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Hotels will be available for booking when conference registration opens in early November.

Get discounted room rates when reserving at the official conference hotel

We are excited for you to join us in National Harbor for the 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition! This year offers another opportunity to network and connect with your NIRSA colleagues.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

The official conference hotel has extended an exceptional price to NIRSA attendees, complete with several special amenities:

  • Included Wi-Fi in all sleeping rooms
  • Complimentary access to fitness center and pool
  • Bottled water every day at no extra charge
  • 20% discount on all spa and salon services at Relâche Spa & Salon
  • A discounted rate of $21 per day for parking

We encourage you to stay with your colleagues and friends at the Gaylord National! NIRSA relies on strong room block usage to secure conference meeting space, increase negotiation leverage for future conferences, and help keep overall Annual Conference expenses down.

Hotel reservations can be made online within the group block by using the web site link provided to you upon your conference registration confirmation. A valid credit card will be needed to secure your hotel reservation, and reservations require a deposit of one night’s stay, to be charged on or after January 11, 2017.

Multi-room reservations are possible. Details will be included in the hotel registration link.

*Rates listed above do not include tax. Sales tax is 6% and hotel occupancy tax is 7%

In order to take advantage of the NIRSA discount at the Gaylord National, you need to book your room before January 18, 2017. Any room booked after January 18 will be full price.

Registration is set to open in early November and early bird rates will last into early January. If you have already registered for the 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference and did not receive a confirmation/receipt—or if you are having trouble locating it—please contact NIRSA Billing Coordinator Rachel Hart.

Set your sights on luxurious comfort at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center when visiting the Washington DC area. This spectacular waterfront resort, with a stunning 19-story glass atrium and sweeping views of the Potomac River, is steps from National Harbor’s premier entertainment and shopping district and only eight miles south of America’s capital.

After exploring the city and surrounding areas, return to a first-class resort featuring a rejuvenating spa, indoor pool and whirlpool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and a number of unique restaurants and shops.

For late-night excitement with picturesque views of the capital, take the express elevator up to the Pose Rooftop Lounge, before retreating just steps away to your luxurious accommodations. Come discover why Gaylord National offers an unmatched experience in the Capital Region.

  • 201 Waterfront Street
    National Harbor, Maryland 20745
  • Rates: $219+tax* for single through triple occupancy, $239+tax* for quad occupancy

Travel Information


If you are flying, the closest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), at only eight miles away. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is considerably further, at 35 miles away.


If you are traveling by train, an Amtrak Station (ALX) is only 5.6 miles away.


Taxi fares will cost approximately $28 (one way) from DCA to Gaylord National. SuperShuttle offers service between DCA and the Gaylord National at approximately $18 each way.  Please check the SuperShuttle website for up to date prices and options; non-stop and group transfers are available. Uber and Lyft both also operate in Washington DC and National Harbor. The Washington DC Metro does not have a station in National Harbor.

Looking for a Roommate?

Are you looking to share a hotel room with someone at the 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo? We have a solution for you!

Once you have registered for the conference, login to the 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition Community on the NIRSA website—there you can post or view inquiries for room sharing in the discussion forum. Conference attendees are automatically enrolled in this convenient event community once they have registered for NIRSA 2017.

In the community discussion forum, you can specify your rooming preferences on your inquiry posting, or respond with a direct message to other posters

Room availability is limited in the NIRSA room block. Select room nights at the official hotel of NIRSA 2017—the Gaylord National—have sold out during the conference. Please utilize one of the many resources available online to book a room at a nearby hotel.