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“Contemporary decor, great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Harvard Square Hotel Cambridge
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138   |  
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Ranked #11 of 18 Hotels in Cambridge
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27 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Contemporary decor, great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

Excellent location, and decor clearly has been recently modernized: contemporary European styling made my room feel elegant. Nice toiletries, extra-soft bed and cozy duvet, free WiFi. I was on the fourth (top?) floor and enjoyed a great view down the streets of Cambridge. Staff were helpful and gracious. No coffee in the room and no restaurant on site (only a pricey self-serve snack bar), but IHOP is just a few doors down the street so that was fine! (Only real irritation was being asked twice by the housekeeping staff if I was ready to check out. I felt a bit rushed - I would understand if it had been around noon, but this was before 8 am!)

Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Richard C, General Manager at Harvard Square Hotel Cambridge, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Dear Valued Guest:

Thank you for your review. I will follow up with the housekeepers.

Sincerely,

Richard Carbone
General Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The Harvard Square Hotel is a quaint hotel within walking distance to Harvard University campus, restaurants, shopping, and more! The hotel is clean and safe. The rooms are spacious and decorated beautifully! My favorite thing about the hotel is the staff!!! ALL of the staff are wonderful, accommodating, and above all nice and professional! Traits that are difficult to find in people who reside/work in Boston, MA.

To all the staff at The Harvard Square Hotel, THANK YOU!
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Canton, GA

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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Richard C, General Manager at Harvard Square Hotel Cambridge, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Dear Valued Guest!!

Thank you very much for writing a Tripadvisor Review!! It rally means a lot to our staff to have you post your comments. Thank you very much!!

Sincerely,

Richard Carbone
General Manager
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

The location if you are to visit Harvard Square is the best. The hotel is clean and modern, and the staff is very friendly and pro active. The rooms are small but modern, although a bit noisy. Hot water presure was weak.
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Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Richard C, General Manager at Harvard Square Hotel Cambridge, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Dear Valued Guest!!

Thank you for your review!! We are fortunate with our Center of Harvard Square Location!! We hope to serve you again soon!!

Sincerely,

Richard Carbone
General Manager
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Hadley, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

New, clean and modern. The Harvard Square Hotel staff was extremely accommodating for my group. Rooms were small, but clean and functional, and the beds were especially comfortable! The price was excellent for the location!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richard C, General Manager at Harvard Square Hotel Cambridge, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Dear Valued Guest!!

Thank you for your review!! We are fortunate with our Center of Harvard Square Location!! We hope to serve you again soon!!

Sincerely,

Richard Carbone
General Manager
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Hudson, New Hampshire
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We loved our stay. The room was not that big, but it was very clean, had a king size bed, mini fridge, nice bathroom and great view of the Harvard Sq. The staff were all very pleasant & helpful. We only live about 35mins north, but treated ourselves to a dinner, a show & a night in town. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richard C, General Manager at Harvard Square Hotel Cambridge, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Dear Harvard Square Hotel Guest!!

Thank you for writing a TripAdvisor review!! As you wrote the hotel has been fully renovated including the lobby and all of our guest rooms!!

We hope to see you soon again!!

Thank you!!

Richard Carbone
General Manager
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Oslo, Norway
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I picked the hotel because of the good price for this location. It is hard finding a better deal so close to Harvard Square.

The staff is very friendly and responded quickly to any question, the rooms are contemporary and clean, although there is some noise from the other rooms. The workspace is also large and comfortable and the wifi worked well.

I understand that the low price means that they cut back on the amenities, but there are really none or very few. No pen and paper, no sheet suggesting local restaurants, no coffee or tea included (but you can buy a tea for $2.50 in the "Starbucks cafe"). I will come back, but I will bring a teapot and a cup from home.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richard C, General Manager at Harvard Square Hotel Cambridge, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Dear Valued Guest!!

Thank you for your review!! We have followed up and now have pens and pads in the guest rooms!! I apologize that during your stay we did not have pens and pads in your guest room. We have a newly renovated hotel guest room with new bathrooms. I appreciate your review and comments very much.

Sincerely,

Richard Carbone General Manager and Business Owner.
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I stayed at the Harvard Square Hotel for one night while giving a talk at the university. The staff were very welcoming and knowledgeable of the area (and willing to help). The room was very clean and inviting. While major construction was ongoing, the hotel seemed to work rather normally.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Harvard Square Hotel Cambridge

Address: 110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#7 Business Hotel in Cambridge
#14 Family Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2 star — Harvard Square Hotel Cambridge 2*
Number of rooms: 73
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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