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Mary Prentiss Inn

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6 Prentiss St, Cambridge, MA 02140-2212
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#2 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Cambridge
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Welcome to Mary Prentiss Inn, your Cambridge “home away from home.” Mary Prentiss Inn aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year.

Nearby landmarks such as Porter Square (0.3 mi) and Cambridge Common (0.5 mi) make Mary Prentiss Inn a great place to stay when visiting Cambridge.

Mary Prentiss Hotel is a romantic bed and breakfast offering a flat screen TV and air conditioning in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests.

The bed and breakfast features newspaper. Plus, guests can enjoy free breakfast, which has made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Cambridge. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

While in Cambridge be sure to experience local lobster favorites at Giulia, Russell House Tavern, or Waypoint.

If you’re looking for things to do, you can check out Harvard University (0.8 mi), Harvard Square (0.8 mi), or Harvard Museum of Natural History (0.4 mi), which are popular attractions amongst tourists, and they are all within walking distance.

Mary Prentiss Inn puts the best of Cambridge at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Quaint
Residential Neighborhood
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese

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44Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
5Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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This is a charming small hotel in a great location, but it's due for refurbishment.  We stayed in suite 13 which is relatively spacious, but the space is poorly utilized. There is no usable desk, just a narrow and impractical antique table by the door. The walls and the carpet need a refresh.  It was relatively quiet, except for the old air conditioning system which was so loud we had to shut it off overnight.  We had a plumbing issue resulting in brown water in the shower but it was fixed pretty quickly.    It's important to note this is a 20-room inn, not a B&B.  Breakfast service was impersonal and unimaginative, and the staff always seemed to be in a hurry to clean up.  Wifi didn't work for much of the time we were there (4 days). Staff told us it was an issue with their service provider, but as this was a working trip for my wife and I the lack of wifi was a major inconvenience. The parking situation is not good because they try to cram too many cars into too small of a space.  Constant jockeying is needed.  If you have a large car you should avoid this garage. I do love old houses (in fact I own two) so I don't expect everything to be perfect, but there is room for improvement here.
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Pleasant surroundings, quaint 19th-century decor and reasonably satisfying breakfast options. Staff were efficient and polite if not effusive or especially gracious. Our room, though one side of the bed had no nightstand, was spacious and comfortable, with two easy chairs, bedside sconces, and a high, firm bed and mattress. Also included two suitcase racks (not just one), which I appreciate. So this would have been a four-star review but for the fact that our room, Room 1, directly off the porch and lobby, was insanely noisy so we slept badly (not a frequent problem for us). Any first-floor room here might be the same. Since sleep is kind of the point, $279/night is way too much for these rooms. And management should be up front about the situation on the website, the way a sports arena or theater labels obstructed-view seats. Fortunately for us, there were no prolonged late-night conversations in the lobby during our stay, since it was about two feet from the head of our bed. That was just luck, though, and there's no luck for anyone trying to sleep through breakfast-prep when your pillows are directly above the kitchen. Starting around 6 am, we could hear arrivals ("Good morning!" a staffer called in full voice to the delivery person, directly outside our window.) and the clanking of dishes, glasses and cutlery and could smell a heavy odor of frying butter and bacon. Honestly, it felt like we were trying to sleep *in* the kitchen. In addition, the HVAC and other machine and plumbing noises were also unusually loud. So catching up on lost sleep later in the day, as people came and went through the main door just outside our room, wouldn't have been an option. A pretty place but, especially for a splurge, disappointing.
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Friendly hotel, clean and serves good breakfasts especially scrambled eggs. There is a lack of storage in the bedroom, and the comfortable bed is unusually high! And difficult to get into in our room with a slanting ceiling. good value for money
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I travel a lot for work and highly recommend this B&B. The staff are all great, easy to reach, accommodating. Room very cute and clean. Comfortable bed. Lovely breakfast each morning. Nice coffee shop and Walgreens 1 min away on the Main Street. Pleasant 20 min walk to Harvard Square.
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I was placed here by the institution I was visiting and if I’d had a choice I’d have booked a hotel. This doesn’t have the amenities of even a basic hotel—they don’t even have climate control that really works. Simple basics like a full length mirror or more than 2 hangers in the closet are missing. If you’re really into old b&bs you might like it but if you’re just looking for a place to stay there are much better places in the area which are also closer to transit, restaurants, and campus. Also the service is hit or miss depending who is staffing the desk.
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PRICE RANGE
$182 - $365 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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mary prentiss hotel cambridge
LOCATION
United StatesMassachusettsCambridge
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mary Prentiss Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Mary Prentiss Inn?
Nearby attractions include Lizard Lounge (0.2 miles), Abodeon (0.02 miles), and WardMaps LLC (0.02 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mary Prentiss Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Mary Prentiss Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Mary Prentiss Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mary Prentiss Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Giulia, Cambridge Common, and The Abbey.
Is Mary Prentiss Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Cambridge.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Mary Prentiss Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Mary Prentiss Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site (0.6 miles), The Printing Office of Edes & Gill (3.6 miles), and Old North Church & Historic Site (3.5 miles).