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“Harvard boutique hotel”
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Hotel Veritas
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Harvard boutique hotel”
Reviewed November 30, 2011

Veritas is a 7 minute walk from Harvard Square in Cambridge. It's a new building, but the hotel designers have succeeded in ensuring that the building fits in with its surroundings.

We stayed in a Petite Queen room, which had a bed, one end-table, a small closet and no real place to store luggage. The ceilings are high, so that while the room was small, I did not find it claustrophobic. We did not mind the small room for a 2 day stay, but we would have wanted a larger room had we been staying longer. The bathroom was lovely and functional.

Little things like doorstops and guards were missing from our room, and perhaps more generally through the hotel. I imagine that the hotel will need some work in a few years.

The service was very good. The amenities (from the espresso/coffee machine and tortas in the lobby) to the complimentary pass to the well-equipped gym cross the street added greatly to the overall experience.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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BensonWillis, General Manager at Hotel Veritas, responded to this review, December 1, 2011
Thank you for being our 100th review on TripAdvisor! We are so appreciative that you and 99 other guests have shared your experiences on this website. Your comments have helped make us a better hotel - and we always seek your feedback.

We constantly strive to provide a personalized level of service, offer the finest amenities, and to maintain the cleanliness and condition of the hotel to the highest standards.

We look forward to seeing you again at Hotel Veritas.

Regards,
Benson Willis
General Manager
Hotel Veritas in Harvard Square
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

We have stayed at the Veritas near Harvard Square ten times since its opening last year. Our daughter lives in Cambridge so we travel there every other month or so. We have stayed at EVERY hotel within walking distance to Harvard and the Veritas suits us the best. The decor is elegant. The hotel is staffed by well trained young professionals dedicated to personal service.The beds are of medium firmness with high quality linens. Free Wi-Fi. In calling this hotel a "little gem" we are referring also to the size of the bedrooms and bath--little. If you are traveling with more than a carry-on you might be more comfortable down the street.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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BensonWillis, General Manager at Hotel Veritas, responded to this review, November 30, 2011
Thank you for staying with us so many times since we opened last year and for feeling that Hotel Veritas is the best hotel near Harvard for your visits. Your review highlights some of the amenities which our guests appreciate: decor, personalized service, free wi-fi, and amazing Anichini linens. As you mentioned, most of our rooms are fairly small - and we make every effort to set the right expectation for potential guests. Your review will help spread this message. Most of our rooms range from 175 to 225 square feet. If a guest is traveling with a great deal of luggage or for an extended stay, we're probably not the best choice for them.

We appreciate your sharing your review of Hotel Veritas and look forward to seeing you for your 11th visit soon!

Regards,
Benson Willis
General Manager
Hotel Veritas in Harvard Square
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

Vertitas is new and pristine with a sort of other-worldly feel so that when you walk in it's as if you've walked through the looking glass or entered a jewel box of sorts.

Decor manages to be all at once quite traditional (crown moldings in lobby and rooms) as well as quite contemporary. It's a nice internal contrast and a welcome relief from the faux Colonial decor that abounds at Harvard and around Cambridge. Rooms are small but lovely and comfortable, ditto the bathrooms. Everything is quite new and therefore just in good operating and aesthetic order.

Never once did I once feel the hotel was chintzy. No mini bar crimes here -- in fact in the lobby are a couple of refridge drawers stocked with juice, water and soda, all gratis to guests.

Staff were almost to a person lovely and helpful -- perhaps one exception but even the exception was helpful if not exactly ebullient about it. But in all cases anything I asked for was addressed promptly and, for the most part, cheerfully.

Less room than you might get for the same price at some hotels, so if you need space this is not your place. But if it's more about quality than quantity, look no further.

Also while the hotel is not technically ON Harvard Square but it is steps away.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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BensonWillis, General Manager at Hotel Veritas, responded to this review, November 30, 2011
We are very appreciative of your wonderful review of our boutique hotel in Harvard Square. Since we opened last May, we have tried very hard to be an interesting place for our guests. We are thrilled that we connected with you in such a strong way. Thank you for your kind comments and we look forward to welcoming you back to Hotel Veritas

Regards,
Benson Willis
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Hotel Veritas in Harvard Square
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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2011

Lovely hotel, linens, cozy decor, and immediately helpful staff. Appreciated the
extra quilt cause I was cold and that the room was quiet. Really enjoyed the
(included) exercise facilities across the street at yoga central--excellent
quality equipment like we have in our home gym.

Only criticism is not the size of the room but the cost of such small rooms.
Really, the rooms should be 95 dollars less (we paid over 400 dollars, with tax) considering the square area, especially when the Four Seasons, across from the Boston Public Garden, has some larger rooms for less and more amenities.

Room Tip: high up rooms will be quieter
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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BensonWillis, General Manager at Hotel Veritas, responded to this review, November 9, 2011
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Hotel Veritas. We are extremely proud of our group of concierges who are so dedicated to ensuring that each guest has a wonderful experience - and we're glad that you connected well with them. Having the Gym at Karma Yoga just across the street has been greatly appreciated by our guests.

