GET READY TO VISIT DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND!
The 2023 SPE Thermoforming Conference is taking place at the Huntington Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Cleveland.
This is a great location for exploring Cleveland, and enjoying all that this lively, historical city has to offer. This includes attractions accessible from the Huntington Convention Center including the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the famous West Side Market.
For more information on Cleveland, including attractions and recommendations, please visit Destination Cleveland’s site at: https://thisiscleveland.com
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
300 Lakeside Ave E
Cleveland, OH 44113
THE CONFERENCE HOST HOTEL
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower
1360 W Mall Dr
Cleveland, OH 44114
The 2023 SPE Thermoforming Division has negotiated a special room rate of $199.00 per night plus a total nightly room tax.
To make your hotel reservations online, please use this link.
You can also make your hotel reservations by calling 216-696-9200 and identifying yourself as a 2023 SPE Thermoforming Conference attendee to receive the negotiated conference rate.
We encourage you to make your room reservations early to ensure that you will be in the host hotel at the guaranteed room rate. Upon checking in, each guest will be asked to provide a valid government issued ID along with proof to which the room reservation was made.
The Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower is a 0.2 mile walk from the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.
Parking is available at the hotel for $16 for daily on-site parking and $35 for daily valet parking.
Housing Pirates and Poachers
We have been informed that members have been contacted by fax, e-mail or most often by phone with offers for discounted housing rates from at least one housing poacher group, Conventioneers US. Their intent is to convince you that the offer is made on our behalf or that the soliciting company is a viable alternative to booking through our room block. This is not true.
How it Works
Room poaching is a practice carried out by third-party companies that act as travel agencies. The poacher may inform you that the hotel room block is sold out, and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room. Additional deceptive tactics include distributing forms or promotional materials that appear to be issued by the SPE Thermoforming Division.
Room poachers make it more difficult for us to meet our room block commitments. This exposes the SPE Thermoforming Division to penalties, increased room rates and could threaten our financial stability.
Room poachers often don’t deliver on promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are non-existent, or the hotels are not conveniently located. Sometimes the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer’s credit card.
DON’T BE MISLED! If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room for the Conference, please get as much information as you can and pass it on to our conference manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send cease-and-desist letters out to the offenders.
DIRECTIONS AND TRAVEL
TRAVELING BY PLANE:
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE): Located 12 miles from downtown.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) offers a public transportation option from CLE airport to downtown Cleveland for only $2.50. Check trolley routes and schedules here: http://www.riderta.com/routes/trolley.
*At the Airport: The 66R stop is located in the Limo Lot between the Terminal and the Smart Parking Garage.
At West Blvd: The bus will pull in and stop in front of the station where you can board the Rapid Transit to Tower City. Please allow extra travel time.
Please visit www.riderta.com/routes/redline for updates on the schedule.
Akron-Canton Airport (CAK): Located 51 miles from downtown.
TRAVELING BY CAR:
From the Southeast:
Take Interstate 77 north to the East 9th Street exit. Drive north on East 9th Street to St. Clair Avenue and turn left (west). Drive three blocks west on St. Clair Avenue and turn right (north) on Ontario Street. Drive one block north on Ontario Street and turn right (east) on Lakeside Avenue.
From the South (Cleveland Hopkins International Airport):
Take Interstate 71 north to downtown Cleveland area. Interstate 71 north will merge with Interstate 90 east. Take the East 9th Street exit. Drive north on East 9th Street to St. Clair Avenue and turn left (west). Drive three blocks west on St. Clair Avenue and turn right (north) on Ontario Street. Drive one block north on Ontario Street and turn right (east) on Lakeside Avenue.
From the East (Interstate 90 and/or Ohio Route 2):
Take Interstate 90 west to the downtown Cleveland area and merge right onto Ohio Route 2 west (Cleveland Memorial Shoreway). Take the East 9th Street exit and turn left (south) on East 9th Street. Drive south on East 9th Street to Lakeside Avenue and turn right (west). Drive three blocks west. Our Center will be on your left.
From the West:
Take Interstate 90 east to the East 9th Street exit. Drive north on East 9th Street to St. Clair Avenue and turn left (west). Drive three blocks west on St. Clair Avenue and turn right (north) on Ontario Street. Drive one block north on Ontario Street and turn right (east) on Lakeside Avenue. The entrance and pedestrian drop-off area for our Center is on the right side of Lakeside Avenue.
From the West on Ohio Route 2 (Cleveland Memorial Shoreway):
Take the Lakeside Avenue/West 6th Street exit. Continue straight (east) on Lakeside Avenue through the intersection. Our Center is located two blocks east on Lakeside Avenue.
There are multiple parking lots within walking distance of the halls. The closest are either the Huntington Garage or Will Garage on Lakeside. Parking is $10 per day.
Contact Shameka Jennings, Conference Coordinator
Phone: (240) 393-6567