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Hotel Reservation Discount Deadline: June 6, 2008  Deadline Extended!

Why should you stay in one of the conference hotels?
We encourage you to stay in one of the conference hotels and when making your reservation to identify yourself as a USENIX conference attendee.

It is by contracting rooms for our attendees that we can significantly reduce hotel charges for meeting room rental. When the sleeping rooms are not utilized, we face significant financial penalties. As a result, these penalties ultimately force us to raise registration fees.

We recognize, however, that not everyone can afford to stay in one of the conference hotels, so we always try to book venues that have some low-cost alternatives available near the conference.

With costs going higher and higher, we are working very hard to negotiate the very best hotel rates and keep other conference expenses down in order to keep registration fees as low as possible. We appreciate your help in this endeavor.


USENIX has negotiated special rates for conference attendees at the Sheraton Boston Hotel and at the Colonnade Hotel. Note that all conference events will take place at the Sheraton, but the Colonnade is adjacent to it. Please make your reservation as soon as possible by contacting either hotel directly. You must mention USENIX to get the special group rates, which are listed below.

Headquarters Hotel

Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199
Tel: (617) 236-2000
Special Attendee Room Rate: $219 single/double plus tax
Hotel Floor Plans (PDF)

The Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116
Tel: (617) 424-7000
Special Attendee Room Rate: $199 single/$209 double plus tax

Note: When the rooms in the USENIX blocks are sold out, requests will be handled on a space-available basis at the hotels' standard rates. Make your reservations early!

Room Sharing
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Local Restaurants

The Sheraton Boston Hotel is connected to the Copley Place mall, which offers a variety of dining options for every budget, and the Prudential Center, which also provides a range of dining opportunities in its food court and restaurants.


JetBlueUSENIX has partnered with JetBlue to provide a 5% discount on your trip to Boston. Plan to book early for the best airfare discounts. Use the following information while booking your flights to receive the USENIX discount:

  • Meeting Promotional Code: Usenix08
  • Discount: 5%
  • Valid Travel Dates:
    • Outbound: June 18–20, 2008
    • Return: June 27–29, 2008
  • Promo Code available until June 19
  • Discount Reservation Web Site


USENIX has partnered with Amtrak to provide a 10% discount on the lowest available rail fare to Boston. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class, or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

To make your reservation, call Amtrak at (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Conventions cannot be booked via Internet. Please be sure to mention the Convention Fare Code X10T-939 when making your reservation.

  • Special Amtrak Convention Fare Code: X10T-939
  • Discount: 10%
  • Valid Travel Dates: June 19, 2008, through June 30, 2008


Transportation to the Hotel
By Taxi or Shuttle: Taxis can be hired outside each terminal at Boston Logan International Airport. Fares to and from downtown should average about $15–18, including tip. Call 24 hours in advance for reservations. One-way fare to downtown is approximately $8.

By Train: Boston is served by Amtrak at South Station and Back Bay Station, with frequent departures for and arrivals from New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Back Bay Station is located within 0.2 miles of the hotels; South Station is approximately 1.5 miles from the hotels. The MBTA subway, often called the "T" by locals, operates from Airport Station on the Blue Line to South Station in downtown Boston. The Prudential T station is located within a tenth of a mile of the hotels.

Getting Around Boston
The MBTA runs buses and subway and commuter trains on set schedules to points in and around Boston.


The Sheraton Boston Hotel offers valet parking on a first-come/first-served basis. The rates include in and out privileges. The rates are:

0–1 hour $12.00
1–2 hours $18.00
2–4 hours $24.00
4–8 hours $27.00
8–overnight $39.00

There is also self-parking available at the Prudential Center, which is located adjacent to the entrance area of the hotel. The rates are:

Up to 30 minutes $6.00
30 min.–1 hour $9.00
1 hr.–1 hr. 30 min. $17.00
1 hr. 30 min.–2 hrs. $24.00
2 hrs.–10 hrs. $30.00
10 hrs.–24 hrs. $38.00


USENIX is pleased to bring the Annual Technical Conference back to Boston. The city offers unique historical charm and a wide array of activities to occupy your free time. There are many attractions that will be of interest to USENIX '08 attendees. Here are just a few:

  • MIT Museum: Take a look at the research being done behind laboratory doors at MIT.
  • Museum of Science: Check out the new exhibits, planetarium, and laser shows.
  • Museum of Fine Arts: Filled with history and culture, this is one of Boston's most renowned museums.
  • New England Aquarium: Adopt a penguin, play with a sea lion, or watch for whales at Boston's famous aquarium.
  • Theatre District: Broadway—Boston style. Take in the latest show wowing theater-going audiences.
  • Historic Freedom Trail: Enjoy this 2.5 mile walk from Boston Common to the berth of the U.S.S. Constitution, including 18 of Boston's most famous historic sites.
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace: Located in the heart of downtown, this is the nation's premier urban marketplace, with over 50 shops, 15 full-service restaurants, and over 30 food stalls.

To learn more about Boston, Massachusetts, check out the following Web sites:

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