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Harvard Square Hotel
Ranked #14 of 20 Hotels in Cambridge
Wilbraham, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great boutique hotel!”
Reviewed 14 July 2013 via mobile

Stayed here one night while attending an event at Harvard University, which is short walk away. Lots of restaurant choices and shops nearby. A couple minute walk to Kennedy Park and the Charles River.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2013

--Stayed for a conference.
--1st room had an abundance of hair under the sheets and duvet. EXTREMELY friendly desk clerk began to change the sheets, but decided to move me upstairs. I would've stayed in the hairy room. Oh, well.
--room 2 had no air. Several clerks came to check and all assured me it would cool down. I left for about 4 hours to sight-see--no cool down. Another clerk came and assured it would cool down. I was too tired from a full day of traveling and fell asleep to awaken to 3 bug bites and sweaty as ever.
Room 3 was fine, other than the toilet wouldn't stop running, but I was afraid to bother staff anymore, so I just kept the bathroom door shut.
Rooms are VERY small--consider this if bringing children. Even if you order a single room and it's just you and a significant other, this place is too tiny and you will not leave liking each other.
No real amenities--breakfast, coffee, gym; you must ask for iron/board.
Free Wi-Fi was excellent. Desk staff was unbelievably amazing.
Close to a lot in the Square.
I was beside the elevator when I was in room 2, but it did not awaken me from my sweaty slumber.

Room Tip: Ask for a double even if you're a single traveler.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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scotia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2013

Sleek and stylish, this was a gem of a hotel right in the middle of all that's happening in Cambridge. The room was small, but so attractive, with a truly stunning canvas wrapped photo on the wall above the bed. Lacking in some amenities, such as coffee in the room (you can get it in the lobby, but for a price), the hotel nevertheless provided a European type of hotel experience. We loved it!

One problem with our visit and this has absolutely nothing to do with the hotel management, is that Cambridge has a serious problem with homeless people panhandling. Some were downright aggressive and offensive - made for some very uncomfortable encounters.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 June 2013 via mobile

Paid $400 per night at this hotel which has tiny rooms, lacks basic facilities and needs noise insulation for both inside & out. Understand rates are based on supply & demand but this is outrageous for a motel style property with little customer service. Don't bother staying here, find yourself a better option there are plenty around.

  • Stayed June 2013
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San Francisco, California
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120 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2013

Location, location, location is a key advantage of this hotel, especially if you are visiting Harvard and want to be close to the T and Harvard Square. My room was on the small side, but not uncomfortably so compared to many city hotels. The room was painted bright white and was sparkling clean, with large a large photograph of what looked to be a walkway at the Alhambra. The room was perfectly fine for my 2-night stay. The iron I used while I was there had seen better days, but that is often the case at hotels, I find. The front desk staff was very attentive and professional. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

Harvard Square Hotel is the only place we would ever consider when visiting the Cambridge area. Here you will find both value and personal attention. The rooms are spotless and comfortable and the recent renovation is modern without sacrificing comfort. We love the new coffee and snack bar and are appreciative of the free wi-fi ..Most of all, the staff makes you feel like your visit is truly welcome and appreciated. Beginning with Dave at the desk who greets us like an old friend, to the rest of the fine staff, whatever you need will be attended to with a professional approach and good cheer. And the location is just steps away from the bustling excitement of Harvard Square and Harvard University, as well as a hop, skip and jump from the scenic Charles River- a perfect spot for a morning walk.. The Harvard Square Hotel is an urban jewel in the crown of the Harvard area community.-Connecticut Travelers

Room Tip: Rooms with the extra hallway leading to the bathroom offer a nice little dressing space!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Illinois, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2013

Most characteristics of this hotel are decent. I did have one experience with the hotel staff which might be useful for other people.

I asked the front desk to call a cab for me. Without offering any choices, the man behind the desk informed me that he has a guy who will go to the airport for $45 cash; it rapidly became evident that this guy does not belong to a cab company. I searched online, and it turned out that actual cabs cost around $35 (plus toll). I had a conversation about this with my actual cab driver the next day, and apparently it is a habit of the front desk of this hotel (and a few other hotels) to send customers to a specific and more expensive service in return for kickbacks.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Harvard Square Hotel

Property: Harvard Square Hotel
Address: 110 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5774
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Amenities:
Business Centre 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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
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 Starbucks Cafe is a big hit with our guests as the head out to start their day !! We would like to thank our recent guests for their patience as we installed a brand new elevator. ... more   less 
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