International Convention of Shapes and Solids 2005


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Accommodation Details


June is one of the most popular months to visit Boston, and consequently hotels fill up quickly, and their prices reflect the high demand. We therefore urge you to book rooms as early as possible while rooms at a lower rate are still available. It is preferable to book early and later cancel if your plans change (most hotels have a very reasonable cancellations policy) than to delay and risk not finding the room of your choice.

We have reserved a limited number of hotel rooms at discounted rates for conference delegates at the four hotels listed below. Each hotel is holding rooms for a different range of dates. The rooms are being held until early May, but we strongly recommend that you book well before April 1 to be sure of obtaining a room at these rates, as demand may well exceed supply. These hotels are very close to the meeting venue. In the event you are unable to obtain rooms at these hotels, we have listed additional hotels in the Boston area.

Less expensive accommodation is available on campus in the  MIT dormitories. Please consult the section entitled MIT DORMITORY ACCOMMODATION, which follows the hotel listings.


• Each hotel refers to the name of the conference a different way. To get the conference rate, be sure to quote the conference name as it appears under Booking Reference.
• All prices are per room and exclusive of local taxes (currently 12.45%).
• If you wish to stay additional nights, ask if rooms are available on these nights at the discounted rate. The earlier you book, the better your chances of getting the same lower rate.

Boston Marriott Cambridge
2 Cambridge Center
Broadway and Third Streets
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel. +1-617 494-6600; 1-800-228-9290
Fax +1-617 494-0036

Price: $169 per night
Nights available: June 11-17
Booking Reference: MIT Shapes and Solids Convention Room Block. If booking online, put SASSASA in the Group Code box (under "Optional Information")
Location: 10 minute walk to conference
Parking: $25/night (valet); $20/night (self parking in adjacent garage)
Public Transportation: Beside Kendall/MIT T stop (red line)

Holiday Inn Select at Government Center
5 Blossom Street
Boston, MA 02114
Tel. +1 617 742-7630 (no toll free number)
Fax +1 617 742-4192

Price: $149
Nights available: June 12-17
Booking Reference: MIT Shapes and Solids Convention
Location: In Boston at the edge of the historic Beacon Hill district. A 20 minute walk across the bridge to the conference, or one stop on the T to Kendall/MIT followed by a 10 minute walk.
Parking: $36/night; choice of valet or self parking in the garage next door
Public Transportation: Close to Charles/MGH T stop (red line)
Other information: Free access to high speed internet.

Kendall Hotel
350 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel. +1 617 577-1300 (no toll free number)
Fax +1 617 577-1377

Price: $169
Nights available: June 11-19
Booking Reference: ICSS
Location: 10 minute walk to conference
Parking: $18/night Sun-Thurs, $10/night Fri and Sat
Public Transportation: Next to Kendall/MIT T stop (red line)
Other Information: A charming small new hotel located in a converted firehouse.

Marriott Residence Inn Cambridge Center
6 Cambridge Center
Corner of Broadway and Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel. +1 617 349-0700, 1-800-331-3131
Fax +1617 547-8504

Price: $129/night
Nights available: June 11-18
Booking Reference: Shapes and Solids Convention at MIT
Location: 15 minutes walk to conference
Parking: about $20/night at the garage adjacent to the Boston Marriott Cambridge
Public transportation: 10 minutes walk from Kendall/MIT T stop (red line)
Other information: All rooms are mini suites with cooking facilities. Price includes breakfast, plus light dinner Monday-Thursday. Free access to high speed internet, swimming pool, whirlpool and gym. Laundromat available.


For a description of other local hotels, there is a helpful internet site at

Click on Massachusetts Institute of Technology for descriptions of a number of hotels in the Boston area, together with their distance from MIT. However, be aware that distances are measured from the west end of the MIT campus, whereas the conference is being held at the east end of campus, which is about a mile away.

John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center
40 Trinity Place
Boston 02116
Tel. 617 933-7700
Fax 617 933-7709

Price: Probably $139-149
Location: A small hotel in the very nice Back Bay area of downtown Boston. About 30 minutes from the conference by T.
Parking: $18/night validated parking at 100 Clarendon Street garage
Public Transportation: 5 minutes from Back Bay T (Orange Line)
Other Information: A small, little known reasonably priced hotel, close to shops and restaurants. Room price includes continental breakfast.

20 Sidney Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel. +1 617 577-0200
Fax +1 617 494-8366

Location: Near the MIT campus, but at the opposite end from the conference venue. A 15-20 minute walk, or one stop on the T followed by a 5 minute walk.
Public Transportation: 10 minutes walk to Central Square T (red line)

For a list of hotels compiled by MIT


We are holding a limited number of single and double rooms in MIT Dormitories on the MIT campus for the period June 11-19 2005. Due to heavy demand, we have only a few rooms left.

We have singles and doubles in New House, at the west end of campus. New House is a 20 to 30 minute walk from the conference. There is no elevator in New House, and so it may be necessary to climb stairs to your room. A description of New House may be found at

Please be advised that these rooms do not come up to the standards of the hotels mentioned above. Dormitory housing consists of a twin bed (single room) or two twin beds (double room). In most dormitories, bathrooms (shared) are co-ed. Rooms have very minimal amenities. Towels, soap, sheets, one blanket and pillow are provided. Anything else, e.g. alarm clock, reading lamp, washcloth, hair dryer, extra coat hanger, etc. would have to be brought by the guest. The rooms are air conditioned. Guests would have to make their own breakfast and dinner arrangements.

Dormitory prices are as follows:

Single room per night $57.00

Double room per night $74.00

If you wish to reserve dormitory accommodation, you must make it through our office. Payment must be received in advance. Rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so we advise you to book as early as possible. Rooms cannot be not guaranteed until payment is received. Because it is now very close to the conference, we cannot hold your room for more than three days without payment.

Please let us know at the time of booking if you would be willing to share a double room. If you share a room, it would not necessarily be for the entire duration of your stay.

If you wish to reserve a room, please email first to enquire about availability.

Please include the details as shown below in the email.

Subject: pre-booking for dormitory room
I wish to reserve a ___single ____double room
I am willing to share a double room: ____Yes ____No
Date of arrival
Date of departure
  • At this late date, we can only accept payment by credit card.
  • Please note that there is a $2 surcharge on credit card payments to cover our additional costs.
  • Please download and complete the pdf form below, then fax it to 617 822 9346.

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