Main Programs and meals will be held in the Century Ballroom. The Century Ballroom is available to us around the clock from Thursday at 6:00 pm to Sunday at 1:00 pm, so unofficial activities can be held here when there are not official activities taking place.
Breakout rooms are in Sam Houston A, B, and C on the mezzanine level. One set of rooms will hold about 60 people and the other will hold about 30 people. The Sam Houston rooms are available to us from Thursday at 6:00 pm to Sunday at 6:00 pm. We also have the W. Lee O’Daniel room, which is set up like a conference room with a monitor that we can use.
Other good places to solve are in our spacious Hospitality suite and in the hotel lobby. The hotel has many seating areas that are great for puzzles and small gatherings.
Hospitality is located on the eighth floor in suite 801. Your room key will open the door to Hospitality. Hospitality is open from 6:00 pm on Wednesday to 1:00 pm on Sunday. Hospitality has several tables for solving, along with snacks and our own personal restroom.
If you're planning on doing some sightseeing when you come to Dallas, check out the Dallas City Pass. It gives you admission to the Science Museum and the Reunion Tower Deck, which are both must-sees, and your choice of two of the following: The Bush Presidential Museum, the zoo, or the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. I've been to all of these, and they are all worth seeing. The Science Museum, Tower Deck, and Human Rights museum are close to the hotel. The other two are easily accessible via mass transit. If you are sure you will be using it, you can buy the pass in advance — it is good for one year from date of purchase, and good for 9 days after you first use it.
Hospitality has a printer which can be used for printing 1-3 pages. The hotel has a business center next to the Sam Houston rooms.
There are two FedEx Office stores that are about equidistant from the hotel. The first one is in a converted service station from the 1920s, which is cool to see. The other is in a shady underpass. Other than that, they are roughly equivalent.
The first is at 902 Ross Ave. This one is about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. You can shorten the walk by taking the train from Akard Station to West End Station. This one is open until 7 pm on weekdays. 🗺️ FedEx Office, 902 Ross Ave, Dallas TX
The other FedEx Office is at 1999 Bryan St., or at the corner of Federal St. and N. Harwood St. Sometimes this one doesn’t show up on maps, but it is there and they do make copies. It is about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. You can shorten the walk by taking the train from Akard Station to St. Paul Station. It is also open until about 7 pm on weekdays. 🗺️ FedEx Office, 1999 Bryan St, Dallas TX
For a bonus third option, there is a FedEx Office at 400 Olive St., inside the Sheraton Hotel building. It closes at 6 pm, and is near a food court. This is about a 15-minute walk from the hotel. 🗺️ FedEx Office, 400 Olive, Dallas TX
The Minuteman Press at 325 North St. Paul St. shows up as a copy shop on some maps, but they do not make copies. 🗺️ Minuteman Press, 325 North St. Paul St, Dallas TX
The closest convenience store is a 7-Eleven to the west of the hotel, on the other side of Field St, at the intersection of Field St and Commerce St It is small and has the usual drinks and snacks. It is open 24/7. 🗺️ 7-Eleven, 1295 Commerce St, Dallas TX
The closest non-convenience store is a CVS Pharmacy just to the north of the hotel at 1411 Main St. It is large (for a pharmacy) and is more like a small grocery store than a pharmacy. There are frozen foods, wine, and all of the usual pharmacy and convenience store items. Hours are 7:00am to 12:00am. 🗺️ CVS, 1411 Main St, Dallas TX