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Irving House at Harvard

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   24 Irving St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Irving House is the best choice for sightseeing to Harvard or visiting your child studying at Harvard. You can feel yourself at the Harvard University, because it is next to the buildings of the University. It is a very clean and well decorated hotel. If you are a person from one of the Mediterenian Countries you will also like its... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very impressed with how clean our full bath room was and how comfortable the beds were. We had a queen size bed and a bunk bed which was comfortable as well. Great tea time and breakfast food every day.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

First impressions not brilliant, general feeling of so so, from presentation to reception. When we arrived, at advertised check in time, evidence of cleaning equipment on all floors, including bags of garbage, not very professional looking. Our room was up three flights of stairs, carpet in common areas very worn. Room not bad, private bathroom while clean, very outdated. Self... More

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

Thank you for your thoughtful review. I wish we could be more impressive to more people. This is especially true in our neighborhood of Harvard Square where hotel rates are significantly higher than other cities. Our rates are a relative bargain, and mores when breakfast, wifi and parking are included. The condition of our hall carpets has been noted by... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I stayed at the B&B for four nights, and was very happy with my everything. My single room was small but immaculately clean, and the communal bathrooms were kept spotless throughout the day. The place has great character, and things such as free books in the room, pastries with afternoon coffee, and healthy breakfast options really made it stand out... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to post a review! We appreciate your comments and I hope travelers to Cambridge do too. We will continue our environmentally friendly practices and are always happy to hear from our guests how we can improve…We look forward to seeing you again on another visit to Our Fair City! More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This B & B was incredibly convenient for Harvard and Cambridge. First impressions were not so good as our room was at the top of three flights of stairs and was smaller than we imagined. However, the friendliness of the staff and overall atmosphere soon won us over. The breakfast was excellent, so special compliments to the breakfast team who... More

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

Thank you for your kind and helpful review! Yes, all these things are true: some of our top (fourth) floor rooms are small and they are a walk up, as we cannot find a place in the house to install an elevator….We hope you enjoyed the quiet to be had up there-- I will share your comments with our staff... More

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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This overpriced B&B (about $300/night with tax) illustrates the ridiculous hotel market in Cambridge. The room temperatures are controlled centrally, and for unknown reasons management keeps the A/C set at 68 F. In other words, the rooms are freezing from cold drafts that you can't stop. When I requested a warmer temperature, staff on duty said "you're talking to the... More

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

Thank you for providing your comments on your stay with us. While the rates at this time of year are high in Harvard Square, ours are among the lowest in this area. With the inclusion of parking and breakfast, they compare very favorably with our colleagues. So, your characterization for the budget-minded is accurate. However, we do aim to be... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was the first time we stayed at a B & B and I was slightly apprehensive. They were all beyond terrific. The staff was all very very friendly. I would recommend this place to anyone gladly. THEY WERE GREAT.

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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 will let my staff know that you were pleased. They always like encouragement to continue their good work. We hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to Cambridge! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Coming here has been like going to stay with family. It is furnished like an old Cambridge home with lots of character. It is clean/well run with an excellent breakfast! Rooms can be a bit stuffy but windows open easily. I will stay here again!

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

Thank you for your very nice review! I will share this with my staff to let them know and to keep up the good work! While our smaller rooms can be close, we encourage people to open the windows as needed and adjust air conditioning vents over the doors as need too! We look forward to seeing you on a... 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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