Travel, Hotel & Attractions

The conference will be held at Gaylord National. The discounted room rate is available until Monday, August 3, or until our room block is full (whichever comes first).

Our room block has sold out prior to the deadline the past few years, so make your reservation early.

If you have any lodging, transportation or general IRE conference questions, please contact Stephanie Klimstra, director of events, at [email protected] or at 407-246-9097.


Hotel Details


Gaylord National *
201 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745

The room rate is $229 (single/double) per night plus tax, plus $22 resort fee per night plus tax**.  This block is available until Monday, August 3, 2020 or until the block is full. When making your reservation you will be charged one night’s room and tax to guarantee your reservation. If you need to cancel your reservation, you must do so 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid any cancellation fees. If you cancel before the 72 hours, the one night room and tax will be refunded.

**All reservations that were made for the June conference dates were canceled, and any deposits paid will be refunded to your method of payment on file within 7-10 business days.

*Why you will want to stay at the conference hotel this year. The conference location in National Harbor, MD, is a development located in an area outside of Washington, D.C., with limited access to public transportation. It is not on the DC subway system. To get into the heart of Washington, you will need to take a bus to a subway station. A trip from the conference site at the Gaylord Hotel to the Smithsonian Metro Station — near the monuments and museums — will take at least 1 hour. Uber and Lyft are rideshare options that are also available. Before deciding on lodging outside of the National Harbor area, we encourage you to carefully research your transportation options and costs. You can use the WMATA trip planner at to estimate bus and train travel options.

**The resort fee includes National Harbor bus transportation to a number of locations throughout National Harbor, a daily credit for dry cleaning in the amount of $10, limited local and domestic long-distance phone calls, high-speed internet access, daily newspaper available at Key Provisions, two bottles of Aquafina water per room, per day, fitness center access & pool and a coupon book with a valued savings of over $100.

Make a reservation online


Need a roommate?

Use our public spreadsheet to find and request a roommate. Enter your details and they’ll be automatically added to the list below. It can take 15-20 minutes to see your changes reflected in the spreadsheet below. Please remove your information once you’ve found a roommate.

IRE provides this forum as a service to conference attendees. The organization is not responsible for or involved in any roommate matches and does not make hotel reservations for these matches.

If you have trouble accessing the spreadsheet, please contact Sarah Hutchins, [email protected].

Airport Information

There are a few airports to choose from when traveling to the DC/Maryland area. A list of those airports and their approximate distance to the conference hotel are below. The hotel does not provide airport shuttle service.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): Approximately 6.9 miles from Gaylord National.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): Approximately 32.3 miles from from Gaylord National.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): Approximately 42 miles from Gaylord National.


Discounted airport ground transportation


Attraction information

National Harbor Attractions:


Old Town Alexandria Attractions:

Just a 35 minute water tax ride across the Potomac River, historic Old Town Alexandria is home to numerous shops, restaurants, bars and live music venues – most of them along King Street.  If you have time, stroll the picturesque neighborhoods within a few blocks of the dock, especially nearby Prince Street, which is still paved with cobblestones.

Some favorites near the waterfront:


The Wharf: 


Washington, D.C. Attractions:

To get into the heart of Washington, D.C. you will need to take a bus to a Metro station.  A trip from the conference site to the Smithsonian Metro Station – near many of the monuments and museums, will take at least one hour.

Water Taxi Service:

The Potomac River Boat Company offers water taxi service between National Harbor, Old Town Alexandria, The Wharf entertainment district, Georgetown and to Nationals Park.  Check water taxi schedules as hours and ticket availability vary by day of the week.