Location and Lodging

Drone video courtesy of first time student Ken Bullock. Thanks Ken!

MARS lodging

MARS convenes at the HYATT PLACE, in Dewey Beach, DE. This seaside resort hotel is your 'home away from home' for the week. Classes and all school functions are held in and around the hotel. Fabulous food is included in the tuition. Dine in style in the sundrenched, open-air dining room, or take it outside to enjoy the fantastic views overlooking the bay. Join in the fun with parties on the beach, or just enjoy laid back conversation relaxing in an adirondack chair while under an umbrella on the expansive deck. Take laps in the heated, indoor saltwater pool or work out in the fitness room. It's all included.

Double occupancy is included with your registration and regular tuition. Private rooms are available for an additional fee.
Why not bring your spouse or signlificant other to enjoy the locale while you take classes? They could relax on the deck and bask in the sun, sit on the beach, literally steps from the hotel, and watch the sunset, take a walk on the Boardwalk in Rehoboth (only minutes from the hotel). Or, they can take in the extraordinary shopping experience at the 'mile of style' Tangier Designer Fashion Outlets. Hundreds of name-brands and only minutes away! Then, catch up together during meals.
See the current additional rates.

Be advised MARS has no control over rooms outside of our week-long block, and the school will not be responsible, nor coordinate, any stay before Sunday, or past Thursday night (Friday morning).

If you're interested in making an 'extended vacation' by arriving a couple days earlier and/or staying a couple days later, or maybe just coming in the day before so you are prepared for first thing on Sunday, MARS has worked with our hotel to offer you a special deal. SEE THE SPECIAL GROUP RATE HERE

You can now book your own "shoulder dates" (1-2 days before the event, or 1-2 days after the event) by clicking BOOK MY EXTENDED STAY to access "our area" on their website (your discount will be factored in at checkout).

If this link gets corrupted, you can
  1. go directly to HYATT PLACE DEWEY BEACH website
  2. In the upper right, click the yellow BOOK NOW button
  3. then in the pulldown menu choose "corporate or group code". Use group code G-MS24

If you have difficulty online, you can always call hotel reservations directly at 1-855-429-9565 and ask for the M.A.R.S. group rate. Tell them code is G-MS24

  • There are a limited number of "shoulder date" rooms available to MARS at a discounted rate.
  • The cut-off date to book these "extra stay" rooms is April 12, 2024. After that date the group rate is not guaranteed at the hotel.
  • Choose ONLY the extra date you want to stay (make sure you do not include S-Th of the schoolweek)
  • If you are registered with the school as a double occupancy, choose "one room, 2 guests". This may provide the possibility of staying in that same room all week. While the school cannot guarantee, the hotel will do their best to make this happen.
  • If you are registered with the school as a single room, choose "one room, 1 guest". This may provide the possibility of staying in that same room all week. While the school cannot guarantee, the hotel will do their best to make this happen.
  • If you want a room(s) on BOTH the front side AND the backside of the event, you will need to book those room(s) one at a time (do the above process twice).
  • By choosing to book a 'shoulder date', you will not be able to avail yourself of our airport shuttle service. That service only picks up at the airport on Sunday at around 1 PM, and then picks up at the hotel starting at 12 Noon on Friday. You will need to find your own means of transportation for one or both days of your extended stay.

Book EARLY for best chance at getting a room.
Be advised, rooms for shoulder dates, before or after our event, are based on availability at the time of booking, are at the sole discretion of the hotel, and may not be available.
If you are lucky enough to score a room, it is at the hotel's discretion of placement, and, as mentioned, may not be the same room you are assigned during the MARS week.

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