Best area to stay near boston
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 12, 2013 2:39 AM Last Post By: missmushkila
Aug 6, 2013 9:35 AM
Best area to stay near bostonHi all,
I'm planning on visiting Boston for a couple of days next summer.
I've been looking at hotel prices and they are incredibly high so I was considering staying in some area outside Boston which would make commuting possible and where I could get more affordable prices ;-)
I'll be renting a car (getting to Boston by car and continuing trip after Boston) so I wouldn't mind making a 20-30 minute trip to Boston and back...
Aug 6, 2013 11:33 AM
Aug 6, 2013 1:26 PM
2You don't want to drive into and around Boston. So if you're set on staying in a suburb, stay somewhere close to a T (subway) station. The map page of the T website includes both a schematic subway map and a Google map with stop locations laid over it.
Aug 6, 2013 4:49 PM
Aug 7, 2013 1:31 AM
4We stayed for about five nights at the HI Friendly Crossways Hostel in a private room in what is in effect a large farmhouse - it was really good. We had a car, but we took the train into Boston several times - maybe 30 minutes. But I agree that Salem is pretty nice - if you can overlook all the witchcraft nonsense.
Aug 7, 2013 6:07 AM
5If you think the hotel prices are high, wait until you see the charges for parking in the city. Based on what you write, your options are
1) Find a hotel outside of the city with free parking and a free or cheap shuttle to a location with MBTA (bus, rail, or boat) service. Do all your in-city travel via "the T."
2) Find a hotel outside of the city with free parking. Each day, commute to a T stop that has MBTA-controlled parking. Do all your in-city travel via the T.
If your travel dates coincide with some big event like the Harvard or Boston University graduation ceremonies, you might have to stay quite a ways out of the city to get a reasonably priced hotel room.
Aug 12, 2013 2:39 AM
6It would be helpful to know what your idea of "affordable" is -- hostel prices? Under $100? Under $150?
As everyone has mentioned, parking costs are very high. You will need to stay near a T station, or, further out, near a commuter rail station.
To echo #5, graduations for Harvard, BU, or MIT (and also Boston College) will send hotel prices soaring, and rooms will be booked far in advance. If you have any flexibility, be sure to avoid these weekends (which are listed on the websites of each university's Registrar). If you are not flexible on your dates, and must be in Boston during one of these weekends, consider booking your hotels ASAP. Seriously, a year in advance is not too soon to be booking for Harvard graduation weekend.
The Cambridge Gateway Inn (http://cambridgegatewayinn.com/) offers free parking and a free shuttle to the Red Line, offering you easy access to Harvard Sq. and downtown Boston. To my knowledge this is one of the best deals for remaining T-accessible, rather than staying near the commuter rail (as some have suggested, and which can still be quite nice), which runs far less frequently and is more expensive. If you do want to stay on the commuter rail, Salem is a good choice.
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