The Holiday Inn Athens-University Area

There are two Holiday Inns close to UGA, and both are on East Broad Street. You want the one closest to campus, and farthest to the east, at 197 East Broad St. We are not at the Holiday Inn Express. The HI Athens-University Area is right on the NE corner of UGA’s north campus, and right across Broad Street/US-78 from downtown Athens and its plethora of restaurants, shopping, places of worship, and nightlife.

Guests should call Holiday Inn reservations at 877-834-3613 and mention “SEM” or “SEMLA” when booking your room by phone. (This is a toll-free, central reservations number, so tell them “Athens, Georgia-University Area” when they ask you what property.) As a reminder: the conference opens Thursday, October 29, and ends Saturday morning, October 31. The conference rate ($114/night single or double) is good through Saturday night if you want/need to stay over and leave on Sunday.

To call the hotel’s front desk directly: 706-549-4433. To book online, access the hotel's website. If you use the preceding link to get to the site, you should see SEM already in the Group Code block. If you’ve arrived on the Holiday Inn Athens-University Area’s reservations web page via some other means (e.g., you Googled it), be sure to type SEM into the Group Code block before proceeding. Choose a room and complete your registration. If you have questions or concerns, call 877-834-3613, or the front desk at 706-549-4433.

You may use your smartphone or other portable device to access the reservations page from the preceding link. Or, if you choose to use the free IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) app, available at, you can just key SEM into the group code block to get the conference rate.

The hotel will accept a university or government check (but no personal checks). Checks may be sent in advance, but are also accepted at check-in. Guests can call the hotel to request a billing statement/invoice to submit for a check request. If a guest is tax exempt, he/she must present tax exemption forms with the acceptable form of payment. For employees of Georgia institutions, there are two tax exemption forms: one for state sales tax and one for hotel/motel tax.

When paying by university or government check, a personal credit card must be presented at check-in for incidentals and will be authorized for $50. If those funds are not used, the authorization will be removed within 3-5 business days.

You must make your hotel reservations by September 28 to be guaranteed the conference rate for your room.

Room information:

* 2 double beds - $114 for 1 or 2 adults

* 2 queen beds - $114 for 1 or 2 adults

* Rooms have hair dryers, coffee makers, cable TV, and free WiFi—you should receive a password at check-in.

* There is no extra charge per additional person per night.

* 14% taxes and a $5.00 per-night GA transportation fee will be added to the room rate.

Seeking a single room? No rooms with single beds are part of the conference room block, but as a single room at a lower rate will not be available anyway, just book yourself a double room and throw all the wonderful stuff that you buy at the fascinating shops in downtown Athens onto the unused bed! (This shameless message brought to you by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.)

There is no extra charge per additional person per night.