GEAR Con's 2018 Venue is University Place Hotel, Downtown PDX
University Place Hotel & Conference Center (310 SW Lincoln Street, PDX) is owned, operated, and located on the campus of Portland State University, and open to the public. "Uplace" is offering GEAR Con the very affordable rate of $104/night +tax on a standard single-king or double-full room, including a delicious hot breakfast buffet. Use the promo code "GROUP" at Uplace's online booking page, or call 503-221-0140 and ask for the GEAR Con rate.
University Place Hotel is highly transit-accessible. MAX Orange Line and TriMet bus lines 9, 17, 43, and 291 all drop off at the hotel's doorstep, while Portland Streetcar's A Loop and NS Line serve the SW 3rd & Harrison stop two short blocks north. Plan your trip at trimet.org/ride/planner_form.html.
University Place is on the Downtown Express route of Blue Star's airport shuttle service. Find times and reservation terms at bluestarbus.com/downtown-shuttle-schedule.php.
Aside from being easy to reach on the downtown city grid, Uplace is proximal to the south waterfront's 5/405/26 highway interchange, and is accessible from all directions and routes, making it highly convenient to out-of-towners from any spoke of the compass.
From I-5 north or south, follow signs for 405N and, almost immediately, take exit 1B for 4th Ave. Stay right as the exit merges with SW 4th Avenue, then turn right at the first signal--Lincoln St.--and the hotel is on your right.
From 26E/405S, take 405S exit 1C for 26E/6th Ave/Ross Island Bridge. Continue straight onto SW Broadway, then turn left on SW Sheridan Street and left again on SW 4th Avenue. After crossing over the freeway, turn LEFT on SW Lincoln Street, make a hairpin U-turn at the end of the block, and then take Lincoln straight back across 4th Ave. The hotel is on your right.
From 26W/Powell Blvd, take the Ross Island Bridge west across the river and follow signs for 26W/City Center. 26W becomes SW Arthur Street--soon thereafter, turn right on SW 1st Avenue, then left on SW Lincoln Street. Uplace is on your left.
Parking at University Place Hotel is on the PSU campus system. Weekend rates are $3/hour, $12/day (expiring 8am next morning), or $15/overnight with hotel stay (expiring at their 11am checkout time).