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bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

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bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

We are considering staying at the Doubletree Guest Suites. We do know the hotel is a mile from a T station. We will be in Boston in July and really prefer not to walk if it's hot or humid.(teenager with us... say no more) We tried to navigate the bus system to see if there is an easy bus route that could take us a mile or so to a T. We have no qualms about busses in general. But the website was too confusing for someone who doesn't know any streets and locations. The hotel is at River/Storrow/Soldiers Field Rd. Anyone know the routes that pass by?

We are also looking into a "moderate" condo in the N.End to rent this July but being close to the river for early morning jogs and bike rental rides is appealing. Any thoughts of the two.

Thanks all !

We snagged Baseball tix too while we are going to be there. It's going to be a long season for us here in San Diego.

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1. Re: bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

MBTA bus routes 64 and 70 pass by that location and will take you right into Central Square in Cambridge, where you can transfer to the Red line T. Of the two routes, the 70 runs much more frequently.

I believe the hotel also has a shuttle.

In a pinch, a taxi to Central Square shouldn't set you back more than $5-6 which is only a bit more than 2 bus fares.

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2. Re: bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

May I make one suggestion so you have a better picture of where the hotel is situated? Go to google maps and key in the address, 400 Soldiers Field Road Boston, then look at the street view. The hotel's website doesn't accurately depict that the Doubletree is on a major thoroughfare. I am not saying that is good or bad, I just want you to be informed. As for transportation, first post says it.

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3. Re: bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

Read the reviews. Many folks end up having to take taxis everywhere, negating much of any hotel room savings.

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4. Re: bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

The easiest way to figure some of this stuff out is go to http://www.mbta.com and use the "trip planner", right under "Rider Tools" on the left of the page.

I typed the hotel's address "400 Soldiers Field Road Allston MA" as my starting point and "Kenmore Station" (green line stop near Fenway Park) as my ending point and said I wante to leave at 9am tomorrow morning. The first line says "walk for 5 mins to Cambridge St and Mass Pike Exit" but if you roll your mouse over the 'box' with this info in it, you'll get a plus sign -- click for more details and you'll see something like this:

Walk For 5 Mins. To Cambridge St & Mass Pike Exit

Walk approx. 1 block N on Ramp.

Turn left on Cambridge St.

Walk a short distance SW on Cambridge St.

Bear left on Ramp.

Walk a short distance SW on Ramp.

64 Kendall/mit Sta Via Central Sq view route

9:14 AM Depart from Cambridge St & Mass Pike Exit

9:26 AM Arrive at Main St & Kendall Station - Red Line

Take Red Line - Braintree To Park St Station view route

Approx. 9:34 AM Depart from Kendall/MIT Station - Inbound

Approx. 9:38 AM Arrive at Park St Station - to Ashmont/Braintree

Take Green- C Cleveland Circle To Kenmore Station view route

Approx. 9:43 AM Depart from Park St Station - Green Line - C Branch

Approx. 9:53 AM Arrive at Kenmore Station - Outbound

(it's pretty good but not perfect, if I say I'm willing to walk 1/2 a mile, I get different directions, involving only busses, but busses can get stuck in traffic at certain times of the day ... however since I said I was only willing to walk 1/4 of a mile I got the direction posted above)

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5. Re: bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

Alan and Maj are right and if you see my directions, they do involve the Mass Pike off ramp .... in fact as I read your note I was thinking "how do you easily get from there to the river for a jog?"

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6. Re: bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

This is the site of the old Coke sign. It sits right on the river and is perfect for walkers and runners.

The hotel shuttle is a good one.

Central Sq. is a short safe walk to catch the red line.

On game day I would enquire early about catching the shuttle to somewhere near the park.

Seeing how you are a runner, walking to the park or close to is doable. Stay on the hotel side of the river and walk inbound. The first foot bridge puts you into the BU Quad and at the green line which takes you to Fenway.

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7. Re: bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

Hi,

I know you realize the Doubletree isn't near the T, but is there any way you might consider some place else? It's a nice hotel, but it's isolated. It's in the middle of a tangle of highway ramps, and it's not very convenient to get back and forth to downtown Boston.

Having said that, here's the link to the MBTA travel planning page for that address:

http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/servicenearby/?saServiceNearBy=400+Soldiers+Field+Rd.+Boston%2C+MA&sLocationServiceNearBy=&selectedPoint=&Hour=9&Minute=40&AMPM=AM&sDate=4%2F9%2F2009

It shows that the #64 bus is the closest to the hotel, and that will take you to Central Sq. Red Line stop. It looks like it runs about every 20 minutes during rush hours and every 30 minutes the rest of the day. The other routes run either a similar schedule or worse. They are also farther away from the hotel.

To be honest, that's a LONG wait for a bus if you've just missed it. You'll be standing on a street corner in the hot sun waiting. I can see the whining now...

Also, MBTA buses are not known for punctuality.

There are many hotels with reasonable prices that are walking distance to the T, and would avoid the waiting. You might want to search this forum for "hotels near the T", and check out some of the suggestions.

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8. Re: bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

Thanks everyone so far. We haven't committed where to stay but do need a place with a separate bedroom (odd sleeping patterns) and many hotels/motels don't offer it. Can't do Priceline for that reason. We will have a weeklong pass for public transportation for our 5 days. Hence the reason for asking about the bus. We don't want to walk a mile at the end of the sightseeing day. I was hoping the bus stop was right outside the hotel area. But alas doesn't sound quite like it fits into place. Darn! Perhaps those low end condo choices in the N. End would be better. How can you say no to gelato every evening? Parental units are hitting breweries and ballgame and then teenage child arrives and the sightseeing begins.

I'll keep a printed copy off all the options you have listed for consideration. When you google map stuff it all looks so good and reasonable. I should know better but gotta love the anticipation of travel that colors my choices.

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9. Re: bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

I got off on a tangent this morning because of the Hotel's website pictures versus the reality. (Hotel is on the site of the old Coca Cola bottling company - as kids we used to love to see the assembly line through the window). It is doable, but probably not the most convenient location for your needs.

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10. Re: bus route help for area around the Doubletree/Soldier Field

Think about the Marriott Residence Inn in Charlestown (one of the Boston neighborhoods) ... bus is RIGHT outside the door as is the water shuttle to the North End. It's ON the freedom trail and a reasonable walk to the North End, too.