VLBV98 HOTEL & TRAVEL INFORMATION

Because there is a BIG TEN football game in Champaign-Urbana the weekend of VLBV98, hotel rooms must be reserved earlier than usual (July 15 or September 1).

Of the 2 hotels where room blocks have been reserved, the Hampton Inn is the more conveniently located and we have reserved most rooms there. The deadline for registration is, however, earlier at that hotel than at Jumer's. You are advised not to wait until September to reserve a room. Prices listed include tax.


1. Hampton Inn
1200 West University Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801, 800-426-7866 or 217-337-1100
$66.60/all rooms on 10/7 and 10/8. The cost goes up on 10/9 to $88.80.

Method of Reservation: Call the hotel directly. Whether you use the 800 (preferred) or the 217 number, you should refer to Group Name "VLB." The block of rooms will be released on July 15! After that time, reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and the group rate is not necessarily honored.

About the Hotel: The Hampton Inn is a recently built hotel conveniently located directly across the street (University Avenue) from the Beckman Institute.

Shuttle Service, etc.: The hotel offers free continental breakfast, free local phone calls, free in-room movie channel, and complimentary airport shuttle service (7:00 AM - 10:00 PM). To take advantage of the shuttle when arriving at the airport, use the courtesy phone and tell them you need a ride. To use the shuttle going back to the airport, you will need to preschedule a time.

Driving: If you are driving to the hotel: Exit 235A (University Avenue) from I-57, then go 4 miles East. From I-74, exit 183 (Lincoln Avenue). It's one mile south to University Avenue, then right 1/4 mile.


2. Jumer's Castle Lodge
209 South Broadway
Urbana, IL 61801, 800-285-8637 or 217-384-8800
$72.15/single, $82.14/double on 10/7 and 10/8; $102.12/single, $112.11/double on 10/9 and 10/10.

Method of Reservation: Call the hotel directly. The 800 number gets the central office; the 217 number gets the Urbana hotel. In either case, tell them that you are with Group #78800. The block of rooms will be released on September 1. After that time, group discounts are not honored. (There are only 20 rooms reserved here, so it is advisable to make a reservation earlier at the Hampton Inn.)

About the Hotel: Jumer's is an older hotel with "atmosphere" (it is decorated in German Bavarian style), located at the Lincoln Square shopping mall in Urbana. It is about a mile or a little less from the Beckman Institute.

Shuttle Service: The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service, both within town and to and from the airport. The shuttle needs to be prescheduled, however. To take advantage of the shuttle when arriving at the airport, you should call the hotel in advance and give them your arrival time. They will then be there to meet you.

Driving: If you are driving to the hotel: I-72 turns into University Avenue. Follow University to Race, turn right; Race goes directly to the hotel. From I-74, take the Lincoln Avenue exit, go to Green, turn left and you will eventually deadend at the hotel.


If you have any questions about hotel or travel, please contact Julie Weaver at jweaver@uiuc.edu.