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CARNIVAL: June 11-18, 2017
Visitor's Guide

The city of Boston is an international hub of arts, music, theatre, sports, and history. Our Visitor’s Guide offers information to assist you in making your travel arrangements as well as options for additional sights and activities.

Lodging

Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown

The Boston Early Music Festival is pleased to recommend the Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown as its official host hotel for the 2017 Festival.

Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown
275 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Rooms at the BEMF-only discounted rate of $274 per night (plus tax) MUST be reserved through our official Festival liaison, Megan Cote-Rodrigues, at 617-728-2114 or Megan.Cote@marriott.com, no later than Friday, May 12, 2017. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to book your room well in advance of the deadline.

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Dorm Rooms

Please note that, due to the temporary closing of the Emerson College Residence Halls for major renovations beginning in May 2017, BEMF will be offering low-cost dormitory accommodations to Festival attendees at Northeastern University, situated two blocks east of New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (BEMF’s primary Festival Concert venue) in Boston’s Back Bay.

Northeastern University offers single and double accommodations with a shared bath, in fully air-conditioned state-of-the-art residence halls. Rooms are equipped with a twin-sized bed, desk, chair, dresser, and closet. Linens are provided for all guests. Beds will be made-up upon arrival to include 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, 1 pillow with pillowcase, and 1 thermal blanket. Additionally, participants will have 2 bath towels, hand towels, and a face cloth. We recommend that you bring any additional items that will make your stay more comfortable. All buildings have secure access control and 24-hour proctored front desks, as well as complimentary WiFi.

Rates are $95 for a single room and $160 for a shared double, and reservations must be made directly through the BEMF office using the dorm registration form below. BEMF will accept reservations through Monday, June 5, 2017.

2017 Northeastern Dormitory Application (DOC)

2017 Northeastern Dormitory Information (PDF)

Please note that breakfast is not included in the room rate, but can be purchased at the Northeastern University Dining Hall for $9.25 per person. There are also numerous additional options off-campus in the immediate surrounding area. Northeastern University does not offer any parking accommodations.

For questions, please contact BEMF General Manager Carla Chrisfield at carla@bemf.org or 617-661-1812.

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Getting to Boston

By Air

Logan International Airport is Boston’s main airport, serving all major cities and airlines.

You may also choose to fly into Manchester Regional Airport in New Hampshire or TF Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. Each airport is approximately 1 hour from Boston. Flight Line offers shuttle service from Manchester, while the MBTA commuter rail, Amtrak, and Peter Pan Bus offer transportation between Providence and Boston.

Visit the Massport website for more information about directions to and from Logan Airport, including their ground transportation brochure with contact information for shuttle services.

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By Bus

Concord Trailway
800-639-3317

Greyhound
800-231-2222

Peter Pan
800-237-8747

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By Train

Amtrak
800-USA-RAIL (872-7245)

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By Car

There are 3 main routes into Boston:

I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) from the West

I-95 from the North and South

I-93 from the North and South

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Getting around Boston

Parking
Parking in Boston can be difficult.  There is metered parking on most streets, however, be aware of signage, as spots can become resident-sticker only, valet only, or tow zones at various points during the day.

Public Transportation

MBTA, a/k/a “The T”

Subway Fares (as of January, 2017)
$2.75 per subway ride with paper Charlie Ticket or cash-on-board

     (no free transfers)
$2.25 per subway ride with plastic Charlie Card

     (includes free transfer to local bus)
$1.10 per subway ride for seniors and persons with disabilities (learn more)

     (blind persons ride for free with a Blind Access CharlieCard)

Bus Fares (as of September, 2014)

Bus fares are $2.10 with paper Charlie Ticket or cash-on-board, $1.60 for Charlie Card, and $0.80 for seniors and persons with disabilities (blind persons ride free); both Charlie Card and Ticket include free transfer to local bus.


Discounted Visitor Passes available; $12 per day or $21.25 for 7 days for unlimited subway and local bus travel; can be purchased at in-station fare vending machines or local retail sales terminals.

Useful BEMF T stops:

Boylston on the Green Line

   Boylston St. at Tremont St.

Courtyard Boston Downtown

Emerson College Dorms

Arlington on the Green Line

   Boylston St. at Arlington St.

Courtyard Boston Downtown
Goethe-Institut Boston
First Lutheran Church
Emmanuel Church

Symphony on the Green Line

   (E train only)

   Huntington Ave. at

   Massachusetts Ave.

Jordan Hall

Massachusetts Avenue on the Orange Line

   Massachusetts Ave. south of

   St. Botolph St.

Jordan Hall

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Rentals Cars

Visit the Massport website for car rental options at Logan airport.

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Taxis

Boston Cab 617-536-5010
Checker Cab 617-536-7000
City Cab 617-536-5100
ITOA 617-825-4000
Metro Cab 617-782-5500
Town Taxi 617-536-5000

Several ride-hailing apps also serve the Greater Boston region. Starting in February, Lyft will be available for pick-ups at Logan International Airport.

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Bike Rentals

The Hubway is Boston's bike sharing system with 140 stations throughout Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. Visit their Pricing page for more information about 24-hour and 72-hour passes and usage fees.

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