Accommodations

VSS 2017 Hotel Reservations

The 17th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society will be held at the TradeWinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

VSS has negotiated special room rates for the TradeWinds Island Grand and Guy Harvey Outpost hotels for the 2017 meeting. At this time, all rooms at the Tradewinds Island Grand and the Guy Harvey Hotels are SOLD OUT. If you’d like to be placed on the waiting list, should additional rooms become available, please send an email to .  Please include your check in and check out dates.

Overflow Hotel Available

VSS is able to offer a few rooms at a discounted rate at the Sirata Beach Resort, located next door to the TradeWindsThe Sirata is offering VSS attendees the following room rates on a Space Available Basis.:

Traditional Rooms*

Sun 05/14 Mon 05/15 Tue 05/16 Wed 05/17 Thu 05/18 Fri 05/19 Sat 05/20 Sun 05/21 Mon 05/22 Tue 05/23 Wed 05/24 Thu 05/25
$149 $149 $149 $149 $149 $189 $189 $149 $149 $149 $149 $149

*Traditional rooms are currently sold out (although could become available due to cancellations). Additional discounted “group” room types may be available at upgrade fees ranging from $20-$95 per night based on availability at the time of reservation. Guests will be informed of upgrade options and rates when calling.

Rates are based on single or double occupancy and subject to state and local taxes; currently 13%. Each additional person 18 years of age or older will be charged a fee of $15.00 per room/per night. There is no charge for children 17 years of age and younger who are in the room with a parent.

There is a two-night minimum stay required. Please note the Sirata has a minimum age requirement – at least one person in each guest room must be 21 years or older.

To make a reservation, call the Group Reservations Department DIRECTLY at: 1-800-344-5999 and identify yourself as part of the Vision Sciences Society Space Available Rate. To secure a reservation, a first night’s deposit (US Funds via check, Money Order, valid VISA, MasterCard or American Express card) must be received with the reservation request.  Personal checks must be received within 10 days of reservation request or reservation will be released. Individual deposits are refundable if the cancellation is received by the Hotel at least 72 hours prior to arrival.

Parking – Overnight guest room parking fee of $10.00 per vehicle, per night has been reduced to $5.00.  Please note that due to limited parking; only one vehicle per guest room will be permitted to park overnight.  Day visitor parking will be subject to $15.00 per car, per day.  Day visitor parking is based on availability.

TradeWinds Island Grand

The TradeWinds Island Grand is the meeting hotel for the VSS Meeting. Booking a room here means you are only steps away from the meeting rooms, poster sessions, and social events. There are several room types available at the TradeWinds Island Grand. See below for a description of each room type available for VSS attendees.

Room Types

Standard Room: $160
Two double or King available upon request. (300 sq ft)

Tropical View Room with Balcony: $180
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape, two queen beds or King available upon request. (300 sq ft)

Standard One Bedroom Suite: $190
Two double beds in a separate room, a sofa bed that pulls out to a double; can accommodate up to 6 people. (384 sq ft)

Gulf Front Room with Balcony: $200
Two queen beds, stunning view of beach and Gulf of Mexico. (300 sq ft)

Tropical View One Bedroom Suite with Balcony: $225
Two queen beds in a separate room, a sofa bed in living room area that pulls out to a double; can accommodate up to 6 people. (536 sq ft)

Tropical View Two Bedroom Suite with Balcony: $345
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a living area with double-size sofa bed; can accommodate up to 10 people. (820 sq ft)

All rates are for single or double occupancy. Additional people will be charged $15 each per night. Discount rates are available May 15 – 26, 2017.

To receive the VSS rate and a waived resort fee, you MUST book by clicking the button below or by calling (800) 808-9833. Be sure to enter or state group code “VSS“.

Important: If you book a room through a wholesaler like hotels.com, the hotel will NOT waive your resort fee.

Book TradeWinds Hotel Reservation

Amenities at Island Grand

All Island Grand rooms include wet bar with mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and mini-bar; hairdryer, iron/board.

The resort fee is included in the above rates and provides access to overnight parking, daily paper, wireless internet in guest rooms and common areas, fitness center, in-room safe and business center. Also included are one hooded beach cabana daily, use of tennis courts, 3-story waterslide, Triple WipeOut surf ride, paddleboats along the waterway, mini-golf, campfire s’mores, beach volleyball, beach games and more.

Guy Harvey Outpost

The Guy Harvey Outpost is the sister hotel located 100 yards from the Island Grand, a short seven minute walk to the meeting hotel by street or by beach.

Standard Room: $145
Each room comes with two double beds and offers a fully stocked mini-bar and complete wet bar area with mini-fridge, microwave oven and coffee maker.

Government Rooms

New this year: VSS is pleased to offer a limited number of Government Rate rooms at the Guy Harvey for VSS attendees. These rooms are limited and will be filled on a first come first-served basis. To reserve a Government rate room, send an email to and include the following information: first name, last name, # in party, arrival date, departure date.

At this time, all rooms at the Tradewinds Island Grand and the Guy Harvey Hotels are SOLD OUT. If you’d like to be placed on the waiting list, should additional rooms become available, please send an email to .

The deadline to reserve a hotel room at the TradeWinds is April 15, 2017.

Nearby Hotels

There are many hotels located on the beach within walking distance of the TradeWinds. The two closest properties are the Sirata Beach Resort and The Alden Suites. Other hotels include Howard Johnson’s and the Grand Plaza Hotel.