2013 AACRAO Transfer Conference

We apologize if you are having difficulty booking your hotel reservation online for the Transfer Conference. Rooms are still available at the conference rate and may be reserved by calling the hotel directly at (877) 622-3140.
JW Marriott®Starr Pass
3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona 85745
Phone: (520) 792-3500

Hotel Reservation Information

Cradled in the Tucson Mountains, the 540-room JW Marriott Starr Pass is the newest Tucson resort to open in 18 years. Rich in culture, history and natural beauty, this area in Arizona called Starr Pass is simply amazing. Featuring a 20,000 square foot spa, 27 holes of golf, seven restaurant dining options, and 88,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, this Tucson resort encompasses everything you could need or want. No other Tucson resort compares.

Reservation Phone: (877) 622-3140.  Mention that you are attending the AACRAO Transfer Conference.

Reservation Link: Click Here

Conference Rate: The special conference rate is $149 plus tax single/double.
There is an optional daily resort fee of $25 plus tax.  This fee includes high speed internet and wireless internet access in your guestroom, unlimited local and dometic long distance calls, complimentary self-parking, daily fitness activities at Hashani Spa, guided morning hike, complimentary child's meal for dinner at Signature Grill (12 and under only, limit of 2 kids per paying adult), 15% off all gift and clothing purchases at the Resort Hashani and Golf shops, unlimited use of golf driving range with complimentary Callaway Clubs, and two bottled waters delivered with turndown service.

Cut-off Date for Reservations: Monday, June 24, 2013
This is a limited block of rooms and availability cannot be guaranteed.  Early reservations are recommended.

Deadline for Cancellations:
For a full refund, reservations must be canceled three working days prior to your arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.  If a cancellation occurs after this deadline, a processing fee of one nights’ room and tax will be imposed on each reservation cancelled.  

Early Departure Fee:
In the event a guest checks out prior to the reserved check-out date, the hotel will charge an early check-out fee.  To avoid the fee, advise the hotel at or before check-in of any change in departure date.


  • On-site parking: $10 daily
  • Valet parking: $20 daily (with in and out privileges)
  • Complimentary off-site parking

Dining Options

Get on the bus!!  Join your colleagues for dinner in downtown Tucson.  For $25 round-trip fare, you can take an air-conditioned executive motor coach from the JW Marriott Starr Pass into downtown Tucson.  The motor coach will drop you off at a central location, where you can dine at your leisure and explore the city.  The coach will then pick you up at the designated location and return you to the hotel.  Round-trip taxi fare is around $40 for this same trip. Shuttles will operate on a continuous loop from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, with the last shuttle leaving downtown at 9:30 PM. 

Advanced ticket purchase is required and reservations are suggested for the restaurant of your choice. Each person is responsible for his/her own meal and drink expenses. Simply select this ticket during your registration or if you have already registered, call (866) 229-3691 to add it.  

Downtown District

El Charro | 311 N Court Ave|520-622‐1922|$$
Established in 1922, El Charro is the oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family in the United States! This popular restaurant features traditional Sonoran style and innovative Tucson style Mexican Food. Named one of the five best ethnic restaurants in the country by USA Today. Open 7 days a week

Maynard's Market & Kitchen|400 N Toole Ave|520-545‐0577 | $$$
This new addition to the downtown area offers diners a place to socialize, eat, drink and enjoy an urban experience in a downtown Tucson landmark. Maynard's Kitchen serves New American cuisine with European influences on a seasonally changing menu. Open 7 days a week

Janos Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails|135 S 6th Ave|520-623‐7700|$$$
Janos serves delicious American food as an optimistic and affectionate statement of who we are as a people today. Their take on traditional American classics to create menus with flavors as diverse, varied and wonderful as America itself. Open 7 days a week

Hotel Congress / Cup Café |311 E Congress|520-798‐1618|$$
The Cup Cafe is a full‐service historic modern bistro in downtown Tucson with a reputation for delicious, creative and eclectic fare, alive with flavor. Open 7 days a week

Hub Restaurant & Creamery | 266 E Congress|520-207‐8201|$$
This new addition to the downtown area offers diners a place to socialize, eat, drink and enjoy an urban experience in the revitalized district of downtown. Open 7 days a week

47 Scott | 47 N Scott Ave |520-624‐4747 |$$
An eclectic menu of lunch and dinner items, such as mac & cheese, spicy fish cakes, burger, salads, pork sandwich, roast chicken and more. Open 7 days a week

Barrio Brewing | 800 E 16th St |520-791‐2739 |$$
Brew Pub with a stellar, panoramic view of the Downtown skyline, Catalina Mountains, and the occasional up‐close, slow‐moving train. Their menu features a nice assortment of pub food and beers from their micro-brewery. Open 7 days a week

Travel to Tucson

Closest Airports:

  • Tucson International Airport - TUS
    Hotel direction: 13 miles NW
    Estimated taxi fare: $38 (one way)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport – PHX
    Hotel direction: 114 miles SE
    Estimated ground transportation fee: $350


Official Travel Agency

Association Travel Concepts (ATC) is the official travel agent for AACRAO meetings and is your one-stop shop for all of your travel needs.

  • Airline Discounts
  • Car Discounts
  • Side Trips & Activities
  • Tours & Sightseeing
  • Travel Tools
  • 24/7 Online Access

Discounts & Services

Fare quotes and tickets available at www.atcmeetings.com/aacraotravel.

  • A service fee of $10 applies to ticketed reservations.
  • Low fare options on all airlines.
  • Advanced seat assignment and special meal requests. Frequent flier program updates.
  • 24/7 access with mobile options for itinerary status updates.
  • Up to 5% off applicable classes of service for tickets purchased prior to the meeting (Delta).
  • Up to 5% off applicable classes of service for tickets purchased more than 30 days prior to the meeting. Restrictions apply and not all classes of service apply for the discount (United Airlines). 

The above discounts apply for travel 7/10/13-7/19/13 (Tucson). Some restrictions may apply.

You may also call your own agency or the vendors directly and refer to the following ID numbers.

United Airlines

Zcode: ZNPK 
Agreement code: 548694
NOTE: When booking on
type:ZNPK548694 (no spaces)
in the OFFERCODE field
in the main flight search box





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Visitor Information

Special Daily Hotel Traditions 

Trail Adventures
6:30 a.m.

Each morning a professional guide is available to take you on a hike through Tucson Mountain Park. Walk along Lorraine Lee Trailhead and experience the sense of history and natural beauty as you step over rocks that are millions of years old and traverse the mountainside filled with Saguaros, Prickly Pear cactus, Mesquite, Palo Verde, and Acacia.

The Mitakuye Oyasin (All my Relations) 
Native American Morning Ritual
7:30 a.m.

Begin each day by reflecting on the connection we all have with nature and each other, finding focus and creating lasting memories.  In a ritual that is centuries old, you will have the opportunity to make your intentions known to the universe through the traditional burning of sage.

The Legend of Arriba, Abajo Toast
5:30 p.m.

Watch the sunset and experience the special tequila toast honoring the tradition of Pancho Villa. The Legend of Arriba, Abajo goes back to a traditional Mexican custom where a prospective groom that wishes to marry his beloved asks for her hand in marriage through her father.