Having spent the last two weeks at 9 different Cambridge area hotels (while apartment hunting), I've discovered that more money doesn't always buy a better hotel. Some of the cheaper 3 stars can out-accommodate their 4-to-5 star peers by sheer will, good service, efficient practices and intelligent design. This Best Western is one of those 3-star hotels.
Now, part of my enthusiasm may stem from getting a good deal through Hotwire ($130/night) and because I was given one of the "new renovated rooms" on the top 4th floor. (If you can, you should try to ask for one of these rooms.) But it is more than that. It is also the location. The hotel is near Fresh Pond--with a beautiful walking/running/biking path--and a variety of stores (Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, TJ Max, Sushi places). It is also near to the Porter Square and the Alewife T stop. Those who want to get to Harvard can take the T there, walk, or use a free shuttle provided by the hotel.
The [renovated] rooms themselves are also reason to fall in love. They are large, have comfortable beds and nice simple furniture. Also, you can tell the place is clean. The remotes are even specially made to be easily sanitized. The rooms include a microwave and a refrigerator (no freezer) a coffee maker, a nice TV--all the usual. A nice initiative is that they donate all the unused soap and shampoos to domestic homeless shelters. The free breakfast is a step above the standard fare--with real eggs, red skin potatoes, and a variety of options.
In short, this Best Western is the best out of 9 hotels in Cambridge and Boston. Oh, and they have fast free internet that is letting me type this review! Not something 4 or 5 stars ever have...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the premier Best Western's in New England is also Boston's best value offering 121 brand new or newly renovated guest rooms with mini fridge, flat screen TVs, wired and wireless Internet access, luxurious linens and individual digital climate control units in each room. Guests enjoy a complimentary hot buffet breakfast daily in the expanded breakfast area as well as the brand new Hotel Tria Lobby Bar & Panini Kitchen featuring many signature items. Redesigned fitness facilities, activity room, meeting space and affordable parking all available on site. Improved front desk and lobby complete the Hotel Tria's fresh new look. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Tria
- Best Western Cambridge
- Cambridge Best Western