San Francisco

Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown

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The conference is being held at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown/Fillmore St. area. Address: 1625 Post St., San Francisco, CA.

Hotel Kabuki is a boutique hotel with a unique blend of Eastern and Western influences offering sleek and serene accommodations in the heart of Japantown. Enjoy the shops & restaurants of Fillmore Street – or take in some of the area’s world-class jazz music. The hotel is two blocks from the Kabuki Springs & Spa and only a mile from Union Square.

Receive an additional discount by staying at the Hotel Kabuki. Staying at the Hotel Kabuki supports the system by offsetting the cost of the conference for the organization, allowing us to avoid increasing registration fees. Participants staying at the conference hotel in past years have told us they have a fuller conference experience with easier access to social activities & impromptu lobby gatherings, and the opportunity to grab a quick break in their room!

Our conference rate represents a significant saving, both on the regular hotel price and on alternative accommodations in the area at this busy time of year. Book early to get a room!

Hotel website: http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/san-francisco-hotels/hotel-kabuki/

Rooms are available at $209 per night (plus tax) until March 16. Reference “0406SYST_001” for the special group rate. Hotel reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-533-4567.

Getting to San Francisco

You can fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK). San Francisco is more convenient, Oakland may have lower airfares.

Transport from Airport
Taxi:
San Francisco - $53, drive time is 25 minutes
Oakland - $74, drive time is 40 minutes
Standard tip of 20% is not included in above estimated fares

Uber:
San Francisco – Uber X $27-34 depending on time of day, drive time is 25 minutes
Oakland – Uber X $35-50 depending on time of day, drive time is 40 minutes

Super Shuttle:
Book ahead online at www.supershuttle.com or by phone at (800) BLUE VAN (800-258-3826).
Travel time varies by number of stops made
San Francisco - $17 per person
Oakland - $57 per person

Public Transportation:
Plan your route at www.transit.511.org

San Francisco – $12, travel time is 1 hour

Oakland - $13, travel time is 1 hour

As you plan for your time in San Francisco, be sure to consider taking advantage of all that the city has to offer. Chris Johnnidis, our Conference Local Resource Liaison, has compiled a guide to facilitate your connecting to the local area with a focus on local sights, attractions, entertainment, and suggested walking routes. Click here to download the Local Attractions Guide.

Currency

If you are traveling from abroad, check with your bank for any transaction fees associated with using your debit card for withdrawals or purchases. There are ATM’s in the San Francisco & Oakland airports and throughout the city. The currency exchange services at most banks and airports (world-wide) are more expensive – avoid them if possible.

Many credit card companies charge foreign transaction fees. These fees are generally 1-3% of each purchase. Some credit cards, e.g., Capital One, do not charge foreign transaction fees. Check with your card provider for fees.

Notify your bank and credit card providers to let them know you will be travelling so that your credit and debit cards are not rejected and blocked when you use them. This can often be done through the providers’ websites.  This is a must with any Visa or Master Card.  American Express does not require it, but it still isn't a bad idea to notify them as well.

Current exchange rates are:
1 GBP = 1.327 USD
1 EUR = 1.183 USD
1 SEK = 0.123 USD
1 JPY = 0.009 USD
Rates fluctuate - check www.xe.com for current rates or download the app for your phone.

Transport in San Francisco

Once here, you’ll have no trouble navigating around the region. The best ways to get around are by foot, taxi, Uber, public transportation, ferry or the famous cable cars. Additional details: http://www.sftravel.com/transportation

Electronics

Cell Phones – Check with your carrier for international rates for voice and text. You may need to purchase a SIMS card in the US in order to use your phone. Consider using skype or WhatsApp.

You will need a universal grounded adaptor plug for your electrical/electronic devices. The US runs on 110 V. Adaptors (or converters) are readily available at travel or electronics stores for about $10.

San Francisco's restaurant scene is one of the best in the country & there are plenty of dining options nearby. Chris Johnnidis, our Conference Local Resource Liaison, has put together a list of restaurants, grocery stores & other resources (banking, pharmacies, etc.) near the conference hotel. Several of the restaurants are recommended by members!
Click here to download the Local Resources Guide.

Check out the San Francisco Visitor Site at