Hotel and Travel

Update: Overflow Hotel

The Wyndham Hotel, the main hotel for the Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Student Affairs Officers, is now completely sold out. CIC recommends an overflow hotel that is located about 5 blocks away from The Wyndham.
The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(800)-937-8461 Phone
(412) 227-4500 Fax
Rate: $169 single/double
The Westin and Wyndham Hotels both have shuttles that are used for transportation within a 3-4 mile radius of each hotel. The shuttles run daily based on availability. 

Participants should contact the Westin directly to make hotel arrangements. When calling, please ask for the Council of Independent Colleges block. The reservations office will be happy to assist with your accommodations. You may also book your reservation online.

Please note that the Westin’s reservation deadline is Friday, October 11, 2013.

All program sessions of the Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Student Affairs Officers will be held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel.
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 391-4600
Room Rate: $169 single/double
Hotel Cut-off Date: Friday, October 25, 2013

Reservations can be booked online or by calling (877) 999-3223 or (412) 391-4600. When calling, please state that you are with the Council of Independent Colleges CAO Institute to receive the discounted conference rate. Reservations made after the cut-off date cannot be guaranteed at the conference rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.
The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown is located in the Central Business District, also known as the Golden Triangle, where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio River. Guests of this Pittsburgh hotel will appreciate the array of services and amenities, from the fitness center to the 24-hour business center. Complimentary internet service is available throughout the hotel. The 712 downtown Pittsburgh hotel guest rooms and suites over 24 floors have spectacular city and river views that enhance any stay.

The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown is 17 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport, walking distance to the Pittsburgh Light Rail station, and across the street from the picturesque 36-acre Point State Park where the Three Rivers converge.

Driving Directions
The Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is located about 17 miles from the hotel. Upon leaving the airport, take I-376 East toward Pennsylvania Turnpike/Pittsburgh. After 17 miles, keep left onto I-279 N. At exit 70A, take the ramp to the right for Liberty Avenue toward the Consol Center. Turn left onto Commonwealth Place. The hotel will be on your left.

Limited overnight valet parking is available at the hotel at $28.00 per night. For self-parking options, you may refer to the map for facilities near the hotel. Please call ahead to confirm prices as rates are subject to change.

Transportation Information
The hotel does not provide airport shuttle service; however, CIC has arranged discounted rates with SuperShuttle. To take advantage of these discounts, reservations must be made online using the group discount code 3MPBM. Online bookings are also eligible for Frequent Flyer Miles with select airline partners.

Airport to downtown hotel locations:              

Shuttle service (multiple passengers/stops):
$24.00 one way - per person**
Round trip discounted by $4.00 with Group Discount code

ExecuCar (luxury private sedan, 1–3 passengers):
$63.00 one way**
Discounted to $60.00 with Group Discount code

**Rate does not include gratuity at customer discretion or fuel surcharge (currently $2.35 per passenger per trip–changes monthly).

Taxi service is available for a fare of about $45 (one way).

Dress Guidelines
Business casual wear is appropriate throughout the Institute. Business attire is suggested only for the opening keynote address and reception and buffet dinner on Saturday, November 2. If you plan to participate in any of the optional excursions, please be sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring along a hat, sunglasses, and walking shoes.

Best of Pittsburgh
Public Art Walking Tours
Download a copy of the new and expanded Pittsburgh Art in Public Places: Downtown Walking Tour. The book includes Downtown's new works of art in public places as well as an expanded section for the Northside.
Andy Warhol Museum
Explore seven floors filled with fascinating works by Pittsburghborn pop art icon Andy Warhol. The collection features 900 paintings, 100 sculptures, prints, photos, feature films, and his famous “Screen Tests.” The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
Originally built in 1928 as a movie palace, the center is now home to a vast array of live entertainment, including the Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Catch Broadway tours, comedy shows, ballets, and concerts at the 2,800-seat venue located in the heart of the Pittsburgh Cultural District.

CONSOL Energy Center
Completed in 2010, this Pittsburgh sports attraction is where the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team plays. Join more than 18,000 fans in this Uptown venue or catch great concerts and special events held throughout the year.

Heinz Field
This open-air venue holds more than 65,000 fans and is home to the Super Bowl winning team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
This former Roaring Twenties movie palace is now a 2,676-seat hall that hosts roughly 200 performances annually. It also is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Pittsburgh Cultural District
This 14-square-block area is home to downtown Pittsburgh’s dynamic art and entertainment scene. Discover a multitude of live entertainment, including theater shows, classical music, opera, ballet, and performing arts at one of seven theaters.
Discover a deeper appreciation for cartooning at this Pittsburgh attraction. ToonSeum is one of only three museums in the country dedicated to this remarkable art form.
About 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh lies what is perhaps the most famous private residence in the country. Conceived and created by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufman family, this spectacular house is built over a waterfall and is among the Smithsonian’s Life List of “28 Places to See Before You Die.”
Market Square
Located just two blocks from the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, Market Square features a farmer’s market in the summer and outdoor ice-skating in the winter. Visitors can enjoy restaurants and shopping throughout the year.
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
This 77-acre zoo is home to 4,000 animals, including 20 on the threatened or endangered species list. It originally opened in 1898 and is only one of six places in the United States that boasts a major zoo and aquarium in a single location.