Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel

The conference is being held at the Oakland Marriott City Center hotel. Hilton Garden Inn in Philadelphia Center City
Address: 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Hotel website: 
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakdt-oakland-marriott-city-center/ (See below for information on reserving a room & link to online reservations.)

The newly renovated Oakland Marriott City Center hotel is located in the heart of Oakland within easy walking distance of a variety of restaurants, shops and attractions.

Receive an additional discount by staying at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Staying at the conference hotel 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!

Rooms are available at $195.00 per night (plus tax) until March 20. Reference "SCTRI" or “Systems-Centered Training” for the special group rate. Hotel reservations can be made online or by calling the hotel at +1-510-451-4000 or US toll free +1-888-236-2427. Click here for full list of international toll-free numbers.

Getting to Oakland

You can fly into San Francisco or Oakland. San Francisco is larger & has more international flights, while Oakland is closer to the conference hotel. Check both to see what works best from your departure city.

Transport from Oakland International Airport (OAK)

(Hotel direction: 8 miles N)

  • City Express Shuttle: fee: $28 USD (one way) on request
  • Estimated taxi fare: $40 USD (one way)
  • Estimated Uber/Lyft: check the app
  • BART rapid transit service: fee $7.85 USD (one way)
  • Note that the hotel does not provide shuttle service

Transport from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

(Hotel direction: 26 miles NE)

  • Bayporter & other shuttles: fee $39 USD (one way) on request
  • Estimated taxi fare: $80 USD (one way)
  • Estimated Uber/Lyft: check the app
  • BART rapid transit service: fee $8.95 USD (one way)
  • Note that the hotel does not provide shuttle service

As you plan for your time in Oakland, 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 the local area with a focus on local sights, attractions, entertainment, and suggested walking routes. Click here to download the Local Attractions Guide

Check out these visitor sites for more information:

Visit Oakland
Nearby Attractions

Check back in February for our Local Resources Guide to restaurants, grocery stores & other resources (banking, pharmacies, etc.) near the conference hotel.


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 airport 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.

Current exchange rates:*
1 GBP = 1.28 USD
1 EUR = 1.10 USD
1 SEK = 0.10 USD
1 JPY = 0.009 USD

* Rates as of October 2019. Rates fluctuate - check www.xe.com for current rates or download the app for your phone.


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.