Winter Break in Boston : Play Out In The Snow, Warm Up In The Kendall

Even with the New Year just over, kids [and adults..] are beginning to plan their mid-winter break. Cambridge and Boston offer a host of activities for all ages, and The Kendall Hotel is located right in the middle of a flurry of activity. Being just a short walk from the T, guests of The Kendall can avoid traffic and keep snow-trudging to a minimum, if they prefer.

Our neighbor Kendall Square offers outdoor ice-skating, skating lessons and rentals seven days a week. For indoor skating, the Steriti Rink in Boston is open daily and has expansive windows that overlook the wharf for an outdoor feel. There are several places in the area to sled or snow-tube with various-sized hills for any age, or venture outside the city to one of the nearby skiing slopes for the day.

For those that prefer to be an observer of strenuous activity, check schedules of the local sports teams : hockey with Harvard, Boston University or the Bruins, or Celtics basketball. For those that prefer to be an observer of arts and culture, there are several large museums and attractions where one can easily spend an afternoon — from the Museum of Fine Arts, to the New England Aquarium, to the Museum of Science.

Thursday, February 19th welcomes the Year of the Sheep and marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The Chinese New Year Parade [set for March 1, this year] is the biggest event in Boston’s Chinatown, and features Lion Dancers, drums and firecrackers.

After a day of exploring and activity, come back to The Kendall and warm yourself by the fire in the front lounge, or get a comforting meal at The Black Sheep Restaurant. Explore the historic building, curated artwork, and venture up to the Rooftop Retread for a skyline view of the city. Be sure to visit our Special Offers page to see if there’s a suitable package for your stay.

New Year’s Eve Package

  • Deluxe accommodations for 2
  • Parking for one vehicle
  • Hosted Champagne Hour
  • 2 tickets to FIRST NIGHT BOSTON
  • 2 $5 T Passes (hotel 2 “T” stops from Park Street in downtown Boston)
  • Full American Breakfast Buffet
  • $25 Food Voucher good toward dinner in the Black Sheep Restaurant
  • Late Check-out 1pm

Prices Starting at $229.00 plus taxes/fee

To reserve, use the booking form above and type NYE for Promo Code or call us directly at 617.577.1300.

Arrive before or stay later and receive a discounted rate of $149 plus taxes / fee– includes parking and our usual amenities:
Full American Breakfast Buffet, High Speed Internet Access, Hosted Wine Hour (Mon-Thurs)

High Schoolers SPLASH Into MIT; The Kendall Gives Thanks…And A Discount!

Every November, MIT turns the tables (or desks…) by putting their students at the front of the classroom. During SPLASH weekend, high schoolers can sign up for a vast range of classes — from neuropharmacology to history; aircraft analysis to music theory. MIT students teach offer over 400 classes each year throughout their various disciplines.

In addition to the scheduled classes, there are several ‘walk in activities’ where students registered in SPLASH can fill any gaps in their schedule with hands-on activities. Modular origami, chainmail crafting and bubble tea-making are all on the agenda.

For more information on SPLASH and registration, please visit their website.

At the Kendall Hotel, we are thankful for all of our guests — whether you are a new visitor to Boston or one of our many ‘regulars.’ We have discounted rooms available over the Thanksgiving weekend, and look forward to you planning your stay with us. Please call the hotel at 866.556.1300 or email for more information.

The Kendall Welcomes Returning MIT Students and Staff!

UnknownWith MIT classes resuming after Labor Day, the Kendall Square neighborhood is starting to buzz with students and faculty returning to the area. New students will often come with family in tow to help them settle in, and The Kendall is honored to provide a welcoming space while they stay.

The school opened as Boston Tech in 1865, and became the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when it was moved to Cambridge in 1916. Since then, the private school has grown to over 11,000 students with alumni that range from Ben Bernanke, to Buzz Aldrin, to the Magliozzi brothers of NPR’s Car Talk.

Although with a reputation for its more intensive, technical courses like Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science, MIT provides a broad education with highly-regarded departments in the arts and humanities. Classes like glass blowing  and an opportunity to obtain ‘The Pirate Certificate,’ allow students to exert their creativity and drive in other areas.

Events are already happening around campus for returning students, and the List Visual Arts Center continues to provide creative and engaging opportunities for adults and children. Year-round, MIT offers visitors student or self-guided walking tours that feature public art displays and world-famous architects.

The Kendall Hotel welcomes all new and returning students, and is grateful for the energy, innovation and art that MIT brings to the neighborhood. We are pleased to have families and visiting faculty stay at The Kendall throughout the year.

Cultures unite for Cambridge Carnival International

CambridgeCarnival2014One of the things that makes Cambridge such a vibrant, exciting town is our mix of residents and visitors from all over the world. Help us celebrate our diversity at the 22nd Cambridge Carnival International, a free Caribbean-style street festival in Kendall Square, on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

The largest annual festival in Cambridge, the carnival is best known for its spectacular parade through the streets of Cambridge featuring steel bands and troops of dancers in colorful handmade costumes. This year the parade kicks off at 12:30 p.m. near the Charles River, proceeds up River Street to Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street, and ends at the viewing stage in Kendall Square near MIT.

Musical performances by Caribbean, Afro-pop, reggae, calypso and roots bands will be featured all afternoon on the international stage, along with DJs spinning a festive selection of world music. International vendors will offer food and handcrafts with a multicultural flair. Children’s activities include arts and crafts and face painting.

For more information on the Cambridge Carnival International, check out their website. Stay with us at the Kendall Hotel and you’ll have no parking worries. Click here to book a room.

