Accommodations & Transportation



The Political Ecology Working Group has partnered with Spring Hill Suites Lexington to offer conference participants discounted room rates for DOPE 2019. Through January 23, 2019, participants may reserve a double queen suite or a king suite at $114 per night between Wednesday, February 20, and Sunday, February 24, 2019. A double queen suite features 2 queen-size beds and a large sofa with a twin-size trundle bed that slides out from below it. A king suite features 1 king-size bed and a large sofa with a twin-size trundle bed that slides out from below it. Participants, particularly those on a budget, can share a room and split the cost. Reserve your room by January 23, 2019, to lock in this rate!


Please be aware that only a select number of rooms have been reserved for conference participants.







Spring Hill Suites Lexington

863 South Broadway

Lexington, Kentucky 40504 USA

+1 859-225-1500

















Other Accommodations

There are a number of other hotels near the University of Kentucky, which can be found here. Please, keep in mind that taxi and bus service in Lexington are limited. We strongly recommend booking a hotel within walking distance of the campus (approximately 1 mile or less). Intra-campus buses and shuttles can also be caught near hotel locations to reach campus; however, these bus routes are only available Thursday and Friday of the conference. 


Lexington also offers a range of accommodation alternatives, including Airbnb and VRBO.

Double Queen Suite

$114 per night

King Suite

$114 per night



Airport Information

Lexington has its own airport, Blue Grass Airport (LEX), although costs can at times be significantly higher than at surrounding airports. We recommend pricing flights to Blue Grass Airport (LEX), Louisville International Airport (SDF), and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).


However, please note that both Louisville and Cincinnati are about 1.5 hours away (approximately 80 miles) by car and there are no public transportation or shuttle options to get to Lexington.


More information about taxi and shuttle services to and from LEX, as well as public transportation from the airport to downtown Lexington, are available here. Uber and Lyft are also available.



For in-town public bus transportation, visit Lextran. Lextran costs $1 per ride. Additionally, participants may use Uber or Lyft to get around town. Expect to pay approximately $8-$15 per ride for locations within 2 miles and depending on the time of day (early mornings and evenings are the most expensive as well as during inclement weather, especially rain).


On Campus

Campus shuttles are provided free of charge to UK students, employees and visitors. All areas of campus are less than a 5-minute walk from a bus stop with buses arriving every 7-10 minutes. You can track shuttles in real time here. The TransLoc Rider mobile app is also available for download from the Google Play Store and App StorePlease note, intra-campus buses and shuttles will only be available Thursday and Friday of the conference. 


Campus Map


You can access the University of Kentucky's interactive campus map here. With the interactive map, you can locate buildings and find the best routes to conference locations as shown in the example below.