Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conf. Center
The SPX festival is held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Exhibitors and attendees can take advantage of the SPX rate of $124 / night. When making reservations online, please use this link and the code “The Expo” to ensure you get your convention rate. The Marriott hotel is located at:
Marriott Bethesda North Hotel &
5701 Marinelli Road.
North Bethesda, MD 20852
The Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center is convenient to Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and I-95. Marinelli Road is off of Rockville Pike close to the intersection of Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road. The hotel is across the street from the White Flint metro station, and in the vicinity of White Flint Mall.
Other options include the Pooks Hill Marriott (301-897-9400) which is about 5 minutes from the show hotel. The Ramada Rockville (301-881-2300) is about a mile from the show and across the street from the Twinbrook metro stop. The show is directly across the street from the White Flint metro stop so any accommodations you find that are on a metro line would make it easy to get to and from the show. The closest stops are Rockville, Twinbrook, Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center, and Bethesda all on the Red line.
Traveling to the Festival Hotel
Washington DC Metro riders should take the Red Line to the White Flint. For a map of the Metro system, go here. For more information on the Metro system, including fares, check out the Washington Area Transit Authority Home Page at http://www.wmata.com. The White Flint station is only a block from the Marriott.
Union Station is the Amtrak and regional train depot. There is a Red Line metro station at Union Station. Board the metro in the direction of Shady Grove to get to the White Flint metro station. It is approximately a 30 minute trip.
Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is probably the easiest route to take if you do not rent a car because it is metro accessible. However, it is probably the most expensive airport to fly into. The Metro (subway) system is connected to National and the White Flint station is only a block from the Mariott. Take the Yellow Line heading into the city (towards Fort Totten), and get off at Gallery Place/Chinatown. From there, switch to the Red Line towards Shady Grove. Take the Red Line to the White Flint. For a map of the Metro system, go here. For more information on the Metro system, including fares, check out the Washington Area Transit Authority Home Page at http://www.wmata.com.
Dulles International Airport (IAD) is about 30 minutes with no traffic (to Bethesda). If you fly in the morning, you’re golden. Take 495 north out of the Dulles access road. When you get to where 495 bears to the right, stay in the right hand lane (still on 495). Then follow that about another 10 minutes, and take the Old Georgetown Road (187) exit north. Take a right on Rockville Pike and a right on Marinelli.
Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) is a 40 minute drive. If you go BWI, take I-195 (West) to I-95 (South). When I-95 splits, stay on I-495 heading towards Northern Virginia. You’ll be on that for 40 minutes, then take the Rockville Pike (355) exit north. Left on Marinelli.