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Alternatives 2017 will be held at the Boston Park Plaza from Friday evening, August 18 through Monday, August 21, 2017. The conference will begin with dinner and opening night speakers on Friday evening, with full days of workshops Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Hotel Accommodations

Boston Park Plaza, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116. The valet entrance is 34 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116. Cars can park for a short time at valet to unload luggage if needed.

Check in time at the Boston Park Plaza is 3 pm and check out time is 12 noon.

The deadline to make reservations at our special conference rate at the Boston Park Plaza has passed, and there are no longer discounted rooms available.

If you have a hotel room reservation and you no longer need it, please send us a message. Wed like to change your reservation at the conference rate to someone else rather than have you just cancel it.

If you already have a reservation and need an ADA accessible room, please call or send us a message. We will put you in contact with the person at the hotel who can make these arrangements for you.

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When making a reservation online you will see a $20 facility fee added to your reservation. We have negotiated this fee to be waived and it will be removed from your reservation when you make payment.

If you would like to reserve by phone, call the hotel directly at 617-426-2000 and mention "the Boston Conference".

Boston Park Plaza’s Concierge will be happy to share their extensive knowledge of Greater Boston, New England and beyond. If you would like to request tickets or transportation services in advance of your stay (48-hours notice is requested), or if you would like additional information, please feel free to contact the Concierge team at 617-654-1912 or by email.

Scooter & Wheelchair Rental

Wheelchair Express (Charlestown) – has excellent reviews re: Customer Service
Telephone: 617-337- 5133 or online at

Scoot Around (Boston) Call 1-888-441-7575 or go online at:

Airport Transportation

Arriving from Logan International Airport options:

  • Airport Cab Service, Uber or Lyft.
  • Boston's Subway: The "T" - The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is located at the Arlington Stop (Green Line) (see instructions below).

Taxis (24/7)

Taxi Service:
24-hour, curbside, taxi service is available at Logan Airport and at the Boston Park Plaza’s Main Entrance.

Logan Taxi Cab Service
Flat Rate to airport:  $39.00 (one way)

UBER (Boston is rich with Uber or Lyft drivers ready to take you cross town).  Download the UBER or LYFT app on your smart phone ahead of time.

GROUPON - Check for “Boston Logan Airport Transportation” Groupons before you leave home.  Currently, Groupon is offering a “one-way sedan service for up to four people” for $59 (roundtrip for $99).

Shuttles (24/7)

Go Airport Shuttle
GO Airport Shuttle Phone: 1-844-787-1670
Estimated price: $22.00 one way (shared van service)

Pets (additional $25.00)

Public Transportation

The T (MBTA - Subways, Buses and Trains):

Locals call the MBTA "the T", and it's an excellent way to get around. The subways come about every 15 minutes or more frequently during rush hours.

Getting from Logan Airport to the Hotel

From Boston Logan Airport take the free Massport shuttle bus from your terminal to the Airport Station on the Blue Line. Head inbound to the Government Center stop and switch to any Green Line train outbound (follow signs for "Park Street/Arlington") and get off at Arlington. The Park Plaza Hotel is across the street from Boston Public Garden at the corner of Boylston & Arlington Streets.


CharlieCard-purchase from a person at the ticket booth:   $2.25 includes FREE transfer to Local Bus DISCOUNTED transfer to Express Bus One Transfer valid within two hours of paying your fare.
CharlieTicket/ Cash-on-board or from a machine in subway station   $2.75

Here’s a link to a GREAT map of Boston with subway stops.


Parking in downtown Boston is expensive, although some lots have discounts on the weekend. Parking at the hotel is not included in the room rates. Some rates near the hotel are:

Boston Park Plaza Hotel - Valet Parking (Valet Entrance at 34 Columbus Ave)

0-8 hours $30
3 hour restaurant parking $18
8+ hours/overnight $51

Boston Common Parking Garage (Entrance is on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Public Garden-approximately 0 .4 miles from Boston Park Plaza.)

Weekends (enter after 6am on Saturday or Sunday, exit before 8am the next morning)
0-1 hr - $10
1-3 hr - $14
3+ hr - $18 (before 8am)
Weekday Evenings - Enter 4pm-6am & exit before 8am)
1 hr - $10
3 hr - $14
3+ hr - $18
Weekdays (enter between 6am – 4pm)
1 hr - $12
10 hr - $28
24 hr - $32

Motor Mart Garage 26 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116 (Located across the street from Boston Park Plaza’s valet entrance)

1 hr - $10
3-12 hr - $22
12-24 hr - $38

Revere Hotel Parking Garage/200 Stuart Street Garage (200 Stuart Street - Located approximately 0.19 miles from Boston Park Plaza)

1 hr - $12
12 hr - $24
24 hr - $40

You can also use websites like to reserve your parking space (usually at a discounted price) for the entire conference.