REALTORS® CONFERENCE & EXPO  NOVEMBER 2-5, 2018  BOSTON, MA

The following hotels in NAR’s room block are experiencing a workers strike:

  • Sheraton Boston Hotel (NAR Co-Headquarter), 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA
  • Westin Copley Place Boston (NAR/International Headquarter), 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
  • Westin Boston Waterfront (WCR Headquarter), 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA
  • Aloft Boston Seaport, 401-403 D Street, Boston, MA
  • Element Boston Seaport, 391-395 D Street, Boston, MA

The work stoppage affects only five of the 28 hotels being utilized by NAR for this year’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo. If your hotel is not on the list above, it is not affected by the strike, and you can expect normal operations at your property.

Which workers are on strike?
Hotel workers, Unite Here Local 26. This includes housekeepers, cooks, bartenders, bellmen, dishwashers and food and beverage servers, among others. Find more information about Local 26 here.

How will the strike affect me?
We do not expect any meaningful disruption to the overall conference experience. Between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm (and 7:00am and 9:00am at the Boston Marriott Copley Place), you may observe occasional picket lines on public space only in front of hotels affected by the strike. You can expect these demonstrations to be loud, but well controlled by law enforcement and hotel security. Affected hotels may have reduced hours or menus in food and beverage outlets. See hotel-specific details below, and we will update this page as new information becomes available. Services and hours are being added as staffing increases.

What about security in and around picket lines?
While the picketing has been orderly and cooperative, as a precaution, Boston Police Department officers are stationed at each affected property during striking hours, in addition to hotel security. Picketing may take place only between hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm and only on city property (i.e., sidewalks) and requires a permit. At no time do demonstrations take place inside the hotels.

Can I receive an excused absence if my NAR Committee meeting is taking place in a strike hotel?
If your NAR Committee meeting is taking place in a strike hotel and you are not comfortable crossing a picket line, an excused absence must be requested by Friday, October 26. Please alert your NAR staff executive that you need an excused absence, and inform your local and/or state association that you will not be able to attend the Governance Meetings in Boston. Excused absences will not be accepted on site.

Will access to hotels on strike be restricted?
In some cases, hotel security may require guest room keys or conference badges for entry. Be sure to have these available if you are staying in, have business in, or wish to visit one of the affected hotels.

What about shuttle service?
The shuttle will operate as normal, including at those hotels where the strike is active.

Should I cancel my hotel reservation?
We do not advise switching hotel properties at this time. If you would like to evaluate other housing options, please contact NAR’s official vendor aRes at 877-300-6147. aRes is a third-party travel agency that has access to individual hotel rooms at various price points throughout the city. If you book elsewhere in the city, please make sure to cancel your existing hotel reservation to avoid forfeiture of one night’s room and tax.

Why didn’t NAR move the REALTORS® Conference & Expo to another city?
The REALTORS® Conference & Expo requires nearly 1 million square feet of combined hotel and convention center space and over 10,000 guest rooms. Only a handful of U.S. cities can accommodate the conference. Late fall is a very busy time for association meetings of similar size, so NAR must confirm this meeting 10-15 years in advance in order to get date availability. It is simply not possible to move a conference of more than 20,000 people and nearly 1,000 meetings on one month’s notice.

Why didn’t NAR replace just those five hotels affected by the work stoppage?
There were no other hotels in the city with the meeting space of the Westins and the Sheraton. All five hotels have critical proximity to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and Hynes Center, which could not be replicated in the few hotels in the city not already part of NAR’s package and not also part of the strike.

Could NAR have postponed the REALTORS® Conference & Expo until the strike is over?
It is impossible to predict when the parties will reach agreement. The Board of Directors/Delegate Body meetings, which are part of the conference, are required by NAR bylaws, and we have only a small window of time in which to hold the meetings. It would also not be fair for 20,000+ attendees to incur the expense of rebooking flights and rearranging their schedules.

