Hotel and Travel

All program sessions of the Presidents Institute will be held at the Marco Island Marriott.

Please note: With the high number of registrations for the Presidents Institute, the Marco Island Marriott, the main Institute hotel, is almost completely sold out. For participants unable to secure a reservation at the Marriott for one or more nights, the hotel has agreed to establish a waitlist in an effort to accommodate as many Institute participants as possible. In addition, CIC recommends two overflow hotels that are within walking distance of the Marriott Marco Island.
 
Marco Island Marriott
400 South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL, 34145
Phone: (239) 394-2511; Fax: (239) 642-2672
Toll-Free: (800) 438-4373
 
Hotel Reservations Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2011
Room Rate: $209 single/double per night

 

To book your hotel reservations online at the CIC conference rate, use CIC's hotel link.

Located off the southwest coast of Florida on the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands, the Marco Island Marriott offers pristine white sand and shell beaches and is southwest Florida’s most complete resort. This full-service property features superb views of the Florida Gulf Coast, a Balinese-influenced treatment spa, guest rooms with private balconies, and several restaurants offering everything from poolside snacks to elegant dining. Additional features are a private championship golf course and access to a host of beach activities including shelling cruises, parasailing, and other water sports.
 
The hotel room rate is $209 per night for single or double occupancy. This special room rate is available from December 27, 2011, through January 13, 2012.
 
When calling to make reservations, please indicate that you are with the Council of Independent Colleges Presidents Institute to receive the discounted conference rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The reservation deadline is Friday, December 2, 2011. After this date, reservations cannot be guaranteed at the Institute rate.
 
Self-parking at the Marriott is $12.72 per day and overnight valet parking is $21.20 per day. Taxes are included in these rates.
 
 

Overflow Hotels

For participants unable to secure a reservation at the Marriott for one or more nights, CIC recommends two overflow hotels that are within walking distance of the Marriott Marco Island.

The Hilton Marco Island
560 S. Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL 34145
Phone: (239)394-5000
Room rates range between $269 to $329 per night
 
Marco Beach Ocean Resort 
480 S. Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL 34145
Phone: (800) 260-5089 or (239) 393-1453
Room rates range between $269 to $409 per night

Individuals should contact one of these hotels directly to make lodging arrangements. Please note that although CIC is not holding a room block at either hotel, the reservations offices will be happy to assist with your accommodations. For additional information, please contact Allison Blackburn, CIC’s director of conferences at ablackburn@cic.nche.edu or 202-466-7230. 



Travel and Ground Transportation Information

The Marco Island Marriott is located approximately 50 miles from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers. Transportation to the hotel is available from several providers that are located just outside the baggage claim area of the airport. Reservations are recommended at least 48 hours in advance.
  • American Comfort Limousine Service (239-262-5466) offers a discounted rate of $69 one- way for up to three passengers and a rate of $109 for four or more passengers.
Additionally, the following services offer rates of approximately $90 to $95 one-way for up to three passengers plus $10 for each additional passenger:
  • AAA Airport Transportation—(239) 275-7228 or (800) 872-2711
  • Best Value Taxi Inc.—(239) 768-1898 or (800) 998-1898
  • Superior Airport Shuttle—(239) 267-4777 or (888) 397-9571
Self-parking at the Marriott is $12.72 per day and overnight valet parking is $21.20 per day. Taxes are included with these rates.
 
CIC has arranged discounted rates with Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental for participants who choose to rent automobiles. For reservations with Alamo, call (800) 462-5266 and request ID# 706768, or use the special Presidents Institute reservation link. For reservations with National, call (800) 227-7368 and request ID# 5282865 or use the special Presidents Institute reservation link.
 

Dress Guidelines

Casual resort wear is appropriate throughout the Institute. Business attire is suggested only for the Awards Reception and Banquet on Thursday, January 6. If you plan to participate in any of the tours, be sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring along a hat, sunscreen, and walking shoes.

Family and Guests

All daytime sessions during the Presidents Institute, including breakfast and lunch discussions, are open only to registered participants. Tickets may be purchased on-site for special guests and family members to participate in the Welcoming Reception and Dinner on January 4. Tickets for the Awards Reception and Banquet on January 6 may be ordered on the registration form.