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Old 04-25-2013, 03:15 PM
 
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Hello,

I received an call from a friend that she will be visiting Milton Academy this summer and asked me about accommodations there. She'll be traveling from DC and will either take the train or fly but wanted to know if it is better to stay in Boston and take a cab to the school the three days she will be there or stay somewhere else.

Someone suggested if she takes the train she should get off in Westwood and take a cab to the school but she will be arriving a day or two before she actually visits.

The Milton web site lists a Comfort Inn about 4 miles from the school in Randolph and she was wondering if staying there is best or if she should stay in Boston (which it looks like is about 8 miles from Milton). I told her I'd post here and let her know of any suggestions.

Thanks so much.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:13 PM
 
Location: East Boston, MA
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If she doesn't have a rental car (I'm assuming she doesn't from the info in your post), and she's going to be visiting the school 3 days, then staying in Boston is probably her best bet in terms of price and access. From central Boston, she can take the Red Line to Ashmont, switch to the Mattapan High Speed Line and get off at the Milton stop (free transfer). The Milton stop is about 1 mile from Milton Academy on foot, or she can call a cab to meet her and take her the 1 mile to the school.

Round trip cab fare from central Boston to Milton Academy will be around $70-80 including tip each day. She'd be better off going to priceline or hotwire and renting a car instead of taking cabs. Likewise, cab fare (round trip) would be around $60-70 from Westwood station to Milton Academy. That's in addition to commuter rail fare. I would definitely avoid the Westwood option.

I think spending at least 3 days in Randolph (there's not all that much there) would leave her kind of stranded as there's little to nothing to do around there and without a car, she'd be stuck. If she wants a suburban hotel within a reasonable distance to Milton Academy, have her look into the Hyatt Boston/Braintree or the Boston Marriott Quincy. Both of those hotels are about 5-6 miles from the Academy, but they're better located for the remainder of her stay. The Marriott has a cheap (3rd party... not operated by the hotel) shuttle to/from the Quincy Adams subway station which gives you easy access to Boston. The Hyatt is right across the street from a big suburban mall and has free shuttle service to the subway station nearby which is also good for access to the city. Of the two, I'd choose the Hyatt, but the Marriott is also nice.

Frankly, if it were me, I'd stay in downtown Boston so I could enjoy the city while I'm there. Taking the Red Line/High Speed Line to Milton is pretty straightforward and cheap ($5 round trip and the High Speed Line is the only connection you can make at Ashmont Station). I'd either walk (Milton is quiet, safe and pleasant) or take a cab from the Milton station (cab fare for this ride would be under $10 each way) to the school. Staying in suburban hotels and having to pay for all of the cabs or shuttles necessary would negate much of the "savings" of staying outside of the city vs. staying downtown. Besides, an office park in Quincy, a stripmall in Randolph and across from a suburban mall in Braintree are not nearly as enjoyable as staying in the city. Downtown hotels can be had for as cheap (if not cheaper than) suburban hotels by using priceline or hotwire to reserve. Any central neighborhood like the Financial District, Back Bay, Faneuil Hall, Aquarium, Beacon Hill, Copley Square, Theatre District, etc. will be safe, walkable, fun and put her within easy walking distance of the subway. But I would not stay in a suburban hotel without a car.

Also, a flight from DC to BOS will likely be quite a bit cheaper than the train.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the reply. She doesn't have a driver's license so the rental car is out. She was thinking of staying in Boston to see the city and maybe a Sox game. She will be traveling to Milton from a hotel for three days for a workshop session July. I will forward the information in your post to her. Thank you again.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:28 PM
 
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You're welcome. In that case, I'd definitely suggest staying in the city. Nothing worse than being cooped up in a suburban hotel with nothing to do in July.

Boston's warm in July (but not DC hot). Still, she should do relatively well getting to/from Milton from Boston. Staying in Boston and taking the subway to Milton will cost $15 total for the three days she needs to get to the school ($5 round trip each day). That's really cheaper than any taxi alternative no matter where she stayed. So tell her to stay in town, go see the Sox, and enjoy summer in Boston. She'll be glad she did.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:34 PM
 
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You're welcome. In that case, I'd definitely suggest staying in the city. Nothing worse than being cooped up in a suburban hotel with nothing to do in July.

Boston's warm in July (but not DC hot). Still, she should do relatively well getting to/from Milton from Boston. Staying in Boston and taking the subway to Milton will cost $15 total for the three days she needs to get to the school ($5 round trip each day). That's really cheaper than any taxi alternative no matter where she stayed. So tell her to stay in town, go see the Sox, and enjoy summer in Boston. She'll be glad she did.
How long is the subway ride from Boston to Milton? I'm just curious being a New Yorker where it can take an hour to go a relatively short distance...
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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Depending on how long she has to wait for the connection in Ashmont, I'd say 35-45 minutes. It's not that bad. Nothing like a JFK-Midtown ride.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:33 PM
 
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From Downtown Crossing to Ashmont (or N Quincy for that matter) is around 30 minutes or a little less. But from N Quincy, the cab ride is only 10 minutes and you are right in front of Wigglesworth Hall. But if you get off at Ashmont, you can ride a cab and get to Milton Academy campus within 7 minutes...or she can get on the cute little trolley. The ride on the trolley will take roughly 5-7 minutes and she can get off at the "Milton" trolley station. From there, she needs to walk up Adams street, then bear a slight right onto Randolph Ave....she will have to walk briskly for 10-15 minutes to get to campus. She will arrive at the facilities (white color) building first...then she will see the main Green and the Student Center (the big glass building).

I agree that, if she does not drive, she should stay in town and take the T into Quincy or Ashmont, then take the cab or walk right to campus. But give herself enough time. I grew up in Milton and know the academy very well.
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