Hotel and Travel Information


The conference sessions will be held at Harvard University, but accommodation will be at the Sheraton Commander, in Cambridge, MA, just 10 minutes walk from the conference venue.

A room block has been set aside for CSF 2012 attendees, with the following nightly rates:
Room typePrice
(single or double occupancy)
Suite $379
Government rate $158
The prices above do not include the sales/room tax, currently at 14.45%. You must book before May 24, 2012 to be guaranteed these rates. Please note that rooms are limited availability, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Update, May 29: The hotel's CSF room rate is no longer available. You may contact Jennifer Auyer at the Sheraton Commander () who might be able to assist with a room at the conference hotel. Otherwise, contact the General Chair (), who might be able to provide assistance.

The hotel's check-in time is 3:00pm; check-out time is 12:00pm. Baggage can be stored free of charge for early arrivals and late departures. The hotel offers complimentary wireless internet access.


Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is the closest airport. A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost approximately $50. A cheaper option is public transit (see below).

Public transit from the airport

  1. Follow signs to the Silver Line bus. The Silver Line bus costs $2. You can either pay the fare on the bus using exact change, or buy a ticket (known as a Charlie Ticket) from the vending machine near the bus stop. The Silver Line bus stops at every terminal in the airport.
  2. Take the Silver Line bus to South Station. Any Silver Line bus that stops at the airport will have "SL 1" on the front, and will go to South Station. South Station is the last stop, and the ride will be approximately 25-30 minutes.
  3. At South Station, transfer to the Red Line train towards Alewife. The transfer is free. Trains are frequent.
  4. Take the Red Line train to Harvard Station. The ride will be approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Walk to the Sheraton Commander Hotel, at 16 Garden St. The walk is approximately 5 minutes. Exit Harvard Square Station by following signs for Church St. There should a "Body Shop" store in front of you. Turn to your right, cross Church St., and walk north on Massachusetts Ave; Harvard University will be on your right, on the other side of the street. At the first intersection, veer left onto Garden Street, and walk to the hotel.
(Here is the Google Map version of these directions.)


The hotel has car parking for guests. For those driving to Harvard, the easiest parking option will be the 52 Oxford Street Garage, operated by the Harvard University Parking Services, at a cost of $13 per day. See for information, including directions and an online purchase system. Note that you will need to purchase a temporary parking pass in advance using the online system. When prompted, enter "Visitor to Campus" for the department, and 7700 for the department code.


Before requesting a visa letter, you must register for the conference through the registration page. Please contact to request a visa letter.