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GOMD 2018 Hotel

WARNING – If you are contacted by any company by email or phone asking you to make a hotel reservation through them, please do not respond. These companies may falsely represent that they are affiliated with the hotel, ACerS or the meeting. These companies are not reputable. Do not provide any personal information to them. To make a hotel reservation, please call the hotel reservation phone number below or go online.


Contact Greg Phelps at gphelps@ceramics.org (614-794-5831) if you have any questions.



Hilton Palacio del Rio
200 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX, USA
In the U.S. Tel: +1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667)
Outside the U.S. Tel: 1-210-222-1400


Group rate from $189+ tax is based on availability. Cut off is on or before April 24, 2018


Group Name: ACerS Glass & Optical Materials Division Meeting (GOMD 2018)
Group Code: TACS


To secure a room, click the red button below.





The Hilton in San Antonio is sold out on some nights.  Overflow rooms are now available at the Hotel Contessa which is less than 2 blocks from Hilton Palacio Del Rio.


Hotel Contessa Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
306 West Market Street

San Antonio, Texas 78205


$189/per night

Make a reservation ACerS GOMD Room Block  

Cut off date: May 5 




Visa Information

If you are a non U.S. resident planning to attend this meeting, please note that the process of obtaining a visa to enter the United States may take several months. If you require an invitation letter in order to obtain a visa, please send an email with name of the meeting you plan to attend, your full name, mailing address, telephone number, date of birth, place of birth, passport number, passport issue date and passport expiration date to invitationletters@ceramics.org to obtain an official invitation from The American Ceramic Society.



Getting Around

San Antonio International Airport (SAT) – San Antonio International Airport provides commercial airline service for the South Texas region. More than 8.5 million passengers fly into and out of historic San Antonio each year, visiting more than 30 non-stop domestic and international destinations on 10 airlines. The airport is less than 10 miles from the Hilton Palacio del Rio.


Super Shuttle $19


Taxi $22


San Antonio – Celebrating 300 years!

San Antonio’s 300-year history began in May 1718 with the founding of the San Antonio de Béxar Presidio and Mission San Antonio de Valero (now the Alamo), whose inhabitants helped lay the foundation for the eclectic art, diverse culture and stunning innovations that have become signatures of life in San Antonio. The following centuries saw the tiny collective grow to become the seventh-largest city in the country and a major contributor to the advancement of Texas arts, tourism, cuisine and technology. Today, San Antonio is a city that revels in performances, parties and its ever-colorful character. Below is a sampling of 10 things to do in San Antonio.


1. Japanese Tea Garden – In the 1800s, San Antonio’s current-day Japanese Tea Garden (near what’s now the San Antonio Zoo) was part of a quarry. German masons worked there, extracting stone for many of San Antonio’s classic buildings, like the Menger Hotel. The area was later home to a cement company, explaining the kilns still standing on the property. In 1918, the quarry was shaped into a complex that included walkways, stone arch bridges, an island and a Japanese pavilion. The garden was termed the lily pond, and local residents donated bulbs to beautify the area. Exotic plants were provided by the City nursery and the City Public Service Company donated the lighting system. The pavilion was roofed with palm leaves from trees in City parks. http://saparksfoundation.org/japanese-tea-garden/


2. The San Antonio River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río or simply as the River Walk) is a city park and network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of San Antonio. Lined by bars, shops, restaurants, nature, public artwork, and the five historic missions, the River Walk is an important part of the city’s urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Shops at Rivercenter, to the Arneson River Theatre, to Marriage Island, to La Villita, to HemisFair Park, to the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art, to the Pearl and the city’s five Spanish colonial missions, which have been named a World Heritage Site. https://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/


3. The Alamo – The Alamo is the heart of San Antonio and it is Texas’ most visited historic landmark. Home of the famous 1836 battle and to living history demonstrations and special events throughout the year, the beautiful 300-year-old former Spanish mission turned fortress is open year-round and is free for families, school groups and everyone to visit, experience the battlefield first hand, and “remember the Alamo.” http://www.thealamo.org


4. King William Historic and Cultural Art District – The King William District is an elegant neighborhood built on land once farmed by Mission Concepción. Settled by German immigrants, the district represents their achievements as they prospered and built opulent homes and mansions. You can visit the studios and galleries of the many artists who live and work at the Blue Star Arts Complex and throughout the neighborhood. Take in a theatrical play, dance performance or outdoor film screening. http://kingwilliamculturalartsdistrict.com/


