OryCon 18 Hotel

For the seventh year in a row, we're at the Red Lion/ Columbia River hotel, North of downtown Portland. The room rate this year is $78.00 (plus tax of about 9%) per night, for up to four people in the room. Remember to indicate whether you wish the party or the non-party wing, and to include a deposit or credit card number to guarantee your room if you are not planning on arriving before 6 PM. At this time, suites are not available during OryCon weekend.

All persons/groups wishing to hold a party should request a room in the Party Wing, the Interstate Wing. The Red Lion hotel is requiring a refundable deposit of $100.00 for all open parties. A party sign-up list will be in the convention Office, as well as information about posting your deposit with the hotel. The hotel is providing extra cleaning supplies to party rooms, available upon request at the Front Desk or through Housekeeping.

Please note that OryCon's room block in the Columbia River Red Lion is full! However, there may still be rooms left in our overflow block in the Jantzen Beach Red Lion next door. And, although the room block has officially expired, the hotel may honor our room rate through the con. So if you haven't yet made your reservation, do it today!

Because we've been filling the hotel earlier each year, the reservation information is included in this web page. You can make your reservation by printing out and mailing this form, or (even better) calling the hotel directly at (503) 283-2111. Just make sure that you tell the hotel that you're with OryCon to make sure that you get the proper rates. (The toll-free number for general reservations is 1-800-RED-LION, but if there is any doubt about your reservation status, please call the hotel directly.) Make your reservation today! And when you receive your confirmation, please check it carefully to make sure there are no errors.

The rate listed above is good no matter when you make your reservation -- but remember, OryCon has sold out their entire block for several years in a row. This year we have fifty rooms blocked in the Red Lion Jantzen Beach, a short walk across the parking lot from the convention hotel. So, in addition to a Quiet Wing, we actually have provided a Quiet Hotel!

If you have any problems with your reservation, feel free to call our hotel liaison, Robert Verde, at (503) 231-8952 or email rverde@gstworld.net. We're here to help you.

Flood Update

The Columbia River Red Lion was hit severely by the 1996 Portland Flood, but the hotel used the damage caused by the flood waters as an opportunity to renovate the lower level as well as the riverside deck. The major impact of the reconstruction on OryCon is that the downstairs meeting rooms, including our Art Show space, are slightly larger and lighter. There's also a new Board Room on the lower level, which we will be using for small program items and scheduled gaming.

Party Supplies

Instead of a party supply service, OryCon provides a large Safeway with extended hours within walking distance from the hotel. It has lots of interesting stuff, including a sushi bar.

How to Get to the Hotel

BY AIR: The airport is about 6 miles from the hotel. There is a free shuttle from the airport running every 30 minutes from 7 AM to 11 PM (it serves both the Columbia River and Jantzen Beach Red Lions). A taxi costs about $12. If you are renting a car, take 205 South, take the Columbia Blvd. (1st) exit, stay right when the road splits, follow Columbia Blvd. West to I-5 North, and follow the By Car directions.

(The following is from the PDX airport's website:)

Due to Expansion of Portland International Airport, construction delays will affect air travelers and PDX visitors from September 1996 to April 1998. Plan on using one of the following shuttle or parking programs and keep hassles to a minimum:

BY CAR: The Columbia River Red Lion is nestled next to the Columbia River, just as you cross into Oregon from Washington on Interstate 5. (Click here for a map (13K).) Traveling either northbound or southbound, take exit #308 (signs will read "Jantzen Beach Center" and "Hayden Island"). (This exit is about 7 miles from downtown Portland.) The Columbia River Red Lion is the one with the red trim, to the west of the freeway (on the shopping center side). If you're traveling south, it's the hotel to your right just as you enter Oregon; if you're heading north, bear left under the freeway, and it will be to your right.

BY BUS/RAIL: Union Station, the Portland Amtrak terminal, is right next to the Greyhound station. From either, walk a couple of blocks south (through the construction) to Everett St., and catch a #5 Jantzen Beach or Vancouver Tri-Met bus. The fare is $1.05, and there's a bus stop in front of the hotel. (A taxi costs about $12.) Note: It's actually more efficient to take Amtrak to Vancouver, since that station is very close to the Jantzen Beach area.

The Red Lion has its own Home Page on the Web.

Go to the hotel reservation form.

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