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“Pretty good, but a bit pricey” 4 of 5 stars
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Kendall Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   350 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142   |  
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Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Cambridge
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“Pretty good, but a bit pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

The Kendal is a very nice boutique hotel in the heart of Cambridge near MIT. The hotel itself is clean and well maintained and decorated with an antique or colonial flair. This was our first time staying at the hotel and I would return based on my first visit.

The hotel location is very good. We were originally trying to stay closer to the North End and worried that this location would make it difficult to get to attractions but it was no problem. We bought a weekly Charlie Ticket for unlimited access to the subway and bus system in the city and also used the Trolly to get around several days.

My wife and I stayed on the top floor (room 709). The room had vaulted ceilings, which was nice because it only had one small window (no view) that was too high for us to see out of. It gave the room the feeling of converted attic or loft. After peaking in on a couple of other rooms I think ours was the only one like this. It would have been nice to know about this prior to booking since the room was pretty expensive. Also on the 7th floor is the sunroom where there is free wine offered to guests early in the evening. This made the floor a bit noisy, but didn’t matter to us much since we were mostly on the go.

One negative was the shower. A large “rain shower” showerhead had been installed and there just wasn’t enough water pressure to do the thing justice. I like to shave in the shower and it would not even clean the shaving cream from my razor.

Many others have commented about the breakfast and I can vouch for it as well. There’s something to please everyone and the food was very good. I enjoyed the perfectly cooked bacon and the homemade granola to go with my yogurt. Another benefit to this hotel was the speed of the Internet connection. Each room has it’s own access point so connecting multiple gadgets was not problem. You do pay for these benefits with the hotel’s mandatory daily fee, but it is well worth it.

Room Tip: Use the subway, the MIT stop is just steps away from the front door.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Attractive hotel, very close to the T, great location, less expensive and much nicer than the two Marriotts nearby (but it isn't cheap!). Large room, large bathroom, nice linens and towels. Website does not note that there are robes provided. No safe in the room--an oversight on their part. Very good, included breakfast buffet. Pleasant staff, but check-in was very slow at 11 PM, even though I had alerted them in advance that I would check-in then. I had to wait several minutes for someone to appear after I rang the bell, and then the room rate was more than my confirmation. Apparently, this required a lengthy discussion with the manager in the other room, and all the paperwork had to be redone. Check-out was speedy and the clerk ordered a cab to take me to the airport, which appeared in three minutes.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Location is excellent, near a T station. 2 stops one way to central boston and 2 stops the other way to Harvard. Yes the breakfast, especially the crispy bacon is to die for ! On return home great holiday marred slightly by shadow accounting which removed nearly the equivalent of the balance we had paid on check out from our account for about 3 days. The hotels accountant did respond promptly to our email but our money was lost in the ether for the 3 days before it suddenly came back into the account.
We would go back to this hotel again and Boston but would use a credit card and not a debit card next time !

Room Tip: We were on the 6th floor and street side . Good view of all the MIT students going to college and mi...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Antrim, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Easy access to Rte 93 & T. Very clean & comfortable. Food is delicious. Staff is very helpful. Furniture accents with period furniture throughout. Bed was very comfortable. Breakfast was bountiful. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

This was our first visit to the Cambridge area in fifteen years and wanted to stay in a hotel that represented some of the history of the area. After some research we discovered the Kendall Hotel. We were delighted with our choice and particularly pleased with the unique setting with the historic fire station as its entry and lobby. The room was generous in size and very nicely appointed with furnishings of a period long past, The experience left me spoiled because I no longer will look for the standard cookie cutter hotel but will seek out locations like the Kendall Hotel which leave a lasting memory to our travels. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We stayed in The Kendall Hotel on our first visit to Boston. The rooms were so comfortable and decorated beautfully! Breakfast was included and was excellent, the hotel was very close to public transit. I recommend this hotel highly.

Room Tip: Every room is different in the hotel.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Just returned from a fabulous time at the Kendall Hotel! The suite is very well appointed and better than I imagined. It's very roomy and has a full kitchen the size of an apartment! The beds are comfortable and I slept like a rock. The staff from the front desk, Black Sheep restaurant and housekeeping were very friendly and professional. You can tell they are well trained...but also love working there.
Be sure to take some time to wander around the lobby and your floor to take notice of all the artwork and collectibles. Everything is so well thought out and nicely displayed. You can tell there was a lot of talent involved when designing and decorating this historic hotel!

Room Tip: If you're traveling with a family and want a larger space...go for a suite on the top 2 floors...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 350 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Family Hotel in Cambridge
#4 Business Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kendall Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 65
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