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“Home away from home”
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Kendall Hotel
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Jamaica
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25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
Reviewed 27 December 2013

This is the second time I have stayed at this hotel and I would not hesitate to stay there again. It is a heritage hotel and the decor reflects this, and has a very homely atmosphere. The rooms are very comfortable and are spotlessly clean. The toiletries are very good. Breakfast is included and it is good. Wireless internet is free and works very well. It is very close to the subway. Staff are friendly.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Albuquerque, NM
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

We recently stayed at the Kendall to attend the Holiday Pops at Symphony Hall. The hotel was decorated for Christmas which added to the special occasion. We have stayed at the Kendall at least a half a dozen times over the last few years and have always had an enjoyable stay. The rooms are clean, high end toiletries, comfortable beds, friendly staff and a breakfast buffet with fresh eggs, yogurt, and fruit. Sleep is a priority for me and the Kendall is a quiet oasis. We have never heard people in adjoining rooms nor been awaken by trash trucks in the morning, like we have at the Marlowe. The lobby area is a pleasant place to sit, have a drink and enjoy the company of other quests. We have enjoyed meeting people from other countries.

I travel a lot for work and often stay at a Marriott or Hilton because I earn points and get upgrades with their loyalty programs. But when we travel for pleasure I look for a hotel that is going to give me more than points. The Kendall has always provided a relaxing beach head in a wonderful city to enjoy. We park the car in the underground garage and either walk or take the T, which is just down the block, around Boston. In addition to the onsite restaurant, there is a Legal Seafoods across the street, the Blue Room, Hungry Mother, Flour Bakery, EVOO and other fine restaurants are within an easy walk in a wonderful part of Cambridge. The MIT campus is right next store and the Charles River Esplanade is only a few blocks away which makes for an enjoyable walk.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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67 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Kendall Hotel during a recent business trip and I was delighted with it. It's a small hotel attached to a historic fire house--lots of Americana around, a delicious breakfast is included and it's hard to resist an afternoon sit-about in its comfortable lobby with fireplace. They didn't complain about or charge for the 20 boxes we had delivered (Christmas presents you know) and our room was very nice. One small drawback was weak water pressure in the shower but I forgive them given everything else being fantastic.

About a block from the Kendall T station, a long walk to Central Square (I tried, since the only thing missing around there was a pharmacy which I needed) and there are a number of casual restaurants nearby if you don't feel like getting out too far--a slushy Sunday meant Legal Seafood for us, right across the street.

Great place. I'll be back!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2013

We have stayed at The Kendall some 10 times in the last 1 year - and each stay's duration ranges form 5 -8 nights .I recommend this hotel highly - friendly staff , professional housekeeping - the rooms are very well cleaned ( consistently ) - everyone is personable and you know they are happy to work at the Kendall and happy to make the guests comfortable. If you do not expect a business class type hotel eg bellhop service, doorman/ lady etc - this is a perfect choice. Eg,And if you do have a lot of luggage or shopping to cart into the hotel...simply ask the front desk they will surely help if they have the resources and if not - they will suggest options .Safe , Clean, Friendly, Convenient for Business and Leisure and Very Pretty !!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Lovely, boutique hotel, each room is different, nice big wooden bed with quilts and loads of cushions, homy feel, quiet, bathroom is ok with a bath nothing special here but clean. Coffee machine which is good for the coffee addict. Nice breakfast, you can sit by the fire :). Recommended if you want something different from the huge Hotels in Boston and that you are visiting Cambridge. Also close to Kendall/MIT stop so you can take the tube.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Reviewed 28 November 2013 via mobile

Everything down to the wonderful included breakfast was way above what you normally encounter in this price category. Beautiful rooms in a former fire station turned hotel. Best hotel I have stayed in in US.

The hotel is close to Subway station just a few stops from downtown Boston. Parking at a fair price.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Altos Hills, California
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2013

Whether on business or pleasure, this restored fire station is an utterly relaxing and fun place to stay. Throughout lobby, halls, and rooms the decor is like a fine inn, not like the surrounding "formula" hotels. Great location near to T stops, MIT, and restaurants. Room includes ample buffet breakfast, storage of luggage without cost, and a small restaurant if you want to eat in.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kendall Hotel
Address: 350 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1017
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Business Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Kendall Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 77
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