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The Grand Hyatt, between 17th and 18th on Welton Street in downtown Denver, is one block from the 16th Street Mall, and is situated between the Civic Center to the southeast, and Lower Downtown, or LoDo, to the northwest, with a variety of places close by to eat, drink, and walk. The 16th Street Mall shuttle service, which goes from the civic center to LoDo, is free.

The main entrance to the Grant Hyatt is located off Welton Street, in the breezeway between the hotel and conference center. A twenty-foot sandstone fireplace graces the lobby, with cocktails available in the Fireside Terrace Lounge in the evenings. The hotel restaurant, 1876, is around the corner from the lobby. The renovated rooms in the 26-story hotel are attractive and comfortable, decorated with natural colors. Recreational facilities include a small, indoor pool and a small exercise room with weights, cycles, and stair climbers, with an adjacent outdoor rooftop jogging track and a tennis court. Across the hotel breezeway is the entrance to the Hyatt Conference Center, with a Starbucks to the left of the entry. The main floor of the Conference Center is an atrium space, with a 24-hour business center to one side and the elevators on the other.

The conference will be held in two areas of the hotel property: on the second floor and in Mt. Sopris (lobby level) of the hotel itself, and in the Conference Center across the breezeway.

To get to the second floor of the hotel, take an elevator or, from the lobby, take the escalator near 1876. At the top of the escalator, go left to find the Registration/Hospitality Desk, the Internet Café, and the Exhibits Hall; turn right to get to the Grand Ballroom, where we will hold Convocation, the Membership Meeting, and the Special Session Icon or Enclosure, and where we will hear our guest speakers, Patricia Limerick, Lawrence Argent, Trevor Dawes, Loriene Roy, and David Silver. [On Thursday, May 1, the Registration/Hospitality desk, open at 10 am, will be located in the lobby.] When you pick up your registration packet at the hotel, check the conference program for floor plans of the hotel and the HCC to orient yourself.

Most of the sessions will be held in the Conference Center. To get to the Hyatt Conference Center (abbreviated in the conference program as HCC), go across the hotel breezeway, through the revolving doors, and follow the ARLIS/NA signs to the elevators, taking one to the second floor. The Conference Center rooms have large windows, with views of treetops and sky. The rooms are on three sides of the second floor, with restrooms on the fourth.

The Welcome Party will be held on the 38th floor of the Conference Center, in the Capitol Peak Ballroom. From here, we will enjoy music and food, as we watch the sun set over the Rockies.

We hope you will enjoy your stay at the Grand Hyatt, and we look forward to welcoming you to Denver.

Peggy Keeran
Local Arrangements Co-Chair


Denver International Airport (DIA) is located 25 miles from downtown Denver, and at 33,000 acres, has nearly twice the land area of Manhattan. Opened in May 1994 after many delays, “DIA” was frequently renamed by local wags during the wait–“Done In April,” “Done in August” and “Denver’s Imaginary Airport” are a few examples. Last year, DIA was the 11th busiest airport in the world, and its white fabric tension roof, meant to evoke the Rocky Mountains to the west, provides a striking welcome whether approaching by land or air.

DIA has public art by notable artists such as Betty Woodman, Judith Baca and Luis Jimenez. For more information, see Jimenez’s 32 foot tall Mustang, the work that tragically took his life, stands outside the main (Jeppeson) terminal. (

Three terminals are connected to Jeppeson Terminal by underground train; Terminal A is home to Frontier, Air Canada, Continental and Jet Blue, and is the only terminal that in addition to train service, has a walkable bridge to the main terminal.

When you exit the train and enter Jeppeson Terminal on level 5, you’ll be greeted by a large fountain-like the terminal roof, modeled after the Rocky Mountains. Check the monitors to find your baggage carousel, on either the east or west side of the terminal. Ground transportation is also located on level 5 on the west side. We encourage you to take advantage of the conference arrangement with Super Shuttle, which is offering transportation to and from the Grand Hyatt or Magnolia for $30 roundtrip. To make your online reservations with Super Shuttle, follow the link on the conference web page ( under Travel/Hotel.

Tom Riedel
Local Arrangements Co-chair

If you are arriving in Denver on Thursday, May 1, you will find the Registration/Hospitality Desk located in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt beginning at 10:00 AM . Note that the time is 2 hours earlier than previously advertised, and that the location is changed for that day only. Beginning Friday, Registration and Hospitality will be located in the Imperial Ballroom Foyer.

If you are still in need of accommodation for the Denver conference, please contact Susan Rawlyk directly rather than contacting the Grand Hyatt or Magnolia hotels. Her e-mail address is and her phone number is 800-817-0621.

Tom Riedel
Local Arrangements Co-chair

You may have heard that Frontier Airlines has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but we want you to know that we don’t expect any problems for those of you who have booked your flights with Frontier. According to the news here in Denver, Frontier will continue to operate normally as they restructure. Here’s a link to the story in today’s Denver Post:

Tom Riedel
Local Arrangements Co-chair

For those of you who haven’t been able to book a room at the conference hotel, we have made arrangements with the Magnolia Hotel at 818 17th St, about two and a half blocks away from the Grand Hyatt.  To make reservations at the conference rate of $169/night for a single or double, call 888.915.1110 and mention ARLIS/NA, or the booking number 297458.  Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties, and thanks to Susan Rawlyk for making this work!

Tom Riedel
Local Arrangements Co-chair

Mark your calendars for ARLIS/NA at Altitude, the 36th Annual Conference of the Society, May 1-5, 2008, in downtown Denver, Colorado. The conference web site,, is evolving daily, and bulletins like this one will alert you to new developments and items of special interest. Check out the “About Denver” link on the site for information on the city and its attractions, and the “Program” so you can begin to make your travel and accommodation arrangements.

The “Travel/Hotel” link on the page provides information about the Grand Hyatt hotel where we’ll convene, and a direct link for making hotel reservations at the conference rate. Also, you’ll see information about making travel arrangements with Frontier Airlines at a 10% discount off all published roundtrip fares.

If there is anything you don’t see covered on the conference web site, don’t hesitate to e-mail local conference organizers – our contact information is on the web site as well – and we’ll be happy to share our knowledge of the area so you can make plans to attend this exciting conference in the Mile High City. We look forward to seeing you all!

Tom Riedel & Peggy Keeran
Local Arrangements Co-chairs