Ready to plan your trip to the conference? From special hotel rates to airport and train information, we have all the important details you’ll need.

Best Friends will host this year’s national conference at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas, one of the most diverse cities in the country.

Book your stay with exclusive conference rates

The Best Friends conference team currently has a special hotel block at the Marriott Marquis reserved for our attendees’ lodging needs.

Book your stay at the Marriott Marquis

Recharge and refresh at this sleek, modern hotel with the exclusive rate of $189 per night for conference attendees. All conference sessions and events are hosted at the Marriott Marquis, making access to the conference quick and convenient. 

During your free time, you can relax at the rooftop pool, float through the world’s largest Texas-shaped lazy river, get energized at the state-of-the-art fitness center, or enjoy meals at several on-site dining destinations. 

The discounted rate reserved for conference attendees will sell out quickly, so be sure to book your room today!

Discounted rate hotel block availability

We’re working hard to secure more hotel rooms for conference attendees. To ensure you have accommodation for the conference, we suggest booking the nights currently available at the exclusive conference rate and then booking your remaining nights at another area hotel. 

You can check back here to see whether additional rooms at the Marriott Marquis or another nearby property are available. We'll continue to update this page if more rooms at our exclusive conference rate are added.

Traveling to the conference 

Here are some ways to get to this year's conference. 

Vehicle travel  

If you’re driving to the conference, the Marriott Marquis offers valet parking for a $65 daily rate. Additional self-parking is available in public parking decks located near the Marriott Marquis. 

Air travel  

The Marriott Marquis is conveniently located 15 minutes away from William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and 25 minutes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), making flight and ground travel convenient. 

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines is pleased to offer special discounts for the Best Friends National Conference. Please click here to book your flights! 
You may also call Delta Meeting Network at 800-328-1111* Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NM2Q7.

United Airlines

To fly United and save up to 10% off your fare, please use this link and login with your United username and password. Add ZNGC818940 to the "promotions and certificates" box when booking a flight.
You may also call United Meeting Reservation desk at 800-426-1122. Booking fees are waived for reservations made using this discount code. 
If you are not a United Mileage Plus Member you can create a free account to view/purchase tickets with the discount.

From William P. Hobby Airport  

Outside baggage claim and Arrivals at curb zone 2, passengers can find available taxis.

Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services  
Head outside from baggage claim to passenger pickup zone 1. 

From George Bush Intercontinental Airport  

Passengers can find available taxis outside baggage claim and Arrivals at Terminals A, B, C, and E. 

Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services 
Pickup area is designated by “Ride App” signs.

Train travel

If you’re searching for a scenic and hassle-free trip to Houston from the south and west regions, Amtrak train service offers an enjoyable route, complete with breathtaking views of the great American Southwest panorama. 

The local Amtrak station is just 1.5 miles away from the Marriott Marquis, making traveling to the conference convenient, affordable, and memorable.  

A group of Best Friends National Conference attendees talking to each other