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First time visit

First time visitors coming to Boston in early May...

I'm reading conflicting info:

Is it rec to stay at Logan airport location and take T to visit tourist areas? Considering the Hilton airport. Please suggest options min 3 star <$200nite for 2 adults.

Rent car at Logan airport to drive to Cape? Which rental car has efficient customer service?

Is the ferry to P-town running in early May??

Any suggestions appreciated.

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1. Re: First time visit

I'm afraid you're out of luck with the ferry -

http://www.ptownfastferry.com/schedule.html

"Fast Ferry Service - Aboard the Provincetown III -

Daily service begins Friday, May 15th, 2009, sailing seven days a week through Tuesday, October 13th, 2009."

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2. Re: First time visit

Staying at the airport and taking the T downtown is doable, you may want to see if you can find something down town such as the John Jeffries House, Holiday Inn Beacon Hill, Holiday Inn Select on Friend Street and the Harborside Inn are typically on the 'lower end' of the price scale.

That said, May can be busy due to college graduations, but it's worth a look.

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With the $200 budget in mind, you will be able to find a good hotel in the city. Airport is close but why go through this hassle? I recently looked on www.hotels.com, they had good prices. You might find hotels in Back Bay or close to Copley in that price range, both locations are prime. If you plan on renting a car at the airport, make sure you do it online, it will be cheaper. They are all pretty well known chains, so you should not have any problems. It might be too cold for swimming and such on the Cape but you can enjoy the scenery.

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4. Re: First time visit

Before you stay at the airport, I'd try looking around at some discount sites first. You might also want to try bidding for a room with Priceline. You could easily score a nice hotel in downtown Boston (Back Bay for instance) for that $200/night budget.

If you do stay downtown, you can rent a car from one of the rental agencies there, and return it so you won't have to go to the airport at all.

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5. Re: First time visit

Please don't stay at the airport. Using the suggestions above (Priceline, hotwire) you should be able to find a much better place to stay in the downtown area for your budget. Definitely use the T (or walking) to get around the city. Then if you want to do a day trip get a rental car and return it the end of the day. Driving outside the city is fairly straightforward but inside you'll pay high parking fees and the roads aren't the easiest to navigate within Boston. It is possible to visit outside suburbs using the commuter rail portion of the MBTA to places such as Salem, Rockport which wouldn't require renting a car.

If you are interested since the P-Town ferry isn't running you could plan a visit to one of the islands in the Boston Harbor Islands national park. Kind of fun to visit (Georges has an old Civil War fort) and you get to see a little of the harbor and view of the city from the harbor.

http://bostonharborislands.org/

The ferry schedule isn't out yet but I believe it starts first of May.

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