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 inn operated by Amherst College in the center of town. In addition, there are licensed bed-and-breakfast accommodations, as well as an ever-increasing number of Airbnb rentals (note: some 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: $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.

Campus Housing (2)

University of Massachusetts North Apartments

50 Four-room suites, $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.

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):

Lord Jeffery Inn, 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.

(Number of rooms reserved still to be determined.) The price of these rooms will probably be at the regular market (non-discounted) rate.

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 to “Inn on Boltwood,” effective in early 2019


The Hampshire Hospitality Group will reserve (until June 14, 2019) blocks of 25 rooms (single/double) for the conference dates (10 each on Sunday) at each of these three large hotels in nearby Hadley:

Courtyard by Marriott Hadley Amherst, 423 Russell St. (=Route 9), Hadley, MA ($152)

Holiday Inn Express, 400 Russell Street (=Route 9), Hadley, MA ($139)

Econo Lodge, 329 Russell Street (=Route 9), Hadley, MA ($139)

(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 registration (March 2019) approaches.