This is right next door to MIT, close to the Marriott. So if you need to be in the heart of Cambridge, it's an easy call. Big box, or independent?
The restaurant is well-known locally and apparently is good. Check in was efficient and friendly. The decor is retro-antique-arty, but well done and consistent. It feels cared-for, warm, and tasteful, not the owner's junk-shop. Much of the bric-a-brac and art refers to the building's heritage as a former fire station.
My room was a good size, with a comfortable bed, sensible lighting, and excellent bed-linen. It had nicely aged furniture, a good working space, tea/coffee maker, and the alarm clock would play my ipod's music. The view was of another building but I was only there overnight so it wasn't a disappointment. The bathroom was vast, and tiled in classic Americana style. Disappointingly, although plenty big enough to house a bathtub, it only had a walk-in shower. After a 20-hour journey I was looking forward to a soak in the bath, but was too tired to ask for a room change.
I found a chunky ring on the floor that a previous guest must have left, which raised a flicker of doubt about the quality of the housekeeping's attention to detail.
The free internet was blindingly fast (faster than my fibre-optic connection at home). I wonder if that's something to do with being a few hundred yards from MIT, global geek central?
Breakfast was a buffet, with a reasonably good selection of what you'd expect, all of good quality (great rustic bread, and excellent crispy bacon) although the buffet area is cramped and a short walk from the restaurant tables. So when it's busy, everyone is gingerly negotiating the buffet, trying to load their trays with one hand while dodging other guests shuffling around... a bit awkward... and I noticed that the breakfast tables ran out while I was eating so some guests had to eat in an armchair.
Check out was efficient, as was the bag storage while I made the rounds of business meetings.
This is a really nice family run hotel, with character, and clearly the owners care. Next time I'll ask for a room with a proper bath, but I'd stay here again, and choose it over the Marriott without a second thought.
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