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bobothecat




msg:513766
 6:05 pm on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Now that I've decided to take the plunge and attend my first Pubcon, I'd be curious to know who else in the WebmasterWorld community is coming.

I'll be residing at the Sheraton from 4/17-4/21... would also be neat to know where everyone else is staying.

Kindly 'chime in' at your will. :)

 

coho75




msg:513767
 6:08 pm on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

I will be attending. This will be my first time as well. As far as hotel accomodations, I am still trying to finalize that. Any recommendations?

bobothecat




msg:513768
 6:17 pm on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Any recommendations?

When I checked this morning:

Sheraton was sold-out on the 17th, but there are rooms available from the 18-21.

Hilton has a limited amount of rooms available from 4/17-4/21 as well.

From what I gather, these are the two 'primary' hotels.

kid_disco




msg:513769
 7:24 pm on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am going! I just booked a room at the Hotel CommonWealth...

Blackie




msg:513770
 9:55 pm on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Will be my second time at pubcon. Staying in Sheraton all the days.

adamxcl




msg:513771
 10:10 pm on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

It's the 17th and the Easter weekend effect on the rooms. Monday is sold out at most of the nearby hotels yet Tuesday onward still is readily available. Anyone coming in on red eyes overnight into Tuesday should still look at the main hotels.

The other thought is people that already know each other and have an extra bed in their room could possibly share a room for that one night until the second party can get into their own room. Something to consider trying, rather than booking a mile away for the whole time when rooms are available for all but one night of the week. And since Easter is so packed in Boston, some hotels block a few rooms for Monday for guests that ask to stay another day. And then those rooms sometimes become available at the last minute.

Also, the Colonnade Hotel, a 4 star hotel, across the street and down the block appears sold out just about everywhere but Orbitz still had some rooms for $219. Most sites indicate normal rates of over $300 so it's not a bad deal. That's where I wound up.

bobothecat




msg:513772
 10:28 pm on Mar 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well it's good to see that 4 other people are showing up :)

tedster




msg:513773
 4:02 am on Mar 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

April 17th this year is the Boston Marathon -- and there is serious hotel booking around that major event. If you're looking for a room deal, every day is important right now.

For those not familiar with Boston, the Hynes Convention Center is in the area known as Back Bay (it is a filled-in bay, reclaimed from the sea like much of The Netherlands.) The convention center faces on Boylston St, where the Boston Marathon finishes and just a few blocks from Fenway Park and Boston University.

So the immediate area is chock full of hotels: Hilton, Sheraton, Westin, Copley Plaza, Copley Inn, Copley Place, Sonesta, Collonade -- and just a few more blocks is the center city and financial district which is also hotel-studded. There's Four Seasons, Park Plaza, Parker House, Rowe's Wharf, SuisseHotel, Meridien -- on and on, plus another Sheraton, another Hilton, and a host of "off-brand" spots as well.

Boston is a relatively small and focused city. Even if you end up a few blocks away from the Hynes Convention Center, it's easy to get around via cab or public transit. The subway system (called the "T") has a "Green Line" with a Hynes Convention Center station stop.

Even with the Boston Marathon on the Monday before PubCon, I'm sure anyone who wants to attend can find somewhere to stay. If you have Google Earth, just go to Boston and click on lodging. You'll see that the hotels have gone crazy building in Boston. There are 20,000 rooms within 15 minutes of the Hynes Convention Center.

And if you really strike out, the city of Cambridge is right across the Charles River with its own mulititude of hotel rooms serving Harvard, MIT and the like -- and still just a short cab ride away over the Harvard bridge. In fact, the Hynes Convention Center is near the corner of Mass Ave and Boylston St. Mass Ave is a major thoroughfare -- a straight shot right across the bridge and through the heart of Cambridge.

adamxcl




msg:513774
 6:09 pm on Mar 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

The Marathon does present some challenges. I spoke with someone there and since I'm arriving on Monday, they said I probably won't be able to get to my hotel until very late Monday night. The city is just jammed all day and all the roads around Copley plaza are closed from 6am to midnight. So I won't even be able to take a taxi into the area. Have to rethink my arrival plans now.

kid_disco




msg:513775
 6:44 pm on Mar 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

I didn't even know about the marathon... but that is exciting! Luckily, I am coming in on Sunday to have enough time to check out the city. It will be my first time in Boston. I also got tix to the Red Sox game on Wednesday!

guoqi




msg:513776
 6:47 pm on Mar 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am coming this time, I hope! still need to apply for visa before I can book the hotel!

I am a Chinese! I do not know how many Chinese are coming. I wish Jack Ma is coming as well, so I could meet him there.

Blackie




msg:513777
 8:57 pm on Mar 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

To kid_disco: Cool, then you can be my guide, never been to life baseball before :-)

To guoqi: you better book the hotel now (you can always cancel your reservation usually in 72 hours time ahead or more) without loosing any money. It helps with a hotel reservation when applying for visa as well.

bobothecat




msg:513778
 7:47 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm arriving on Monday, they said I probably won't be able to get to my hotel until very late Monday night. The city is just jammed all day and all the roads around Copley plaza are closed from 6am to midnight.

