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.