At least 60 ScienceWriters2015 participants are staying at one of our alternate conference hotels in the Lechmere neighborhood of East Cambridge: the Fairfield Inn & Suites, the Hampton Inn, or the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
From Friday through Tuesday, buses will shuttle guests between the alternate hotels and the conference sites, courtesy of Knight Science Journalism at MIT. Today we posted the detailed shuttle schedule—please check it out here at the main ScienceWriters2015 meeting site.
The three alternate hotels are all within 200 yards of one another on Monsignor O'Brien Highway as shown on this map. (The Lechmere MBTA station is visible at the bottom right.)
The Fairfield Inn is the central hotel of the trio, so that will be the location for all shuttle bus departures and arrivals. Thank you in advance to Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn guests for leaving a little extra time to walk to the Fairfield Inn to meet the bus. (Please note that Monsignor O'Brien Highway is a busy boulevard! Holiday Inn guests should walk to Third Street and use the crosswalk there.)
If you miss the shuttle, the Lechmere stop on the MBTA Green Line is a short walk from the hotels. To get to the Hyatt, take the Green Line to Park Street, change to a B Line train, ride it all the way to the Boston University Central stop, then walk across the Boston University Bridge to the Hyatt. To get to Kresge Auditorium on the MIT campus, change at Park Street to the Red Line outbound toward Alewife, go two stops to Kendall/MIT, and walk from there to the Kresge Auditorium.
For the history-minded: the Lechmere area is named after Richard Lechmere, who owned much of the surrounding land in the late eighteenth century. The Lechmere Farm was the site of a Contintental Army battery that figured in an artillery battle with a British man-of-war in December 1775.
Much later it was home to the Lechmere retail chain, which sold appliances and electronics throughout much of the 20th century, up to its liquidation in 1997. The Fairfield and Hampton Inns border a former railyard and warehouse district known as North Point that's in the early stages of a massive 42-acre redevelopment project led by Divco West.