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Tuesday, 21 June 2005


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0817 - Need some Boston info

I'll be flying to Boston in late August to give my Hercules talk at SHARE. The conference is at the Hynes Convention Center. I'm not about to rent a car. (I understand that driving in Boston is like driving in Manhattan, with the added insanity of roads that were all originally cow paths, instead of Manhattan's (mostly) neat grid.)

I need to know how easy - or even possible - it is to get from Logan to the convention center area, and from there to wherever I find a hotel by way of mass transit. I also need suggestions for areas of the city on Hotwire's list (Back Bay/Copley Square, Boston Common/Theater District, Airport, Quincy Market/Financial District, Chestnut Hill, Medford/Somerville, Cambridge, and so on) to look in; the best deal is in the Quincy Market district, but is that going to work, transportation-wise?

I'm arriving Tusday evening and departing Thursday afternoon, so I won't have a lot of time while i'm there...

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From:zarchasmpgmr
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Boston is very transit-friendly.

Logan to Hynes - Blue line to Government Center, change to Green Line, any B (Boston College), C (Cleveland Circle) or D (Riverside) streetcar to Hynes/ICA.

www.mbta.com is your friend, too. The trip planner "Service Around A Location" page has hotels in its database (under "Landmarks").

I can also ask a friend who lives in the Davis Sq. area for hotel recommendations, if you'd like.
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From:jmaynard
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Heh...looks like they've got website problems. When I tried the trip planner from the Airport subway station to the hotel (selected as a landmark), I got the following error:

Error
#20001--RRM not initialized: Please yo-yo the rrm

An amusing error message. :-)
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From:zarchasmpgmr
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Yo-yo - good technical term. :-)
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From:jmaynard
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Really. Haven't they ever heard of the term "bounce"?
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From:zarchasmpgmr
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Control-Alt-Delete is just too difficult for PFKs to say.

Give me re-IPL. Now that's a term!
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From:masem
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I know for sure you can get from the airport to Hynes CC (where the Prudential building is, I've been there twice before for conventions) via the T, as well as most other places in your list via the T as well. You should be able to buy a multi-day ride pass to have unlimited rides on the T. I'm also pretty sure you can get to Quincy through the T. Check out the MBTA map as well as the rest of their site for details.
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From:bronxelf_ag001
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You can just take the T from Logan to the Pru. You wont have any problems.
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From:fullcycle
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Back Bay/Copley Square is the best area to stay in, though it can be pricey. Hynes is right there.
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From:ckd
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As zarchasmpgmr and others note, it's very easy to get to Hynes from Airport station.

Hotel area options:
Back Bay/Copley Square is basically where the Hynes is. Quincy Market/Financial District is basically downtown. Quincy Market is not in Quincy, don't take the T to Quincy Center! Nearest T stops are Gov't Center, State, or Haymarket.

Specific hotel notes for BB/CS, in rough order of distance:
Sheraton: directly connected to Hynes. Hilton: across street from Sheraton. Marriott: connected via Prudential Center mall and skybridge. Lenox Hotel: short walk down Boylston St. Westin Copley Place: connected via Prudential Center and Copley Place malls, two skybridges. Fairmont Copley Plaza: across street from Westin.

Boston Common/Theater District: approx 3 stops away on green line T.
Quincy Center/Financial District: approx 5 stops away on green line T.
Airport, Chestnut Hill, Cambridge: farther away on T; connections necessary for all but Chestnut Hill. Don't bother unless it's a huge price difference.
Medford/Somerville: probably only bus service; bus to T. Don't bother, period.

I'd say that for a small price premium, I'd take the Sheraton/Hilton/Marriott over anything else. Larger premium, and any BB/CS, BC/TD, or QC/FD hotel is fine, preferring the closer ones.
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From:jmaynard
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Thanks for the help, folks. I've booked a room at the Hyatt Regency Boston Financial District, at One Avenue de Lafayette. There appears to be an Orange Line stop right there. Whee. Oh, and it's $83/night on Hotwire.
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From:ckd
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While there's an Orange Line stop right there, for trips to the Hynes you're probably better off walking to Boylston and getting on the Green Line directly rather than connecting.
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From:jmaynard
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Yeah, after looking at the system map some more, you're probably right.
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From:frostyw
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And take care to hop a B, C, or D but not an E train on the green line. The E train doesn't go to Hynes. All the others use it as a hub. :)
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From:ckd
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He could take an E train to Prudential and walk through the mall. With the Boylston St exit from Hynes closed, it's not much farther to walk, and totally enclosed (though the weather's been good lately).
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From:frostyw
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I need to know how easy - or even possible - it is to get from Logan to the convention center area, and from there to wherever I find a hotel by way of mass transit. I also need suggestions for areas of the city on Hotwire's list (Back Bay/Copley Square, Boston Common/Theater District, Airport, Quincy Market/Financial District, Chestnut Hill, Medford/Somerville, Cambridge, and so on) to look in; the best deal is in the Quincy Market district, but is that going to work, transportation-wise?

- Quincy Market is right at Government Center, which is at the intersection of the blue line (which goes to the airport) and the green line (which breezes right by Hynes Convention Center). You'd be no more than 10 minutes away from either. Depending where exactly the hotel is you're also pretty close to some other rail intersections.

- Back Bay is a fairly nice, upscale area, but I suspect it'll be a bit pricey. Fairly short walk from the Hynes. (The Hynes is at one corner of the Back Bay.) The Sheraton is directly attached to the Prudential Center, as is the Hynes, but it's probably not your most cost-effective option if you're paying out of pocket. There's another hotel attached to Copley Place, which is attached to the Prudential Center by footbridge, which, you get the idea...

- Chestnut Hill is a good 25 minutes out on the D branch of the green line in Newton once a train comes by. Fairly upscale section of Newton from my recollection. There's an Apple Store mini out there, but unless you had a car, you'd need to take a T bus to the C.H. Mall.

- Medford/Somerville/Cambridge - All out on the orange (M/S) and red (C) lines. Not too sure about these communities as far as the quality of lodging, unless you're near Kendall/MIT, but I suspect you'd not be too comfy being so close to Mr. Stallman's office. ;-)

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