PACT 2011: Hotel and Airport Transportation

International Conference on 
Parallel Architecture and Compilation Techniques
Galveston Island, Texas, USA
October 10-14, 2011

The Twentieth International Conference on
Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT)
Galveston Island, Texas, USA
October 10-14, 2011


PACT 2011 Conference Hotel and Airport Transportation Information

Conference Hotel - Hotel Galvez. The PACT 2011 conference hotel is the historic Hotel Galvez & Spa, which is a Wyndham Grand Hotel located on the Gulf of Mexico on Galveston Island. The conference technical sessions will be held Tuesday-Thursday October 11-13 in the Hotel Galvez. The workshops and tutorials proceeding and following the conference on Monday October 10 and Friday 14 will be held at Hotel Galvez.

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at a special rate of $90/night for PACT 2011 conference attendees at the Hotel Galvez. The PACT 2011 room block includes the nights of October 9-14, 2011. Additionally, rooms may be reserved at the special PACT rate for the nights of October 8 or October 15 on a space available basis. All guestrooms have complimentary wired and wireless internet access, iPod docking station, and other standard amenities. Hotel reservations can be made on-line or by phoning the hotel directly.

  • On-line: Use the Hotel Galvez's on-line reservation system and use Group Code 1009486PA.
  • Telephone: Contact the hotel directly at 1-409-765-7721. Ask for In House reservations and mention "PACT 2011".
The reservation cut-off date is September 10, 2011. After the cut-off date, the negotiated rate cannot be guaranteed and rooms will be available only on a space available basis.

PACT 2011 Rates for the Hotel Galvez
**reservation cut-off date is September 10, 2011**
Room Type Rate Notes
King Bed $90/night single/double occupancy, additional person $0
Queen Bed $90/night single/double occupancy, additional person $0
2 Double Beds $90/night single/double occupancy, additional person $0

Airport Transportation. The closest major city to Galveston is Houston, TX. The two main Houston airports are Intercontinental (IAH), 70 miles and 75 minutes drive from Galveston, and Hobby (HOU), 43 miles and 45 minutes drive from Galveston. Most airlines service IAH, but some such as Southwest and Delta use HOU.

The Hotel Galvez website provides directions and maps to the hotel from both Intercontinental (IAH) and Hobby (HOU). The hotel has complimentary self-parking for hotel guests (valet parking is not free). The hotel website also provides information on typical costs for shuttle, taxi, and limo service.

We have contacted a few companies who provide shuttle and limo service to Galveston from Intercontinental (IAH) and Hobby (HOU) airports and have arranged for special rates for PACT participants.

  • Chariot 21 provides a standard limo/car service that will meet people at the airport. They will provide PACT participants a 10% discount off their normal price when they indicate they are with PACT when they make their reservation. The normal rate for a Town Car (3 passenger capacity) from Intercontinental (IAH) to Galveston is $150 (or $135 after discount) and from Hobby (HOU) is $110 (or $99 after discount). The rate for an SUV (7 passenger capacity) from Intercontinental (IAH) to Galveston is $180 and from Hobby (HOU) is $132.

    Additionally, if participants would be willing to share rides, Chariot has agreed to provide PACT participants a "best effort" service to try to combine people that arrive around the same time with the riders waiting at most 30 minutes and splitting the cost of the ride equally. For example, if 6 people arrive in a 1/2 hour time period, then they will send a SUV and charge each person 1/6 of the SUV price. If you are interested in this option, then you should reserve the car in advance for full price (minus the 10% discount) and indicate if you are willing to share a ride. You won't find out until you arrive if you will share a ride or go alone.

    Reservations can be made online at or by calling +1-832-837-2919. To ensure the discount is applied, please use discount code: PACT. You should indicate if you are willing to share a ride when you make your reservation. All reservations must be secured with a credit card. Charges will not be applied until the service are rendered. You are advised to make your reservations for both you arrival and departure at least one week in advance.

  • Galveston Limousine will provide shuttle service at a discounted rate of $60.00 roundtrip from Hobby (HOU) Airport and $70.00 roundtrip from Intercontinental (IAH) Airport. They will attempt to group as many people as possible based on flight times and will add additional shuttles if needed. Please note that no maximum wait time is guaranteed. To receive this rate, reservations must be made by October 5, 2011 and should be made by calling 1-800-640-4826 and mentioning that you are with the Rice University Conference. On October 6 you will be e-mailed a confirmation of your reservation along with your pick-up times from the Airport and from Galveston. Any reservation made after the cut-off date of October 5 will receive their regular fare of $80.00 round trip from Hobby (HOU) and $100.00 round trip from Intercontinental (IAH) and will be accommodated on their regularly scheduled shuttles.
  • Houston has SuperShuttle. We currently do not have special rates negotiated with SuperShuttle. When making your reservation, you may need to know the hotel address:
    Hotel Galvez & Spa
    2024 Seawall Boulevard
    Galveston Texas 77550