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Irving House at Harvard

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Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed December 20, 2016

This place was great. Wonderful, easy, and impeccably clean. Cheaper than everything else. At first I was unsure about the shared bathrooms, but they weren't a problem at all. They must clean them every few hours, they were ALWAYS spotless and always available. Good showers too. The room was wonderful, cozy, and comfortable. The 24 hour staff were super nice...

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

Thank you for your lovely review ! We hope to see you again some time!

CT
Reviewed December 19, 2016

As a former Cambridge resident of many years, I never knew of the Irving House. We just spent a delightful weekend there. The rooms are small, European size, but clean and a really comfortable bed. The breakfast was excellent, and we're fussy! NO packaged foods, fresh made muffins and breads... Also coffee, tea and cookies available all day til 11...

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

Thank you for you kind review~ We hope to see you again some time!

Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 14, 2016

I stayed here during a recent visit to colleagues at Harvard. It is very conveniently located to the university and is not a long walk to the T for access to the rest of Boston. There are great restaurants nearby too. The breakfast is decent, though nothing fancy. The place is clean and the bed was comfortable. The only downside...

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

Thank you for your thoughtful review. Yes, noise transmission is a problem. We have provided door snakes to put at the base of the door when it is closed, and ear plugs from the front desk. So far we have not found any further solutions to this problem. As I have experienced it in my own travels, even in purpose...

Reviewed November 30, 2016

I was a little apprehensive at first since I would be sharing a communal bathroom, and I was not sure what to expect, but I'm very happy I decided to stay here. the price can't be beat, the room was very cozy and comfortable and the breakfast lovely. it is a very relaxing and low key alternative to larger fancier...

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

Thank you for your very kind review! We hope to see you again some time when your travels bring you back to Our Fair City!

Reviewed November 27, 2016

Check in was quick and easy. The staff gave us great recommendations and let us know how to get around the area. The building itself is beautiful. We had one of the smaller rooms because we booked last minute but it still had ample space and a nice private bathroom. The breakfast was good and there were many options for...

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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 hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to Cambridge.

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Reviewed November 20, 2016

You get exactly what they describe on their website, and the breakfast is good as hotel buffets go. Clean; staff was pleasant. The weirdness is that given the extreme scarcity of local supply, you're paying three times what you'd pay for this standard of accommodation most anywhere else. But that's not their fault. If you feel like a drink, let...

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

Thank you for your kind review. Yes, our rates are high relative to most of the country, but all rates are local, and within our Cambridge market, we are a very good value. The inclusion of off street parking and breakfast make our rates more competitive than is obvious on most sites. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We...

Liberty, New York
Reviewed November 19, 2016

My colleague and I had a conference to attend in Cambridge so we chose Irving House. We were delighted!!!!The staff was very friendly and helpful and the breakfast in the morning was fantastic. It is near many different attractions so we were able to walk to where we wanted to go most of the time.

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

Thank you for your kind review! We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. And, yes, rooms in the front of the first floor can be a little noisy, though they are very convenient.... I will remind the staff of the importance of keeping conversations in the front hall to a minimum.... We hope to see you again some time!

Brookline, Massachusetts
Reviewed November 1, 2016

This hotel reminds me of a Victorian hotel in a British movie, except that it is so full of Americana. They have different sorts of rooms from small to large and a very friendly, accommodating staff. Location is excellent, price can't be beat in Cambridge, breakfast is fresh and tasty.

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

Thank you for your kind review~! We look forward to seeing you again when your travels bring you back to Cambridge!

Jersey City, New Jersey
Reviewed October 17, 2016

My husband and I recently attended a conference at Harvard. We came by public transport and so needed a place nearby. Irving House seemed like the best of several pricey alternatives. Wrong! Our fourth floor room (no elevator), while clean, was tiny (for $366.24 including tax!). The shower stall was so small I couldn't bend over to wash my feet....

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

NikaJunie, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. While the size of some of our rooms and shower stalls, and the lack of an elevator are well-documented on this site, our site, and elsewhere, the staff behavior is definitely an aberration. I have shown your review to all of my staff. This is not our policy at...

Nova Scotia
Reviewed September 4, 2016

If you like big hotel experiences then it isn't for you but it provides a very peaceful, comfortable location to visit Boston and especially the Harvard area. Our family of 4 had one of the family rooms and felt very comfortable. Yes the bunks aren't huge but for an average size person are very comfortable. The place is spotless and...

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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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 02138-3007
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Price Range: $175 - $325 (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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“Check the 2nd floor plan I have included for relative room sizes. The side of Rm 205 (south side) which probably has more light”
  • Rm 208 - north side
  • room 208 - view from entrance
  • Rm 208 bathroom
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debrigard, Feb 5, 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room on the lower floors if you have problems climbing stairs as there are a lot of steps between floors.”
noelr488, Dec 28, 2016 | Read review
“The smaller rooms are still spacious enough for couples.”
B819RWjohnm, Nov 27, 2016 | Read review
“We had a room on the first floor right next to the front desk so it was a little noisy at times.”
happyvacationers246, Nov 19, 2016 | Read review
“It is best to choose a room based on the size you need and/or how you do with stairways.”
mikesL1561OG, Nov 1, 2016 | Read review
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