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Harvard Square Hotel
Ranked #14 of 19 Hotels in Cambridge
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Clean, quiet comfortable stay. Staff v attentive, with same staff as visit 2 years ago. Great location, foot access to all of Harvard and the Square, as well as underground transit. Renovated since last stay, v fresh. Great value for staying in Cambridge!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Besides an excellent location, hotel is not worth it. Everything is very small. The elevator could only fit 4 people - 2 if they had luggage. Every nook and cranny had something in the very, very tiny room. 2 Full beds - very tiny. Less than a foot clearance between bed and cabinets. TV was old flat screen plasma and cable system was shotty. Shower was the worst. No washer pressure and no door. Door wasn't missing, it was designed that way. All modern styling. Very few outlets and could not put anything on the counter, because there was no counter space - at all! Only reason why I gave this a Poor vs Terrible is that it is in a great location. Right around the corner from the Harvard T stop and all of Harvard Square. And it had a parking garage. Other than that - too much for what very, very little you get.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

It was certainly expensive, but then there's no cheap accommodation in Cambridge in August, so no complaints. Staff was helpful and friendly, room was nice, beds were wonderful. And of course, location couldn't have been better. Really good stay.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

The Harvard Square Hotel was a pleasant experience. It has been recently renovated. The hotel was very close to our conference and public transportation to the airport and art museums. Definitely no need for car rental. A good number of conference attendees from Cambridge stay here, we recommend it and would stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Spent a night at the hotel after staying at another hotel in Cambridge for two weeks. The recent renovation can be easily noticed in the lobby and from the fairly new furnitures and fixtures inside the room. The room was amply equipped and free wi-fi was a big plus although the ref was empty. The location of the hotel is very accessible from Harvard Square and there are many cafes and restaurants within the vicinity. Was unable to try the coffee shop and other facilities of the hotel because I was out for most of the day. Front desk was hospitable and helpful when I was about to leave the following morning. Would surely consider the place if I return to Cambridge.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Stayed here while my husband had conference at Harvard. Because of the kids, he wanted to be close enough to come back and forth from the campus. If that wasn't so, probably would not have chosen this hotel. First, the parking lot is tiny. $35 per day to park there, and they have said that we can go in and out as we please (I have heard that some hotels you can't since it's valet parking); however, we didn't use our car because we feared that we might not find another parking lot when we came back. Not that we really needed car for the trip we had planned. There is a small lobby. Staff seems very nice. The room is small, but clean. Free wi-fi is nice. There is no coffee machine. For a hotel ~300 per night, you think there would be complementary coffees.. There is a small snack bar at the lobby where you can get coffee for fee. There is no bath tub which would be fine but my daughter hates shower. We stayed in the two double bed room. The beds are very comfortable. Our room faced the street/parking lot, but still had a nice view of the town being on the third floor. The fridge in the room was nice so we can keep our kids milk. Another thing that was little inconvenient is that in order to get to the elevator from the street, you have to get in to one of those handicap lift which did not work for me; I had a stroller with me for my one year old.
With all the little 'issues' I had with the hotel, the truth is that we will probably stay here again. the location is AWESOME. This place does not need any restaurant in the building, since there are tons of places just few steps away from the area. For any conferences/business that you might have at Harvard, really you can go in and out as you pleases since it's close proximity.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I would be remiss if I did not provide feedback regarding this terrific hotel and its wonderful staff. It has THE BEST location in Cambridge, virtually across the street from Harvard and about two blocks from Harvard Square. All around the hotel, lots of people out having a nice time, lots of restaurants (entire price range), two terrific book stores and a block from the subway/trolley station from which you can go just about anywhere. Central Boston is about two stops away. While there is not much to do and see in central Boston in the evening, the area around the hotel is very much alive. The room we stayed in was very nice, decently sized, clean and quiet Hotel staff were phenomenal. They took considerable time to give us the lay of the land and provided excellent recommendations on restaurants and things to see. They were always willing to assist and were genuinely friendly and approachable. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Harvard Square Hotel

Address: 110 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5774
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Cambridge
#12 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#13 Family Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range: $178 - $444 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Harvard Square Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Harvard Square Hotel contemporary in decor is centrally located in the heart of Harvard Square. Just steps away from all that Harvard Square has to offer including the Harvard University Campus, Harvard T-Station, Charles River and the many eclectic stores and restaurants found in the Square. We are also only a few miles to downtown Boston. Our on the go Cafe is a big hit with our guests as the head out to start their day !! Stay tuned for updates as we plan out our hotel renovations scheduled for late 2018 !! ... more   less 
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