Guide to Boston public transportation
Local public transportation is run by the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority (MBTA) and consists of the subway system (known as the T), commuter rail, buses and ferries.In 2007, the T and buses converted to a new fare system based on plastic CharlieCards and paper CharlieTickets. Fares are slightly cheaper with a CharlieCard. Ask at the ticket windows at Back Bay, Harvard, Downtown Crossing, North Station or South Station, or order one on MBTA's website. The cards can be topped up at stations. Alternatively, LinkPasses for one day (at $9, not a great deal), one week ($15) or one month ($59) can be used on the T, local buses, ferries across Boston Harbor and local commuter rail. Passes can be bought from fare vending machines at airport terminals and T stations. Up to two children aged 11 or under can ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
The best hotels in Boston
Hotels in Boston can finally count the chic and boutique among their ranks, in addition to the old-school opulence and business-class hotel options that have long been the city standard. Before the 1999 arrival of the first bona fide boutique hotel, XV Beacon, the choices for visitors were limited to old-school establishments, homey guesthouses or bland corporate chains. That's all changing. After 80 years, the Back Bay landmark Ritz-Carltonflagship moved across the Common and the older space was taken over by Indian luxury group Taj. Downtown, the trendy, modern and hotly anticipated W Hotel in the Theater District complements the refurbished Paramount Center performance complex. Meanwhile, the grande dame Fairmont Copley Plaza, which once housed the Museum of Fine Arts and is now well placed for shopping in the nearby Copley Place mall, is looking fine following its $34 million facelift.