Stayed at HSH for three nights while attending a seminar at Harvard. This was one of the hotels offering a discounted rate for the seminar attendees so it was well-situated (walking distance) to Harvard, public transport, convenience stores, restaurants, and bars. There isn't a restaurant on-site but there's so much around from which to choose (including delivery options), I didn't miss it. They also have a small convenience area in the lobby that sells fresh fruit, bottled drinks, etc. The front desk staff is outstanding; very friendly, informative, helpful, and I never waited for service. I had a deluxe king and while it was smallish (which doesn't bother me), the decor was contemporary and clean. The bathroom was immaculate with a glass-tiled shower and modern fixtures. Free wifi in the rooms is a huge plus for me and I never had any trouble with connecting, using Facebook, email, etc. Good closet, desk space, and a mini-fridge. No in-room movies but basic cable stations. It's essentially a clean, comfortable, no-frills hotel with fantastic location. The biggest downside: the walls are paper-thin. Seriously, it's not good and it's so unfortunate because in almost every other way this is a great hotel!! I was able to hear my neighbor on the phone like I was in the room with her and being right next to the elevator, I heard the ding of that every time someone used it. Street noise was similar even though I was on the fourth (top) floor but this didn't bother me as much. So all in all, a good value for the area and a wonderful staff make up for the noise. Would give this hotel a 3.5 but Trip Advisor doesn't allow it :). I really wanted to give this hotel a higher rating but the walls/noise brought it down a notch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Harvard Square Hotel contemporary in decor is centrally located in the heart of Harvard Square. Just steps away from all that Harvard Square has to offer including the Harvard University Campus, Harvard T-Station, Charles River and the many eclectic stores and restaurants found in the Square. We are also only a few miles to downtown Boston. Our on the go Starbucks Cafe is a big hit with our guests as the head out to start their day !! We would like to thank our recent guests for their patience as we installed a brand new elevator. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harvard Square Cambridge
- Cambridge Harvard Square Hotel