Our rates range from $195 to $595 - depending upon the demand for hotel rooms in Harvard Square. Apparently your visit was during a time with there was a higher demand for rooms. We certainly try to provide value to our guests by providing the highest level of service, the best linens, beautiful decor, complimentary beverages, complimentary Internet access, complimentary domestic phone calls, and complimentary access to the gym.

Thank you for sharing your review of Hotel Veritas on TripAdvisor and we look forward to seeing you again.

Regards,
Benson Willis
General Manager
Hotel Veritas in Harvard Square
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

This hotel is reasonably priced for the Boston area. We stayed there for 2 days prior to boarding a cruise ship. The hotel is new but was built from the ground up to resemble the old Victorian houses in the neighborhood. The hotel lobby has a beautifully furnished "living room" area in which to relax and have a drink from their cash bar. They have complimentary juice, water and coffee 24/7. The front desk staff were very helpful information on how to travel about Boston. The best way, of course, is to use the "T" or transit system. The bus line to downtown and back stops 50 feet from the hotel enterence. I'd suggest a 24 hour (or longer) pass, so you can use the buses and subway whenever you wish. There's no need to take a cab for all the sights in Boston, they can easily be reached by the transit system.

The room was elegantly appointed and very clean with a flat screen TV and free wireless internet service. There's a business center with computers if you need it. The hotel is almost adjacent to Havard Square, which is fun to walk around while school is in session.

The hotel also supplies a continental breakfast consisting of sweetrolls, coffee and juices. If you want more, there's a coffee shop across the street with egg biscuits, etc.

One restaurant I would avoid is the Dolphin Seafood restaurant across the street from the hotel. The food is awful, I think it is owned by Eastern Europeans who couldn't make a hot dog taste good. I can't say too much for breakfast at Zoe's either, we both had indigestion afterward and the breakfast seemed to linger all day (growling).

Getting back to Hotel Veritas, you couldn't find a better spot for a couple of nights in Boston. Some other reviewers mentioned traffic noise and yes, rooms on the street do pick up some traffic noise, but then it's a city, isn't it? I believe they have rooms off the street if you think that would be a problem, it wasn't for us.

Room Tip: Might want to ask for a quiet room off the street.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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BensonWillis, General Manager at Hotel Veritas, responded to this review, November 2, 2011
Thank you so much for your kind words about your stay at Hotel Veritas. Like you, many of our guests enjoy the complimentary beverages throughout the day - and the convenient location on the edge of Harvard Square.

We appreciate your taking the time to post of review of Hotel Veritas on TripAdvisor and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Regards,
Benson Willis
General Manager
Hotel Veritas in Harvard Square
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TORONTO, ONTARIO
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the hotel verities for two nights in mid October. We got a 1 bedroom balcony suite. The room is decorated very nice and modern. The bed was really comfortable.
The front desk staff are very polite.
The lobby offers you free coffee, pop and juice whenever you want.

The hotel is not in Harvard square, but is a 10-15 minute walk. The subway is locate in the square and can take you into Boston in 10 minutes.

Overall very nice hotel and staff. Personally too much money for me. At $500 a night I would probably not go back again unless it was a very special occasion. Which it was for my wife and I when we stayed there.

  • Stayed October 2011
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BensonWillis, General Manager at Hotel Veritas, responded to this review, October 31, 2011
We appreciate that you took the time to share your comments regarding your stay at Hotel Veritas - and are very happy that you enjoyed your stay.

We hope to see you again soon.

Regards,
Benson Willis
General Manager
Hotel Veritas
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LaPorte. IN
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

We have stayed there 5 or 6 times and will stay there again. The location is perfect to walking everywhere. The hotel is charming; the people are charming and professional; the rooms are charming, clean, furnished with the best, but small; water, juice and coffee are free and alway available; wine can be bought and served. It comes with free access to a gym across the street, need I say more.

Room Tip: high floor balcony if it is nice out or bay window for larger room.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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BensonWillis, General Manager at Hotel Veritas, responded to this review, October 31, 2011
Thank you very much for posting your review of Hotel Veritas on TripAdvisor - and we appreciate that you stay with us so often! Like you, many of our guests appreciate the complimentary beverages 24-hours a day and access to the Gym at Karma Yoga.

We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Regards,
Benson Willis
General Manager
Hotel Veritas in Harvard Square
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Property: Hotel Veritas
Address: 1 Remington St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5202
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Veritas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Veritas is a 31-room independent upscale hotel located in Harvard Square offering intimate service in a hip Cantabrigian setting. The entire look and feel of the hotel is elegant and current, but with a respectful nod towards our traditional and historic neighborhood. The guest rooms are designed with the fine detailing of an old New England residence and furnishings that are interesting contemporary pieces with rich fabrics and textures. ... more   less 
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