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Irving House at Harvard

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24 Irving St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a modest looking bed and breakfast from the early 20th century designed by the head of Harvard’s Peabody museum. It has small rooms and it is expensive We paid $360 t for the smallest room I have stayed in in my adult life. The desk clerk told me it was the weekend before the marathon so they raised... More 

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Utica, New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Irving House is in a perfect location for visiting Harvard. But incredibly expensive -- as are all Cambridge Hotels. Very clean, good breakfast. We stayed in the family room next to the office so stairs were not an issue. But office phone rang all night one night. Arrive as early as you can to get a parking spot and... 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 you found our style of accommodations to be to your liking. I agree, room rates in Cambridge, and Boston, are very high relative to many other places in the US. We aim to keep Irving House rates among the lowest in the Harvard Square area,... More 

Darien, Connecticut, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently stayed for one night at Irving House--it had been arranged by a local non-profit organization I was helping. Overall, it was a great place to stay. Although it describes itself as a B&B, it is really somewhere between a B&B and a hotel, due to its size and facilities. Here are the pros and cons: PROS -Great Location--as... 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! And thank you also for providing some critical details about our house. These are helpful bits of information, for travelers. While we cannot change the conditions you mentioned, travelers choosing to stay with us are happier to know of them and plan accordingly. We hope to see you... More 

Washington D.C.
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 hotel reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a "family suite" (Q + twin + trundle/private bath) for a visit with family in Cambridge. They also have bunk bed suites. This historic, slightly creaky inn is in a quaint neighborhood and wonderfully walkable to Harvard Yard, Harvard Square, restaurants and shops. The room had pretty linens and quilts, a clean bathroom, comfy mattresses even on the... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to post this review! It is helpful for travelers, I think, to know what you have described. We look forward to your next visit... More 

Boulder, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful two night stay we had at the Irving House Bed and Breakfast, so close to the Harvard Square. From when we met Ms. Devon at the front desk, we felt right at home. The staff went out of there way with the College Canvas Bag, Travel Coffee Mug, Water Bottle...all beacase we were there visiting Harvard. Mr.... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to post this review! I will share your particulars with Devone and Andrew! It is always nice to hear where we are doing well.. It is helpful for travelers, I think, to know what you have described. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Tallahassee, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Irving House is located on a quiet side street, within walking distance of Harvard Square, local cafes, churches and public transportation. Public transportation and walking is important, because if you drive there and are luck enough to get a parking spot, you will probably not want to move. This urban B&B is steeped in history and university life. Due... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to post this review! It is helpful for travelers, I think, to know what you have described. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Bristol
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72 reviews 72 reviews
59 hotel reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was booked quite late and it was mainly the location that was of interest to me, as I had meetings in nearby Harvard Square the following day. The rooms are a little dated but it is all super clean and really spacious from what I saw. Mine was huge, last one available I think, but great and very cosy.... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review! We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Your comments are very helpful for travelers, I appreciate that you have provided them. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

New York
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109 reviews 109 reviews
19 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Irving House is a down to earth B&B within about 5 minutes of Harvard Square. You can't beat the location on a quiet street. Off street parking is provided, though a bit tight. The staff is very friendly and willing to help, whether it's with finding a local attraction or ordering food for delivery. They were even able to... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review! We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Your comments are very helpful for travelers, I appreciate that you have provided them. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Connecticut
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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

Thank you for your kind review! We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
23 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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 

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