5. La Villita Historica Arts Village – La Villita, south of the River Walk in downtown San Antonio, was originally settled nearly 300 years ago as one of the city’s first neighborhoods. In 1939, La Villita Historic Arts Village was established and the neighborhood was adapted into a center for teaching regional arts and crafts and to serve as an artists market. Today, nearly 30 shops and galleries offer distinct handcrafted items by artists from San Antonio and surrounding areas. You’ll find paintings, folk art, textiles, sculptures, copper wares, jewelry, and more. Plus, in the midst of these tree-lined walkways and plazas, enjoy a savory culinary experience at the area restaurants with options ranging from traditional Mexican flavors to steakhouse favorites. For individual shop listings go to http://www.lavillitasanantonio.com/


6. Garcia Art Glass – Garcia Art Glass, Inc. opened in 1998 as the first hot glass studio in downtown San Antonio, TX. Specializing in the functional to the whimsical, these one-of-a-kind hand blown art creations always enrich their environment while evoking wonder and amazement. For 19 years we have functioned as a family owned business with three generations of Garcia women, and invite anyone and everyone to come watch. Take a tour of the Garcia Art Glass studio and hot shop. Watch a narrated glass blowing demonstration of a beautiful piece being made from start to finish and hear from the Garcia family on what inspires them. http://www.garciaartglass.com


7. El Mecado – Market Square – The rich culture of San Antonio abounds throughout the plazas of Market Square. A three-block outdoor plaza lined with restaurants, shops and produce stands near San Antonio’s city center, Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the U.S. It is one of America’s top -ten outdoor markets according to Frommer’s. Dozens of shops sell everything from hand-embroidered dresses to leather belts. Market Square’s working artists, musicians, dancers and major cultural events give it a rich and lively cultural atmosphere. Visitors browse through 32 shops at “El Mercado,” and 80 specialty shops in the Farmers Market Plaza. Market Square is also the scene of many Hispanic festivals where food and beverage booths spring up alongside Guadalajara lamps while the sounds of mariachi music blends with the excitement of Mexican dances. http://www.getcreativesanantonio.com/Explore-San-Antonio/Market-Square


8. Tower of the Americas – Located in downtown San Antonio, the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas provides guests the most spectacular view of the Alamo City. Enjoy the gorgeous panorama from the Tower’s revolving Chart House Restaurant, take in the scenery from the Observation Deck or experience the thrilling 4D Theater Ride. Designed by San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford and was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World’s Fair, HemisFair ’68. It’s one of the tallest freestanding buildings in the United States, 67 feet taller than the Washington Monument and 87 feet taller than the Seattle Space Needle. It was the tallest observation tower in the United States from 1968 until 1996, when the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower was completed. www.toweroftheamericas.com/


9. “San Antonio – the Saga” is a captivating video art installation on the magnificent façade of the San Fernando Cathedral, created by the renowned French artist, Xavier de Richemont. The 7,000 sq. ft. projection with custom choreographed music in surround sound narrates the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio. Now the seventh largest city in the nation, San Antonio is a pivotal location in the story and identity of the United States and North America. “San Antonio – The Saga” commands attention and welcomes the world to the San Antonio Main Plaza. The 24-minute journey by Xavier de Richemont is his first outdoor video art installation in the U.S., following well received public presentations in France, Germany, Spain, Morocco and Canada. Originally built between 1738 and 1755, the San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest operating sanctuary in North America. It sits on Main Plaza, the heart of historic San Antonio. The Main Plaza is the ideal location for this story to be told, as it is one of only four colonial plazas left in the US and the only one with a cathedral. http://www.mainplaza.org/


10. You won’t go hungry…. The San Antonio culinary scene is filled with hundreds of gems waiting to be discovered and delicious fare waiting to be devoured. The food team from the San Antonio Express-News compiled a list of the top restaurants in the Alamo City deserving of recognition — from bakeries to coffee shops, wineries to bars and casual eateries to upscale restaurants…find out the top 10 restaurants in 2017 and why these places earned the honor. https://www.mysanantonio.com/food/restaurants/article/Top-10-San-Antonio-restaurants-in-2017-11020949.php#photo-12137834

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