Attending the Swarmathon Competition at the Kennedy Space Center is optional and travel expenses are at an attendee’s own expense. However, it is a great opportunity to see the Swarmie robots in action, network, learn about opportunities, and meet NASA scientists and engineers.
For those of you that plan on attending the competition at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) April 18 – 20, 2017, we have secured some rooms at two hotels with special rates for you in Cocoa Beach (16 miles from KSC). The reservation cut-off date will be March 17, 2017, thereafter the group rates will no longer be available and the rooms will be available at the prevailing rack rate. We strongly encourage you to secure your reservations prior to this date so you can take advantage of the discounted group rate. I have listed the rates below for each property:
1. Best Western (Oceanside) – www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com
Standard Courtyard Guestrooms @ $119.95
Exterior Corridors/Two Story Building with either a King Bed, Two Doubles or Two Queens, microwaves and mini-refrigerators
One Bedroom Suites @ $143.95
One Bedroom Suites/5 Story Tower with either a King Bed or Two Queens/Separate Bedroom/Living area with pull out sofa/wet bar and full size refrigerator and microwave – private balcony
2. Ocean Tower Rooms @ $159.95
Standard Guestrooms located in an 8 Story Tower with either a King Bed or Two Queens, microwave, mini- refrigerator and private balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Cocoa Beach Pier
Days Inn (directly across the street and less than 300 ft. from Cocoa Beach and the Cocoa Beach Pier) – www.daysinncocoabeach.com
Newly Renovated Standard Guestrooms @ $104.95
Exterior Corridors/Two Story Building with either a King Bed or Two Queens, microwaves and mini-refrigerators.
Rates include Hot Breakfast, Free Parking and Free Wi-Fi. There are two restaurants on property, O’hana J’s Steak & Seafood and Cocoa Beach Ale House. Both hotels are within walking distance to the Cocoa Beach Pier. Effective January 1, 2017, tax will be 12%. You can call 321-783-7621 and Hit “Option 2” to secure reservations and payment under the “NASA Swarmathon” block for either hotel.
3. Space Coast Vacations site.
2 and 3 bedroom unit condos
They honor the government per diem rate, so it’s $113 per night + tax + $100 for cleaning and $75 for processing for any size unit, so about $1000 for the week. We do not have any other special rate secured for the Swarmathon for these condos. The website and phone number to contact is spacecoastvacations.com. (1 888 935 3889) is the phone number to reserve with Lynn. You should verify what documentation (if any) is required to secure the per diem rate.
Again, Please know that it is not required that you attend the competition here at Kennedy Space Center and travel is at your own expense, but we want to invite teams, both Physical and Virtual, to join us in the fun and great experience!