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Parking rates last verified December 2014
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Please consider carpooling, or taking public transit. The hotel is not far from the World Trade Center station on the Silver Line or a 3/4 mile walk from South Station (Amtrak, Commuter Rail, and Red Line).
Or take advantage of the weather and bicycle to the Westin. There is Bicycle Parking in a locked room in the garage.
There are parking garages on the Red Line at Alewife (MBTA station garage, $7 per day, $8 overnight) and at Park Street (Boston Common Garage, $18 per weekend day (including holidays), if you arrive after 4pm on Friday and leave before Tuesday). Wellington Station (Orange Line) has a parking lot ($6 first day plus $7 for each additional day (2am), 1,000+ parking spaces).
There are overnight parking lots in Braintree, Framingham, Woburn, and Peabody. available for people that take the Logan Express bus the airport (round trip bus ticket is $22, parking is $7 per day). Also, parking at Logan Airport ranges from $18-$27 per day. From the airport, it's a short hop on the Silver Line to the hotel.
Parking in the garage under the Westin Boston Waterfront is $46 for Valet Parking per day for overnight stays, self-parking is $36 per night. With just 400 parking spaces in the garage, we expect it to sell out (8 spaces are reserved for handicap parking and three are reserved for hybrid parking).
Valet Parking includes unlimited in-and-out privileges (they'll hold a space for you, if you tell them you're coming back). Self-parking also includes in-and-out privileges, as long as the garage is not full (the system might not save you a space). If the garage is full, you might be able to return at the Valet rate.
The garage is not operated by the hotel, so we are unable to make any adjustments in the parking rates.
Max height for the garage is 6' 8", but the parking spaces and
aisles in the garage are tight, so I wouldn't recommend parking
large trucks and SUVs in the garage.
"Best Parking" App (used to verify rates) - will find available parking options and rates based on your arrival and departure information. The Westin hotel is in the "Seaport District".
There are other parking lots nearby that range from $5 (new day begins at 6am) to $19 until Midnight and $38 (if you stay past Midnight). Note: Some of these lots might be full during business hours on Friday, but should have plenty of room on the weekend. So you might need to park in a nearby garage, and then move your car in the evening.
There are parking meters in the area. Most meters are 8am-8pm, a few are 8am-6pm. All meters are free on Sundays and Holidays (i.e. MLKjr Holiday)). But you may not be able to park your car on the street if there is a snow emergency. For a rough idea of where the meters are, take a look at the Parkopedia site.
You can park your car for the weekend at LAZ's 390 Congress St. Lot (green on the map above) for $38 per day (or $19 for the first 19 hours). The entrances for the lot are on E. Service Rd and at Boston Wharf Rd. You pay when you exit. (Due to construction, the lot is a third smaller and has only 761 parking spaces.)
MassPort's lots are marked in pink on the map above (directions are below). Their hourly parking is $12 for less than 2 hours and $24 for less than 4 hours. The 5+ hour rate is $30. Rates reset at 3am. Credit Card Only (must use same CC to enter and exit). No overnight parking during snow emergencies (cars will be towed).
About 1/2 mile from the hotel is the Channelside Parking Lot on Necco St. (enter at 29-41 Necco Street, off Melcher Street, in blue on the map above) with rates that vary from $5 (weekends) to $19 per day (until 6am) if you enter before 3pm or if you arrive after 3pm $8 for overnight parking on weekdays. CASH ONLY, this is likely the cheapest parking close to the hotel especially for overnight parking.
Self-parking at the BCEC is $12 during events, but the car show
ends at 9pm Friday and Saturday, and at 7pm on Sunday (and they do
not allow overnight parking). Directions are below (in yellow on
the map above).
LAZ Parking Lot Directions
To get to the LAZ parking lot at 390 Congress St. Lot (marked in green on the map above), from the hotel, turn right onto Summer St, and turn left onto D Street. After the bridge (third traffic light), turn left onto Congress St, go about three blocks and turn bear right onto E. Service Rd. The entrance to the parking lot will be on your left.
To walk back to the hotel, follow Congress St to the World Trade Center Silver line Station and take the stairs up to the bridge level (you might also be able to take an elevator inside the station). Cross over the bridge to the hotel.
MassPort Parking Lots Directions
To get to the closest MassPort parking lot (marked in pink on the map above), from the hotel, turn right onto Summer St, and turn left onto D Street. After the bridge (second traffic light), turn right onto Congress St, and then turn right again (just before the parking lot) and then turn left into the parking lot.
If the first MassPort lot is full, continue along Congress Street as it bears left, and then ends at Northern Ave. Turn right onto Northern Ave, and then right at the round-about onto Haul Rd. As you turn, the parking lot will be on your right, and the entrance is on Haul Rd.
For both of these parking lots, you'll need to use the same credit card to enter and leave the lot with your car.
Channelside Lot Directions
To get to the Channelside parking lot on Necco St (marked
in blue on the map above) from the hotel, turn right onto Summer
St, and turn left onto D Street. After the bridge (third traffic
light), turn left onto Congress St, go to the 4th traffic light
and turn right onto A Street, go under Summer St overpass and take
the first right onto Melcher St and take your first left on to
Necco St. Go forward a short block and the entrance to the
parking lot will be on your your right.
Parking at the Logan airport garages is $29 per day. The Economy Lot is $20 per day. From the airport, you can take the Silver line back to the hotel.
To get to the airport garages, take the Mass Pike (I-90) east to the airport and then follow the signs to parking.
If you have a vehicle that won't fit in the parking garage., you can park overnight at one of LAZ's parking lots. If your vehicle is too tall, you can park at the 390 Congress St. Lot. If your vehicle is too large to fit in a single parking space (a truck or a car with a trailer), you can park at 391 Congress St. Lot (marked in orange on the map above), but you'll need to go to the entrance to LAZ's 390 Congress St. Lot and pay the attendant there and have him let you into the 391 lot (you'll be charged for two parking spaces). If you arrive after 11pm, their 24-hour attendant can be reached at 1 (617) 451-7732 and he should be over in minutes to let you in. The rate is $36 per space per 24 hours.
To get to the parking lots from the loading docks, turn left from
Fargo Street onto D Street. After the bridge (third traffic
light), turn left onto Congress St, go about three blocks and turn
right onto E. Service Rd. The entrance to the parking lot will be
on your left. If you need to get to the oversize lot, continue
down E. Service Rd (stop outside the entrance to the 390 parking
lot on your left to pay for parking at the 391 lot) , turn left at
Seaport Blvd, and then left again onto Congress St., the entrance
to the lot will be on your right (there's a median strip down the
middle of Congress St, so you can't turn left into the oversize
Or you can park at the Channelside lot above (cars plus trailers are charged double).