices include these.
Three point two beers can be bought in the grocery stores. Wine, five percent beer, and hard alcohol can be purchased at state liquor stores. There is a standard one of these at 200W 400S, and a high-end store specializing in wine at 255 South 300 East (11am-7pm Mon-Sat).
On campus, the best coffee is the Starbucks at the hospital, walking distance from the Guest House and the conference. It is open 24 hours, but you need to enter through the hospital enterance in the middle of the night.
Besides the many obvious ones, there are a few less well known: