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Irving House is a large bed and breakfast in Cambridge offering uniquely cozy accommodations and a variety of amenities for our guests to enjoy. Built as a two-family house in the 1890s, Irving House was converted to hotel use in the 1920s with 44 guest rooms in a variety of sizes. There are many room types to accommodate the ranging needs of our guests, from individual travelers to families. We encourage booking directly on our site, not through third parties. In this way, we can offer you better options for your stay. Bookings that come through a 'book now' button cost us high commissions! Be a savvy traveler and go to our site to book for best availability and rates.
All reviews no elevator private bath fourth floor quiche shared bathroom boarding house off street parking yogurt single room breakfast room is small room short walk an older building tea and coffee nice breakfast place to sleep baked goods
We stayed here for four nights (2 rooms) and were very pleased with the decision. The rooms vary quite a bit so do some research. Also, if you don't like stairs, then ask for a room on the main floor. Our first room was just...More
Date of stay: October 2018
Thank Judith Hagen M
Response from Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at HarvardResponded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your kind and thorough review! I think you have covered the bases for most travelers!
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again some time.
This bed & breakfast offers a good location, home-like environment and nice touches like breakfast, snacks, living room area and complimentary postcards mailed. It does not have elevator and some rooms share a bathroom. I found it a wonderful place to stay and would stay...More
Date of stay: September 2018
Response from Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at HarvardResponded September 13, 2018
Thank you for your kind and specific review. Future guests will appreciate knowledge of these details. We look forward to your future visits!
Irving House is a perfect location for anyone who wants to live back their student life. Quiet yet animated by multicultural visitors. Simple hospitality yet privacy, attention to details, comfortable room, and excellent breakfast.
Next to Harvard University so 0.5 m from downtown Cambridge.More
Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Carole G
Response from Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at HarvardResponded 4 weeks ago
Thank you! for your kind an charming review! Irving House was redesigned in 1927 from being a two family house to providing housing for Harvard students. Though it has been renovated, with many more guest rooms with private baths now than when we bought the...More
We had a last minute trip and it was difficult to find availability, so we appreciated that there was room here. I can't speak for the prices of the area, but over $300 for the Saturday night, I felt was pricey (the first quote was...More
Date of stay: October 2018
Response from Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at HarvardResponded November 5, 2018
Thank you for your considered review. I, too, am glad that you found a room with us during an extremely busy time. My front desk staff carries bags as possible--depending on how well we are staffed when a guest checks in. I am sorry this...More
We arrived hopeful and tired, but found the Irving House to be old, tired, dirty and dilapidated. It was so disappointing to see the matted rugs, rough sheets on the beds and tired furnishings. The floors creaked and we could hear every movement above and...More
Date of stay: October 2018
Response from Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at HarvardResponded October 22, 2018
I am so sorry you did not find us to your liking. I am glad you did find some place you could stay on this very busy weekend. Just a note, if you have booked directly, we would not have charged you for your stay...More
We do not have suites, so, depending on your preferences, we could accommodate your party in 2 or 3 rooms. With your son being so tall, I would recommend three rooms each with queen bed and private bath. This... More
We do not have suites, so, depending on your preferences, we could accommodate your party in 2 or 3 rooms. With your son being so tall, I would recommend three rooms each with queen bed and private bath. This is the type of room of which we have the most. A family room has a queen and two twin beds. The twin beds are 72" long, so not very comfortable for someone over 72" tall…..
Our sister property, Harding House, has mostly the same bed configuration, but also has adjoining rooms, so depending on the timing of your visit, you might be able to arrange adjoining rooms, one of which would have a queen bed, another having a double (full) bed. The double bed is also just 72" long, but your son could sleep on it diagonally and be quite comfortable.
I hope this is helpful!
Joanne, I believe I have answered this question in another response. Irving House does not have suites, so we would accommodate your party in two or three rooms. Your tall 16 year old would be more comfortable in a full... More
Joanne, I believe I have answered this question in another response. Irving House does not have suites, so we would accommodate your party in two or three rooms. Your tall 16 year old would be more comfortable in a full (double) or queen bed, which would require a third room. I hope this is helpful information!