Harvard Graduation Affordable Hotels?

Feb 8th, 2012, 02:46 PM
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Ouch, the Holiday Inn on Friends Street near Boston Garden/N Station, as well as the one on Beacon Hill are showing $300/n for your dates.

The Holiday Inn in Cambridge at 250 MONSIGNOR O'BRIEN HIGHWAY is $250/n. (0.4 mile to Lechmere Station)

The Holiday Inn in Somerville (1/3 mile to Sullivan Station) is $220/n.

The Hampton Inn in Cambridge I mentioned above is >$300/night.

Just to correct what Ackislander said above, you DO NOT need to rely on the T (subway) to get from Lechmere (cambridge Monsignor O'Brien) to Harvard Sq. You can easily take a bus that goes directly to Harvard Sq on Bus # 69
http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_ma...utes/?route=69

The same goes for the Somerville Holiday Inn near Sullivan Square. You can take a bus to get to Harvard Sq (much easier than the subway). That's Bus # 86
http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_ma...utes/?route=86
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Feb 8th, 2012, 03:52 PM
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Thanks for all the input. You're right about our budget, $150 has turned out to be totally unrealistic so we seem to be talking $250+. One more alternative to ask you about then I'll leave you all alone, I promise! I had a B&B company give me available alternatives but they're located in Boston South End. One is Chandler at Berkeley and the other Appleton at Berkeley. Is this just too far away with travel issues to even consider? Thanks to all of you for your advice. We're from the Carson Valley of northern Nevada, very rural, high desert (near Lake Tahoe), and nothing close to a big city! But my husband and I love adventures so we'll have a great time I'm sure, no matter where we end up! Thanks again to all of you!
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Feb 8th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Those B&B locations are fine - altho transportation is also not very convenient. You can walk to the Back Bay station to take the Orange line into town. But they're probably not any more inconvenient as the Holiday Inns I mentioned above.
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Feb 9th, 2012, 02:05 AM
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The Somerville hotels may be referring to distance to Sullivan Square on Orange Line. I am very familiar with that area - that distance would be for a helicopter. And it would involve walking along roadways where people do not walk. And crossing several highways where drivers are insane, including one rotary.

I think of the above suggestions the Best Western on Alewife is probably the best compromise. The walk to Alewife is really more like a mile - but there are sidewalks along the busy secondary road and a pond with walking path. There are some fast food places and a couple of chain-type restaurants within walking distance, the Whole Foods, Dunkin Donuts. Summer Shack (seafood which I like but others here do not) is across the street from Alewife station. If the shuttle to Alewife actually is operative, that would be the way to go - would not rely on any public or private road transport to Harvard Square on day of Commencement.

You have probably helped others with your post - live and learn about graduation weekends everywhere - although I am not sure you would have found better rates if you had booked earlier, since hotels know when the busy weekends are and adjust rates in advance. (We booked hotel for our daughter's graduation in NC 364 days in advance, and rates were 3x what they normally are - and we had to pay in advance, non-refundable after April 1).

So don't be too hard on yourself - I would try to find some other ways to economize on the trip and enjoy Boston. If you are flexible and want to do your sightseeing after graduation, you might consider moving into Boston after that date - you might find somewhat lower rates, but Boston is terribly expensive for hotels.
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Feb 9th, 2012, 02:11 AM
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Thanks for the bus info, yk. I am only familiar with bus lines between Dudley and Arlington, so I was hoping someone would come in to help.

The South End B&B's will be close-ish to the Orange Line (you would not want to stay far from it) which interchanges with the Red Line at Downtown Crossing. They will be fine for sightseeing but make for an early morning to get to Harvard.

I hope they still have all the graduation hoopla -- the sheriff of Middlesex County arriving on a horse, the Latin oration that you will be able to understand, the Business School graduates waving money, and all the colorful robes, top hats, etc. It will be worth it, and your niece must love you a lot because tickets are hard to get.
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Feb 9th, 2012, 09:06 AM
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The B&B's in the South End are only about a 10 minute walk to the Green Line at Arlington St. so they are convenient to get to Harvard Sq. If you stay there you'd be in a better location for sightseeing and walking around and you are surrounded by loads of good restaurants.

