Cambridge Gateway Inn
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Good value and great location.
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.
Lets be honost, this is an economy hotel and not the Ritz for $400
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!!
The rooms were large and clean, but the bathroom's were a lovely shade of orange or blue and looked like the were installed in the 70's, the carpet was awful and the fridge stank. The view from the window was a building site and all in all it was pretty miserable. We could also hear the conversation from next door and didn't actually feel all that safe in the hotel. Housekeeping didn't lock our room when we were out in the day, luckily nothing was stolen.
Okay, so it's cheap and the shuttle service to the underground is good, but if I was going to Boston again I would stay in the City Centre.
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.
The complimentary breakfast was always very welcome, though it is a shame the pastries and croissants were cold from the 'fridge. The shuttle bus service was very useful on wet days as Alewife T is a good 15 to 20 minute walk away. They also came to pick us up when we arrived, laden with baggage.
Most of the staff could not have been more helpful or obliging, with one exception who is mentioned in another review.
There are a few drawbacks, there is no lift, it is off the beaten track with no restaurant near by other than the bowling place next door which serves pretty revolting burgers and pizzas. One room we had was obviously right next to a water tank as we heard everybody elses' toilet flushing, however we asked to be moved and it was done straight away with much apology for our disturbed night.
All in all we were delighted with the accommodation and level of service and will definately be returning next year for our daughter's Commencement week.
A clean, comfortable place to stay
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.
However, if you want a nice hotel this is NOT the place to stay. This is just a two story motel that physically is not particularly attractive and has a miniscule unattractive lobby. So why do we keep coming back? Because if all you require is a clean, quiet and comfortable room to sleep in at night, this place is fine, and you can't beat the price for the Boston\Cambridge area. There is also a modest continental breakfast included in the price.
If you plan on spending anytime on the premises, however, pick someplace else, which is what we do on those trips when we know our daughter will want to come back to the room.
In short, this is a good place to sleep, but you would not want to hang around here. For a college visiting weekend it's fine, but not for a vacation.
I really do not know what the Phoenix guy is thinking.
We stayed in the Cambridge Gateway Inn on a crisp October weekend in 2003. We were an athletic team playing an intercollegiate match in the Boston area. Coming in, we just wanted a nice place to stay. A place that was close to Boston, inexpensive, clean, and comfortable. After reading the first review of this hotel, I was unsure of whether to book rooms in the Cambridge Gateway Inn. I took a chance, and it paid off very, very well.
I have stayed in five-star hotels, including Marriotts and Hawaiian suites, but for its price, nothing compares to the Cambridge Gateway Inn. Book this hotel now, and you will not regret it.
Here's what the Inn has to offer. First, a quick 10-minute walk to the Alewife T (Subway) Station. It's on the sidewalk of a highway, yes, but it's not a hard walk. And if you don't like the walk, take a free shuttle every half hour. The Inn also offers a tremendous amount of free parking. A lobby that is very clean and smells nice. Friendly staff behind the desk that does not smoke. We got our rooms promptly after entering the well-kept lobby.
And oh, how those rooms were nice. All doors are on the inside, so you don't have to walk outside in the cold or rain. The hallways are clean and feel nice to walk around in. CELLPHONES WORKED WELL. And...how many hotels provide a microwave and fridge...FOR FREE? Color cable TV with remote. Nice, clean beds. Good phone, excellent atmosphere. Nice bathroom with sufficient amenities. Good toilet. There was absolutely nothing to complain about - no cracks in the bathroom, no cigarette stains, walls were thick enough. I missed the continental breakfast, but enjoy muffings, bagels, and coffee daily from 6:30 till 9 AM. Plus there's a bowling alley next door!
Again, not to call someone out, but I really don't know what the Phoenix guy was thinking.
Bottom line: If you want to throw money around, go drop hundreds of dollars at an overhyped chain. The Cambridge Center Marriott is actually a really nice hotel too. But if you're cost-conscious, and still want to stay at an excellent hotel, book a room in the Cambridge Gateway Inn. Everything that you need, and much, much more. When you're having fun in one of the world's best cities, why worry about price or quality? For peace of mind, stay at the Cambridge Gateway Inn.
This place is a dump
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.
On the good side, the room was clean. The continental breakfast wasn't bad (danishes, muffins, fruit, cranberry and orange juices, coffee). They also have a shuttle service to the local subway station which supposedly operates every 30 min (I didn't actually use the shuttle). And I only had to stay one night.
Though I paid "only" $79.99+tax, it wasn't worth it. For the same price you can get a much better room at a reputable chain or pay a little more and get a room at a nicer place.
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