We have blocks of rooms reserved at a conference rate at two hotels (see below), both of which are within very close walking distance to all conference events and to the "Aggieville" restaurant/bar/shopping district. Those who will not have a car with them are strongly encouraged to stay at one of these two hotels if possible.
NOTE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, rooms for Friday, April 6 are in fairly short supply, and our reserved blocks at these two hotels are smaller than we'd like them to be. So, if you will be driving to the conference, or flying into Kansas City and renting a car, please wait until February 12 to book at the two reserved conference hotels, so that those who will not have a car at the conference can have the first crack at these rooms. We recommend that you DO make a reservation right away at another hotel (see below). You can always cancel later if you are able to get a room at one of the conference hotels.
Holiday Inn: This is a nice property as Holiday Inns go, fairly recently remodeled. Conference rate is $99.95. Call 785-539-7531 and ask for the group code "SCI."
Bluemont Inn: The Bluemont is a new, fairly upscale hotel. Conference rate is $129. The rate includes WIFI and breakfast for all guests in the room. Call 785-473-7091 and ask for the SCI Region 6 Conference rate.
None within easy walking distance of conference events.
Parkwood Inn and Suites: Nice newer property, but not close to much of anything useful. 1.5 miles from conference events.
Comfort Suites: New property, near fast food and big-box stores. 1.6 miles from conference events.
Candlewood Suites: Large property in downtown area. Close to downtown restaurants and shopping. 1.9 miles from conference events.
Fairfield Inn: Large property in downtown area. Close to downtown restaurants and shopping. 1.9 miles from conference events.
Hilton Garden Inn: Large, new, more upscale hotel in downtown area. Close to downtown restaurants and shopping. 1.9 miles from conference events.
Quality Inn and Suites: Near downtown, but not especially easy to walk to/from. 1.9 miles from conference events.
Super 8: Good budget choice. Near downtown, but not especially easy to walk to/from. 1.9 miles from conference events.
Four Points by Sheridan: Not close to much of anything useful. 2.3 miles from conference events.
Hampton Inn: Not close to much of anything useful. 2.4 miles from conference events.
Best Western: Not close to much of anything useful. 2.5 miles from conference events.
Perhaps you might consider rooming with an old friend? Also, for student composers, we may be able to make a few couch-surfing-type arrangements with our graduate or undergraduate composition students, for those making the trip on a very small budget. Please contact Dr. Craig Weston if you're interested in pursuing that possibility.
If you are able to fly into the Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK), you’ll get small airport convenience, and you’ll pay a little extra for it. Take a cab, Uber or hotel shuttle (if available) from the terminal; there’s no need for a rental car if you are staying at one of the two conference hotels.
If you fly into Kansas City International Airport (MCI), you’ll pay less and have far more flight options, but it is a two-hour drive to Manhattan. (But, it’s a more scenic drive through the Flint Hills than you probably expect).
There are 3 main routes into Manhattan:
KS-177 from the South (take Exit 313 North off I-70)
US-24 from the East & North
KS-18 from the West (take Exit 303 North off I-70)
Detailed directions may be found here.
Manhattan's public transit system runs Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Saturday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, with connecting service at the Student Union to a shuttle route on campus which runs from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM. Fares are $1, or $30 for a month-long pass. Please consult the City and University transportation sites for further details.
Here are some taxi companies that operate in Manhattan:
Cat Cab: (785) 341-7506
Bell Taxi: (785) 537-2080
Go Van/Dial-a-Cab: (785) 226-3919
Taxi 4 Less: (785) 776-5508
Wildcat Taxi: (785) 477-8808 (only cash)
UBER also operates in Manhattan.
Kansas State University is increasingly a walking campus, and permits are required to park on campus from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, and at all times in Student Housing lots. Visitor permits cost $5.00 a day and may be obtained through Parking Services both in-person and online. Be aware that parking is at a premium during peak hours, and parking spaces may not always be available in lots adjacent to conference events. Visitor permits are not valid in metered parking spaces. (The downloadable campus map above includes all parking lots and their classifications).
The City of Manhattan restricts parking in certain areas adjacent to campus. Please be aware of posted restrictions should you opt to park off-campus and walk.
Local Dining at the Union:
Radina's Coffeehouse & Roastery at the Union: Offshoot of a local coffeehouse.
JP's Gastropub, Union Station: Offshoot of a K-State dining location, uses locally-sourced ingredients when possible.
Fast Track: The quick service area for JP's, featuring common American food options.
Call Hall at the Union: Offshoot of our own Call Hall Dairy Bar ice cream, see the parent location below.
Call Hall Dairy Bar: A fifteen minute walk from the conference, Call Hall offers ice cream made from milk provided by K-State's Animal Sciences and Industry Department, as well as breakfast (8:00-10:00) & lunch (11:00-2:00) Monday through Friday.
Off-Campus Dining (Aggieville & Other Adjacent Locations)
Off-Campus Dining (Non-Adjacent Locations)
During your stay in Manhattan, "the Little Apple," you might consider visiting some of the attractions below.
Flint Hills Discovery Center: Affectionately known to some as the "Grass Museum," this venue features an immersive experience theater, a permanent exhibit on Flint Hills tallgrass prairie ecology and history, as well as rotating exhibits, currently "Rainforest Adventure," featuring a butterfly house.
Konza Prairie Scenic Overlook: A vantage point south of town with a view of the Konza Prairie Preserve.
Konza Prairie Trails: Some of the most beautiful walking/hiking trails Kansas has to offer. (Caution: Occasional steep climbs, uneven footing and narrow pathways).
Liquid Art Winery and Estate: Manhattan's own vinyard and winery, featuring wine flights and craft ciders on-site and semi-regular live music.
Locked Manhattan: Downtown escape room (group activity).
Beach Museum of Art: Located a stone's throw away from the conference, admission is free.
Sunset Zoo: Less than two miles from campus.