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Irving House at Harvard

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24 Irving St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm surprised the Irving House can bill itself as a hotel. Tiny rooms with small uncomfortable beds, shared bathrooms, no air conditioning in the rooms on a 91 degree night, and the overall vibe was more akin to a dorm than a b&b. On the plus side, the rooms are very clean, the front desk is very nice, and they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here for a couple of nights on business. I had a room with an en-suite bathroom. The room was well-appointed (though small, as it typical for a B&B of this sort) and a nice break from chain hotels. The bed was quite comfortable and there was a desk for work. Wi-fi worked great. Breakfast selection was fine and... More 

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

Thank you for your great review! We appreciate your taking the time to let others know of your stay. We hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to Our Fair City! More 

London, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for 3 nights and loved it. Irving House had a 4 person room, two beds for our teens and a queen for us with ensuite, which is difficult to find. The room rate included a great breakfast, yoghurts, bagels, scrambled egg, lots of coffee, juice, teas, muffins, fresh and dried fruit all on offer. But better still... More 

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

Thank you for your very kind and thoughtful review. I hope it is helpful to other travelers! And we hope to see you again some time if your travels ever bring you back to Cambridge, MA! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The problem with old hotels is updating electricity, water, heating, etc is expensive. So you have rooms with exposed pipes, tiny bathrooms, oversized furniture. The room we stayed in was such a room. But it was very clean, good bed, and comfortable for us. We liked it because of location, about a block from Harvard and the action. The staff... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. I agree with your comments about our old house. We do our best to renew it as often as we can. I will speak with our weekend breakfast service staff about more generous servings. We mean to feed you well to start your day! We hope to see... More 

Sharon, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have started to make 4th of July Boston trips an annual event and the Irving House is a great location.Within walking distance to Harvard Square and the Redline Station, an area which is filled with restaurants and students and all the iconic images Harvard is famous for and the Irving House B & B is the perfect place to... 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. We are happy to improve our breakfast menu in response to guests' requests, and have done so many times over the years. We are very pleased you found our house and its location so suitable to your needs. We look forward to seeing you on future visits to enjoy Our Fair City,... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hospitality here is marvelous. My room on the 4th was cozy with all the amenities I would want. Breakfast was more than serviceable. The focus here is on comfort and care not luxury. As long as that is your expectation you will be happy. Also be ready to climb steps.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The outstanding features of this lodging are location -- a short walk to Harvard Yard and Harvard Square -- and price, well below the exorbitant hotel rates in the area. They can do it because this is a converted student lodging house. The rooms are not meant to be hotel rooms. They are smallish, and some do not have bathrooms,... 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! You get it about our circumstances, history and amenities. We hope other travelers who appreciate our low key style of hospitality will also get it when they visit Our Fair City! We hope to see you again some time, when you travels bring you back... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I was lucky to be surrounded by quiet neighbors, but had I not been I am sure I would have heard chatter and flushing toilets from the shared bathroom across from my room. The photos don't show you that this quaint looking building sits among apartments and parking areas - not other single dwellings. Be prepared to keep your shades... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay in Cambridge. Unfortunately, the specifics you describe do not apply to Irving House, but more likely to Harding House, our sister property. I am disappointed that you did not like the wine and cheese, and that you felt it was not better promoted or presented, and will work with the... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This boutique B&B is in a very quiet street close to Harvard University. Our room 107 was spacious and very comfortable . The staff manage the dest 24 hours and were very friendly and helpful.the house had a pleasant lounge area and outdoor decks where we enjoyed a drink each evening. Downstairs was a breakfast area and served afternoon tea... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are pleased that you took advantage of our various amenities! On the matter of our 'green' practices, most of them are not visible to guests as they include environmentally friendly cleaning products, efficient laundry machines, solar heated water (hard to see the thermal units on the roof... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Proximity to the Harvard Museums is the main reason we stayed at Irving House. But, truth be told, it's more of a hotel in a renovated old house than a charming, New England B&B. Go for the location. Not service or food! Breakfast was adequate. A typical self-service buffet. Other than luke warm scrambled eggs, no hot dishes at all.... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. Irving House is, as you say, not a deluxe property, and we have never claimed to be one. Aside from having no elevator, and rooms on four floors, some of our rooms are small, and some rooms with private baths have no tub. Many guests have told us,... More 

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