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CLS
03-05-2015, 03:29 PM
Maybe itís because Iím used to it, but I think the horror of Boston driving is a bit overdone. Itís not pleasant, and parking is expensive, but I canít imagine the stress of watching a game with one eye on the game and one eye on my watch. One nice thing about the Gardenís location is that thereís a lot to do within walking distance of the Garden, so you can park several hours before the game. For example, thereís a parking garage thatís about equidistant from the Garden and Quincy Market, and walkable to both. Drive in early (but not during commuter hours, say around 10:00), scout out the area around the Garden, and find a parking garage thatís convenient to your way home, and enjoy the day. Saturday should be much easier than Thursday, because itís not a work day.

Hoover would be looking for Route 93 North and MN Magic would be looking for Storrow Drive west, not quite as easy as 93 North, but not that far either. If you have a good map or a Nav system, itís very doable IMO.

walrus655321
03-05-2015, 03:50 PM
I booked a room in Woburn for $103 US/night for 3 nights last June (3-star hotel, nothing fancy, but not a dump). When I'm charged in Canadian dollars on my credit card I'll end up paying about $120-$130/night. It makes no sense for me to pay $200-$300 US/night to stay closer to the downtown area as I'll save a lot of money, even if I pay $30-$40/day to park and take the train into Boston. This is money I can spend elsewhere in the city. I've also seen that the hotels "downtown" charge a lot for parking - pushing the hotel cost up even further. I can afford to stay closer, but since I'm willing and able to use public transit I'd rather use the money I'll save on lodging for something else. I did it (stayed outside the city-centre area) in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and still had a great time.

Are you driving down from Ontario? If so, this makes sense. If someone's flying and renting a care, then everything they're saving is going into the rental.

Hoover
03-05-2015, 04:26 PM
Are you driving down from Ontario? If so, this makes sense. If someone's flying and renting a care, then everything they're saving is going into the rental.

Yes, we're driving.

Thor
03-22-2015, 05:41 PM
Bump

The Zlax45
03-22-2015, 05:47 PM
I would even park at the Boston Common and walk over to the Garden...even if it is nightime, you aren't going to have issues on the street.

Scarlet
03-22-2015, 06:19 PM
Keep in mind, the parking garage under the Garden and the garage across the street now charge $42 to park. Thursday is a regular work day so space will be limited and I think the event parking charge starts two hours before game time. There will be other places to park nearby - Government Center garage for one. I heard the rates there went up to $30. But again, Thursday is a work day so you may need to time it so you get there later and not get charged twice - regular day parking and then event parking.

While there are still some significant snow piles, much of it is gone, especially in the city. The regular T is pretty much back and I think the last I saw the Commuter Rail is up to 87% functional. Should be back to normal (?) by the time the FF rolls around.

Friend_of_BU_Hockey
03-30-2015, 12:59 PM
A friend of mine works at the Westin Copley Place in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood and they're offering a special FF package. Click on the link below for details and to book:

http://www.westincopleyplaceboston.com/hockey-package?EM=SM_FBOOK_HATTRICK_WI_1035_NORTH

College Hockey Playoffs - April 9 & 11, 2015

Boston hosts the college hockey championship games this April! Cheer on your favorite team and score a Hat Trick with our hockey package. Relax in spacious accommodations in Boston's trendy Back Bay neighborhood, plus enjoy the following:

Complimentary Wi-Fi access ($14.95 daily value)
Complimentary valet parking ($53 daily value)
$50 food and beverage credit (excludes alcohol)
Book now, or call 866-716-8121 and reference rate plan HATTRICK. Valid for arrivals April 8-11, 2015. Package does not include game tickets.

mookie1995
03-30-2015, 01:09 PM
A friend of mine works at the Westin Copley Place in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood and they're offering a special FF package. Click on the link below for details and to book:

http://www.westincopleyplaceboston.com/hockey-package?EM=SM_FBOOK_HATTRICK_WI_1035_NORTH

College Hockey Playoffs - April 9 & 11, 2015

Boston hosts the college hockey championship games this April! Cheer on your favorite team and score a Hat Trick with our hockey package. Relax in spacious accommodations in Boston's trendy Back Bay neighborhood, plus enjoy the following:

Complimentary Wi-Fi access ($14.95 daily value)
Complimentary valet parking ($53 daily value)
$50 food and beverage credit (excludes alcohol)
Book now, or call 866-716-8121 and reference rate plan HATTRICK. Valid for arrivals April 8-11, 2015. Package does not include game tickets.

Holy cow batman!!!! $400+/night :eek:

Tater
03-30-2015, 01:19 PM
Holy cow batman!!!! $400+/night :eek:

Not sure what the allure of that package is. The Westin Copley is on Expedia during that same timeframe at $383. Similar level hotel, Hilton Back Bay is $303. The F&B credit is a nice touch. Would be enough for breakfast for 2, but not enough to make up for the difference in room rates elsewhere. If you are flying in, the valet parking is worthless.