Sheraton Boston Information:

  • Picket line area is on Belvidere Street on both sides of the front entrance drive.
  • Shuttle loading is on Dalton Street, around the corner from the front entrance drive. Guests will not need to walk through a picket line to get to the shuttle.
  • There is an alternate guest entrance through Prudential Center.
  • Front desk, concierge, doormen, valet parking, engineers, bell/luggage service, spa, fitness center and sundries shop are fully staffed and operating as normal.
  • Housekeeping is full service. The “Green Choice” option of reusing sheets and towels is voluntary and opt-in, as per usual.
  • Club Room guests will receive full breakfast buffet coupons for Apropos and a drink ticket to SideBar. The Club Lounge is open and offers coffee, soft drinks, and dry snacks 24/7.
  • Room Service breakfast is available from Market 6:30am-10:30am daily.
  • Apropos restaurant is open from 6:00am-10:00am daily, with full breakfast buffet.
  • The Market is open from 6:00am-2:00pm daily for breakfast and lunch.
  • SideBar Lounge is open from 4:00pm-11:00pm with full bar and menu of appetizers, sandwiches and salads.
  • Many full-service restaurants are open for lunch and dinner in the adjacent Prudential Center. Inquire at the front desk or concierge.

Westin Copley Place Information:

  • Picket line area is limited to the sidewalk in front of porte cochere, manned 8:30am-7:00pm by Boston police officers and house security.
  • There is an alternate guest entrance through the Copley Place Mall. Sky bridge, coach entry and front drive are manned by house security. Not restricting access at this time, however.
  • Front desk, concierge, doormen, valet parking, engineers, bell/luggage service, spa, fitness center and sundries shop are fully staffed and operating as normal.
  • Housekeeping is full service. The “Green Choice” option of reusing sheets and towels is voluntary and opt-in, as per usual.
  • For Platinum Guests and guests who have chosen to upgrade to Club: The Westin Club is open each day for continental breakfast at 6:30am. Evening snacks begin at 5:30pm.
  • Room Service expanded continental breakfast available from 6:30am-11:00am daily; dinner with limited menu (sandwiches, salads, etc.) available from 5:00pm-11:00pm.
  • Bar 10 now opens at 5:00pm, no lunch.
  • Fogo de Chao now open from 11:30am-11:00pm. Lunch and dinner as normal.
  • Shabu Maru now open from 11:30am-11:00pm. Lunch and dinner as normal.
  • The Huntington is a breakfast restaurant. Full breakfast buffet open 6:30am-10:30am.
  • Ingredients is a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch, open daily from 6:30am-2:00pm.

Westin Waterfront information:

  • Picket line area is limited to Summer Street sidewalk or D Street sidewalk in back of hotel. Front drive is private, so no picketing is permitted. All entrances are covered by hotel security, and the picket lines are covered by Boston Police Officers.
  • There is 24-hour bellmen and luggage service, with full door staff, except overnight when doorman also provides luggage assistance. Front desk is fully staffed, and all seven are terminals operating during peak arrivals/departures. Concierge desk in lobby is manned as usual, two shifts daily.
  • Housekeeping is still in service. All rooms are being refreshed daily, including trash removal, fresh towels, bed making, toiletries, etc. “Green Choice” is opt out, sheets are changed every third day. 500 Marriott points/day are given automatically for those who do not opt out of “Green Choice.”
  • Room service hours are: 6:00-10:00am for breakfast, 5:00pm-10:00pm for dinner. Instead of trays, it is box/bag style.
  • MJ O’Connors is open from 6:00am-1:00am for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Grab and Go in the lobby will be open with hours customized for NAR’s/WCR’s schedule.
  • Birch Bar is a full bar with bar snacks and open from 3:00pm-10:00pm.
  • City Bar will be open for lunch starting at 11:30am, as well as cocktails/dinner, during NAR’s main dates.
  • The fitness center is operating as normal.

Aloft Boston Seaport and Element Boston Seaport information:

  • Picket line area is limited to front entrance driveway, manned 7:00am-7:00pm by four to six Boston police officers and at least three house security staff.
  • Alternate entrances: Hotels are surrounded by three private roads, so guests can get to the front door without walking by picket lines.
  • Front desk is fully staffed.
  • No doormen, concierge, bellmen, or room service is standard for these select-service properties.
  • Housekeeping is full service. The “Green Choice” option of reusing sheets and towels is voluntary and opt-in, as per usual.
  • Social Register restaurant located in Aloft opens for dinner at 4:00pm. No change in menu or service.
  • Hot and cold breakfast grab-and-go items normally available in the lobby. In lieu of hot items, both hotels are providing complimentary continental breakfast (pastries, coffee, etc.) 6:30am-10:30am weekdays, 6:30am-11:00am weekends.
  • Element’s wine and cheese reception during weekdays is not being offered at this time.

Will any extra benefits be provided by the affected hotels?
All NAR attendees staying at any of the five affected properties will automatically receive double Marriott points.