I re-checked lastminutetravel and unfortunately the $173 at the Marriott Copley is no longer available for your dates.
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Feb 9th, 2012, 09:09 AM
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I apologize for hijacking this thread, but I have a question for Ackislander, since you seem to know a lot about Harvard's graduation. My daughter is graduating from Harvard (getting a masters) & we were told we can only get 2 tickets for the university-wide commencement. (but don't need tickets for her grad school commencement.) Do you know if there is anyway to get more tickets for the all-university commeencement? I ask because of your comment that "tickets are hard to get". Is it possible to get one or two more? There will be 3 or 4 of us who would like to attend the university-wide commencement as well as the grad school commencement. We live nearby so we don't need hotel reservations.
Thanks so much & I apologize again.
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Feb 24th, 2012, 07:20 AM
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Just thought I'd follow up with some good news for my husband and I this morning. I got an email from the John Jeffries House offering a Deluxe Suite for $194 per night (most likely they had a cancellation), so I booked it. As mentioned by a few people this B&B is near Beacon Hill and close to the Red Line so hopefully we can get around easily. I'm so excited to visit Boston and am already looking forward to our trip in May!
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Feb 24th, 2012, 09:19 AM
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That's wonderful news, Rubi_Niner! I hope you enjoy your stay at John Jeffries, and the graduation ceremony!
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Feb 24th, 2012, 09:38 AM
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I think you'll find that location very convenient for your stay. Happy it all worked out . . . enjoy your trip, and thanks for reporting back.
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Feb 24th, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Good for you, Rubi_Niner, on the B&B...I am enjoying the suggestions put forth being new in the area. The T is great for getting places including the commencement. Yes, Harvard Square will be so full of people and excitement. What an event!
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Feb 25th, 2012, 02:47 AM
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I am coming back to this thread afte a log time away, for which I apologize.

Congratulations on John Jeffries House. It will be absolutely perfect for what you are doing.

Kwoo: Harvard Graduation tickets are very hard to get. Whole familes want to come because it is a show as well as an occasion. The only place I know to get extras is for her to ask people in her school who are not attending graduation or who live too far away for families to come. She should also put up requests on both physical bulletin boards and whatever electronic boards she and her colleagues use.
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Feb 25th, 2012, 04:30 AM
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I hope you report back on the John Jeffries House after your stay there. I have been trying to interest my husband in a long weekend in Boston this spring and that seems like a good affordable option. Definitely convenient for getting to Harvard Square on the T, too.

Have a great time at the graduation and visiting Boston/Cambridge
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Feb 25th, 2012, 07:18 AM
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How about some directions from the airport to John Jeffires house using the T?
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Feb 25th, 2012, 07:36 AM
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You can research routes at www.mbta.com but from the airport the best way is to take a Silver Line bus from outside of your terminal to South Station. Then get on the Red Line inbound (the train will say Alewife) and take it three stops to Charles St./MGH.

You can either pay on the bus or buy a Charlie Card from the bus driver and load it with some cash. You'll be using it to go to Harvard and for your sightseeing. I think there may be ticket machines in the terminals, but I'm not sure. Someone else will chime in, I'm sure with that information.

It will be easy and you only have one change to make.
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Feb 25th, 2012, 12:42 PM
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Thanks tracys2cents and cw. I was thinking we could take a taxi from the airport but our United flight arrives at 5:04p on a Monday, so that's right at rush hour. It'd probably be easier to use public transit as you suggest.

Vttraveler - I'll be sure to update after our trip what we thought of the John Jeffries House.

If I can digress a moment and tell you guys a little more about my niece, the graduate, as we are all so proud of her. She hails from a tiny island called Saipan in the western Pacific. She's a go-getter who we think will likely end up in law, even though her Dad's a doctor and we had hoped she'd follow in his footsteps. She's been active in photography and is a gifted writer. In her high school senior year she placed 3rd in a national essay competition. Not bad for a little girl from Saipan among more than 10,000 entrants. She writes for the Harvard Crimson periodically. Whatever she ends up doing she will excel at, I'm sure. And she'll give back however she can as it's just her nature. She really exceeded our expectations adjusting to the culture, the weather, the size and scope of living in the States, not to mention the academic competition at Harvard. It will be an exciting day for us on May 24 watching her receive her diploma!
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Feb 25th, 2012, 02:11 PM
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Sounds like she should be able to help you write a great trip report! I'll be checking back here in late May, dont' forget the photos!
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