Listed below are the names and, where possible, the 800 numbers of hotels and a bed and breakfast agent to assist you in getting accommodations for the upcoming Workshop.
It is important that you book a room for the workshop right away as Cambridge is a very busy area and booking early will help you get one of the cheaper bed and breakfasts. Housing is expensive in Cambridge/Boston and you may wish to get together with a friend and share a room.
Please keep in mind that the current per diem limits are $154/night Jan-March and $190/night April-June, with July-Aug at $171 and Sept and Oct - 206 at $206. To find the current per diem for Cambridge visit www.gsa.gov website. We are only allow to reimburse you up to the per diem limit.
To find lodging we have several suggestions:
The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce has a full list of all the available housing in the Cambridge area: http://www.cambridgechamber.org/visiting/stay.html
Hotels within walking distance of the Institute, the Sheraton a short walk and the other two longish walks. They all are on bus routes:
Best Western Hotel Tria, 220 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 491-1890 or 1 (800) 528-1234
Harvard Square Hotel, 110 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Sheraton-Commander, 16 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 547-4800
or 1 (800) 325-3434
Boston Reservations/Boston Bed & Breakfast, Inc., 1643 Beacon St., Suite 23, Waban, MA, 02168; (617) 332-4199; Fax: (617) 332-5751;
Boston Reservations/Boston Bed & Breakfast, can help book your reservation and in most cases they can get you a room at lower cost than a direct call will get you. If you tell them you are attending a workshop at the Harvard Observatory, they will make every effort to book you at a bed and breakfast, or hotel if you wish, in close proximity. They have many comfortable accommodations in the surrounding neighborhood, and previous workshop participants have been very satisfied with their rooms.
We strongly advise against bringing or renting a car. There is no visitor parking at the Observatory and most on-street parking in Cambridge is designated for Cambridge residents only. Most places in Cambridge and Boston are easily accessible by public transportation.
More information can be found here about short-term and long-term living accomodations
From Logan Airport: http://www.massport.com/logan/getti.html
The Silver Line ($1.25 exact change) drops off and picks up in front of all the terminals. The Silver Line will take you directly to South Station. Once at South Station take the Red Line (subway train) going outbound to Harvard Square Station. This link has other MBTA details and directions http://www.mbta.com/traveling_t/schedules_subway.asp
If you take the train into Boston, take it directly to South Station from there you can take the Red Line (subway train) to Harvard Square (see above).
You can always take a Taxi from Logan or South Station. The cost to Harvard Square (or your Cambridge hotel address) - should be about $35/40.
For a variety of travel information including printable maps and door-to-door directions try Mapquest. ITAMP, 60 Garden Street Cambridge.
Down load a map of Harvard Square and ITAMP here.