Hotel and travel

Magnolia Hotel-Houston

Magnolia Hotel-Houston, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

Chain: Marriott International Hotels
1100 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002

Discover pure luxury and genuine Texas hospitality at Magnolia Hotel Houston, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Originally home to the Houston Post Dispatch, as well as Shell Oil Company's corporate office, our historic hotel has been lovingly renovated to the highest standard. Boutique rooms and suites offer spacious work areas, complimentary Wi-Fi and bathrooms with over-sized tubs; pets are welcome, too! Dine in style at The Lounge, which serves local fare and includes a bar and a billiards table; treat yourself to our homemade cookies every evening as well. Visit the 24-hour rooftop fitness center, followed by a dip in the outdoor pool and a soak in the whirlpool - all amidst picturesque downtown views. The hotel is just a short walk from restaurants and attractions including Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center.


A dedicated website is now available for attendees to book their hotel rooms online. Book your group rate for Engineering Lean and Six Sigma (ELSS) 2019. A limited number of rooms are available at the conference rate of $169 for a single or double plus applicable state and local taxes (17%). All reservations must be accompanied by a first night deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless they are secured by one of the above methods.

The cutoff date to book reservations is Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, or when the room block is full. Quoted sleeping room rates will be offered, based on availability, three days before and three days after the conference dates.

Reservations cancelled within (72) hours of arrival will be charged one night’s room & tax, including no-shows. Guest departing late may incur an additional night rate and tax. Guests need to check with the Front Desk on available for late checkout.

Check-in time: 3 pm EST 
Check-out time: 12 pm EST 

Hotel Parking: The Magnolia Hotel has extended a discounted parking to ELSS attendees. Discounted overnight valet parking is valet is $25/night plus tax per day. 

Warning: Housing Scam Notice
The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) has been notified that fraudulent housing vendors are contacted individuals who are attending IISE|ELSS conferences offering highly discounted hotel rooms.

Please note that IISE has not authorized any third parties to handle hotel reservations for its conferences or to use our name or trademarks on information they send to attendees and/or exhibitors. We recommend that you only reserve your hotel room directly with the Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference hotel the Magnolia Hotel-Houston, the official conference hotel in Houston, via the information and instructions on this web page.

If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room reservation for ELSS, or if they represent themselves as the “IISE/ELSS housing provider,” please get as much information as you can, then contact ELSS conference manager Carol Le Blanc at or (770) 349-1114.


Come! Live like a local for a few days and discover why Houston’s mix of international appeal and Southern charm have captured the imagination of taste-makers the world over.

America's fourth-largest city is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. Businesses also recognize the allure of Houston’s offerings.  Twenty-five companies on the Fortune 500 list call the Energy Capital of the World home. Aeronautic research is unsurpassed at NASA headquarters—the facility responsible for putting the first man on the moon—and Texas Medical Center remains the largest in the world with 47 highly lauded research and treatment institutions. The Central Business District is home to pro sports teams like the Astros and Rockets, as well as nationally renowned Houston Theater District.

There's always something to do in this Southern hospitality meets urban chic city. Come explore YOUR Houston!

Houston Weather: In September the daily average temperature is 80°F, rarely falling below 72°F or exceeding 88°F.

Time zone: Houston is in the Central Time Zone. Daylight Saving Time starts on March 10, 2019 and it ends on November 3, 2019. The time zone during this period is known as Central Daylight Time (EDT) and is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

By Air -  Fly to Houston  

Super Shuttle   Execucar

SuperShuttle/ExecuCar is the preferred airport transfer provider when flying into the Houston area.

This is the link to the Discount Code and instructions.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston (IAH) is approximately 23 miles north of downtown Houston and 20 miles from the Magnolia Hotel. The airport is located between Interstate 45 and Interstate 69 / U.S Highway 59, inside the Houston city limits. It is frequently referred to as Houston Airport. Bush Intercontinental is the headquarters of United Airlines, and is United's largest hub, with 800 daily departures. Houston Airport is named after George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. The airport has flights to parts of the United States, as well as to Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Houston William P. Hobby Airport HOU serves the City of Houston in South Texas, and is Houston's secondary commercial aviation facility, handling the area's domestic flights - while recently also adding international flights. HOU is owned and operated by the City of Houston. Due to its convenient location, Hobby Airport is also accessible to a large portion of the population of the Houston-Clear Lake-Galveston area. HOU Airport is located about seven miles from the business district of the City of Houston (Texas). With four runways and 12.9 million passengers in 2016, William P. Hobby Airport is largest hub airport for Southwest Airlines, and it is served by several major, regional and low-cost airlines offering direct flights with connections around the world.



Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounted airfares for the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference attendees!

To take advantage of these discounts, follow these simple steps:

  • Reservations and ticketing are available via
  • When booking online, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting code NMSLW in the box provided on the Search Flights page.
  • Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting Network® at (800) 328-1111*, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT refer to Meeting Event Code NMSLW.

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

International Travelers

A United States visitors (B-1) visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a port of entry and request admission into the United States from a U.S. immigration inspector. Begin your visa application process as early as possible as it could take several months to process.

U.S. Citizens - Air Travel
All U.S. citizens including children must present a passport or other approved travel document when entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens can present a passport, NEXUS card at airports with NEXUS kiosks, U.S. military ID with travel orders, or a U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when on official business.

U.S. Citizens - Land/Sea Travel
U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry are required to have documents that comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), most commonly a U.S. passport, a passport card, a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST, or an enhanced driver's license. See the complete list of WHTI-compliant documents.

Citizens of Other Countries - Air Travel
All international visitors regardless of country of origin must present a passport or secure document when entering the United States by air.

Citizens of Other Countries - Land/Sea Travel
All international visitors will need to present a single document that complies with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).

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