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San Diego Marriott Mission Valley All functions associated with the OASIS Symposium will be held at the:

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, California 92108 USA
Tel: +1.619.692.3800
Fax: +1.619.692.0769

Hotel Resevation Discount Expired on the 14 March

Special Note: The hotel is close to selling out on the 18 & 19 April. Please contact the hotel representative (indicated below) directly for availability updates.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley for Symposium attendees. OASIS has arranged a special rate of $167++ USD/single and double. OASIS has also arranged a 50% discount off the high-speed Internet access in the sleeping rooms. The cost for in-room Internet access will only be $5.00++ per/24 hours. Attendees are able to make reservations by calling +1 800-842-5329 and referring to the group "OASIS Symposium".

Reservation questions or concerns may be directed to:

Corazon Palmer
+1 619-209-6609
corazon.palmer@marriott.com


Additional Travel and Hotel Information:

Transportation to and from the Airport:
There are several shuttle services to and from the airport. Two recommended shuttles are Cloud 9 Shuttle (estimated cost: $11.00) and Express Shuttle (estimated cost: $11.50). Cloud 9 Shuttle Service can be reached at +1 619-505-4900 or www.cloud9shuttle.com and Express Shuttle is +1 800-900-7433 or www.expresshuttle.com. Taxis can be also be arranged at a cost of approximately $25.00.


Surrounding Area, including Restaurants and Shops:
The hotel is located directly off the green trolley line (the trolley stop is directly outside the hotel). A trolley trip to the famous Gaslamp Quarter is approximately 15 minutes (including changing trolley lines). See trolley line map. Located near the hotel are numerous shopping centers and restaurants. One trolley stop away "Mission Valley Shopping Center" includes the Mission Valley Outlet Stores.


Map of San Diego:
See the map of the San Diego area


Sightseeing:

Balboa Park- The 1,200-acre Balboa Park is the cultural and tourist center of San Diego with numerous museums and theaters, a sporting complex, beautiful gardens, an open-air pipe organ, and the world's most famous zoo on its premises. The official entrance to the park is from the west on Laurel Street, which turns into El Prado, a tree-lined boulevard that is also the park's main pedestrian mall. One of the first buildings to greet the arriving visitor is the California Tower, whose facade is adorned with carved statues of famous Californians. The tower houses the Museum of Man, an anthropological museum documenting the Southwestern and Mexican cultures. Next to the museum, the Simon Edison Center for the Performing Arts houses the venerable Old Globe Theatre. Continuing east on El Prado, you will soon come to the Plaza de Panama. On the south side of the square is the House of Charm, home to the delightful Mingei International Museum. The San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art are also located on this square, as well as the House of Hospitality, which functions as the Balboa Park Visitor's Center. The Pan American Plaza is another highlight in Balboa Park, featuring the Japanese Friendship Garden complete with koi pond and tea room. If you are here at the right time, you may even be able to hear the lilting strains from the 4,445-pipe Spreckels Organ next door in the Spreckel's Organ Pavilion. Of course, Balboa Park's most notable feature is the world-famous zoo. As the premier attraction in the city, the top-notch San Diego Zoo is home to more than 4,000 species of rare and endangered animals.

Downtown, Gaslamp Quarter and Coronado - Start your morning off on the Embarcadero at the corner of Ash Street and North Harbor Drive. The hard-to-miss windjammer moored at the dock is the Star of India, the world's oldest floating merchant ship. The ship is part of the San Diego Maritime Museum. Also located along the Embarcadero is the New England-style Seaport Village, a waterfront spread encompassing nearly 75 specialty shops, restaurants, a working 1890s Looff Carousel, and free entertainment from musicians, mimes and magicians. Slightly east of Seaport Village, the historic Gaslamp Quarter, highlighted by gas street lamps and Victorian-style buildings, draws countless tourists and locals. Covering 16 blocks between 4th and 6th Avenues, and between L Street and Broadway, the Gaslamp Quarter was redeveloped in the 1970s, and now hosts some of San Diego's finest restaurants and liveliest nightclubs. You can tour the district on foot, by trolley, pedicab or horse-drawn carriage. After visiting the downtown San Diego attractions, take the ferry from Broadway Pier or drive across the arching, 2.2 mile-long San Diego-Coronado Bridge to Coronado, a beautiful resort community boasting some of the most exclusive homes, boutiques and restaurants in San Diego. If you take the ferry, you will disembark at the Ferry Landing Marketplace. From here catch a shuttle bus that will take you to the town's main tourist drag, Orange Avenue, anchored at its southern end by the Hotel del Coronado. Old Town A slice of historic life has been preserved and re-created at the Old Town State Historic Park, a kind of dusty Mexican theme park complete with restored haciendas, costumed characters and serenading mariachis. Start your visit at the Seeley Stables where volunteers give free daily tours. The restored adobes ringing the town square include a courthouse, a school and the city's first drugstore. Other buildings house a variety of tourist shops and restaurants, many of which are clustered in the colorful Bazaar del Mundo. The "haunted" Thomas Whaley Museum is a must-see attraction in Old Town, as is the Presidio Park and the Presidio/Junipero Serra Museum.

Mission Bay - An aquatic playground sprawled across 4,600 acres, Mission Bay is a monument to the active outdoor lifestyle for which San Diego is justly famous. The most popular attraction around the bay is SeaWorld, a 150-acre marine park inhabited by penguins, seals, dolphins, whales and other marine animals. West of Sea World is Belmont Park, a free-admission amusement park, shopping and entertainment center catering to the young and the young-at-heart. Heading west from Belmont Park will land you on Mission Beach, one of the most popular beaches in San Diego.

Additional sightseeing options may be found using the Marriott.com City Guide

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