We stayed for 2 weekend nights at Le Meridien for 2 reasons; 1st we enjoyed our stay at this hotel before, when it was the Hotel at MIT and 2nd, we generally like the Le Meridien brand and have stayed in several in the US and Europe.
This time we were somewhat disappointed. All the MIT pictures and technical paraphernalia were gone, which gave this place it's charm and connection to MIT. The current decor is modern but not necessarily comfortable.
We arrived by car and there was no staff visible to do the required valet service. While unpacking they appeared. at later times they were not around either. Upon check-in we were given a handicapped access room with a free standing closet in which you cannot hang any clothes properly if you are taller than 5'6" (1.7m). After calling the front desk we were told that many rooms have this feature (?) but we were relocated to a room with a built-in closet. The room itself was spacious, with a comfortable bed, large desk but insufficient outlets for gadgets, a big chaise lounge, not too comfortable and stained, and a bathroom that had all it needed but a toilet too close to the sink.
We had breakfast in the restaurant, which was average. We had peeked in the night before for drinks at the bar but it was near empty and the 2 staff present were too busy talking to each other. The restaurant looks like a modern restaurant in a university dorm, except, these are busier. Each Le Meridien is different, which we like, and often the designers do fabulous things with old building, case in point, the old YMCA in Philadelphia. However, this hotel's design didn't charm us (anymore). It's location, however, may entice us to come back on a next visit to Cambridge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just minutes away from Logan Airport and Boston's city centre, Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT offers visitors elegant guest rooms and suites situated in the heart of Central Square in Cambridge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Cambridge-Mit Hotel Cambridge
- Cambridge Le Meridien