Hotel and Lodging Information

We are pleased to present a range of lodging options to accommodate the participants of the SB5.0 meeting.  Listed below are hotels offering discounted rates exclusively to SB5.0 attendees.  Please note the deadlines and reservation instructions for each of the options listed.

1) SOLD OUT Sheraton Palo Alto — we will have an official event shuttle to hotel

625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
June 14, 2011 — June 19, 2011.

Rate = $119 to $199 depending on the night, plus taxes

80 rooms per night are blocked for the discount rate


2) Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley — shuttle information TBA

2050 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

June 14, 2011 — June 19, 2011.

Rate = $150 to $220 depending on room type, plus taxes

60 rooms per night are blocked for the discount rate

Reservations made directly with the Hotel on an individual basis. Individuals may:

  1. call the Hotel directly at 650-470-3847. It is imperative that you request the BioBricks Synthetic Biology 5.0 Conference when making reservations, otherwise the group rate that applies may not be extended.
  2. Guests may send their registration form to: or fax to (650) 566-1221

Direct reservations must be made by Monday, May 16, 2011. After this date, any unreserved rooms will be released by the Hotel for general sale.

3) Dinah’s Garden Hotel & Trader Vic’s

4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

June 14, 2011 — June 19, 2011.

Rate = $179, plus taxes

30 rooms per night are blocked for the discount rate. 2-night minimum stay requirement, online booking is, not available.

Reservations can be made only by calling the hotel reservations department direct at 650.493.2844 or 800.227.8220, Name of Group Bio-Bricks Foundation. Group number: 42610702274. To guarantee a reservation, you must give a credit card number and expiration date.

The reservation cut-off date is Thursday, March 31, 2011. Any remaining unreserved guest rooms in the block will be released on this cutoff date. Any reservations received after the cut-off date taken on a space available basis and the group rate no longer guaranteed.

Other Hotels — Mention SB 5.0 for rate shown below – no official event shuttles

The Cardinal Hotel
235 Hamilton Avenue, 94301
(650) 323-5101
$99.00 for standard room w/private bath
$69.00 for European style room with shared hallway bath
5/15/11 cutoff

Palo Alto Silicon Valley Travelodge
3255 El Camino, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 493-6340
$85 for single
$95 for double
$105 for king
$110 for triple
5/14/11 cutoff

Other Hotels — No rooms blocked — no official event shuttles

Looking for a roommate?

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Attendees come from throughout the world

Visa Information for International Travelers

Visa Waiver Program

United States visa policy permits citizens of certain countries to travel to the U.S. without a visa, when they meet certain requirements.

  • Visit the U.S. Department of State for more information on traveling to the U.S. without a visa and the Visa Waiver Program .
  • Effective January 10, 2010, international visitors to the U.S. from Visa Waiver Program countries are required to apply for travel authorization online at the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ETSA). Visa Waiver Program travelers who have not obtained approval through ETSA should expect to be denied boarding on any carrier bound for the United States.  ETSA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel.

Visitor Visas

International travelers who do not qualify under the Visa Waiver Program should consider applying for a visitor visa to the United States as early as possible, but no later than 3-4 months in advance.

  • Click here for more information on applying for a visitor visa to the United States. You may also contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country.
  • To request a letter of invitation to support your visitor visa application, please email Lauren Ha at
  • Some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews. You can find the current visitor visa appointment wait times for your by clicking here


Major Airports

Three major airports serve the San Francisco Bay Area. We suggest comparing fares to all three airports as there can be differences in fares, even for the same airline. Stanford University is approximately equidistant between the San Francisco Airport and the San Jose Airport.

The most convenient mode of transportation to and from the airport is by taxi or shuttle bus. You may also rent a car. Driving distance from SFO or SJC Airports to Stanford University is approximately 30-45 minutes depending on traffic.

South and East Bay Airport Shuttle:
From SFO: ~US$30.00 one-way (US$6.00 each additional person). From SJC: ~US$30.00 one-way (US$6.00 each additional person). Please call for pick-up locations. Reservations need to be made one day in advance. Reservations made online are discounted up to 50%. For fare and schedule updates, visit:

Super Shuttle:
From SFO: ~US$27.00 one-way (US$9.00 each additional person). Operates 24 hours daily. Reservation required for return trip to the airport (3-stop max per shuttle trip). From SJC: ~US$26.00 one-way (US$9.00 each additional person). Call to arrange pick-up. For fare and schedule updates, visit:

Stanford University

Local Shuttles

We offer complimentary shuttles to and from our host hotels and Stanford University for attendees and exhibitors (see list above).