I may truly be mad for trying this, but I shudder when it comes to paying $200 or more for a Hotel room, so I gotta ask.. I qualified to run the Boston Marathon for next April, and plan to travel and stay there from April 16-19. I have checked rates for various hotels in the 4 main areas I consider acceptable (Back Bay, Downtown, Cambridge and Logan Airport), and the best rates are as follows: Logan Hilton (4*) $159, Embassy Suites $149, Comfort Inn $134; Downtown Omni Parker $199, Hyatt $186; Back Bay Hilton $259, Sheraton $299; Cambridge Doubletree @ MIT $179, Hyatt $190, Radisson $199. All of this from the various hotel websites. Many hotels are N/A or showing as sold out, particularly in Back Bay area, where the race finishes. I am open to a 3 or 4*, preferably cheappest, and am willing to stay in any of the areas as long as I can get to that area for packet pick-up and from the finish easy enough. I know that South Boston, Chestnut Hill/Brookline and Medford/Sommerville are free rebid opportunities for me, b/c they top out at 2.5 stars. I will not have a car, so I want to be close to the T. Cambridge is probably the only iffy area, b/c some areas you can be far away from public transit. If I could get a room for under $125 I'd be happy. I saw the Hyatt in Cambridge on Hotwire for $138, and a phantom 3* at Logan w/ NO amenities for $70 (scary :) ) for these dates. So can you help me? If I'm not successful, I'll most likely book the airport Embassy Suites, as it is close to airport and public transit, and is reasonable rate for direct booking. Thanks for any and all suggestions and assistance!