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... a cure for cancer and robots that can understand and interact just like humans - it is fascinating stuff. We are now in Washington DC - the government shutdown has effected a lot of the tourist sites here. We did go to the Whitehouse and Lincoln memorial this morning in the pouring rain, despite the weather we still got a sense for how important these places are for the US - we shall update you on the rest of our movements soon. Krishna and Sunny ...
... there for a few minutes where my Mom got her first opportunity to ask complete strangers for directions. Have I told you how much my Mom loves to ask complete strangers for directions. She really, really loves to ask people for directions. Even if they give her the wrong directions, she keeps going back for more. I, on the other hand will do absolutely everything to avoid asking for directions. So that is always a really ...
... State House, the Granary cemetery, the Old State House ( in front of which is the site of the Boston Massacre), finishing at Faneuil Hall. Boston was created in 1630. It was the starting point of the American revolution - which ended with America declaring its independence from Britain. Key historical figures from the revolution such as John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and John Adams all were from and acted ...
Well, our wonderful voyage of the vikings has come to an end. Maggie, we saw so many amazingl places in the world and met all kinds of people. We braved the rocky North Atlantic, climbed the hills of Bergen, saw geysers and ponies in Iceland, visited world class capital cities and small villages. You tried ...
... and a rousing rendition of the MIT alma mater song (which NOone in the audience knows). But the Pops is also about Broadway show tunes and John Philip Sousa marches, and we got them all.
The rest of the weekend has been about attending wonderful events with our friends. We did manage to sneak in two geeky endeavors, finding out about the latest in Brain ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Harvard Square Hotel Cambridge
Dorm Room with a Good Location
Stayed at the HSS last week. Very basic, clean and relatively quiet. No services to speak of...not even free internet access in the one PC lodged in the uncomfortable lobby. Also, parking at $30 a day was a bit steep ( although cheaper than at the other two garages around the block which I comparison shopped). Just think freshman dorm room, without all of the other amenities now offered at most universities. Best thing going for it was the location. It's right in Harvard Square, within walking distance to shops, Harvard, restaurants and news stands..as well as a nice jogging loop on the Charles. If you need to be in Harvard Square and don't want to spring big bucks for The Charles, it is perfect for your needs ( as it was for mine). However, nothing to write home about.
Awesome location, reservation messed up
This hotel is very close to the Cambridge stop on the T, and also very close to fun shops, bookstores, Harvard and more. My one complaint was that, when I checked in aftetr 10 p.m., the room I had reserved (two double beds) has supposedly been the victim of a leak and the only room left had just a queen bed. The price was reduced by $10 but I was not pleased at all. The air conditioner was so loud (and had a note saying it was going to be repaired), that I turned it off so I could sleep. In the morning, my friend and I were able to leave our baggage there while we spent the day exploring the city. That was very helpful. Good experience except for the screwup.
I reserved a room here because it was one of the only places in Boston with a rate under $100 a night, but was made nervous by several bad internet reviews. They were not true! The rooms here have been re-done, so that may have made the difference.
Good basic hotel for exploring Boston/Cambridge area
I stayed here on a short vacation. (About 3-4 days)
The rooms are basic, but spacious and clean, and all appliances worked properly. (You get a refrigerator and microwave, and that's a plus in my book). I faintly recall some sort of Internet access thing-a-ma-jig in the lobby, but I didn't use it.
I don't recall there being a restaurant in this hotel, and quite frankly, I wouldn't care if there were one. Just outside, you have the wonderful neighborhood of Cambridge, with lots of stores and restaurants, and also Harvard University. Had enough of that? Catch the "T" (right next door) to Downtown Boston or Back Bay....
Only problem: the hotel could get full around the beginning/end of school terms or other special events.
I'd stay here again.
I stayed at the HSH over the 4th of July weekend. There's so much to do around the area, at best I stayed at the room for 5 hours just to catch some shut eye. What kind of service do you really need anyway? I brought my mother to visit my son who attends Harvard and is working there over the summer. She has no complaint about the hotel. I registered at the front desk when I checked in and that was the last I've seen any of the hotel staff. You get your bill under the door, you leave and that's it. You do everything else outside of the hotel. They don't even have a coffee shop in the hotel when I was there even though there was a button in the elevator showing "coffe shop."
Don't let the bad reviews keep you away!
I almost changed my reservation after reading the bad reviews, but I didn't and I'm so glad! My daughter and I stayed three nights. Staff couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful. Our room was immaculate, though small, but the location is amazing. We left two jackets in the closet and the housekeeping staff sent them Fed Ex the next day. I wouldn't hesitate to sty there again.
We were looking for a place with a good amount to do around the hotel and easy access around the city, and this place fit the bill almost perfectly. The rooms are nothing special here (think a clean motel 6 with a refrigerator), and service had it's moments (the night crew when we checked in was great, but one of the women working the morning shift was pretty surley), but can you really beat a price of $75/night in the heart of Harvard Square?? (thank you hotels.com.) It is one of the best bargains around, you are two steps from the T, and you are really only sleeping in the room at night with everything to do around there. Take advantage of the T, because parking is pricey (as in any city center - $16 daily and $25 overnight). We are going back at christmas and have already rebooked it - and are planning a few nice meals and shows out with all the money we are saving on lodging!
Want surly service? Stay here!
I have never been treated with such contempt and disdain. I am amazed that this hotel manages to stay in business with the level of ineptitude and rudeness that I experienced, even if such service is only found 10 percent of the time. What I saw of the rooms wasn't very impressive either. I walked out after not more than 5 minutes here and the desk staff and the manager proceeded to act like complete a**es and refused to refund my money, despite the fact that I had been on the property for less than 10 minutes. This is truly the worst hotel experience I have ever encountered!
I have stayed with my mother who was visiting me from Japan in September. I was looking forward to giving her a great Boston experience... but it was my mistake to have chosen this hotel. I must say it was one of the worst guest services I have ever received. The front desk people were rude, and answered to my questions in a condescending manner, which made me feel terrible. I wonder if they have received any training or if they were just part-time student employees who wanted fast cash?? I would like to ask the manger.
Last minute change
I go up to Cambridge often for my job and I was really looking forward to staying at this hotel but my plans changed on the day I was supposed to arrive. Very disappointed that they choose to charge me for the night anyway. That's a sure way to lose a future business traveler!