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“Unique charming stay in an unbeatable location”
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Kendall Hotel
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 29, 2011

We were surprised how charming the room was, incl firehouse and antique themed decor. This was our second stay in this hotel. Each room is quite unique, incl layout and relative size of bedroom vs bathroom. The room for our first stay had a tiny bedroom w dormered window and an enormous bathroom with tub and separate shower. We could barely maneuver around the bed and our travel play yard for our toddler son barely fit between the wall and bed. The 2nd stay we had the same room type but the room was enormous with a couch big furniture and tons of space for our play yard and a moderately sized bathroom. To our delight there were 2 toy ride-on firetrucks with working bell and attached hose in 2 different floors. Our son LOVED it and we'd let him drive around the floor. Fantastic. This totally exemplifies how charming a stay at this hotel is. Only downside is breakfast for 2 mornings started late and the lady getting breakfast ready was quite rude to my wanting to start at the buffet *on time* so we could eat before needing to leave for the day. If you're not in a rush, the breakfast is pretty good: pancakes, potatoes, fruit, bacon, cereal, oatmeal, pastries, decent coffee, and lousy oj. We always look forward to the decor surprises and a pleasant stay at the Kendall. Btw it's 1 block to the Kendall T red line, < 10 min to Park St stop, center of boston. Love it here.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

Located a few steps from red line T (Kendal stop), this hotel has very nice decorated room, very clean. The staff is nice, and the complementary breakfast is delicious. Very quiet and perfect to go anywhere downtown or around Cambridge.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

I stayed on a Saturday night to be in town for a Sunday morning meeting. What a fantastic, historic hotel! I truly enjoyed my stay in this old Victorian yet modernized hotel. The front desk person was very pleasant, the amenities were Gilchrist and Soames, parking was easy and reasonably priced for the area, and for the most part the hotel was quiet except for one guest that closed the door loudly. The room was clean, charming, and very comfortable. The wifi worked great. The breakfast was delicious including eggs, bacon, lots of fresh fruit. The only complaint I have is the carpeting could use replacing due to wear and bad color choice! I would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

This was such a pleasant surprise. The hotel is painted in such happy colors (maybe annoying to some), there's free wifi, free breakfast, free wine in the evenings, and it's across the street from the Kendall T station. Wow! The staff was always helpful and pleasant, the rooms were very clean and very well-maintained. Overall, a really nice place to make your home base for a Boston/Cambridge vacation. Only one downside: THE elevator. There is only one and it can take quite a while sometimes. We were on the 6th floor so using the stairs routinely after a day of walking all over Boston wasn't attractive. On the morning of checkout it was out of service, but back on line just in time for luggage shuttling. Whew!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

This was my second stay at the Kendall Hotel and I continue to be impressed.
If you like boutique hotels with a historic ambiance and furnishings then this is
a great choice.

My king room was spacious and nicely decorated/furnished. The breakfast
was generally very good, including fresh fruit and a daily selection of hot food
- in fact the only negatives were the bland coffee and poor selection of breads.

In terms of location the hotel is just two subway stops from Harvard Square and
Boston Common.

The hotel says that the rate includes breakfast and wifi but in fact they tag on a
daily "usage fee" of $7 to cover these. Note also that by default they add on $20
per day for parking, so if you don't have a car you'll need to ask them to remove this
from your bill.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 10, 2011

Dont fall on this trap!!! Except for the Brazilian staff, the hotel is the worst hotel I've ever been to!
Everything is too old, specially the matress!!! Older than the building ! Thus, if you are willing to sleep, choose another alternative. Too expensive only for the location. We complained, and the manager simpli ignored any request. Attention, it only looks like cozy.

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Reviewed June 27, 2011

My wife and I stayed 4 nights recently. Somehow our flights weren't delayed at all and we wound up at The Kendall an hour before check-in. The room was ready so they let us in early. Our room had a ceiling fan, something we both appreciated.

The breakfast was good every morning. Scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, scones, yogurt, granola, cereals, juices, and fruit come to mind.

The hotel is very close to the Kendall/MIT station. This proved to be very convenient as we didn't take a single cab during the week we stayed. 2 stations up the red line is Harvard Square while 2 stops down puts you in downtown Boston. We even hoofed it over the bridge and down Charles St all the way to Boston Common one pleasant morning.

The only real negatives didn't exactly ruin the trip. The beeping from trucks behind the Kendall proved to be a pain early in the morning. I used earplugs later and that solved the problem. The wireless internet connection was temperamental at best. The whole time of our visit, it would disconnect after 10-15 minutes, only to reconnect after 2-3 minutes. How odd to have such a technological problem in the shadows of MIT.

Our departing flight left at 5:30pm and the front desk cheerfully held our luggage until we picked it up at 3pm. They even used claim tags which I found reassuring. Overall a very good place to stay and I think the price was fair, considering what is charged in Boston.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kendall Hotel

Address: 350 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1017
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Business Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range: $150 - $420 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kendall Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 77
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