Location

The workshop will be held at the Institute for Creative Technologies in Playa Vista, a neighborhood of Los Angeles that is close to the airport and about 3 miles from the beach.

Transportation

Air

ICT is about 4 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), offering non-stop connections throughout North America as well as to South America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Transportation options between the airport and ICT are as follows.

  • A taxi ride typically costs $20–25 and takes about 10 minutes.
  • A shared van ride typically costs around $15; as a visitor to ICT you can get a 10% discount by booking ahead with Prime Time Shuttle.
  • Public bus service is available but inconvenient: take the free shuttle bus “C” from the terminal to the LAX Metro Bus Center, then catch Culver City Bus Route 6 or Rapid 6 to the corner of Centinela and Sepulveda, which is a 1200m walk from ICT. The fare is $1 and the ride typically takes 30–60 minutes.

Sometimes cheaper flights can be found to other area airports, but they are farther away from ICT and ground transportation is less convenient:

  • Long Beach (LGB): 25 miles.
  • Burbank (BUR): 26 miles.
  • Orange County (SNA): 45 miles.
  • Ontario (ONT): 59 miles.

Car

ICT has plenty of parking and you are welcome to bring a car; please email us in advance if you intend to drive so we can arrange for parking validation. To save on parking costs, we kindly request that participants staying in nearby hotels refrain from driving to the workshop.

Parking regulations around ICT have changed recently. Street parking is now limited to 4 hours and is being ticketed aggressively. Please do not park on the street unless you are certain you will leave within 4 hours; instead, send us an email to arrange for garage parking validation.

As a visitor to ICT you are also eligible to rent a car under our contract rate with Enterprise (for visitors the rate does not include insurance). However, if you are staying at one of the recommended hotels then you probably won’t need a car for the duration of the workshop.

Bus

ICT is served by Metro bus routes 108/358 and 110, as well as Culver City Bus route 2. The closest stop is at the corner of Jefferson and Inglewood.

Visitors coming from the USC campus in downtown L.A. can utilize the free shuttle with six daily round trips (click on “Marina Del Rey Shuttle” to expand the schedule).

Bicycle

If you are staying not too far, feel free to ride a bicycle: we have racks and showers.

Accommodations

The following hotels are the closest to ICT, and the only ones within walking distance. Detailed information appears below the table.

Doubletree Courtyard Four Points Extended Stay
Rate (per night) $102+tax $117+tax $105+tax public rate
Valid until August 21 August 20 August 30
Breakfast $2 discount One person free $10 per person None
Wi-fi free free free $4.99 per stay
Parking (per night) free $10 ($16 valet) free free
Smoking rooms No No No Available
Airport shuttle Yes No No No
Walking to ICT 800m 1400m 1300m 1100m
Shuttle to ICT Yes No Yes No
Bus to ICT No Yes (110) Yes (108) No

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles - Westside

Group rate: $102+tax per night.

  • Up to 4 people in a room.
  • $2 discount for full American Breakfast Buffet (vouchers provided at check-in).
  • Free wi-fi.
  • Free parking.
  • Fully non-smoking hotel.
  • Complimentary airport shuttle.
  • Closest hotel to ICT, about 800m walking distance (half a mile).
  • Complimentary shuttle to ICT based on availability.

The group rate is valid for bookings made by August 21, 2011 or while supplies last. For reservations, choose from the following options.

  • Call the hotel’s toll free number at +1-800-222-8733 (1-800-222-TREE) and ask for the Group Code ICT.
  • Go to the hotel web site and use Group/Convention Code ICT.

Note that the hotel is currently offering promotional rates that are lower than the group rate; however, the promotional rates are non-refundable and do not come with free wi-fi and parking.

Courtyard Los Angeles Westside

Group rate: $117+tax per night, includes breakfast for one person.

  • Up to 4 people in a room (additional breakfasts $13.95 per person).
  • Free wi-fi.
  • Self-parking $10 per night, valet parking $16 per night.
  • Newly renovated and updated rooms.
  • Fully non-smoking hotel.
  • Walking distance to ICT is 1400m (0.9 mile).
  • Public bus to ICT (Metro 110).
  • One-bedroom suites available for $179+tax (book by phone only).

The group rate is valid for bookings made by August 20, 2011 or while supplies last. For reservations, choose from the following options.

  • Call the hotel’s toll free number at +1-800-736-0698 and ask for the “SemDial 2011 Conference” Group Rate.
  • Go to the hotel web site and use Group code SEMSEMA for king rooms or Group code SEMSEMB for queen-queen rooms.
  • Use the direct booking links for King Rooms or Queen-Queen Rooms.

Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles Westside

Group rate: $105+tax per night.

  • Up to 2 people in a room.
  • Discounted breakfast at $10 per person.
  • Free wi-fi.
  • Free parking.
  • Fully non-smoking hotel.
  • Across the street from a major shopping center (Westfield Culver City).
  • Walking distance to ICT is 1300m (0.8 mile).
  • Complimentary shuttle to ICT in the morning and evening.
  • Public bus to ICT (Metro 108).

The group rate is valid for bookings made by August 30, 2011 or while supplies last. For reservations, choose from the following options.

  • Call the hotel’s toll free reservations number at +1-888-627-9051 or the Group Sales Manager, Fabian Sanchez, at +1-310-981-8013, and ask for the group rate for USC ICT Group.
  • Book on-line at the hotel’s SemDial web page.
  • Any cancellations must be made directly with the Group Sales Manager, Fabian Sanchez, at +1-310-981-8013.

Extended Stay America - Los Angeles - LAX Airport

We are not negotiating a group rate with this hotel, but the public rates are quite reasonable. Also, this is the only hotel within walking distance that allows smoking in rooms.

  • Free parking, $4.99 wi-fi.
  • Smoking and non-smoking rooms available.
  • Limited amenities and services.
  • Small kitchen in every room.
  • Walking distance to ICT is 1100m (0.7 mile).

There are many other hotels in the Los Angeles Westside, but they are farther away and would require some form of transportation to ICT.