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Cambridge, MA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 18
Total Sleeping Rooms 3,458
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 470
Committable Meeting Rooms* 28
Convention Center Space 14,600 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 10,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 10,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $247
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $69
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $149
*Maximum for a single hotel

Cambridge, MA Meeting Planning Overview

History, culture and two of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the world make the city of Cambridge an attractive destination for business and leisure travelers alike. Just a stone's throw from Boston, Cambridge is a convenient alternative for meeting planners. Easily accessible by air, Cambridge is served by Boston's Logan International Airport. As the region's premier gateway, Logan International is served by more than 30 airlines and offers flights to over 100 domestic and international locations.

Once in Cambridge, visitors can take advantage of the region's speedy and efficient public transit system known as the "T." Whether utilizing the subway, commuter rail, public bus or ferry, traveling on the "T" is an easy and affordable way to traverse the city's attractions and accommodations neither of which is there a shortage. From charming historic inns to elegant suites, the city has every type of lodging imaginable to satisfy the most discriminating of traveler.

Several of Cambridge's first-class hotels also serve as ideal meeting venues. In fact, it's Conference Collection of hotels provide nearly 3,500 hotel rooms and 102,000 square feet of meeting space. Venues such as the acclaimed Hyatt Regency Cambridge combine meeting space and first-class amenities. Here, planners can take advantage of 25,000 square feet of meeting space along with 470 guest rooms, a 24-7 business center, high-speed and wireless Internet access, complimentary shuttle service and more.

By virtue of its proximity to Boston, Cambridge has the advantage of easy access to its large-scale meeting facilities as well. The can't-miss location for meetings and events in New England is the phenomenal 1.3 million-square-foot Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Located in Boston's Seaport District, the center features 516,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space, a 40,020-square-foot ballroom, along with as many as 82 flexible meeting rooms. Boston's John B. Hynes Veteran Memorial Convention Center boasts 175,000 square feet of exhibition space and 41 meeting rooms, while the environmentally-friendly Seaport World Trade Center Boston combines stunning views and 118,000 square feet of exhibition space.

For a rare taste of Cambridge's unique spirit, planners can take their pick of a number of alternative venues dotted across the city. Host a meeting amidst one of the world's most prestigious art institutions at the Harvard Art Museum or gather in one of the cutting-edge galleries of the MIT Museum. Or, enjoy an elegant backdrop and creative regional fare at the celebrated Bambara restaurant.

A city rooted in innovation, Cambridge is home to the headquarters of a number of emerging technology corporations including Genzyme, VY and GVD. In addition, the city is home to the prestigious Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as Lesley University and the Longy School of Music.

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About Cambridge, MA / Additional Info

Situated just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge is the 5th most populous city in the state with approximately 101,355 residents. Although commonly referred to as Boston's Left Bank, Cambridge has a distinctive flavor all its own. One of the first towns founded by the Massachusetts Bay Colony, it grew first as a primarily agricultural village and thrived as one of the main industrial cities in New England in the 19th and 20th centuries. Thanks to its two renowned educational institutions, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), it has remained an intellectual and cultural center throughout the years.

Guests can take a step back into Cambridge's history at a number of attractions. Step in Harvard Square, the city's original village site and now home to a number of coffeehouses, bookstores, restaurants and even street performances. Join the Tales of Olde Cambridge Walking Tour to hear spirited stories of Puritan punishments, witches and spies, or stop in at the Longfellow National Historic Site, which once served as the headquarters of George Washington and home to poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Meanwhile, a relaxing stroll down Cambridge's elegant Brattle Street offers views of stately Tory mansions, while the Cooper-Frost-Austin-House gives visitors a peek at the oldest house still standing in Cambridge.

Interestingly, it is Cambridge's historic educational institutions that have also kept the city on the cutting edge. At Harvard University, guests can both explore the hallowed halls that saw the likes of intellectual giants and world leaders such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Franklin Roosevelt, or stop by the Harvard Museum of Natural History to view exhibits on modern topics such as climate change. Just a few minutes away, MIT pushes the envelope of contemporary art at the phenomenal List Visual Arts Center and offers adventures in scientific discovery at the MIT Museum.

Nestled within the shadow of the city's iconic educational institutions are a number of additional attractions and activities that allow visitors a chance to experience Cambridge's distinct flavor. Explore downtown Cambridge's Central Square to mix with the locals while enjoying the shops, award-winning eateries and cozy pubs. Enjoy retail therapy at one of the more than 120 stores at the CambridgeSide Galleria. Or, get in touch with wildlife at the Alewife Brook Reservation. Featuring 120 acres of meadows and wetlands, this scenic sanctuary is home to an array of migratory and indigenous birds including osprey and Great Blue heron.

Easily transitioning from day to night, Cambridge offers plenty of options for a night on the town. From intimate eateries to five-star dining, sumptuous cuisine is always just around the corner. Visitors can sit down to Italian fare with a New England twist at the highly lauded Rialto Restaurant + Bar, or enjoy Mediterranean cuisine under the stars in the garden setting of Oleana Restaurant. Meanwhile, those looking for regional New England fare amidst a lively ambiance can stop in at Bambara restaurant to sample the "Lobster Chowdah" or "Rock Shrimp Risotto." With this spirited attitude and more than a few tricks up its sleeve, Cambridge promises to show guests what it believes is the mischievous side of Boston.

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