Dirty
03-30-2015, 01:24 PM
Holy cow batman!!!! $400+/night :eek:

For that price it should come with a complimentary hand job ($99.95 daily value).

bu98
03-30-2015, 01:33 PM
If anyone wants to give me a ticket to the game, I've got an extra bedroom in my apartment. Complimentary HJ *not* included, sorry Dirty.

UML
03-30-2015, 01:45 PM
If anyone wants to give me a ticket to the game, I've got an extra bedroom in my apartment. Complimentary HJ *not* included, sorry Dirty.

I'd be sold if there was going to be a complimentary ZJ involved.

bu98
03-30-2015, 01:54 PM
I'd be sold if there was going to be a complimentary ZJ involved.

ZJ? Must be a Lowell thing. Not sure I want to ask.

Leonidas
03-30-2015, 02:27 PM
Just looked on the HotelTonight.com app. Thurs/Sunday, I see the:

Taj Boston @ $245/night
Park Plaza @ $99/night
W Boston @ $255/night
Copley Square Hotel @ $241/night
Langham @ $232/night
Ames @ $299/night
Buckminster @ @126/night
Lenox @ $239/night
Westin Copley Place @ $274/night
and the Fairmont Copley Plaza @ $289/night.

Hope this helps!

CLS
03-30-2015, 02:28 PM
A friend of mine works at the Westin Copley Place in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood and they're offering a special FF package. Click on the link below for details and to book:

http://www.westincopleyplaceboston.com/hockey-package?EM=SM_FBOOK_HATTRICK_WI_1035_NORTH

College Hockey Playoffs - April 9 & 11, 2015

Boston hosts the college hockey championship games this April! Cheer on your favorite team and score a Hat Trick with our hockey package. Relax in spacious accommodations in Boston's trendy Back Bay neighborhood, plus enjoy the following:

Complimentary Wi-Fi access ($14.95 daily value)
Complimentary valet parking ($53 daily value)
$50 food and beverage credit (excludes alcohol)
Book now, or call 866-716-8121 and reference rate plan HATTRICK. Valid for arrivals April 8-11, 2015. Package does not include game tickets.
Of course that $50 food and beverage credit is probably a bottle of water and a bag of chips at most Boston hotels.

UML
03-30-2015, 02:32 PM
ZJ? Must be a Lowell thing. Not sure I want to ask.

If you got to ask you can't afford it.

Friend_of_BU_Hockey
03-30-2015, 02:38 PM
Just looked on the HotelTonight.com app. Thurs/Sunday, I see the:

Taj Boston @ $245/night
Park Plaza @ $99/night
W Boston @ $255/night
Copley Square Hotel @ $241/night
Langham @ $232/night
Ames @ $299/night
Buckminster @ @126/night
Lenox @ $239/night
Westin Copley Place @ $274/night
and the Fairmont Copley Plaza @ $289/night.

Hope this helps!


Out of these hotels, the Ames and Langham are within walking distance to the Garden (10 and 15 minutes, respectively). The Park Plaza is undergoing massive renovations, hence the heavily discounted rate. All of these hotels are in excellent locations to enjoy a long weekend in Boston.

TheRevengeance
03-30-2015, 04:54 PM
I'll throw it out here for anyone who can give me some advice - how easy(??) would it be to get a cab after the last game Thursday or after the Saturday game during this type of event? I vividly recall wandering around the sports complex in Philadelphia last April with some other UMaine fans for about an hour, watching cab after cab race by us to pick up other groups. It was frustrating at the time - later we laughed and called it a "memorable experience in Philadelphia!"


I know this isn't specifically about cabs, but the T runs until like 3 AM on Friday and Saturday nights for the drunk college kids. So that won't be a problem. On Thursday the last one is probably at 12:45 or so, so uyou'll be fine unless it goes into super overtime. I left after midnight from the Beanpot after game 1 went into double OT and slightly earlier after the championship and consolation games both went into OT, and had no problems with trains either time. So in all likelihood you wouldn't need one.

brassbonanza
03-30-2015, 05:05 PM
FiveHole12 and Crimson on the Glass: Thank you so much for the insider info. I can just see our group after midnight waiting for a train that might not come?

If you're in the station at 12:15-12:30, you're fine. Once it hits 12:45-1:00, then it gets dicey. There are also apps/websites that track trains on the Orange line, and above-ground Green Line stops.

bu98
03-31-2015, 12:00 AM
Park at the relatively new Assembly Row complex. It's free, Orange Line adjacent, and a 10 minute ride or less to the Garden.