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ARS 2018 Convention Overview and Registration - Fall 2017 JARS

Dutch Pre-Convention Tour - Summer 2017 JARS

German Pre-Convention Tour - Fall 2017 JARS

Danish & Swedish Pre-Convention Tour - Fall 2017 JARS

Convention Gardens Tours and Lectures - Fall 2017 JARS

Finnish Post-Convention Tour - Spring 2017 JARS

ARS 2018 Convention and Tour Hotels

The Conference will have 3 optional pre-tour packages, the main Convention package in Bremen, and 1 optional post-tour package. The main hotel will be the Swissotel Bremen in Bremen, Germany. However on the tours, there will be other hotels. Attendees are responsible to make their own way to the first hotel for each options and to make their way home from the last hotel. All tours connect with the next tour. Lodging and bus travel is included from the first hotel, on all tours, and to the last hotel. The Post-Tour includes rail from Bremen to Hamburg and one-way air travel from Hamburg to Helsinki. You are responsible to be at the hotel on your tour's start date and to make your own reservations after the finish date. If choices are not contiguous, you must arrange your own lodging the missing nights. The following chart shows which hotels are used where.

Pre-Tour 1: Holland

May 7 to 9: Hampton by Hilton Hotel, Schiphol/Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 9 to 12: Hotel De Wageningen Berg, Wageningen, Netherlands

Pre-Tour 2: Rhodo 2018:

May 12 to 13: Swissotel Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Pre-Tour 3: Denmark & Sweden

May 13 to 14: Swissotel Bremen, Bremen, Germany
May 14 to 15: Hotel Dagmarthus and The Old Jail, Ribe, Denmark
May 15 to 16: Hotel Comfort, Gothenburg, Sweden
May 16 to 17: Hotel Good Morning, Helsingborg, Sweden
May 17 to 20: Wakeup Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark


May 20 to 27: Swissotel Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Post-Tour: Finland

May 27 to 29: Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden, Espoo, Finland
May 29 to 30: Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku, Finland
May 30 to 31: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki , Finland

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The ARS/DRG 2018 Convention Hotel in Bremen is

SwissotelSwissotel Bremen is located in the heart of the city of Bremen. Within walking distance to all major attractions like the town musicians and the charming market square, the hotel’s central location also offers a magnificent view over Bremen’s former city wall. 230 innovative appointed rooms and suites are stocked with exclusive amenities, including cutting-edge technology and modern amenities such as a free wireless internet connection.

A sumptuous breakfast buffet offers a wide range of choices to energize your day, and the sophisticated Hillmann’s Restaurant takes traditional recipes from the Bremen region and gives them a Swiss touch. On a sunny day, you can spend your day at the Vicco´s terrace with a view of the park or enjoy a fresh drought Beck´s at the hotels own Ô place Bar with its “living room” atmosphere.

The ARS/DRG Convention will have available an expansive meeting and conference space for up to 1000 delegates. Guests have complimentary access to the Pürovel Sport fitness center, where a fully-equipped gym helps you to continue with your regular exercise routine. A sauna, steam bath, snow basin and a great offer of massages and treatments will help to find relaxation during your travel.

Swissotel Bremen is DIN-certified according to the environmental management system 14001:2004 and received 2015 the certifications “Certified Conference Hotel” as well as “Certified Green Hotel” by the German Travel Management Association (VDR).

Airport Service: The main international airport serving Bremen is the Hamburg airport that is about 63 miles away. The Swissotel does NOT provide airport transfers. There are two options for transportation between the airport and the Swissotel in Bremen:

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Hampton by Hilton Hotel
Hampton by Hilton Hotel, Neptunusstraat 1, 2132 JA Hoofddorp, Schiphol, Netherlands +31-23-8200940

A 9-minute walk from Hoofddorp train station (for links to Amsterdam Centraal Station), this modern hotel is also 7 km from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Functional, bright rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee-making facilities. They also offer workspaces with ergonomic chairs, plus lap desks (for working on the bed). Suites add seating areas with pull-out sofas. Complimentary amenities include a hot breakfast buffet served in an airy dining room, and an airport shuttle. There's also a bar, a gym and a business center, plus meeting rooms. Bike rental is available.

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Hotel De Wageningsche Berg
Hotel De Wageningsche Berg, Generaal Foulkesweg 96, 6703 DS Wageningen, Netherlands +31-317-495911

A 4-minute walk from the gardens at Arboretum Belmonte, this contemporary hotel in a polished building overlooking a river is 9 km from the medieval Kasteel Doorwerth museum. The airy rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as bathrooms with walk-in showers. Amenities include an upmarket, warmly decorated restaurant, in addition to a casual brasserie with an outdoor bar and a river-view terrace. There's also a colorful lounge area and a fitness room, plus meeting rooms and event space.

