Lodging and Travel Information

2017 Conference

GPHC 2017 is hosted by the Reaud Honors College at Lamar University. Conference activities will take place on the Lamar University Campus and at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Beaumont-Plaza.

Conference Hotel

The Holiday Inn Beaumont-Plaza has reserved and limited blocked rooms available November 15, 2016 - March 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Please mention the group code (Great Plains Honors Council) when booking for the conference discount.

Hotel Update on December 2, 2016: All double rooms in the conference hotel have been reserved.  King rooms are still available and include a double size sleeper sofa.  If participants are willing to share rooms, a king room can accommodate four (4) individuals.

Hotel Update on December 20, 2016: The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Beaumont-Plaza may be sold out for Friday night if you call to make a reservation.  Please give the hotel your contact name and phone number.  When an overflow hotel is secured you will be called with the information in the order that it was received.

Hotel Update on January 10, 2017: The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Beaumont-Plaza is sold out.  Participants may still call Holiday Inn & Suites to double check if any rooms have been released.  Otherwise, please book rooms at the overflow hotels, Comfort Suites, Candlewood Suites, and MCM Elegante Hotel by the contact information below. 

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Beaumont-Plaza - Conference Hotel

Address: 3950 I-10 South & Walden Road, Beaumont, TX 77705

Reservation Number, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: 409.842.7808

Reservation Number, After-hours: 800-HOLIDAY

If you need to leave a message please speak clearly with your full name and phone number, including area code.

Group Code: Great Plains Honors Council

Room rate: $89.00 a room, per night plus applicable taxes and fees - for a room with two (2) queen beds.

Tax exemption: if you wish to claim tax exemption status, it must be established before arrival. Please submit a copy of your exemption certificate, with your reservation number, by mail, fax, or email.

Comfort Suites - Overflow Hotel

Address: 5955 Walden Road, Beaumont, TX 77707

Reservation Number: 409-840-6001

Group Code: Lamar University (Great Plains Honors Council)

Room rate: $89.00 a room, per night plus applicable taxes and fees.

Tax exemption: if you wish to claim tax exemption status, please confirm that with the hotel. 

Candlewood Suites - Overflow Hotel

Address: 5355 Clearwater Court, Beaumont, TX 77705

Reservation Number: 409-842-9000

Group Code: Lamar University (Great Plains Honors Council)

Rate: $89.99 a night for standard studio queen or a one bedroom double. $99.00 a night for one bedroom queen suite.

Tax exemption: if you wish to claim tax exemption status, please confirm that with the hotel.

Note: Breakfast not included. They do not have facilities for a continental breakfast though the rooms have a kitchenette that can be used.

MCM Elegante Hotel - Overflow Hotel

Address: 2355 I-10, Beaumont, TX 77705

Reservation Number: 409-842-3600

Group Code: Lamar University (Great Plains Honors Council)

Rate: $94.00 a night for a king and double rooms. $124.00 a night for a suite. Does include breakfast tickets for up to 4 people per room.

Tax exemption: if you wish to claim tax exemption status, please confirm that with the hotel.

Airports

Shuttle Bus Transportation

Transportation from Jack Brooks Regional Airport to the Holiday Inn Beaumont-Plaza is offered through the hotel.  Please contact the hotel to arrange transportation.

  • Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Complimentary to and from Jack Brooks Regional Airport

Bus transportation will be provided to and from the Holiday Inn Beaumont-Plaza to the Lamar University campus and off-site excursions for conference activities on Saturday, April 1, 2017.  

Bus Transportation - Houston to Beaumont

Transportation from Houston airport to the Holiday Inn Beaumont-Plaza is available through Sun Travel Shuttle.  Please contact Sun Travel to arrange transportation.

  • Cost is approximately $44.00 per person
  • Phone number: 409.721.9636 (normal business hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Must have at least 48 hour notice

Vehicle Rental

Vehicle rental information:

Weather

Southeast Texas is known for the unpredictable weather.  Please check out the current weather conditions to prepare for appropriate clothing.

Questions

Contact Rebekah Maxwell, Reaud Honors College Coordinator, at rebekah.maxwell@lamar.edu or by calling 409.880.2219 for any questions or additional information.