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City of squares: Cambridge, Mass.

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Where is Cambridge, Mass.?

The Charles River is all that separates Cambridge from Boston. Visitors can walk; take a bus, cab or subway or bike between the two. Cambridge is 90 minutes from Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Just over 30,000 of Cambridge’s 105,162 residents are college undergrads or graduate students.

How do I get there?
The Interstate 93 tunnel through Boston and the Ted Williams Tunnel that connects to I-90 make the trip from Logan International minutes compared with the previous half-hour drive. The Silver Line bus system connects Logan to Boston’s South Station. From there, the Red Line brings visitors to any of Cambridge’s four underground stations. Cost of the trip is under $2.

What types of meetings best suit Cambridge?

Cambridge is known for two powerhouses of higher education, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is also a center for biotech and life sciences companies. Meetings that value innovation and education enjoy being there.

What’s new?
Revitalization is under way in Central Square and Kendall Square. The Ha rvard Square Hotel is spending $5 million in renovations.

New restaurants are opening in a steady stream, among them the Sinclair, a restaurant/concert hall in Harvard Square; First Printer, in a building that was the location of the first printing press; and Brick and Mortar, in Central Square.

Logan International began direct service to and from Tokyo in April, which will reduce round-trip travel time to Japan by as much as six hours.

Where might we meet?
With 470 rooms and 25,000 square feet of meeting space, the Hyatt Regency Cambridge is the area’s largest hotel and it is on the Charles River. Another option is the 400-room Royal Sonesta Boston, at the foot of the bridge that leads to Boston. The hotel has 22,000 square feet of meeting space. Also on the river, in Kendall Square next to MIT, the 431-room Boston Marriott Cambridge has 12,000 square feet of meeting space.

Le Meridien Cambridge at MIT has 210 guest rooms an 8,000-square-foot conference center and an equally large rooftop garden. In Harvard Square next to the Kennedy School for Government, the AAA Four Diamond Charles Hotel has 294 guest rooms and 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. The Hotel Marlowe is a luxury boutique hotel across from the Royal Sonesta. It has 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space.