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This morning was a bit of a late start as Chris had set the alarm for 7.30pm rather than 7.30am. thankfully he's still an early bird because if it had been left to Annabelle we’d probably still be in bed now. So after getting up and missing the continental breakfast (please no more bagels...) we had a few calls to make before jumping on the …
Today started slowly with just a few items on the agenda: lunch at a super Bostony place, Harpoon brewery tour, and possibly the removal of the hairy raccoon all over my face at a barbershop. Unfortunately did not get to the last item; that will have to wait until NY. Lunch was excellent. The place was JM Curley's on Beacon Hill. They had a limited lunch menu but quite good and reasonably priced. Annick and Fabian met me there; they arrived very late ...
... dining room and they have 2 different menus. I ate in the upper dining room.
Sunday I got up at 5:45am to get ready to drive to Ma’alaea for my snorkel trip. I got there in time for 7am check in time. I parked on the street, though plenty of parking was available in the lot as well. I got to see the Paragon boat I was supposed to go out on and Trilogy as well. My second choice was Trilogy but it seemed they didn‘t go out that ...
... shared stories of her work there. Alex brought her colleague, Yen I from Taiwan. I loved meeting them both. I told Yen I that the XOs are built by Quanta Computers based in Taiwan but that as far as OLPC knows, no children there have them to learn with. Wouldn't it be great if someone could start a project in Taiwan! None of us except Dogi were from right in Boston. Thanks Sandra and Alex for making the effort and trip! "It takes a ...
Another day on the move. Made it to Harvard which is very nice, though didn't get inside.
Harvard has 10 schools that make up the university, 6 of them in Cambridge (nest to Boston) and 4 more in Boston.
Saw some historic stuff back in the city.
More tomorrow. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cambridge Gateway Inn
I stayed here in February 2006 on a business trip and would stay here again in a heart beat.. The hotel was only a five minute walk to were I was staying so this was a big plus. When I first arrived, I wasn't sure what to expect due to the fact that the receptionist at the clients location, was the one who had booked this for me. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a freindly desk clerk who gave me a room in the middle of the building just as I requested. The room was clean, and very spacious compared to other hotels of higher standards that I've stayed in. The lamp didn't work but I found it to be unplugged and just plugged it in to find that was all that needed to be done. I stayed here on a consulting job for a week and found the microwave and micro fridge to be very usefull. The only problem worth mentioning is that they don't serve cereal in the morning which I have to have but found the bagels, muffins and fresh fruits to be more then enough to get me off in the morning. The coffee was really good too according to one of the other guests in the lobby but I wouldn't know since I only drink tea. I really enjoyed the use of their wireless internet signal as well which is a must have for people in my line of work and they offer all this as part of their room rate unlike most of the other hotels who charge a fee for this. Recommended to others? Yes, but don't expect to get a five star hotel! This is an economy hotel and worth every penny for all the comforts they offer included in the price.
Why would you stay at a 2 star hotel and then complain of not getting 5 star standards? These people writing negative reviews about this hotel can't be staying at the same hotel I've been staying at for the last 4 years while my son was going to Harvard. Why do we have such conflicting experiences here? Rodents? I've never seen any, rude desk clerks, possible but I've never experienced this either. All I'm saying is lets be honost. Why not write about what this hotel really offers...a clean room in a location that is close to public transportation, at a price that isn't going to get you any thing else in the Cambridge/Boston area. If you want to pay $300 to $400 a night then go for it! Don't compare these hotels standards to a economic value and standards of the Cambridge Gateway Inn. Slandering is just tacky. Would I recommend this to another individual? Yes, but not to Donald Trump or any one who is looking for luxury. To do so would only bring upon what you would expect from those who can dish out 4-500 a night for a room. Wish I could but I'd still concider this as an option because I love the location and the conveneince of the subway station and people remember your name when you come back which is very welcoming to me.
This place was a dump. The rooms were dirty, and had cigarette burns all over the carpet and furniture.
The location was quite inconvienent, if you were hoping to walk anywhere. It's on a highway, and you have to take a cab or the subway to get into the city. The walk from Alewife Station can be quite creepy in the dark, and their shuttle only runs twice an hour until 8pm.
The staff was friendly until it came time to pay. We gave a AAA card for a discount and they suddenly weren't accepting any promotional deals - go figure.
Bottom line - pay the extra $$ and stay someplace else.
The Cambridge Gateway Inn, unfortunately, is under new management. Service and conditions have deteriorated significantly. The shuttle was not reliable, the shower was moldy, dirty linens were left in the hallways, and there were indeed mice droppings on our table in the morning.
If "all you require is a clean, quiet and comfortable room to sleep in at night," you are strongly advised to stay elsewhere.
Hopefully, this note will ensure that corrective measures will be taken so that "Cambridge's best value" will become a value once again.
Oh dear me! I stayed here last year (April 2003) for a friends wedding and this place is just awful. It took us about an hour to find it as it is on a 'turnpike' - a term unfamiliar to us Brits! Once we found it we kind of wished we hadn't!!
It IS a dump!
It must be us from the west coast that hate this place. I agree with my friend from Phoenix. This is a dump. The person behind the desk when I arrived couldn't have been any less helpful. I had arrived from Long Island on short notice and this was suggested by a (now former?) friend. The airport 'shuttle' was a van ride to the T. The rooms were noisy and dirty. Don't expect any help with your bags. I spent the first hour calling for another hotel and found one close to Logan Airport. They had even heard how rotten the service was at this place. It was late so I just went to sleep but my new hotel picked me up at 8:00am the next morning as a courtesy! I guess if you like noisy, dirty, places and hanging out at equally dirty bowling alleys for your meals, then have at it.
We have stayed at the Cambridge Gateway twice on visits to our daughter at Harvard. We have found it to be clean, comfortable and very good value for money. On our second visit last year we found that all rooms were now equiped with a refridgerator as well as a hairdryer. We in the UK are not used to such luxuries at an affordable price.
My wife and I have stayed here multiple times over the past three years when visiting my daughter at Harvard, which is very easy to get to.
First of all, the place is difficult to find if you're not driving since it is on the turnpike (I happened to take the subway). The person at the desk was an elderly woman who was rude and smoked the entire time (making the office reek with smoke). The only restaurant is at a bowling alley next door. They charge you for the daily newspaper (when they haven't run out). The batteries in the remote control for the television were dead (not to mention the poor reception and lack of channels--HBO, CNN and local channels only). The walls are very thin, so you easily hear your neighbors. Don't forget your own shampoo because you won't find any in the rooms. Finally, the rooms look old--the toilet looked like it was made in the 1950s. I should also point out that the hotel is in a very industrial area; nothing is really within walking distance.