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Gaylord National Hotel

Gaylord National Hotel - our home for the 2011 URJ Biennial - is located in the newly developed National Harbor in the Washington D.C. area. The hotel and convention center cover 41.7 acres and overlook the monuments and skyline of our nation's capital.

The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center opened in the spring of 2008 in National Harbor Maryland. It includes a massive 18-story, glass-enclosed atrium, 2000 guest rooms including 108 lavish suites and 300 VIP Tower rooms, four ballrooms, 82 meeting rooms, several shops, markets and restaurants, the Relâche Spa and Fitness Center, and an exhibit hall that is the size of three football fields and has enough space to accommodate up to 400 full-size, tractor-trailer trucks.

For further information, visit their website.

We have reserved a large block of rooms at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Once your registration fee has been paid in full, you will be able to reserve a hotel room at the following discounted rates.

  • Single Occupancy: $199/night*
  • Double Occupancy: $199/night*

*Applicable taxes will be added to room rates (currently 5% sales tax and 10% occupancy tax.) There is also a $10/day resort fee per day added to the guest room rate which will cover several in-room and resort amenities, including: complimentary local and 1-800 telephone calls (first 20 minutes), high-speed internet access, daily newspaper, designated complimentary in-room beverages, and Fitness Center access and any additional services provided by the Hotel as part of the Resort fee which are in effect during the overall conference dates.

Getting To Biennial - Air Travel

If you are flying to the Washington, DC area, the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) are the three airports most convenient for Biennial attendees.

The URJ has arranged for discounts on several airlines for Biennial attendees.

Continental Airlines offers discounts off published fares of 2% to 15% or Zone Fares for Biennial attendees. Call your travel professional or Continental MeetingWorks at 800-468-7022 for reservations. Refer to Z Code ZKKN and Agreement Code: 988643

You may save an additional 3% off by booking your own reservations at Continental's website. Choose your flight times and access your meeting discounts by inserting ZKKN988643 in the Offer Code box located on the left side of the Continental home page.

For discounts on Delta airlines, call 1-800-328-1111 and refer to the 'Union for Reform Judaism Biennial Convention' or ‘Meeting Ticket Designator: NM7V2'

For discounts on American Airlines, visit and type in 92D1AU in the promotion code box. Flights may also be booked by calling 1-800-433-1790 (however additional fees may apply for booking over the phone).

You may also choose to check rates on other airlines using an online travel search engine such as to make sure that you are booking the most competitive rate available. is an especially useful tool that provides statistically calculated predictions as to whether prices are likely to rise or fall within the next 7 days and a 30 day history of flight prices from your departure city to your destination.

Getting To Biennial - Driving

Get driving directions to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

Getting to Biennial - Public Transportation


For those of you driving into Washington, DC, please know that there are public parking lots both at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center and in other lots throughout the National Harbor property. Get the complete list of parking options, prices and maps.

Parking Rates at the Gaylord are as follows*:

  • $5.00 for first hour
  • $12.00 for 0-3 hours self parking
  • $19.00 per day self parking/overnight
  • $17.00 for 0-3 hours valet parking
  • $28.00 per day valet parking/overnight

Other parking garages are also available near the Gaylord. Fleet Garage, Mariner Garage, St. George Garage, and the Waterfront Lot are all just a short walk from the Gaylord Property. Rates for these garages are as follows*:

  • 0 to 1 hour: $3
  • 1 to 2 hours: $5
  • 2 to 3 hours: $7
  • 3 to 4 hours: $9
  • 4 to 24 hours: $11

*All rates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm pricing.

Accessibility & Mobility

The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is pleased to offer accommodations and devices specifically for guests with disabilities. Learn more.

The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is a very large place and there will be distances to walk between events. In order to make this easier for participants who have difficulty walking, the URJ has found the following companies who provide mobility scooter rentals.*

Please note that individuals who wish to rent a scooter will need to make their own arrangements.

*The URJ does not endorse a particular company, but we hope that this option will make your participation in Biennial comfortable and convenient.


The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center works directly with Chariots For Hire for those attendees who are interested in scheduling a tour during their trip to the Washington, DC area. To schedule a tour, please visit the website above and be sure to enter the code '20OFF' at checkout for a 20% discount!