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Irving House at Harvard

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White House, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are looking for a convenient bed and a breakfast in the Cambridge area this is the place to try. I wish I had discovered it a year ago. I visit my daughter in Cambridge and have payed the high price at the local major chain hotels. There is no fuss to this place, but quaint atmosphere, snacks available... More 

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Lumby, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Irving House is set up similar to a hostel. The room I selected did not have a private bathroom; but there were 2 shared bathrooms on each floor - 1 full bathroom with bathtub and shower and 1 with sink and toilet. Not too bad as whenever I wanted to use the bathroom it was usually available. My single... More 

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Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for your thorough and thoughtful review of your stay with us! I think you have provided a very accurate picture of our guesthouse. We do NOT charge extra for parking, and it is limited, so we are very happy to accommodate guests who arrive without a car...the house is convenient to public transit, as you note, one of... More 

San Francisco Area
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27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading several scathing reviews on Irving House at Harvard, I was beginning to feel buyer's remorse..I booked a one night stay prior to a week-long trip to Provincetown as a stopover after flying in from the West Coast. I thought to myself, "Well, it's only for one night..." However, I can now say I am confident that Irving House... More 

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Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us in spite of hearing the voices of unhappy travelers! We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. There are times when the room you occupied does have a rate of under $150. We always aim to have our rates be among the very lowest in the Harvard Square area, and include important amenities that... More 

Minneapolis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The breakfast was excellent with lots of fresh options to choose from. We traveled with grandma and rented a room with a double bed and a "bunk bed". We got a third floor room. There is no elevator. The stairs are of course as old as the house so it was quite a workout for grandma to make it to... More 

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Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. I am very sorry you did not find all to your liking. While we have been replacing carpets in some areas of the house, we had not gotten to all of them before our high season started, so, yes, there are some rooms still needing attention. They are... More 

Stow, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As the title all says, this place is the worst place I have stayed so far. The price per night was 280 dollars which is not that bad in Cambridge and Boston area. However, (1) the room was extremely tiny (NO closet, one bed + desk ONLY which occupy > 95% space in the bedroom). I barely located even my... More 

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Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. I am very sorry to see how you feel about it. Yes, many of our rooms are small, built that way in the 1920s for Harvard students. While we have done significant renovations and eliminated some of them (to create more private baths), about half of the rooms in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Great location reasonable prices however there were 4 flights of stairs and no elevator! I had a large bag. Thankfully they had someone to help with the bag. The air was not as cool as I like it. But they did have a fan! Good for young people but not for ladies if certain age.

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Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review! Yes, we have no elevator, and help with luggage when we can. Our central air conditioning is set for F70-72 degrees and we hope that the fans in the room help to make that comfortable. Ladies of a certain age are very welcome and accommodated in response to their requests for lower... More 

Castro Valley, California
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Loved this little gem. Lovely selection at breakfast in the breakfast room. Fresh baked snacks most of the day. No elevator so be sure you can carry your bags up.24 hour desk service. Few blocks from Harvard Square and shops and restaurants. Cute neighborhood but construction next door on weekdays so select room accordingly. Some parking in back and down... More 

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Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review! The construction you experienced is going to continue throughout the summer, alas. Harvard University is repointing its brick walls on the student housing next door. While we know this is an inconvenience during the work hours (Monday-Friday, 8-4) we hope that most guests are out of their rooms and enjoying Cambridge. Where... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

I have stayed at this guest house twice now whilst visiting family in Cambridge. It is an excellent alternative to hotels in the immediate area. Firstly it is brilliantly located in a suburban street but only a 10 minute walk to Harvard Square and the shops, restaurants and subway into Boston itself. The rooms vary in size but are a... More 

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Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind and helpful review! We look forward to seeing you again! More 

NY NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

My room was quiet and perfectly comfortable but extremely small for the price, hence the 3 stars. The breakfast, however, included 5 star coffee and high quality organic options so I guess you could say that the quality of the breakfast is reflected in price of the room. I appreciated the availability of excellent coffee in the afternoon which I... More 

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Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for your thoughtful review. We are very pleased you like our coffee. As this is a particularly challenging thing to get right, we aim to please several different tastes.... The rooms that were created in the 1920s for Harvard students are our smallest rooms. While they are small, we price them accordingly and have larger rooms in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Front desk staff were friendly and efficient. I had a room on the fourth floor. There's no elevator here so I got my exercise. The bed was comfy; the bathroom a bit cramped. Breakfast was a nice buffet with good variety. There is free off-street parking but the spaces are quite small. The location is very convenient to Harvard. Overall,... More 

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Rachael S, Owner at Irving House at Harvard, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are please you found us to your liking... Yes, most of the fourth floor bath rooms are snug. We hope the skylights installed in most of them give a slightly more open feel.... We are pleased you enjoyed your stay in some ways. We hope to see... More 

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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
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  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Irving House is a quaint 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 a bed and breakfast in the 1920s with 44 unique 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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Irving House at Harvard

Address: 24 Irving St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Price Range: $177 - $341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Irving House at Harvard 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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