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Hotel Dagmarthus
Hotel Dagmarthus, Torvet 1, 6760 Ribe, Denmark; +45 75 42 00 33

Built in 1581, this enduring redbrick hotel is set in a pedestrian square next to the medieval Ribe Cathedral, a 5-minute walk from the Ribe Kunstmuseum and a 6-minute walk from Ribe train station. Cozy, individually decorated rooms with refined accents feature free Wi-Fi and TVs. Upgraded quarters add seating areas, and some have canopy beds and cathedral views. Breakfast is complimentary. Amenities include an genteel restaurant with vivid paintings, gold accents and exposed wood beams, as well as a basement cafe with a bar.

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The Old Jail Hotel
Den Gamle Arrest, Torvet 11, 6760 Ribe, Denmark; +45 75 42 37 00

Set in a 16th-century redbrick building that was previously a prison, this humble, historic hotel is in Ribe's old town, across the street from Ribe Cathedral and 0.5 km from Ribe Kunstmuseum. The simple, stylish rooms and suites were once jail cells or facilities, and have been updated with sitting areas, sinks, and bright decor with colorful touches. Bathrooms are shared or private, and many rooms offer city or cathedral views. Free breakfast is served in the airy cafe, which also offers seasonal garden seating. There's also a lounge, along with 2 shops, 1 selling women's clothing and 1 selling handmade candles and other traditional items.

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Comfort Hotel Göteborg
Comfort Hotel Göteborg, Skeppsbroplatsen 1, 411 21 Göteborg, Sweden; +46 31 752 28 00

This downtown hotel is an 8-minute walk from the Göteborgsoperan opera house and concert hall, and 2.7 km from Liseberg amusement park. All of the relaxed rooms offer desks, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, plus mini-bars; some have city or harbor views. Freebies include hot breakfast, and a tea and coffee service. There's also an on-site laundry.

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Good Morning Hotel
Good Morning Hotel Helsingborg, Gustav Adolfs gata 47, 252 27 Helsingborg, Sweden; +46 42 495 21 00

Set in downtown Helsingborg, this angular, redbrick hotel is 2.1 km from the Kärnan medieval tower, 7 km from Sofiero Castle and 11 km from maritime history at M/S Museet for Søfart. Colorful, laid-back rooms with hardwood floors offer free Wi-Fi, TVs and desks. Room service is available. Amenities include a free breakfast buffet, plus a 24-hour snack shop, a lobby bar and a restaurant. There's also a spa and a hot tub, along with a business center, a fitness room and 12 meeting rooms.

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Wakeup Copenhagen Hotel
Wakeup Copenhagen Hotel, Carsten Niebuhrs Gade 11, 1577 København V, Denmark; +45 44 80 00 00

A 10-minute walk from Copenhagen Central Station, this modern, hip hotel is a 13-minute walk from Tivoli Gardens, a 19th-century amusement park, and a 14-minute walk from the National Museum of Denmark. The bright rooms with minimalist furnishings offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms add city views. Amenities include a breakfast room, lobby lounge offering drinks and snacks, as well as a business center. Bike rental is available.

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Original Sokos Hotel
Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden, Tapionaukio 3, Espoo, Finland; +358 20 1234 616

Opposite the Tapionaukion terminaali bus station, this casual hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Espoon kulttuurikeskus cultural complex and 11 km from Linnanmäki theme park. Featuring minimalist decor and hardwood floors, the contemporary rooms provide free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. In addition to a complimentary breakfast buffet, there's a Scandinavian-style grill restaurant and a bar with a terrace. Other amenities include a gym, an indoor pool and 2 saunas.

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Radisson Blu Marina Palace
Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Linnankatu 32, Turku, Finland; +358 20 1234 710

Overlooking the Aura River, this modern hotel is 1.5 km from Turku Cathedral and 2.2 km from Turku Castle museum. The regal rooms and suites are decorated with warm tones, gold-framed mirrors and hardwood floors. They provide flat-screen TVs, mini-bars and free Wi-Fi, as well as coffeemakers and city or river views. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served in the banquet hall. Other amenities include a 24-hour cafe/bar, a grill restaurant and a business center. The hotel also has a fitness center with a gym and 3 saunas.

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Radisson Blu Plaza
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Mikonkatu 23, Helsinki, Finland; +358 20 1234 703

Set in an elegant building dating from 1917, this polished hotel in downtown Helsinki is across the road from Grand Casino Helsinki, a 2-minute walk from Kaisaniemen metro station and a 3 minutes' walk from the Ateneum art museum. Sleek rooms come with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and mini-bars, as well as tea and coffeemakers. Club-level rooms and suites also have access to a lounge that offers drinks and a business center. There's an upscale restaurant with a balcony, a plush bar and a 24-hour lounge. Other amenities include an exercise room and 5 meeting rooms.

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Last Updated: October 17, 2017