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29th Annual Veterinary Dental Forum

Hotel and Travel Information

Beware of
room block pirates!

Note: Exhibitors have reported being contacted by a company called Global Travel Partners. This is a scam service. Please refer to the information below and DO NOT book your reservations through this or any other company that calls you directly. We request that you contact VDF management if you have received a call from this or any other third-party room booking company.

Unofficial housing companies use various tactics to woo meeting attendees to book outside the official room block, which can result in VDF being required to pay costly attrition fees! Sham housing companies that contact attendees and exhibitors after meeting registration opens with fraudulent offerings of hotels rooms (sometimes at rates discounted from what’s posted on the meeting’s official website), requests for credit card information for previously made reservations, or pushes to book through them immediately. Typically the company claims that the meeting’s room block is nearly sold out but they can get the attendee a good rate at an overflow hotel or one outside the room block. These pirated rooms usually come with a large cancellation fee, so even if the attendee or exhibitor figures it out—or the association becomes aware of the scam—it can be too little, too late. VDF will let you know via the website if the room block is full and we will list alternative options for hotel reservations at that time.


 

 

 

 

 

The 2015 VDF host hotel is The Portola Hotel.

(All VDF-specific events and presentations will take place at The Portola Hotel and in the adjacent Monterey Conference Center. VDF attendee registration will open in May 2015.)

Group rate: $215++ (single/double)

Reservations within the group block include:

~ Complimentary wireless internet access
~ Discounted rate of $10 per 24-hours on self-parking

Online reservation instructions:

Note: Reservations for three days pre- and post-Forum at the group rate are based upon availability. Please be aware that if you include these additional days in your reservation and they are sold out, it may appear that all the dates (including the Forum dates) are sold out. This is likely not the case so please contact our office and we will work with the hotel to resolve the issue.

  • Reservations must be received on or before September 28, 2015 in order to secure the group rate (based on availability). We recommend attendees make their reservations early to ensure lodging at the host hotel.
  • Follow this link to make reservations online:

    https://resweb.passkey.com/go/2015veterinarydentalforum

When making reservations by telephone, follow these instructions:

  • Call 1-888-222-5851
  • Be sure you specify the following:

Hotel name: “The Portola Inn ”
Group name: “Veterinary Dental Forum”
Dates requested: If you are requesting the group discounted rate for dates prior to October 24th or after November 4th, keep in mind the group rate will be honored on an 'as available' status.

If you are unable to book your rooms via the online registration or by telephone, after attempting both options, please email us at contact@VeterinaryDentalForum.com.

Please note that VDF management continues to work toward securing the number of rooms needed to try to accommodate as many VDF attendees in-house as possible. Due to our exponential growth over the past four years, estimating attendance is difficult. Should the hotel become sold out we will evaluate all options on the table and report results on this website. Thank you for your patience.

 

Travel information:

Getting to the Monterey Peninsula and the Portola Hotel couldn’t be easier. Fly directly into Monterey's hassle-free airport located just 10 minutes from the hotel. Airlines servicing the Monterey Peninsula Airport include American, United, Alaska, Allegiant, and US Airways, offering over 80 flights daily.

Other travel options include flying into San Jose International Airport, a quick one-hour drive or San Francisco International Airport, a one and a half hour drive down the picturesque California coast (see transportation and directions provided below).

Hotel Parking

The Portola Hotel at Monterey Bay offers a parking garage for all hotel guests.

Self-Parking: $10 per day (In/Out Privileges) - discounted rate (normally $17) for VDF attendees rooming at The Portola.
Valet Parking: $20 per day (In/Out Privileges)

Transportation

Public shuttle service is available to our Monterey Bay hotel from Monterey, San Francisco and San Jose airports.

The Portola Hotel does not provide a private hotel shuttle service; however, guests are encouraged to call the Monterey Shuttle Airbus or Yellow Cab Taxi service to and from the hotel.

Monterey Shuttle Airbus - (831) 373-7777
Yellow Cab - (831) 333-1234

Shuttle/Taxi/Rental Car Information

Monterey California Airport Car Rentals
Monterey California Airpor Taxi/Shuttle Information

San Francisco Airport

San Jose Airport

Monterey Bay Driving Directions:

From Monterey Peninsula Airport

  • Exit Airport on to Highway 68 West.
  • Exit Highway 1 South. Stay in the right hand lane for next exit.
  • Exit the Monterey/Fisherman's Wharf exit.
  • At the first stoplight make a right hand turn onto Aguajito.
  • Continue on Aguajito until it ends at Del Monte Avenue.
  • Turn left on Del Monte Ave. and continue straight for three stoplights.
  • Be in the left lane at the third stoplight (road will split - do not enter the tunnel). Once through stop light, hotel will be ahead, one block on right side.

From Fresno to Hotel

  • Take Highway 99, NW, to Chowchilla. 
  • Take Highway 152 West to Los Banos, over Pacheco Pass. 
  • Turn left just past Casa de Fruita - take Highway 156 West to Hollister and San Juan Bautista. 
  • Take 101 South to the city of Prunedale. 
  • Stay in right hand lane and look for the sign for Monterey Peninsula. 
  • Exit on Highway 156 to 'Monterey Peninsula'. Hwy. 156 will become Highway 1 South. 
  • Exit at Del Monte Ave. / Pacific Grove exit. Continue straight on Del Monte Avenue. Be in the left lane at the sixth stoplight (road will split - do not enter the tunnel). Once through stop light, hotel will be ahead, one block on right side.

From San Francisco/San Jose to Hotel

  • Take 101 South to the city of Prunedale. 
  • Stay in right hand lane and look for the sign for Monterey Peninsula.
  • Exit on Highway 156 to 'Monterey Peninsula'. Highway. 156 will become Highway 1 South.
  • Exit at Del Monte Ave. / Pacific Grove exit. Continue straight on Del Monte Avenue. Be in the left lane at the sixth stoplight (road will split - do not enter the tunnel). Once through stop light, hotel will be ahead, one block on right side.

From East Bay San Francisco to Hotel

  • Take Highway 92 or 84, depending on which part of East Bay you're coming from.
  • Take Highway 101 South to the city of Prunedale. 
  • Stay in right hand lane and look for the sign for Monterey Peninsula. 
  • Exit on Highway 156 to 'Monterey Peninsula' Highway. 156 will become Highway 1 South.
  • Exit at Del Monte Ave. / Pacific Grove exit. Continue straight on Del Monte Avenue. Be in the left lane at the sixth stoplight (road will split - do not enter the tunnel). Once through stop light, hotel will be ahead, one block on right side.

From Los Angeles/Southern CA to Hotel

  • Take 101 North.
  • Take the 'Monterey Peninsula' exit which will bring you to Highway 68.
  • Turn left on Highway 68
  • Exit on Highway 1 South.
  • Stay in right hand and lane and take first Monterey exit. 
  • Turn right at the first stop light (Camino Aguajito Ave) and continue until road ends.
  • Turn Left on Del Monte Avenue. Continue on Del Monte and continue straight for three stoplights. Be in the left lane at the third stoplight (road will split - do not enter the tunnel). Once through stop light, hotel will be ahead, one block on right side.

 

 

 

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