The Conference Venue
Marriott Courtyard Boston Cambridge
777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
All scientific sessions and lunches on June 9 and 10 and the banquet on June 9 will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Boston Cambridge.
A block of riverview rooms have been reserved for Sunday through Tuesday nights, June 8-10, at a special rate of $229/night (the US government rate) This rate has been extended to May 12, 2014. Follow the instructions below to reserve rooms by contacting the hotel directly.
All room rates are subject to 14.45% tax per night. All reservations include complimentary internet and parking during the meeting. Overnight parking is available at a reduced conference rate of $25/night.
Reservations must be made by May 12, 2014, to ensure the group rate.
The Marriott Courtyard Boston Cambridge is on Memorial Drive midway between Harvard and MIT. It overlooks the Charles River and has recently been remodeled. The ballroom, which we will use for the scientific sessions and banquet, has a solid glass wall facing the Charles River. The hotel is 0.6 miles from the Central Square subway stop on the Red Line of the MBTA (the "T"). From the Central Square T stop, the Marriott Courtyard can be reached by a 10-minute walk through residental areas. Many of the recommended off-site hotels are close to the Alewife, Harvard Square, and Kendall/MIT stops on the Red Line.
To Make Reservations
Reservations can be made by calling (866) 323-4159 or (800) 321-2211.
In order to get the group rate, be sure to reference "Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory"
Hotel reservations can also be made using the online booking link for the Special Group Rate.
This group rate expires on May 12, 2014.
Other Local Accommodations
Please note: The prices listed were taken from hotel internet sites. Actual rates may vary!
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston Cambridge
400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134
Rates start at $199/night + tax.
This hotel is located by the River Street bridge almost directly across the Charles River in Boston from the conference venue.
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
Rates start at $299/night + tax.
This hotel is located at the edge of the MIT campus and an easy walking distance along Memorial Drive to the conference venue.
Bettina Network (B&B)
PO Box 380585, Cambridge, MA 02238
Tel.: 1-800-347-9166 (toll-free), 1-617-497-9166
Room rates are $115-$280/night (no tax is charged).
Staff at CfA frequently arrange for visitors to stay at this bed and breakfast network's offerings. Some rooms share a bath and others have private baths. All rooms include a generous breakfast and free wifi. Most rooms are located near Harvard Square. Ask for the flagship property at 47 Hawthorne Street, owned by the Donaldsons. Their eclectic gatherings for breakfast are legendary.
Best Western Plus Hotel Tria
220 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02138
Rates start at $242/night + tax.
This hotel is 0.8 miles west of CfA at the Fresh Pond Circle and on a bus route to Harvard Square. It is also a few minutes’ walk to the Alewife station of the Red Line, which goes to Central Square, a 0.6-mile walk to the conference venue.
Mary Prentiss Inn (B&B)
6 Prentiss Street, Cambridge, MA 02140
Rates start at $209/night + tax.
Visitors to CfA often stay at this bed and breakfast. All rooms include a generous breakfast and free wifi. Prentiss Street is a short walk or bus ride to Harvard Square or to CfA.
350 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel.: 1-866-566-1300 (toll-free) or 1-617-577-1300
Rates start at $215/night + tax.
This sister property of Mary Prentiss Inn is a repurposed fire station located near MIT, in Kendall Square. The Kendall/MIT stop on the Red Line is one stop from Central Square, a 0.6-mile walk to the conference venue.
1 Remington Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Rates start at $342/night + tax.
This boutique hotel in Harvard Square is a 1-mile walk through Cambridge neighborhoods to the conference venue.
Irving House (B&B)
24 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel.: 1-877-547-4600 (toll-free), 1-617-547-4600
Rates start at $135/night for single (shared bath) and $185/night for double (private bath).
All rooms at this bed and breakfast close to Harvard Square include a generous breakfast and free wifi.
Harding House (B&B)
288 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel.: 1-877-489-2888 (toll-free) or 1-617-876-2888
Rates start at $155/night + tax for single (shared bath) and $230/night + tax for double (private bath).
Rooms at this sister property to Irving House are a 1-mile walk through Cambridge neighborhoods to the conference venue.
Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT
20 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Rates start at $290/night + tax.
This hotel is 0.3 miles southeast of the Central Square stop on the Red Line. It is a 1.1-mile walk through Cambridge neighborhoods to the conference venue.
Royal Sonesta Boston
40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA 02142
Rates start at $379/night + tax.
Located in Cambridge, this hotel is located 3 miles along the Charles River from the conference venue.
Sheraton Commander Hotel
16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Rates start at $419/night + tax.
This hotel is located close to CfA and to Harvard Square. It is a standard hotel for CfA visitors, but the room rate is steep! It overlooks Cambridge Common, where George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army in 1775. The hotel is relatively recent, but he attended services at Christ Church down the block.
Boston Marriott Cambridge
Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
Rates start at $399/night + tax.
This hotel is next to the MIT campus in Kendall Square and close to the Kendall/MIT stop on the Red Line, which goes to Central Square, a 0.6-mile walk to the conference venue. (This hotel is NOT to be confused with the conference venue.)