SHarecon 2016

 

 

Hotel

We are once again holding the con in the hotel where it all started. Our first two SHareCons (2000 & 2002) were held in this hotel, but we outgrew it in 2004. In 2013, the hotel became a Holiday Inn Express and Suites and was renovated. Our membership has stabilized to a point where the hotel is once again a good fit for us. Each guest room is a suite, with either double or king-sized beds, a separate living area with a sofa sleeper, a microwave and refrigerator, coffee maker, a 42-inch flat screen TV, cable with premium channels and in-room movies, a work desk, and free WiFi.

In 2015, the hotel changed ownership and has changed some of its long-standing policies. Unfortunately, it no longer allows pets, and the hotel shuttle only travels five miles. The shuttle will take guests to the local Metro Train Station, but no longer goes to the airport. Free breakfast is still offered every day, and there is an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, fitness center, ADA accessible rooms, a 24-hour coffee and beverage station, and free parking.

The con rate for guest rooms this year is $99 a day (plus 13% Maryland taxes).

To get this special rate for the con, we must sell a certain number of rooms. If we don't, the con pays a penalty. This is a standard agreement with any hotel hosting an event.

This means you MUST make reservations directly through the hotel. If you make reservations through an internet site or an 800 number, the con will not get credit for your room. SHareCon can only continue through your support. Don't send Mama Bird to debtor's prison!

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Click here to make reservations online

To reserve by phone, call (301) 206-2600
Make sure to use the group name- Share Con

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Con Hotel Rates (per night):
Sleeping rooms: $99 flat rate (plus 13% MD taxes)
Suites (limited number): $125 (plus 13% MD taxes)

Location:
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
14402 Laurel Place
Laurel, MD 20707
Phone: 301-206-2600

 

Getting to the Hotel

BWI Airport

Metro now offers BWI Express Metro bus service between BWI and the Greenbelt metro station. The service provides a direct connection between BWI and the Greenbelt Metro Station. The BWI Express/B30 service runs every 40 minutes, 7 days a week to the Greenbelt Metro Station, which is located on the Green Line of the Washington Metro System. Buses run 25 times each weekday and 21 times on Saturdays and Sunday, every 40 minutes. The fee for this bus is $3.20 in cash in exact change only. For more information call 202-637-7000 or go to www.wmata.com

You can also bookmark the Next Bus page, which will tell you how long before the next bus arrives. Even more convenient, you can call the Next Bus service at 202-637-7000, and when asked, type in the bus stop identification (at the airport its 3004079, at Greenbelt Metro Station is 3003037) and you can find out when the next bus is due to arrive. You can also speak to a real human being at this number. You can download the pdf bus schedule here.

BWI Express/Metro buses will serve two stops, one at the lower level International Pier and the other is the BWI Business District light rail station. Southbound buses will leave the BWI Business District stop, loop through the airport to the International Pier (lower level) and out Interstate-195 to the BWI Parkway to the Greenbelt Metro Station.

Catch the BWI Express from BWI Airport. Go to the lower level of the International Pier. The B30 will pick you up outside at the bus shelter. Follow the signs that say "Public Transit."

The Greenbelt Metro Station connects to Metro Stations throughout Washington, DC, Virginia, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties. A route map and schedule is available now on Metro's website, www.wmata.com. Here's information on Metro fares.

Dulles International Airport

Bus

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority bus service operates every hour from the Arrivals level Door 4 to L'Enfant Plaza Metro station at D and 7th Streets SW. From there you can take Metrorail to the Greenbelt Metro station, where the hotel shuttle can pick you up.  Download the Bus schedule here. Journey time is around 50 minutes.

The fee for this bus is $3.20 in cash in exact change only. For more information call 202-637-7000
or go to www.wmata.com

You can also bookmark the Next Bus page, which will tell you how long before the next bus arrives. Even more convenient, you can call the Next Bus service at 202-637-7000, and when asked, type in the bus stop identification (at the airport its 5002017, at L'Enfant Plaza Metro station it is 1003599) and you can find out when the next bus is due to arrive. You can also speak to a real human being at this number. You can download the bus schedule here.

Metrobus information is available at (202) 638-3780.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (Washington, D.C.) 

The Washington, DC Metrorail system has an elevated Metrorail station connected to the concourse level of terminals B and C at Reagan National Airport. Metrorail fare cards may be purchased at machines locates at all entrances to the Airport Metrorail station. The station is also fully accessible via elevators.

Click on the Metrorail link for detailed information on how to access Metro at Reagan Airport. The Metrorail Green Line will take you to the Greenbelt Station, which is the last stop on the Green Line.

For Metrorail information, call (202) 637-7000 or visit www.wmata.com for comprehensive information online.

A map of the Metrorail Transit Lines is also available.