Staying Here: Accommodations

wooden sign (6 by 4 feet) for the hotel & tavern operated by Elijah Boltwood, 1806-1836
(photo courtesy of Amherst History Museum)

We have arranged for two types of housing on campus, capable of accommodating a considerable share of conference participants within easy walking distance of the venues.

Other options are also available.

Although there are no large urban hotels in Amherst, there is a three-star classic New England college inn operated by Amherst College in the center of town  In addition, there are typical small-town inns in historic buildings, and licensed bed-and-breakfast accommodations (see links at bottom of page under “Other Housing Suggestions”), as well as an ever-increasing number of Airbnb rentals (note: some of the latter are in walking distance from the University but many might require transportation by automobile). Just across the town line in Hadley, a mere 10-15 minutes’ drive from the University, are several large modern hotels operated by major chains. Participants taking personal automobiles to the conference or renting them upon arrival in the US or the region may find these choices particularly attractive. (We are looking into the possibility of arranging for morning and evening bus service to and from these hotels, as was the case in Sydney and will keep you informed of our progress.) The University has a large parking garage adjoining the conference venues. There is also ample Uber and Lyft service. (Further details will be available on our local transportation page.)

Campus Housing (1)

Hotel UMass (Campus Center Hotel)

75 rooms, July 15-18, checkout on the 19th (35 rooms on July 14):
$149 per night, single/double

Rated the best hotel in Amherst, the Campus Center Hotel is operated by the award-winning University of Massachusetts program in Hospitality and Tourism Management. An important work of modernist architecture (Marcel Breuer and Associates, 1970), the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center houses the hotel, conference facilities, and many student services including nearly a dozen self-contained, European-inspired bistro-style dining options emphasizing healthful food and sustainable practices.

The entire complex recently underwent a thoroughgoing renovation that brought facilities up to contemporary standards while remaining respectful of the architectural and design significance of the original structure.

Rooms come with many amenities including desks actually suited to work on conference papers and related academic business, continental breakfast and evening refreshments, television, free wifi, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, complimentary parking in attached parking garage.
The University will take reservations until 5:00 p.m. local time on 14 June (or until all rooms are booked).

Reserve rooms by using the link below (or calling: 877-822-2110).

1)  To receive the discounted group rate of $149/night (plus applicable fees) guests should reference group code SHA19C. Even if these blocks of rooms are sold, others may be available at the market rate.
2) Because these rooms are available only through July 18 (this was the situation when we first made our inquiries, over a year ago), if you are planning on staying through Friday for the excursions, simply book an extra night of accommodation elsewhere. The UMass North Apartments suites (immediately below) are closest (.4 mile/.65 km: 9-minute walk) and cheapest, but there are many options in town/nearby.

Campus Housing (2)

University of Massachusetts North Apartments

50 Four-room suites, July 15-19, checkout on the 20th
$65 per person/per night

This 2006 residential complex, located close to the Campus Center and conference venues, features furnished air-conditioned apartments comprising 4 bedrooms (each with desk) , 2 full bathrooms, full kitchen with appliances (note: utensils, however, not included), common area with television, and wireless internet.

The University will take reservations until 5:00 p.m. local time on 14 June (or until all rooms are booked). Note: If you know the person or persons with whom you would like to share a suite, you will simply enter your roommate request(s) on the reservation page below, which also provides additional details on the rooms, amenities, payments, and subjects of other frequently asked questions.

Update on check-in (11 July)

All SHARP residences are in Building A. However, in order to be able to assist those of you arriving after normal business hours, the University has changed the check-in location from Building A to Building C, where staff will be available 24/7. (Do thank them for this, if you think of it.)

Off-Campus Housing

wooden sign (6 by 4 feet) for the hotel & tavern operated by Elijah Boltwood, 1806-1836
(photo courtesy of Amherst History Museum)

(1) Other accommodations reserved for conference participants

We are requesting blocks of rooms at the following hotels (check this page for updates):

Inn on Boltwood, 30 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA

A classic New England college inn built in the Colonial Revival Style in 1926, this elegant three-star hotel recently underwent a complete modernization in accordance with sustainable practices while adhering to federal standards for rehabilitation of historic structures: it part of the Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The 30Boltwood Restaurant features sophisticated locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine and celebrated cocktail selections.

The Inn was not able to provide a significant block of discounted rooms under terms that met our needs, but it has agreed to hold a small number of rooms for SHARPists at the market rate until June 1 if they write or call to inquire (mention SHARP). Any other rooms will of course continue to be available at the market rate after that; it’s just that this small block was set aside for us.

Note: In August 2018, responding to long-standing discomfort and recent student protests regarding Lord Jeffery Amherst’s policies toward the Native American population in the Colonial era, Amherst College trustees voted to change the name of the establishment from the “Lord Jeffery Inn” to “Inn on Boltwood,” effective in early 2019.


The Hampshire Hospitality Group will reserve (until June 14, 2019) blocks of 25 rooms (single/double) July 15-19; checkout on the 20th (10 each on Sunday, July 14) at each of these three large hotels in nearby Hadley: 

Courtyard by Marriott Hadley Amherst, 423 Russell St. (=Route 9), Hadley, MA ($152) [Note: our rooms may be listed under either SHARP Conference or Du Bois Library Conference: same thing]

Holiday Inn Express, 400 Russell Street (=Route 9), Hadley, MA ($139)
[Select the appropriate dates, and rooms: the proper rate should appear under either SHARP Conference or Du Bois Library Conference: same thing.]
Update (May 29): SHARPists have reported some problems in getting the proper rate when using the link below or speaking with the general Holiday Inn corporate reservation number. We suggest you directly phone this Holiday Inn location: (413) 582-0002.

Econo Lodge, 329 Russell Street (=Route 9), Hadley, MA ($139)
[Note: At this time, there is no separate registration page for us. When using the website or phone number to make a room request, mention SHARP Conference or Du Bois Library conference to be sure you get the proper rate.] 

(2) Other Housing Suggestions

You may wish to begin your search for alternate housing at the following sites:

Amherst College Bed & Breakfast Information

Amherst College Hotel Information

Five College Bed and Breakfast Association

Continue to check this page for updates as the opening of the conference approaches.