Post # 1
So my fiance is not much of a partier in the traditional sense when it comes to bachelor parties. They had originally planned to go to Boston with 6 people which is now only 3 people going. The best man, a good friend, and Tim (my fiance). I’m miffed at his family but thats another story.
They had already booked a hotel. (I wish they had asked me because of the cancellation problem we had with Priceline I could have helped them) They are not directly down town. This is the hotel:
Hilton Garden Inn 5 Wheeler Road, Burlington, MA
The drive is an average of 15 minutes? We lost our Dirty Delete so this is what I’m concerned with…
Public transportation options? Here in Buffalo we have agenciees that will pick you and your car and get them both back home for the price of a cab usually. I don’t know if there is anything like that in Boston. I’m incredibly worried about drinking and driving.
They are touring Harpoon, and Sam Adams brew companies and look forward to letting out their inner history nerds. And of course the food.
So any advice?
Post # 3
This hotel is farther than 15 minutes from Boston. More like 25-30. And public transportation won’t be much help because it won’t go out that far. Their only option will likely be to take a cab back and forth. You could call the hotel and see what they’d recommend, but they’ll likely say the same thing.
Post # 4
Yikes – they are staying in Burlington?? As a Bee who lives in Boston, that would not have been my advice in terms of proximity to the city! In terms of public transport, there aren’t a lot of options. You can use the MBTA.com website to give you an idea:
For Harpoon, the closest stop on the “T” is South Station (after they bus it from the hotel to the nearest Red Line train station) and they can take about a 15-20 minute walk to Harpoon from there or hop the #7 bus to take up Summer Street (the bus will let off at the entrance of the business park that Harpoon is located in).
My advice is A) change hotels if they can (but it sounds like they can’t) or B) deal with the taxi fares (which WON’T be cheap) to/from Burlington. Good luck and feel free to PM me with any Boston related questions!
Post # 5
yeah, thats definitely not 15 minutes from the city, esp with traffic…
I think they should have no problem getting into the city. i just look and there is a bus stop not too far from them (http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/trip_planner/?sa=5+Wheeler+Road%2C+Burlington%2C+MA&sLocation=42.4760967%3A%3A-71.2117261&sMultiple=&ea=south+station&eLocation=&eMultiple=&Arr=D&time=04%3A59+PM&sDate=5%2F21%2F2012&mode=A&Min=T&Walkdist=0.50&x=0&y=0)
they can pay cash for the ride and once they get to the Alewife Station (which is in Cambridge… lots of nerdy history there) they can get a day pass for the T and buses to get aound… they will just have to hop a cab home at the end of the night. split between 3 people it wont be too terrible.
mbta.com has a lot of info on getting around and there are apps you can download to help figure out your route. boston is fairly small, so its doable!
Post # 6
If they’re unable to change hotels then it might be worth having everyone chip in for a car service. Boston Groupon and Living Social both have them up on special offer pretty regularly, and even without a Groupon, you can sometimes get pretty good prices on the weekends as most car services make their money on the weekdays with business travelers. Look for airport car service companies rather than limo companies; both will have limos and sedans but the ones that advertize as limo companies will probably be busy with weddings all weekend.
You also may want to call the hotel (you might need to speak with the manager) and see if they have a “sister” property closer to the city. Each of the HIlton hotels is owned by a company other than Hilton, and sometimes these companies own several hotels in the same city. They might not even be Hiltons. But they might let you transfer the reservation to a downtown property if they have one.
Post # 7
@MsMindle: haha we did the exact same thing!
Post # 8
Can they cancel this hotel and stay downtown? That hotel is far from the action.
Post # 9
@bostongirl27: Haha, love it! Boston Bees that know their way around the city. At least we know we’re right (and have 2x the post to prove it!!) 🙂
Post # 10
I just wanted to chime in and say that Burlington isn’t the best location to stay if you wanted to get into Boston. There is a huge umbrella of hotels that fall under Hilton in the Boston area, so i would ask about transferring to another location. Even if you booked through a travel website, Hilton may be able to help. My husband stays with them constantly, and they are usually pretty flexible. Even if they are going this weekend, you should be able to cancel/change the location.
Harpoon and Sam Adams are a lot of fun and they will probably be drunk afterward (I was lol). So, if they can’t move their hotel closer, they will definitely need to plan for some possibly hefty cab fares at the end of the night.
Post # 11
Thank you all so much for offering advice!
I guess thats what happens when guys plan trips bahahaha.
I will forward info on to the best man.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
Post # 12
Being in Boston, I would add … to make sure that they understand that the T stops running before last call at the bars, so to make sure to plan accordingly. The last Red Line train leaves Park St (downtown) around 12.50 I believe.
I would also recommend trying to change to a hotel in the city proper. Burlington is a distance.
Post # 13
I have to agree that Burlington is not the best place to stay. If they can not change hotels, I suggest hiring a driver to get them into the city and then just taking cabs from place to place and a cab home at the end of the evening. Too much of a good time mixed with the T or a bus sounds a little bit like trouble!
Post # 14
Maybe they can try priceline if they can cancel the reservations in Burlington. My parents got a great deal in the city, and on a holiay weekend no less!
Otherwise, I definitely ditto Boston PPs about hiring a car service. There is no easy way to get to Burlington via public transportation and a cab would be rather expensive, if you can even find a cabbie to take you there!