Emerson College dorm rooms, located in the Paramount Center at 555 Washington Street on the Emerson campus in downtown Boston, can be reserved for Friday and Saturday nights, May 19 and 20, at a rate of $60 per person per night. (No other nights will be available.) Emerson has provided 50 newly renovated rooms (with linens included), which are suitable for sharing; late registrants may be asked to share a room with a person of the same gender. (We will let you know in advance if that is the case.) Check-in time: 11 a.m. on Friday morning. Check-out time: 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. For more information on the dorm, go here. Registration for dorm rooms will be closed as of April 27, so register early! Make reservations on the Lodging page of the registration site.
Comfort Inn & Suites, Boston Logan Airport, Rte. 60, Revere (781-485-3600). Conference rate: $219 a night, plus tax. Rooms can be reserved for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Only 10 rooms will be available on Thursday; 20 rooms will be available on Friday and Saturday nights, on a first-come, first-served basis. The hotel is 15-minute ride to Emerson College on the Silver Line on rapid transit. For more information on the hotel, go here. For reservations, call 781-485-3600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Biographers International Organization.
Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston (617-227-8600), a short walk to Emerson along the Boston Common. Conference rate: $269 a night for a traditional room; $299 for a deluxe room, plus tax. Rooms can be reserved for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, but only ten traditional rooms and five deluxe rooms have been set aside for conference attendees, so register early; latecomers may or may not be able to reserve their own rooms at a similar rate. These rates are guaranteed only through March 17. For more information on the hotel, go here. For reservations, go here.
Finding a Room in Boston
Obtaining inexpensive housing in Boston, particularly around graduation season (the city has more colleges per inch than any other) can be challenging. Here are a few suggestions for those on a tight budget.
• Airbnb is a remarkably wonderful option. I have used it to find clean, safe, and convenient lodging.
• Usually better suited for longer-term rentals, Vacation Rentals By Owner is still worth checking out for a two-night stay.
• Last, the further away from the conference site you look the more you will find affordable lodgings. I’ve stayed in Motel 6s and other cut-rate chains in the suburbs and easily reached downtown. To do this, pull up a map of the “T” (available here), and using Orbitz.com or Hotels.com identify hotels along the major lines. As you will not be returning to your room until the end of the conference, staying in a hotel some distance away can work. Lastly you should also look to team up with another conference goer. Then you can arrive at the conference site in style riding an Uber.
–James McGrath Morris