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Irving House at Harvard

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Ranked #16 of 18 Hotels in Cambridge
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days 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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Bristol
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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New York
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Connecticut
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7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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20 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

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 February 11, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

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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26 reviews 26 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 

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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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