I booked this hotel because of its reasonable rates and proximity to Harvard since I was on a research trip with a tight budget. The room was clean, but very basic--as in, no bedside table, so there's not even a bedside lamp, place to store a beverage while you watch TV, etc. The bed was reasonably comfortable but had 1 kind of low pillow.
The complementary breakfast is fine and varied slightly day to day (coffee, toast, waffles, oatmeal, apple juice, cereal, fruit, etc). I found the front desk staff pleasant and thought they genuinely wanted to help guests with directions and other info.
The only issue I really had was that the door on my room didn't seem very secure. It did have a chain and a deadbolt, but the door itself seemed kind of warped, like it didn't fit in the frame right. It let tons of light in and every time someone else opened or closed a door in the hall, mine rattled terribly. Since the door was right next to my head while I was sleeping, I woke up basically every time this happened. I also thought the outside doors should have been better secured. There are outside doors that one can enter and exit directly through the parking lot (so someone could come in and out without ever having to go through the lobby and past the front desk). These doors have no security at all--just a paper stuck on them that says "registered guests only." While I felt that the neighborhood was safe, it's fairly standard practice to have these doors close and lock after a certain time each night to help protect guests.
The big pro for this hotel is the cost. Definitely book ahead--I routinely saw people come in to ask about vacancy and get turned away. It is a short walk to several restaurants on Mt. Auburn street and some will even deliver to the hotel. The bus stop is also a short walk away, and it will take you to the Harvard Square T-stop, so getting into Boston is no problem at all.
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