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Irving House at Harvard

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   24 Irving St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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Ranked #7 of 17 hotels in Cambridge
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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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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently stayed at Irving House for two weeks after reading rave reviews about the guest house on this website. I chose to stay at Irving House instead of Sheraton Commander, because Irving House received better reviews on Tripadvisor than Sheraton and the rates are also slightly cheaper. The pros: Excellent location! If you want to be in Cambridge or... 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. When I looked into the details of your visit, I noted that you stayed with us on your birthday and partook of our Birthday Special! We hope you enjoyed the little goodies and the discount for that night. The situation at the front desk was difficult because a car was... More

Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our experience with the manager has been excellent. She went the extra mile to make sure that our move from Turner House to Irving House and back went very smoothly. We had a short stay in Irving House during the middle of our extended stay at Turner House because we did not know about the accommodations at Turner House and... More

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

What a lovely review! Thank you. As always, I will be sure all of the staff see this review too. It is very important to know where we can and must improve, but it is always wonderful to hear where we are doing well. We hope to see you when you come back to Cambridge! More

Iowa City, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I encountered some good ol' East Coast abrasive behavior from many, but not at the Irving House. It is a great accommodation in a great location. Take bad reviews with an understanding that some of the guests believe they deserve special treatment, and when they do not get it they cry out in pain.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! While we do get some unhappy guests, we try very hard to accommodate all sorts of travelers in the most friendly ways we can. I am pleased you found our guesthouse a good place to stay. We look forward to seeing you again if your travels bring you back to... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I travel to Cambridge four times every month and have stayed at Kendall hotel or Eliot hotel most of the time , they are wonderful and friendly . This time since they are fully booked I ended up stayed at this Irving House , never expected ended in a nightmare dealing with this Armenian ( or Russian who knows where... More

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

Dear Ms Ling I am sorry you had a bad experience with us. In looking into the details of your stay, I discovered some issues regarding your reservation that were not straightforward at all. Our request for a valid credit card to secure the extended reservation remained unmet. For the record, the room rate was $235. My assistant manager was... More

Macon, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With the scarcity of accommodations within walking distance of Harvard Square, it is good to know that Irving House provides a pleasant and comfortable stay. I had reserved a room with a queen bed and private bath that I hoped would match the photo on their website. It did, but those particular rooms still vary in size, so if you... More

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

Thank you for your very kind and detailed review. We so appreciate it when guests take the time to post a review and give helpful information from their own experience. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again if your travels bring you back to Cambridge! More

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58 reviews 58 reviews
5 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Very good home away from home. Definetly not a hotel, has much more guesthouse feel to it. The decor is very new england, and lots of books to borrow. Breakfast was also good. Location fantastic for exploring Cambridge.

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

Thank you for posting this review! I hope it will be helpful to travelers--Yes, we are definitely not a hotel, too big to be a classic 'bed and breakfast' so guesthouse is just the right word to describe our odd property. We hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to Cambridge-- More

Bethesda, MD
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112 reviews 112 reviews
25 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We really had a comfortable stay at this bed & breakfast. We had a large room on the top floor with a double bed and super cool bunk beds. The room was well appointed and very charming, although I wouldn't recommend it for someone with mobility issues given the absence of an elevator. The location is 2 minutes' walk from... More

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

Thank you for your glowing and specific review! This is very helpful to travelers, I hope. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay (and our very cool bunk beds--) and hope to see you again if your travels bring you back to Our Fair City! More

Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

My son and I stayed here while visiting Harvard and MIT. We stayed in one of the rooms with twin beds and a shared bathroom. The room was small but comfortable. I was a little reluctant not to have an in-suite bathroom, but it turned out to be fine. Our floor had 2 full baths and a water closet, so... 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. We very much appreciate hearing where we are doing things well. I will share your review with our staff so they can be reminded how important our green practices are, and that they are doing a good job. We hope to see you again if your travels bring... 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*
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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#1 Green Hotel in Cambridge
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Irving House is a quaint bed and breakfast in Cambridge offering uniquely cozy accommodations and a variety of amenities for our guests to enjoy. Built as a two-family house in the 1890s, Irving House was converted to a bed and breakfast in the 1920s with 44 unique guest rooms in a variety of sizes. There are many room types to accommodate the ranging needs of our guests, from individual travelers to families. ... more   less 
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