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Convention 2014 Accommodations

On-Site Accommodations at FIT

This year only suites are available at FIT. The building with shared bath dorms will be under construction this summer. We can, however, offer accommodations at the Convention site, beginning the night of Wednesday, June 25 through the night of Tuesday, July 1. This housing is in basic (bed, dresser, desk) student suites, in secure, air-conditioned, elevator buildings right across the street from the Convention building.

The suites have two bedrooms, each with two single beds, and a private kitchenette and bath. Cooking is allowed, but no utensils are provided.

You have the option of sharing your room with others or staying alone. FIT charges us by bed, not by person. Therefore, if you choose to stay alone in a half suite or whole suite, you must pay for the unused beds. The costs for the different rooming options are as follows:

Staying in the suites

  • $98 per night if sharing (you may choose your roommates and/or ask us to find ones for any unfilled beds)
  • $196 per night if you want one half of the suite to yourself (you may choose the people in the other suite room and/or ask us to find ones for any unfilled beds)
  • $392 per night if you want the entire suite to yourself

You must provide your own linen: sheets, pillowcase and towels, plus pillow and blanket. If luggage space is tight, we will arrange to pre-purchase linen for our members at K-Mart. The cost will be $22 for a twin size sheet set (fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcase) and towel set (wash cloth, hand towel, bath towel). The cost for a standard size pillow and twin size blanket will be $22. The cost for all items will be $44. At the end of the convention you can keep the items, or we will arrange to donate them to a shelter or other worthy facility. Because we must place our order with K-Mart well in advance, no linens may be ordered after June 10.

Coin laundry facilities are available.

Anyone under 18 who is staying in FIT Housing must also have a Guardian over 21 who is also staying in FIT housing.

FIT has a very strict no-alcohol no-drugs policy for all housing areas. Please respect their rules.

All FIT housing forms must be sent in as early as possible. We will not be able to guarantee housing for forms received after June 6. If you cancel your FIT housing after June 6, we will refund your money only if we can re-rent your room. We make a sizable financial commitment to FIT to secure housing, and late forms substantially increase our costs and volunteer effort requirement. We have therefore added a charge for forms received after May 31 — please see the housing form for details.

FIT Housing is being handled by Martha Winslow-Cole. If you have any questions about accommodations, write to her at 5222 Duck Springs Road, Attalla, AL 35954, or call her at (256) 538-9727. She can also be reached via email at convention-housing [at] origamiusa.org.

  • Registration for Convention Housing is now closed.

Local Area Hotels

If you prefer to stay at a hotel, here are several other hotels where FIT has negotiated special rates and here is a list of other hotels in the area.

Many people stay at the Hotel Pennsylvania a few blocks north (across from Penn Station). By NYC standards, their rates are reasonable, but the lobby lines can be long for check-in/out.