on July 24, 2009
The Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center is located about 45 minutes outside of Boston to the northwest of the city. This was the location selected by US Youth Soccer to serve as the headquarters hotel for the US National Championships and to host our annual meeting. It was a very nice location, well outside of the hubbub of the busy city.With just 173 rooms, the Westford Regency is a small, intimate hotel that serves as a wonderful location for a meeting of the size of our group. They also have a very nice meeting area that provides ample space for large groups or parties as well as several smaller breakout rooms.As a full service hotel, they have a cafe, pub and fine dining as well as room service options. The menus are your basic fare, with the expected tilt towards New England seafood for dinner. I had breakfast at the Stony Brook Cafe which was a nice hot & cold buffet, for $10.95 on two of my mornings at the Inn. While I didn't dine in the hotel restaurants for lunch or dinner, others in our group did say that for the most part the food was very good. (I did hear of one bad steak experience, so perhaps it was an exception.)I did dine in my room one evening and thoroughly enjoyed my crock of clam chowder, New England style of course. It was thick and rich with potatoes, celery, bacon and nice clam clumps. Outstanding, served with warm poppy seed sour dough rolls.As for my sleeping room, it was very comfy with two full sized beds, a work area (with free Wi-Fi), a wall mounted flat screen TV, mini fridge and a spacious and well lit bathroom.The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool and fitness center available to all guests. While I didn't take advantage of either, many of our soccer folks did.The Inn has an older feel than it really is. I was surprised to learn it was built in the 1980's, as some in my group guessed it had been built circa 1900.Our group rate for our rooms was $119 which is an outstanding price and value, especially for the East Coast. I would not hesitate to recommend this location and the Westford Regency Inn for anyone looking for a nice, comfortable accommodation outside of the city limits of Boston!
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