I'm taking private transportation from the airport to the Sheraton on Monday at 7PM... neither the transportation company, or Sheraton's conceirge mentioned there being any problem with arriving to this hotel.

adamxcl




msg:513779
 11:43 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

I hope there won't be a problem. Mine was supposed to be around 7pm as well. But the fact that the finish line is right there by the hotel...and the record run in the older age category still puts them crossing the line at 6pm. Add to the fact that not everyone is a record runner means that the road will still most likely be closed, busy and hard to get around with 500,000 spectators. I would think that the transportation companies would have back ways to at least get close to the hotels but I would guess that there will be some hiking involved and it may take some time.

Everyone needs to use public or a private flat rate transportation, no matter how long it takes. Taxi cabs would kill someone on the time charge since you wouldn't be moving in that kind of traffic.

kid_disco




msg:513780
 12:00 am on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Blackie, where are you coming from... Norway?

I'm not a huge baseball fan myself, but I've always wanted to see a baseball game at Fenway Park.

Blackie




msg:513781
 7:59 am on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

kid_disco: yes, coming over from Norway.
Never been to a game before and hardly watched any :-) So I think you are far better fan then me :-) Anyway, I find it interesting to be there on Wednesday.

300m




msg:513782
 7:55 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

I will be there, driving or flying in from Philly. Not sure on hotel stay yet. I need to get on the ball with it.

Lynn_Terry




msg:513783
 1:20 pm on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

If anyone already has a room booked (with double beds), and would consider a 'roomie' - let me know.

I'm 32, female, and not too particular :-)

I already have a flight plan picked, which would have me coming in on Monday the 17th and leaving out on Friday the 21st. I am not at all familiar with the area, so it's good to know about the events discussed here.

Any tips on hotels (or potential roomies) would be much appreciated.

Lynn Terry

bobothecat




msg:513784
 2:01 pm on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Any tips on hotels

After a quick check, the following nearby hotels still had availability from the 17th - 21st:

Hilton Boston Back Bay
Westin Copley Place
Fairmont Copley Plaza
Courtyard Boston Copley Square
Hotel Commonwealth
The Colonnade Hotel

All are within walking distance of the Convention Center.

Hope this helps!

Lynn_Terry




msg:513785
 2:28 pm on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thank you!

I wouldnt have known where to start otherwise. You are a big help :-)

Lynn_Terry




msg:513786
 6:15 pm on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hmm - still trying to make final decision on my reservations. Looking on Priceline I can get a (great!) combo deal, but none of those hotels are listed.

I'm considering:

Harborside Hyatt Conference Center And Hotel
101 Harborside Drive
Boston, Massachusetts 02128

It looks like its closer to Logan Intn'l than it is the Hynes... but has water shuttle and other transportation options.

Anyone familiar enough with it to say either way?

tedster




msg:513787
 8:18 pm on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

The Harborside is actually ON the airport grounds, not in the city. But Boston is, as I said above, compact, and the airport is on a harbor island right by the city, instead of out in the boondocks.

It's maybe a 30 minute cab ride to the Hynes Convention Center during commuter time, unless the harbor tunnels get clogged (it happens). During light traffic time it could be 20 minutes.

Yes, there are water shuttles that would take you to Long Wharf near Boston's north end -- but then you still have some hops on the T or need to grab a cab to get over to the Hynes. I would probably do a cab the whole way if I were at the Harborside.

Lynn_Terry




msg:513788
 9:03 pm on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks, Tedster!

It's tough to choose, not being familiar with the area. I'm leaning towards 'Courtyard Boston Tremont Hotel' now though - as its closer, looks convenient... and of course they are showing a great package deal for this one on Priceline.

I'm still open to rooming with others if there's anyone out there interested - but you'll have to catch me quick before I book this deal through Priceline ;-)

tedster




msg:513789
 1:22 am on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

Courtyard Boston Tremont Hotel is a nice choice -- maybe 12 blocks away, and just a short walk to the Boylston Street "green line" station on the T, which will zip you right over to the Hynes in 2 stops. It's near Chinatown and the theater district.

Lynn_Terry




msg:513790
 3:06 pm on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just out of curiosity, how many people generally attend PubCon?

As for an update, after sleeping on it I am considering the Commonwealth Hotel, with the Radisson being a close second.

Anyone else already booked their rooms?

volatilegx




msg:513791
 3:27 pm on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

> Just out of curiosity, how many people generally attend PubCon?

Lots. I'm betting on 2,000+ this time.

I'll be there, bobothecat.

Lynn_Terry




msg:513792
 4:06 pm on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

Wow, this will be my first and I'm really looking forward to it!

bobothecat




msg:513793
 9:49 pm on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

volatilegx: I'll be there, bobothecat.

Looking forward to meeting the guru of spiders :)

Lynn_Terry: Wow, this will be my first and I'm really looking forward to it!

That makes two of us!

rogerd




msg:513794
 11:28 pm on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'll be there... didn't know about the marathon, should be interesting logistically.

A few year ago, I booked a hotel in Miami that turned out to be in the middle of the Miami Grand Prix, sort of a LeMans type race. It made the hotel darn near impossible to get into, but it was a blast to watch the race from a vantage point 8 floors up. If you are near the Marathon, make the best of it.

Looking forward to seeing old friends and turning some "screen names" into new ones.

Hawkgirl




msg:513795
 11:48 pm on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm looking forward to catching a glimpse of the marathon. Personally, I wouldn't run if I had a gun to my head ... but that doesn't mean it's not fun to watch other people zipping down the lane.

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