Come experience a waterfont destination unlike any other. From distinctive dining experiences to Instagram-worthy views from the Capital Wheel, National Harbor is home to works of art from artists known locally, nationally and the world over. Spark the creativity of your soul and immerse yourself in interactive art of all kinds.
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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
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BE AWARE of scammers: No other agency is officially associated with SPIE. Any phone calls or email offers of hotel rooms should be treated as fraudulent.
The link(s) provided here is the only one authorized for making reservations and you will never be contacted by email or phone unless you explicitly request. If you book your hotel room from another source, you may be subject to fraud or identity theft.
Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be required to provide a credit card for payment of room, tax, and incidentals. If your institution is paying for your room in advance, please contact the hotel directly after this reservation system closes to make arrangements before your arrival date.
|Deadline to submit a sub-block request
|20 December 2023
|Deadline to assign rooms with names
|20 January 2024
|Deadline to make name changes
|1 March 2024
|Last day to cancel rooms without penalty
|Cancellations made within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit one night's room and tax deposit
National Harbor is serviced by three airports:
SPIE is pleased to partner with Alaska Airlines to offer a special airfare discount on roundtrip air travel to and from Washington, DC (DCA), or Baltimore, Maryland (IAD), airports for Defense + Commercial Sensing 2024.
Departure city(s): Any Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air US city Valid travel period: 17 - 30 April 2024
To take advantage of the reduced fares, please enter the Discount Code ECMK193 and the reduced fares will be automatically displayed.
The resort accepts all major credit cards including its restaurants and spa. Debit Cards are also accepted throughout the resort; however, upon room check-in at the front desk, the guest’s bank will place a hold on the debit card for room & tax plus $50 per day for incidentals. This hold will not be released for up to 5-7 business days after checkout. We recommend using a credit card at check-in to prevent this hold on the guest’s cash funds.
There is a Cash-To-Card kiosk located on the lobby level, by the main entrance next to the celebrity service office. This machine issues a Mastercard ranging from as low as $20 to a maximum of $500. There is no fee to use the machine, and if the full amount on the card is not used at the resort, it can be used anyplace a Mastercard is accepted. Cards are not returnable or exchangeable for cash.
The Cash-to-card kiosk also has a bill breaking feature which can be used free of charge.
On the back of the issued card, there is a website and phone number. The site will allow guests to check their gift card balance, review transactions and track refunds.
The hotel can issue a check for any needed refund.