If you’re wondering where (or maybe just if) you’ll be sleeping during GiveCamp, here are a few options.
Bunk at NERD. At last count about 40 people were planning to. There’s plenty of floor space, and some folks event pitched tents last year – indoors. There isn’t a segregated sleeping area though, so you may have to stake out a spot away from the all-nighters! There are showers on site.
There are a number of hotels in the area, but this is Cambridge and Boston, so inexpensive they aren’t. NERD is located at 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge and about a block from the Kendall Square T-station, so you may find that a hotel further out coupled with using the T a decent compromise.
Microsoft does have negotiated rates with several of the hotels in the area; however, the rates I was quoted were more expensive than what I was able to find on various travel sites - go figure! That said, here are some of the hotels that visitors to NERD have used in the past and the best standard rate I was able to find today via KAYAK.com (one of New England GiveCamp’s sponsors!) Many do offer a AAA rate that gives about a 10% or more discount. Each of these hotels is in Cambridge and a mile or less from NERD (they are ordered by distance below, closest first)
Boston Marriott Cambridge, 50 Broadway, (617) 494-6000, $199
Kendall Hotel, 350 Main Street, (617) 577-1300, $201
Residence Inn Boston Cambridge, 6 Cambridge Center, (617) 349-0700, $199
Royal Sonesta, 40 Edwin Land Blvd., (617) 806-4200, $144 ($199 on hotel’s site)
Hotel Marlowe, 25 Edwin Land Blvd., (617) 868-8000, $166 ($199 on hotel’s site)
If you happen to find an exceptionally good deal somewhere else, consider letting fellow volunteers know by tweeting it with the #negc2011 hash tag (after your reservation is booked and confirmed, of course!)