Travel & Lodging

We are excited to have you join the cheese community in Richmond, VA for the ACS 2019 Annual Conference. The majority of Conference functions and sessions for attendees will take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center located at 403 N. 3rd Street in Richmond, VA. Questions about hotel and travel? Please contact the ACS office at 720-328-2788 or Contact Us. We look forward to seeing you in Richmond this summer!

Lodging

ACS has negotiated special discounted rates for attendees at select hotels conveniently located near the Greater Richmond Convention Center. We strongly encourage attendees to stay at one of the official Conference hotels and book within the contracted room blocks to make the most of your Conference experience and network with other attendees.

Making your Reservation

Book your hotel at ACS’s negotiated discount rates for the best pricing. The secure link to book your room for each of the official hotels is provided below.

Reservations can also be amended using your reservation confirmation after booking. Reservations may also be booked directly with the hotel of your choice by contacting the hotel directly by phone and referencing American Cheese Society. Reservations are honored based on availability at the discounted rate and the room blocks may fill prior to cut-off on July 5 at 5 pm ET. We encourage you to make your reservation early with the hotel of your choice to secure your reservation. Below are some tips to help with you secure your room:

  • If any of the nights you wish to book are not available in the ACS Block or at the ACS Rate, ask the hotel to book those nights at their regular rate. This will allow you to reserve the nights you need, and to take advantage of the ACS Rate for as many nights as possible.
  • Check back with the hotel closer to Conference to see if rooms have opened up at the ACS Rate, and confirm that they will honor the lowest rate available over your reservation dates.
  • Book your travel first, then book your room based on your confirmed travel dates. This ensures the accuracy of your reservation and helps other attendees secure rooms.
  • A major credit card and/or one-night payment for room and tax will be required at the time of booking to hold your reservation.

Richmond Marriott Downtown
The Richmond Marriott is connected to and located across the street from the Convention Center. The discounted rate is honored from July 24-August 4 on a space-available basis. Dates up to three days pre- and post-conference may also be honored at the discounted rate on a space-available basis.

Rate: $183 + tax per night, includes complimentary guest room WiFi
Address: 500 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Reservations: 800-228-9290 or 804-643-3400.
Booking link: Reserve Your Room

Hilton Richmond Downtown 
The Hilton Richmond Downtown is located across the street from the Convention Center. The discounted rate is honored July 28-August 4 on a space-available basis. Dates up to three days pre- and post-conference may also be honored at this rate on a space-available basis.

Rate: $189 + tax per night, includes complimentary guest room WiFi
Address: 501 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Reservations: 1-800-445-8667 (1-800-HILTONS)
Booking link: Reserve Your Room

Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown  
Located approximately 10 blocks (0.7 miles/14-minute walk) from the Convention Center. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided by the Greater Richmond Convention and Visitor Bureau in coordination with the Conference schedule. The discounted rate is honored July 28-August 4 on a space-available basis. Dates up to three days pre- and post-conference may also be honored at the group rate on a space-available basis.

Rate: $169 + tax per night, includes complimentary guest room WiFi
Address: 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Reservations: 855-472-7802 or 804-788-0900
Booking link: Reserve Your Room

Linden Row Inn  
Located approximately 7 blocks (0.4 miles/8-minute walk) from the Convention Center. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided by the Greater Richmond Convention and Visitor Bureau in coordination with the Conference schedule. The discounted rate is honored July 31-August 4 on a space-available basis. Dates up to three days pre- and post-conference may also be honored at the group rate on a space-available basis. Please inquire directly with the hotel. The hotel will continue to honor the group rate on a space available basis.

Rate: $169 + tax per night, includes complimentary guest room WiFi
Address: 100 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Reservations: 804-783-7000 and ask for the American Cheese Society Group Block
Booking link: Reserve Your Room

Holiday Inn Express
Newly renovated, the Holiday Inn Express Downtown is located approximately 6 blocks from the Convention Center. Room rates include complimentary breakfast and guest room wifi, fitness center and a local area shuttle. If you would like to take the complimentary conference shuttle to/from the convention center, you may pick up the shuttle at the Delta by Marriott just a 4 minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express. The convention shuttle will run regularly on Thursday, August 1 through Saturday, August 3.

Rate: Reservations will be honored at the hotel on a space available basis at the hotel’s public rate.
Address: 201 East Cary Street Richmond, Virginia 23219
Reservations: Contact the hotel directly at 800-439-4745 or 1-804-788-1600 or book online through the hotel website

Beware of Room Block “Poachers”

Please note the American Cheese Society does not hire an official housing bureau or group housing company to handle hotel reservations. Please be advised that any unauthorized group housing company (also known in the conference industry as a room block poacher or pirate) that attempts to contact attendees, companies, and/or sponsors that may be associated with the Conference are fraudulent and are not authorized by the American Cheese Society. Only reservations booked directly through the secure link provided or directly with the contracted Conference hotels by phone are part of the official contracted Conference room block.

Travel to Richmond

Air: Richmond International Airport (RIC) is serviced by several main airline carriers including Southwest, United, JetBlue, and American, with several daily flights. The airport is just 9 miles/15-minute drive from downtown. Please visit the Richmond International Airport website for additional information on services.

Ground Transportation: Estimated taxi fares are $40 one way between the Richmond airport (RIC) and downtown hotels. Taxi, Uber and Lyft and public bus services are available in Richmond.

Rail: Richmond has two main rail stations (Main Street and Staples Mill Road) serviced by Amtrak with daily routes along the East Coast. Both stations are located within a 15-minute drive from downtown and can be serviced by taxi, Uber, or Lyft service providers.

Car: Richmond is a convenient location just a two-hour drive south of the Washington, DC area and centrally located along the East Coast.

Hotel Parking: For information on parking at hotels, please visit the hotel sites noted above for self-parking and valet options and current rates. Please note: the American Cheese Society does not validate nor will the hotel validate parking for Conference attendees. Parking fees are the responsibility of the guest.

Convention Center Parking: For information on parking at the Greater Richmond Convention Center please visit the Convention Center Website. The parking deck is located at the corner of Third and Marshall Streets and is conveniently connected to the Convention Center via an enclosed skywalk. Current parking rates are $7 daily rate (overnight parking allowed by permit only).

 Additional Downtown Parking: You can find more information about downtown parking locations here.