Booking a Hotel Room

MAGFest room blocks are not yet available, but are not sold out. Please read below for information on how to book a hotel this year.

MAGFest is returning to the Gaylord National Hotel this January! Save the date, mark your calendar, request off work, and book plane tickets for January 4–7, 2018. Hotel bookings will open up within the next six weeks, so stay tuned to this page, our social media channels, and our mailing list for more info.

Hotel Booking Policies: New for MAGFest 2018!

We're painfully aware of how difficult it was last year to book a hotel room in the Gaylord, as well as the rest of National Harbor. To give MAGFest attendees as much of a chance as possible to book a room, we are doing everything we can to help slow the rate of room booking. That means if you're planning on booking a room, there are some very important changes to the booking process that you should be aware of:

We are requiring a one-night deposit

When booking a room at the Gaylord, you'll be required to put down a one-night refundable deposit (~$200 at the Gaylord). This should help decrease the rate of people who would previously book a room "just in case," and people who are more seriously planning to attend will more likely be able to do so. To ensure you can reserve a room, it is recommended you begin any necessary financial planning immediately so that you are prepared to pay the deposit.

We are initially only releasing the booking link to pre-registered attendees

When we launch pre-registration, there will be a new checkbox on the pre-reg form to indicate that you are interested in booking a room in National Harbor. We will be sending the link to those that checked the box and registered by 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 13. We will not be posting the hotel booking link publicly until reasonably sufficient time has passed for the registered people to receive the link. Out of respect of your fellow attendees, we ask that you help us slow the rate of room reservations by not sharing the link publicly.

We are disabling phone reservations

Reservations will only be available online, to minimize the number of available methods of registration minimizes potential ways of gaming the system.


Larger Suites

Suite applications for MAGFest 2018 have not yet opened.

Room Blocks

Only at the Gaylord, MAGFest can arrange for rooms to be grouped together in room blocks. Attendees must have an existing Gaylord room reservation to create or join a block.

Room block submissions are not yet open for MAGFest 2018. Any questions regarding room blocks can be sent to

Overflow Hotels

  • To be announced

Hotel Mailing List

If you'd like to be updated about MAGFest 2018 hotel news, we will send updates out on this list whenever we have news about MAGFest 2018 room blocks. The initial announcement of MAGFest 2018 room blocks will not be sent on this mailing list, you must have met the registration deadline for the event to be included in that announcement. Your subscription to this list is not connected to any other MAGFest mailing list subscriptions you may have, and this list will be deleted after the conclusion of MAGFest 2018.