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Two days in Boston

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Two days in Boston

We're planning to go to Boston at the beginnig of August. We'll be going to a concert at the Pavillion. It will a family of 4 (2 teenagers).

What would be the best area to stay? Any hotel recomendations woud be great.

Thanks

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1. Re: Two days in Boston

The B of A Pavillion is in what's known as "The Seaport District". Hotels there include the Westin (do not confuse with the Westin Copley Place), The Seaport Hotel, The Renaissance. These hotels would be very convenient to the show, but the area is a developing one and although it is much more lively than it was even a couple of years ago, it is a bit isolated from areas of most interest to tourists.

So, rather than be very close to the concert, you may want to stay in just about any other area incluing Back Bay, Finanical District, Downtown, North End, Quincy Market, etc. for convenience other than the concert.

So, it's up to you. Boston is small and easy to get around walking and by subway.

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I have been doing some reasearch on Hotels and like the Nine Zero. How easy would be to go from there to the Pavillion?

The area of Copley Square seems to have more stuff to do. Same question: to go from there to the Pavillion is it easy?

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3. Re: Two days in Boston

The Nine-zero Hotel and the Copley Sq. area are both relatively convenient to the B of A Pavillion via subway. Stay where you think is the most interesting or where you get a good deal. You can easily get the Pavillion from almost anywhere in central Boston.

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Staying anywhere in Boston proper like the Downtown (where Nine Zero is located) or Back Bay (where Copley Square is located) is fine for getting to the Pavilion. From the Back Bay, the easiest way to get there would be to walk over to Back Bay station and take a Framingham/Worcester Line Commuter Rail (not subway) train to South Station. At South Station, you board a Silver Line Waterfront bus and take it to Silver Line Way stop where the Pavilion is located. Total cost is $3.70 per person each way.

Nine Zero would be walking two blocks to Park Street station and taking the Red Line (subway) train to South Station and following above directions from there. It sounds difficult but it's really easy to get around Boston.

Just a reminder. If you and your family plan to spend 3 or more days in Boston and plan to take the subway around, it's a great idea to buy the 7 day unlimited T passes for the Subway, Inner Harbor ferries and Commuter Rail Zone 1A for $15.

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Forgot about you asking for hotel recommendations. If you can use Hotwire and get The Intercontinental cheap, by all means grab it. It would put you within walking distance to the Pavilion, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Long Wharf, plus it's a 5 minute walk to South Station to hop on the subway. Intercontinental has been popping up with GREAT rates on Hotwire of late. It's listed as a 4.5* in Quincy Market/Financial District.

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The Westin Waterfront has an offer of pay $ 189 first night and the year you were born 2n and 3rd night (so if you were born in 1970, you pay $ 70.00) . This is a great deal, but is the hotel worth it. This is our first trip to Boston and want to be able to walk around.

It is convenient ot the Pavillion, but what else is around?

Thanks for the indo you can provide.

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It all depends if the hotel is worth it. You have to weigh cost versus convienence. The hotel is located in the Seaport area, an up and coming area of Boston, but not an area that lots of tourists spend much time in. The hotel itself is fine and mainly caters to the Convention Center traveler, as does the other hotels in the Seaport. It is very well situated for the Pavilion.

Would you rather pay less and depend on the T or very long walks to get you into the Downtown area or pay more and be located Downtown for much shorter walks and easier T access? From the Westin, it's a solid 20-30 minute walk up in to the main areas of the city or hop on the Silver Line for the quick ride over to South Station for the subway. Seeing that you're only planning on spending two days in the city, I don't think it would be too inconvienent a place to stay. If you were spending a considerable amount of time here and didn't need to be down near the Convention Center, the Seaport area wouldn't be the best area to base yourselves.

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Will thaks for your input. We're arriving aroungd lunch time the day of the concert (wednesday) that is a 7 pm, and will be checking out on a Saturday, so it will be 3 days. We also want to visit Harvard ( is it worth it?), do the Freedom Trail, and walk around town. We don't mind walking.

I'm going to wait a little bit to see if another good offer comes for another Hotel.

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9. Re: Two days in Boston

so you can buy a 7 day unlimited pass and share it among 2 people??

can you buy a charliecard at the airport?

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10. Re: Two days in Boston

You cannot share a pass - they are meant to be for individual use, as you will understand if you think it through. You don't "buy" a charlie card or ticket - they are free. You put value on the card or ticket, much like you would for a pre-aid debit or gift card. There are machines at the Airport as you leave.

And, yes, I highly recommend Harvard Square and Harvard Yard. You can make that an evening destination, if you like.