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The Shawmut Inn

280 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114 (617-441-9200)

To the hotel (from the Massachusetts Turnpike, Route 90)

Exit LEFT at the Cambridge/Allston exit. (50 cent toll) When the off-ramp splits, keep right (going towards Cambridge). At the stop light at the end of the ramp, you should still be on the right side. Go through that light, then make a right at the next set of lights (the DoubleTree Hotel will be on your right). Stay left and follow the signs to Soldiers Field Road and Storrow Drive. This road will take you along the river, which will be on your left side as you head towards the city. Follow this road for about 3.5 miles. Take the Government Center exit. This will put you on Cambridge Street (overhead signs will also direct you). Stay on this road for about a quarter mile. Make a left onto Staniford St (the Shangri La restaurant will be on your right when you make this turn), which becomes Causeway Street at a "Friday's" restaurant. (You will also find yourself driving under a subway overpass). Friend St will be on your right. Turn here and look for the hotel on your right. There are numerous public parking lots. (**If at anytime you get lost, ask someone how to get to the Fleet Center, which is on Causeway Street)

By T

Pick up the Green Line at North Station, which is located on Causeway Street (above ground). Take this inbound to Park Street. At Park Street, transfer to the Red Line, heading towards Alewife. Get off at the Harvard Square stop.

From the hotel to Harvard Sq

Turn left onto Causeway St. FOLLOW ANY CARS THAT GET ONTO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE MEDIAN. If you don't do this, you won't be able to get back onto Staniford Street. Turn right onto Cambridge St. Stay left and start looking for signs to the Longfellow Bridge. While crossing this bridge, stay right. After the bridge, take the Memorial Drive exit, heading towards Cambridge (west). You will now be going along the river, with the river to your left. Stay on the left lane and go though the under pass. (If you stay right, you will be forced to make a right onto Masschusetts Ave, which also leads into Harvard sqaure). Along this road, you will pass the Hyatt, a Shell station, and a Strawberries, all on your right. Keep going until you reach John F Kennedy St. Turn right here. This will lead you into Harvard Square, characterized by high pedestrian traffic. Harvard University will be on the left, surrounded by brick walls and tall gates.