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Irving House at Harvard

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   24 Irving St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars NEW

What a charming, wonderful B & B. I was there for 1 week and felt very comfortable. Everything was clean and smelled nice. I thought it was big enough and loved the books that they had in the rooms. What I also appreciated was the fact that I could open the window a crack. Fresh air rules. Breakfast is another... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
19 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We lived in Cambridge 10 years ago and have stayed various places on return visits. Irving House was by far our favourite and we will definitely stay again! Family room was perfect for 2 adults and 2 kids (6 and 7). Large enough for everyone's luggage and still with room to move. Bunks for the kids had a safety rail... More 

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RSolem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We are very pleased you enjoyed your time with us. Your review provides good detail for travelers, which we appreciate. On the matter of more shelving in the bathrooms, we are working on that as part of our winter projects. Once we get control of the snow and ice removal,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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157 reviews 157 reviews
22 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Greeted nicely despite late arrival, and loved the charming decor and the neat deal where they give you Boston-area-themed postcards to fill out and then they'll apply the postage and send anywhere in the world. Only drawback: Old construction means rooms aren't quiet enough. I heard people talking in hallway like they were in my room, quite early in the... More 

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RSolem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments on your stay! I wish I could say we are working on a solution for the noise problem. Alas, our research has, so far, not brought solutions. As I have stayed in hotels that were purpose built, and found noise transmission to be a significant problem--from neighboring rooms, hallway traffic, etc, I see that... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the character and atmosphere of this B&B. Convenient location only several blocks to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital with restaurants and grocery stores close by. I was on the 4th floor with a private bath. The bed was very comfortable and although there were quite a few steps it certainly was a good way to get in my exercise. Free... More 

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RSolem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay! Yes, we are located near Spaulding Rehab Hospital, which does some very good work helping people adjust to new lives after accidents and serious medical events. And the neighborhood is lively, but quiet. Your comments about the breakfast are much appreciated as we have been working on expanding the breakfast menu and... More 

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5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the ideal location for me to stay to walk across to my Lessons. Clean, comfortable, with a good breakfast each morning to start the day! Parking is there, which is great! it is usually a challenge to 'pauk ya khar in Havahd yhad!'

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RSolem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to Cambridge. More 

West Babylon, New York, United States
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

trying to send photo of Irving House room to Mary, in Vermont. The rooms are very clean, and comfortable. Breakfast is served downstairs (in basement). Good variety of breads, cereals, hard boiled eggs. Very near Sanders Hall, Harvard Square. it is about 4 blockf form the Hall, and I felt very secure walking back and forth in the evening, by... More 

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Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review of your stay with us. We hope to see you again if your travels ever bring you back to Our Fair City! More 

Winterport, Maine
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A small and comfortable place to stay. Some rooms with shared baths. Small simple rooms. But clean. Staff we're very helpful and courteous. Do it yourself breakfast was nice. A bit more and better than your basic hotel continental breakfast

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RSolem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Due to more harsh criticism (see other reviews here), we are planning more improvements in several areas and hope to be an even better value for you. We hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to Cambridge! More 

antioch, ca
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We really wanted to like this “boutique” hotel. We were coming to Harvard University for a conference and chose to stay at the Irving House for three nights because of its proximity to Gund Hall and the reviews on Tripadvisor. Yes, it is close to Harvard Yard and it was convenient, but our overall experience was less than wonderful. Irving... More 

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RSolem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Dear 'Rocky’s Friend,' Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. With the long and specific list of issues you raise, we have a great deal to work on! First, we do not consider ourselves a ‘Boutique Hotel’ never did and probably never will. Irving House is, indeed, a house converted from a two family residence to a... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My wife and I spent 3 nights at the Irving House in mid-October, 2014. It was a dual purpose visit. We attended a Fleetwood Mac concert at the Garden in Boston on a Friday night, so we needed someplace to spend the night that allowed easy access to public transportation. Also, since I grew up near Harvard Square in Cambridge,... More 

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RSolem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a very thorough and thoughtful review! The details you provided will be very helpful for guests. Some of them are, as you note, conditions we cannot change, and some we can. The parking and, unfortunately with current technology, the heating and cooling controls, we cannot change. The carpet tiles, while not the most elegant solution to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Dank, musty, and not very clean. Expensive and any or all concerns raised are ignored. Go to a best western. At least you know what you are getting. Food was poor and we left to go find a coffee shop as soon as we could. Staff clearly are not allowed much decision making as each concern was met with "we... More 

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RSolem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. I am sorry that you found our guesthouse not to your liking. Your comments are surprising because we have not had any guest consider the house unclean. In fact, the comments from guests generally comment on how clean they have found us. This is also true of the... More 

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Address: 24 Irving St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Irving House at Harvard 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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