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A Convenient Boston Marathon 2016 Hotel

Stay a Half-Mile From the Finish Line

Traversing 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boylston Street, the Boston Marathon route is among the world's most famous running courses. Each mile provides a unique challenge to runners and a great vantage point for fans -- from the rowdy cheering section at Wellesley College to the devastatingly tough Heartbreak Hill, the Boston Marathon offers many of road racing's most unique scenes. 

The Colonnade Hotel is a conveniently located Boston Marathon 2016 hotel. Just a half-mile away from the finish line near Copley Square, the hotel provides an easy place to rest your legs and celebrate your achievement. It's taken a lot of work to earn that Boston Qualifier -- and even more work to run your way through Framingham, Natick, and Chestnut Hill -- so treat yourself to lifestyle accommodations and a hearty meal at Brasserie JO.

Boston Marathon Race Day Guide: Runners

The Colonnade Hotel is located in Back Bay, providing two easy options for reaching the start of the race in Hopkinton.

Boston Marathon Race Day Shuttle

  • The BAA's official race day shuttles depart from Boston Common between 6:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on the morning of the race. The waves of shuttles are determined by your bib number. This service is only available to registered runners. Learn more about the BAA Boston Marathon shuttle service.

Boston Marathon Start Driving Directions

  • Directions from Boston to South Street parking lot:
    • Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 495 South to exit 21B
  • Or from Boston and all other directions to the Hopkinton State Park
    • Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 9 (exit 12)
    • Follow Route 9 West to Route 85 South

Once you complete the course and gather your medal, The Colonnade Hotel is located just a brief walk west of the finish. Just walk southwest on Huntington Avenue. 

Boston Marathon Race Day Guide: Spectators

If you've come to the city to cheer on a loved one or just get into the spirit of Patriots' Day in Boston, there are plenty of great vantage points from which to enjoy the race near our Boston Marathon hotel. 

Boylston Street - Mile 26

Catch the excitement of a sprint finish along the famous Boylston Street corridor. Arrive early to watch the elite men and women blaze past at 5 minutes per mile before settling in to encourage the steady stream of 30,000 participants as they hit the final stretch before Copley Square.

Chestnut Hill - Mile 21

For a more pastoral and less crowded urban marathon viewing experience, head to the campus of Boston College in Chestnut Hill. This is one of the race's toughest sections, so runners could use an extra cheer or two at this point in the course. This is where Heartbreak Hill peaks and the course heads downhill into Boston proper, leaving the runners only 10K to go before the finish.

Wellesley College - Mile 12

One of the Boston Marathon's most unique features is the overwhelming support shown by Wellesley College students near the halfway mark of the race. The course runs directly past campus, giving students the opportunity to roll out of bed and get rowdy on a once-a-year holiday Monday morning. Head to mile 12 to join them -- it's an only-on-Patriots' Day experience you won't soon forget. 

If you have any questions about our Boston Marathon 2016 lodging or about race day details, please don't hesitate to contact us