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TanithandBenFan
12-26-2012, 01:15 AM
I just received tickets for a Christmas gift. I have never been to Boston and know nothing about where to stay. Is it usually best to stay at one of the official hotels and try to use the shuttle for transportation?

I like staying at the official hotels because I like being in the thick of the action and feeling like I'm part of the event. Also, the official hotels will probably have some of the best rates available since they're special rates for the event. Boston is a fantastic city. What a great gift! :)

GarrAarghHrumph
12-27-2012, 01:37 AM
I just received tickets for a Christmas gift. I have never been to Boston and know nothing about where to stay. Is it usually best to stay at one of the official hotels and try to use the shuttle for transportation?

Boston is extremely well served by public transit. So long as your hotel is on the T, you're good. Ideally, it'd be in walking distance of a T stop. Ideally, it'd be at a T stop that's fairly close to the venue where you plan to see the most skating, so you don't have to spend much time on the trains.

wit's end
12-27-2012, 01:46 AM
Do the trains run after midnight? If not, are taxis easy to find in the arena area after midnight?

Theatregirl1122
12-27-2012, 02:20 AM
The T does not run very late. I don't know about taxis, though.

kwanfan1818
12-27-2012, 02:32 AM
You can download a copy of the "T" schedule with all of the lines from this page under "Subway PDF Schedule" (to the right):

http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/lines/default.asp?route=BLUE

"Late night service" begins at 8pm. Except for the Silver Line from the airport and one of the Red Line branches (on the Cambridge side), each line runs every 10-18 minutes after 8pm, and the last trips begin between 12:10am and 1:05am, depending on the day and line.

I don't remember any event I've attended on the East Cost lasting much past 11pm, medal ceremonies included, but maybe people who've attended them in Atlanta and Greensboro could say what the schedule was like. (West Coast events tend to start early to accommodate the meager TV coverage there is.)

UMBS Go Blue
12-27-2012, 05:17 AM
Ditto on kwanfan1818's post.

As with most major urban areas, transit frequency slacks off after the evening rush hour ends, and the last trains generally leave the center of the city for the outskirts between 12:00-12:30am.

If you're hanging out inside the city, drinking, clubbing, or what not, it should not be hard to call for a cab (ask the bar to call, or head to a hotel bellman/taxi rank) before midnight; however, keep in mind that Boston is an extremely early city (last call is often around midnight to 1 on the weekdays and around 1-2ish on weekends (http://dailyfreepress.com/2012/04/30/bars-in-hub-have-final-call-at-2-a-m-due-to-licensing/)) so if you don't catch that last train, you'll be competing with mobs of people for taxis at around 1 or 2. I've hung out until that hour plenty of times and had access to a car; otherwise, it's complete chaos with people literally jamming and walking into the middle of streets trying to hail cabs (http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/12/08/closing_time_the_chaos_of_last_call/).

Edited to add: I took my parents to 2001 Nationals in Boston and the Saturday night event, which runs the latest to accommodate live TV, ran until 11pm (that's when the late-night major network local news begins on the East Coast). Medal ceremonies took another 20 minutes. We took the T (subway) from the suburbs and they were holding extra trains at North Station to accommodate extra event-goers and to make sure they filled up before leaving. I imagine they do this often for events at the Garden. The Garden is built directly above the tracks of North Station so it only takes a matter of seconds to get down there; you will have plenty of time to make that last subway train at midnight. If you're taking commuter rail, check the individual line schedules at the MBTA website.

Carolla5501
12-27-2012, 02:55 PM
I like staying at the official hotels because I like being in the thick of the action and feeling like I'm part of the event. Also, the official hotels will probably have some of the best rates available since they're special rates for the event. Boston is a fantastic city. What a great gift! :)

I like staying in the official hotels but have often found better rates on my own then via the "booking agencies" Granted I sometimes wind up waiting until VERY late in the game (booked the Omaha "offical' hotel in late November for example) Not to mention the cancellation terms for "offical" hotels often is very punative when booked via these booking "agencies"

mposl
12-27-2012, 11:21 PM
Thanks for the info everyone. I guess I am just a little concerned about staying somewhere that won't have a shuttle because when I went to Greensboro last year sometimes I didn't get out of the events until after midnight. I don't want to get stuck missing the train but also don't want to have to leave an event early to catch the last train. Does anyone know when the official hotels will be available for booking? I think I heard sometime in January.

Carolla5501
12-28-2012, 01:16 AM
Thanks for the info everyone. I guess I am just a little concerned about staying somewhere that won't have a shuttle because when I went to Greensboro last year sometimes I didn't get out of the events until after midnight. I don't want to get stuck missing the train but also don't want to have to leave an event early to catch the last train. Does anyone know when the official hotels will be available for booking? I think I heard sometime in January.

Seems like they said the first of the year earlier in this thread.. and that makes sense since most hotel booking engines don't really allow for booking more then 11 or 12 months in advance so that would work with the hotel reservation systems.

I used the shuttle last time but also took the T several times and don't really recall any problems.

Boston2014
12-28-2012, 01:51 AM
Hi everyone - Yes, our official hotels will open for booking in January so we'll be live soon. Happy new year! :)

CoyoteChris
12-28-2012, 02:38 AM
Just my two cents. I LIKE shuttles....you sit with fans, skaters, coaches, and not all skaters stay at the official offical event hotels, I have found, so I expect we shall see some skating folk at the Ren and the Seaport hotels. And there is all that lushish food nearby.
I have nothing against Mass transit...if you are a city person with friends, its fine. Its just that I get lost alot in life...I would ride forever 'neith the streets of Boston....:lol:
Thanks for the info everyone. I guess I am just a little concerned about staying somewhere that won't have a shuttle because when I went to Greensboro last year sometimes I didn't get out of the events until after midnight. I don't want to get stuck missing the train but also don't want to have to leave an event early to catch the last train. Does anyone know when the official hotels will be available for booking? I think I heard sometime in January.

Carolla5501
12-28-2012, 03:34 AM
Just my two cents. I LIKE shuttles....you sit with fans, skaters, coaches, and not all skaters stay at the official offical event hotels, I have found, so I expect we shall see some skating folk at the Ren and the Seaport hotels. And there is all that lushish food nearby.
I have nothing against Mass transit...if you are a city person with friends, its fine. Its just that I get lost alot in life...I would ride forever 'neith the streets of Boston....:lol:
But i don't think shuttles are even an option for Boston, or did I miss something?

Theatregirl1122
12-28-2012, 04:18 AM
But i don't think shuttles are even an option for Boston, or did I miss something?

You missed something. We've been told that there will be a shuttle to the official hotels but details are forthcoming.

Boston2014
12-28-2012, 05:11 AM
Yes, we will have a shuttle for all-event ticket holders who book their rooms through us. Details and price are TBD and won't be finalized until Fall 2013.

http://www.boston2014.com/visitor-info/getting-around/

Carolla5501
12-28-2012, 01:45 PM
I guess that is why I did not think they were an option. I won't meet the qualifications :)