Make a difference at Boston GreenFest 2014

Want to have fun and save the planet, too? Check out Boston GreenFest 2014, a free event that takes place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15 to 17, at Boston City Hall Plaza.

Multicultural music, environmentalism, and education all come together at this festival, which showcases earth-friendly foods, fashions, green technologies and other products. Performers from all over the world will provide continuous entertainment on four stages, while talks and workshops on health, fitness, and eco-responsibility will be presented throughout the weekend.

Be sure to bring the kids: the EcoKids center will offer hands-on interactive exhibits, a display of zoo animals, and family-oriented music. The whole festival kicks off with the Boston Kids HaikuGarden Parade (find out how to participate here).

The weekend also includes the Gubernatorial EcoForum, a chance for the candidates for governor of Massachusetts to share their visions of a sustainable future, to be held on Friday, Aug. 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

If you’re curious about changes – large and small – you can make in your daily life to help ensure a green future, GreenFest is a great place to start. Are you staying with us at the Kendall Hotel? Boston City Hall is easy to reach via subway – just ask us for directions!

Lose yourself in Boston’s lovely labyrinth

Love labyrinths? This summer, you can join the Labyrinth Guild of New England to walk the labyrinth at the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. This beautifully designed labyrinth, the only one on public land in the Northeast, is paved in granite set into the lawn, with a water fountain at its center.

If you’ve never seen a labyrinth, these geometric paths have historical roots going back to ancient Crete and medieval Europe. They are used by some people as tools for healing and meditation, while others just enjoy the contemplative experience of walking the winding route. Some people move quickly, others slowly; some are goal-oriented, others meandering. Truly, a labyrinth can be anything you want it to be!

Dates for the labyrinth walk are Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. on June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, and Oct. 1; and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15.

The labyrinth is also open to passersby at any time of day, so if you’re sightseeing in the North End or visiting Faneuil Hall, stop by and check it out. In addition to the labyrinth, the Armenian Heritage Park includes an abstract sculpture celebrating the immigrants from all over the world who have made Boston their home. With plenty of seating, the park is a popular spot for a lunch break on a summer day. It’s easy to get there from the Kendall Hotel by subway – just ask us for directions!

The Phantom of the Opera: Back and better than ever

phantomThe Phantom of the Opera, the best-selling and longest-running Broadway show of all time, returns to Boston this summer in a production that promises to outdo itself.

Revitalized with an all-new set, staging, and choreography, the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will run from June 26 through July 20 at the Boston Opera House.

The original Phantom of the Opera premiered in London in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988, and it’s been running ever since. It tells the story of a poignant love triangle among young soprano Christine, her suitor Raoul, and the mysterious Phantom, who lurks in the shadows of the Paris Opera House. This new production, which just completed a sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, features Mark Campbell as The Phantom, Julia Rose Udine as Christine, and Ben Jacoby as Raoul.

Among the show’s highlights are the exquisite costumes, the spectacular special effects – including the famous chandelier – and of course, the unforgettable musical score.

Visit the Boston Opera House website for more information and a schedule of performances. Tickets are available here.

Hate driving in Boston? Stay with us at the Kendall Hotel, leave your car in our lot, and take the Red Line subway to the Boston Opera House. Click here to book a room.

Renovated fish tank wows at the New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium on Boston’s waterfront has always been the coolest place to spend a day – with or without the kids – but now it’s even better. Last summer, the aquarium completed renovations to its centerpiece exhibit, the Giant Ocean Tank.

More than 1,000 sea creatures now live in this 200,000-gallon tank, which has windows at multiple levels so visitors can come eye-to-eye with stingrays, barracuda, moray eels, boxfish, porcupine fish, orange filefish and scores of other inhabitants typically found near a Caribbean coral reef. If you’re visiting at lunchtime, you can watch Myrtle the green sea turtle munch on Brussels sprouts (her favorite) and observe scuba divers descending to the depths of the tank to serve shrimp and squid to loggerhead turtles, Southern stingrays, and other bottom-dwellers.

The $17 million update also includes the Yawkey Coral Reef Center, a gallery that offers a close-up look at lesser-known coral reef species, and the Blue Planet Action Center, an exhibit area highlighting the effects of climate change on the fragile ocean environment.

Of course, all the longtime favorite aquarium residents are still on view, including the seals and sea lions, penguins, jellyfish, lobsters, seadragons, and more.

Best of all, it’s easy and convenient to get to the New England Aquarium via subway – visit the website for directions. Staying with us at the Kendall Hotel? The Red Line stop is right across the street. Click here for more information or to book a room.

Antin exhibit at the ICA/Boston explores alter egos

Antin562The work of conceptual artist Eleanor Antin will be featured in “Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin’s ‘Selves,’ ” on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston from March 19 to July 6, 2014.

A pioneer of performance art, Antin created and inhabited multiple characters between 1972 and 1991, including nurses, ballerinas, a film director, and a king. She documented her personae in photos, on video, and even as puppets and paper dolls. “Selves” gathers this body of work into a provocative exhibit that challenges the whole notion of how we represent ourselves in society.

Antin once said, “I consider the usual aids to self-definition – sex, age, talent, time, and space – as tyrannical limitations upon my freedom of choice.”

Born in 1935, Antin has received numerous awards for artistic achievement. She has had one-woman exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York City and a retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Antin is a professor emeritus of visual arts at the University of California at San Diego.

The Institute of Contemporary Art is an easy subway ride from the Kendall Hotel – just catch the MBTA Red Line across the street. For directions, information on the Antin exhibit, and advance tickets, visit the ICA website.

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