A few things make this hotel miss the "five star" mark. Otherwise, it is outstanding and we will definitely be back! It is quaint, well-decorated, and absolutely adorable. Convenience to the T is probably one of the best perks, but the Legal Seafood across the street was nice as well. The Black Sheep restaurant in the hotel just didn't have anything we wanted, but it looked really nice. Again, it is, overall, really nice, but a few things kept me from giving it five stars:
First, the breakfast buffet is "good" rather than really good. The sad part is that it is the employees that made it so. They seemed so disinterested and almost "put-out" to be working there. The people in the restaurant portion were nicer, but the guys in the actual buffet room were less than enthusiastic. The offerings were good and very basic: scrambled eggs all three days we were there, cantaloupe, hard boiled eggs, oatmeal with dried fruit and granola, yogurt, toast, bananas, sweet rolls, bacon, etc. For a "free" buffet, this was better than any chain hotel for sure!
Second, if you have the unfortunate luck of getting a room at the back of the hotel, you will be awakened by the business back there in the wee hours of the morning. Lots of clanging and trucks coming and going. I think the trash trucks came at about 5 am!
But really, none of the above should deter you from trying this really great little gem. Boston proper is so overpriced. The Kendall was really a great surprise! The elevator was fast and the history of the place made it an absolute find! The rooms were clean and good-sized. I am also a clean fanatic and I found this hotel to be above average in that department.
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- Also Known As:
- Kendall Hotel Cambridge