Travel & Accommodations

Signature PhotoStay in the middle of the Gathering cuddle puddle (metaphorically!) and reserve your room at our host hotel, the JW Marriott, located in the heart of downtown Austin. We chose this location because of the easy walkability to restaurants and bars, the great on-site amenities, and the beautiful public spaces where you can hang out with the your fellow Wayfinders.

When we heard the city’s unofficial catch phrase is, “Keep Austin Weird,” we knew we were in the right place. This eclectic city has much to offer: The 6th Street entertainment district right outside the hotel is a bustling area full of bars and restaurants. Whether you’re interested in listening to live music (Hello? The Austin music scene awaits!), dancing, socializing, or just people watching, it’s hard to go wrong on 6th Street.

Austin’s most famous flying mammals make an appearance nightly from March to October. Over a million bats fly out of the bridge just before sundown. The best vantage point is the walkway on the east side of the bridge, but you can also bring a blanket and enjoy the show from the hillside below the bridge.


Front DriveWe have reserved a discounted group room block at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin, TX. You will be responsible for booking your accommodations separately. To book your room, please click this link, or you may also call the hotel directly at 1-844-473-3959. Be sure to reference “The Martha Beck Gathering” to receive the discounted room rate of $249/night.

Reservations by attendees must be received on or before March 28, 2016 to get the discounted rate. A credit card is required to reserve your room.

***** IMPORTANT NOTE***** 

We have reserved some rooms before and after the main gathering dates.  The opening event is in the evening on Friday, 4/22/2016 and the gathering ends at noon on Sunday, 4/24/16.  If you choose to arrive early or stay longer for any of the “Other Activities,” the hotel should honor this discounted rate *if rooms are available* beginning on 4/19/16 through 4/27/16 (three nights before and after).


JW Marriott Austin
110 East 2nd Street
Austin, TX  78701

Directions & Parking

We suggest taking the MetroAirport Bus, taxi, or shuttle from the Austin-Bergstrom International airport to the hotel.

Details about the MetroAirport Bus service to/from the airport:
Hop onto a MetroAirport bus for a straight shot into downtown Austin in about 30 minutes or less. We’ll whisk you to the heart of the city, where you will have direct access to the Capitol, business and entertainment districts, restaurants, museums, the University of Texas, plus the Hyatt, Omni, Marriott, and Hilton hotels.  The premium fare of $1.75 takes you between the airport and downtown every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour.

If you plan to drive, click here for directions.

Parking rates are as follows:

  • Onsite self parking = $30+tax/day.
  • Valet = $40+tax/day

Check in & Check out

Check in is at 3:00 pm.
Check out is at 11:00 am.
Party is all night long.

Wifi & Other Amenities

The hotel offers free wifi for Marriott Rewards Members.  It is free to join, so we suggest joining if you’d like internet during your stay. Details about other amenities can be found here.

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Questions?  Contact Jennifer Voss at