Mar 3, 2012
Venue: Best Western New Englander Hotel
One Rainin Rd., Woburn, MA 01801
Phone: 1-781-935-8160 Fax: 781-932-9623
For making reservations for our classes, let the front desk know you are with the VortexHealing group.
The Best Western New Englander is a much newer and more modern hotel than the Lord Wakefield, as a comparison, as well as has more amenities, described below.
Hotel Rates & Rooms:
For classes for 2012, the price is a rate of $77 + tax. All these rates are good if reserved up to just 1 week before the start of class, BUT late booking may mean there are no rooms left to book. Best to reserve early.
Rooms all have a phone, TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, iron & ironing board, and a hairdryer. Some rooms have a king bed and some have 2 double beds. Local and 800 calls are free. The rooms also have free high-speed internet access through an Ethernet cable that is provided in the room, and there is free wireless in the lobby.
With the room comes a deluxe continental breakfast, which includes waffles, bagels, muffins, toast, yogurt, fruit, juice and boiled eggs.
The hotel has a fitness room and an indoor, heated swimming pool.
The hotel also has a free shuttle that will operate within 3 miles of the hotel. It will take you to Woburn Mall, Target and to the Woburn movie theatre. But the shuttle only runs from 8am-8pm, so if you go to a movie at night you’ll need to take a taxi back, which should be inexpensive.
There is a decent handful of restaurants within a short walk of the hotel.
Other Places to Stay: Should the New Englander be full, or you book late, there are other places to check. We don’t have group rates with any of these though.
1) Comfort Inn: This is a short walk only. You’d be better off at the venue though, as the rooms should be nicer, with more amenities for probably the same price, and with a much better breakfast. The number for the Comfort Inn is 1-781-933-5363, and it is located at 14 Hill St, in Woburn.
2) Hilton Boston/Woburn: This is a short drive away. Located at 2 Forbes Road, Woburn.
3) Extended Stay Deluxe, Woburn: Also a short drive away. These are studios with fully equipped kitchens. Located at 831 Main, Woburn. Tel: 1-781-938-3737 or 800-804-3724. Website: http://www.extendedstayhotels.com/hotels/boston-woburn-esd.html
4) There are other places as well, but further away, and you have to get past a major highway intersection for these, which could be time-consumming in rush hour. You can Google ‘hotels 01801’ to see these.
By Air: Fly into Boston Logan Airport. Then either take a taxi to the hotel (about $60 +tip) to the hotel), or follow the public transportation option described in detail below, which is not too difficult.
If you are going to rent a car, you also have the option of flying into Pease Int’l Airport in Portsmouth New Hampshire (50 miles away), or MHT in Manchester, New Hampshire (45 miles away). Southwest Airlines flies into MHT, and uses ATA airlines to fly into Logan Airport.
Taxi: Taxis are the easiest way from airport to hotel. For trips to Woburn, they will charge by meter rather than a fixed rate. The cost should be somewhere about $45-$60, depending on traffic, not including tolls & fees (~$2.25 airport fee & $5.25 tolls). Calling a taxi service for a pickup there will not be any cheaper and there may an extra $3 charge that the airport charges them for doing a pickup there. The more luggage you have, or the longer your flight getting to Boston, the more attractive the taxi option will be. (Note: although very few cab drivers will ‘take you for a ride’, such drivers do exist. If you feel that you have been overcharged, it is recommended that you ask the taxi driver for a receipt showing the driver's name, the taxi company, the amount paid, and the medallion number. And then call his taxi company and/or the Massport Ground Transportation Unit Manager at 1-617-561-1659.)
For the return trip, you would need to call a local car service. As of this writing, Woburn Cab (1-781-933-5000) charges $55// Checker Cab (1- 781-937-6000) charges $56// and Wakefield Taxi (1-781-245-1111) charges $53. There are no tolls going back to the airport.
Logan Woburn Express (Shuttle): You can this shuttle from the airport to the Anderson Regional Transportation Center, which is only 3.42 miles from the hotel (1-781-721-9487 for more info). Then you could call the hotel (1-781-835-8160) and ask for their free shuttle to come pick you up, or you could take a taxi from there to the hotel, which the hotel estimates at about $12 (plus tip). The Woburn Express costs just $20 roundtrip or $11 each way. There are shuttles to different places, make sure you take the Woburn one. Because you may have to wait awhile for the hotel’s shuttle, this option may take a bit longer.
Train: This option is the most complex. For this option, you will take an MBTA subway train (also called the T), a regular commuter train, and then call the hotel for its free shuttle to come and get you. You take the Blue Line subway train at airport going into Boston (coming back to the airport you’d take the Blue Line toward Wonderland). You get off at either South Station or North Station. From there, you pick up a commuter train to Anderson Train Station in Woburn. From Anderson you would call the hotel for its shuttle.
Be aware that commuter trains are not well designed to accommodate luggage, but most train-cars do have a small area for that. In addition, they run frequently in the morning and later afternoon, when they are also most crowded, but not so often at other times. Returning to the airport is easier because you can time your departure according the commuter train’s schedule, and since they have trains going to both North and South Stations, you have more trains to choose from.
By Car: The hotel is just off Interstate 93, a little south of Interstate 95. Coming from the airport, you find your way to Interstate 93N (probably via Rte 1A North) and get off at exit 36, Montvale Ave, toward Stoneham/Woburn. Turn left and then it is just .2 mile down the road.
If you are coming from the North, going south on I-93, you would turn right as you get off at exit 36.
For general Boston Logan airport information, go to: http://www.massport.com/Logan/default.aspx