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Important Update - Hotel Name Change

The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown is now the Westin Washington, DC Downtown. The name change took place on October 4, 2023. 

The AUCD 2023 Conference will be held at the Westin Washington, DC Downtown at 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Google maps here).

Please note: the Conference will not be held at the Westin City Center location.



The Westin Washington, DC Downtown Hotel (previously Renaissance) is the official host hotel of the AUCD Conference. 

Image of the exterior of the Renaissance Hotel.999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, DC, 20001

The Westin Washington, DC Downtown Hotel (previously the Renaissance Hotel) is located in the heart of the nation's capital, situated between the White House and Capitol Hill in the Penn Quarter District. The hotel is just a quick walk away from the Verizon Center, the Spy Museum, Chinatown, the National Portrait Gallery, and the world-famous National Mall monuments. Experience the historically and culturally rich area during your stay by taking a walk on the National Mall, having dinner at one of Chinatown's restaurants, hiking beside the Potomac River to enjoy some nature, or taking the metro to the Zoo.


Hotel Availability Update

All AUCD room blocks are now closed.


Courtyard Washington Downtown/Convention Center

The room block at the Courtyard is now closed. AUCD 2023 room rate: $239/night for single occupancy. The $239 rate is only available as space permits.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center

The room block at the Embassy Suites is now closed. AUCD 2023 room rate: $266/night for single occupancy. The $266 rate is only available as space permits. 




Westin (Previously Renaissance) Information & Reservations

Image of hotel room at the Renaissance hotel with two beds.

The AUCD Room Block at the Renaissance/Westin is fully booked.

AUCD 2023 room rate: $264/night for single or double occupancy. This rate is no longer available. 

Westin Hotel Parking

Both Self-park and Valet parking are available at the Westin Hotel.
Self-parking: $35.00/day
Valet Parking: $40.00/day

Disability Accommodations

The Westin DC has 24 ADA rooms, 10 of which have roll-in showers. All of the hotels' roll-in shower rooms are in AUCD's room block.

Additional accessibility features, as listed on the hotel's website:

  • Accessible guest rooms have a 32 inch wide opening
  • Guest room strobe light smoke detectors & door knockers
  • Guest room vibrating alarm clocks & lamp-telephone flashers
  • Telephone amplifiers
  • Close Caption devices for televisions
  • Induction loop system
  • Notched room keys & a TDD reservation phone line
  • Braille publications: restaurant menus, guest room directories, telephone directories, television instructions
  • Fitness center entrance is accessible
  • Main entrance is accessible
  • Registration desk and the pathway to it are accessible
  • Restaurants, lounges, spa, business center entrance, and meeting spaces are all accessible
  • Service animals allowed for persons with disabilities
  • Hotel has on site accessible self-parking
  • Route to accessible guest rooms is accessible
  • Sensitivity training is provided to all employees

Hotel Meal Options

In addition to many food and gathering options in the Penn Quarter neighborhood, the Westin has several options for guests wishing to eat at the hotel. 

  • Root and Vine
    6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    7:00 AM - 10:30 AM, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

  • The Bar at Root and Vine
    3:30 PM - 12:00 AM

  • The Market at Root and Vine
    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

  • Off the Vine - In-Room Dining
    6:30 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Starbucks Coffee House (lobby level)
    6:30 AM - 5:00 PM

  • More information here on hotel and local area dining options.

About the Penn Quarter District

The Penn Quarter District is a restored historic neighborhood. Because it is so close to the Verizon center, the area has become a hub for arts and entertainment. There are plenty art galleries and theatres around if you are interested in cultural experiences. The neighborhood also features many different restaurants, nightclubs and trendy stores.

Public transportation and parking

  • Street parking is very limited in this area. Public Transportation is advised.
  • Metro Stations nearby: Gallery Place - Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines). View routes, the metro system map, and calculate your fares here.