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... in Somerville, just north of Cambridge. The area is becoming an east coast Portland complete with mixology bars and restaurants that serve strange fried pig parts in aioli sauces. I'm into it. We also went to the bar in the beginning of The Social Network, the scene where Zuckerberg tells his girlfriend she should have time to hang out because she goes to BU. What a prick. Anyway, we sat at that table. Cambridge MA, day ...
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The Boston trip was unplanned. My last day in San Francisco Edel had mentioned she would be there while I was in NY. I researched a Megabus and low and behold it was great value for the night. I flew from Vancouver to Montreal where I did yet another horriffic US immigration. I honestly must look like I have a belly full of crack filled condoms the way ...
... that) and it took the i95, i84 and i90 to Boston (yes I followed it, no its not weird.) Where as in Britain I'd imagine the trip would be quite quiet, from the moment I got on the bus, people started chatting (though most of them were seasoned Greyhounders so maybe this is just what they do). Firstly there was Greg, who had been visiting his Mum in New York, and grew up in New York, so acted as my unofficial tour guide. He pointed out the fleeting ...
... is so tiny that cooking is hilarious. We literally have one tiny surface on which to prepare the food so we are having to be highly creative in how to use the space. The other day, we had kept the oven gloves on the stove as there was no other space, and we didn’t realize that the stove hadn’t cooled down yet. As a result they caught fire. Andrea noticed the smell and picked up the oven gloves to throw them out of the window, but was unable to do so as ...
... will only be there for two nights, we wanted to find a hotel near the city's historic center. Many are very expensive. We found one in our price range that looked good, not too far from the center, and close to a Metro station. I was all set to book it, but upon reading the fine print, discovered that we would have to pay in full up front, and it was non-refundable. That's why the ...
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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!