The Inn at Harvard
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Inn at Harvard Cambridge
Me senti como en mi hogar porque el personal disfruta de su trabajo
soy profesor universitario peruano
estuve unos dias por alla para entrenarme en la universidad de Harvard.Con suerte y con buena eleccion disfrute de su hospedaje muy elegante, calido y amable. Como no recoradr al amigo Enrique, a la amiga Alba, al amigo John, a la amiga Susana al buen cheff; si me olvido de muchos mil perdones,pero desde el Manager hasta la persona de aopyo han sido muy respetuosos, detallistas y atentos en todo momento.Fue una gracia para mi encontrar amigos latinoamericaos trabajando tan bien y honorablemente.
Amigos colegas del Perú, se los recomiendo,sinceramente
Enrique Sarmiento Hurtado
A Really Great Cambridge Hotel
I stayed at the Inn at Harvard for 3 nights November 2005. It is a lovely hotel, the location is great and only 5 mins stroll to Harvard T station. The university is on the doorstep and there is a lot to do in Cambridge if you are worried that it is too far out of Boston for sightseeing. The museums in the university are great and there are some good shops in Cambridge too.
The room I had (401) was great and beautifully presented, the bathroom was lovely. It was a bit mean to have to pay for the mineral water that was in the room though. Also there are no tea and coffee making facilities in the room. However the restaurant area is lovely, and is like a courtyard in the centre of the hotel. You can have breakfast and listen to all the visting academics' conversations over pancakes and coffee! I would agree with another reviewer that the prices for food were on the high side, but there are lots of other places in Cambridge to get food and cafe life in the area is the best.
Overall I would highly recommend this hotel, the staff were very helpful and when I go back to Boston in 2006, I will definitely stay at the Inn again. If you like books it is absolutely the best place as thet bookshops in the vicinity are tops - especially the Harvard Bookstore.
For the first part of my trip I had 2 nights at the Harvard Square Hotel (OK for basic comfort but still quite pricey) as the Inn was full, but they are in a different league. I'd say save up the extra bucks and choose the Inn.
This hotel is in a great location and the staff were extremely helpful. Rooms were clean, warm and very comfortable. Ate breakfast and lunch there which were both very tasty but a little expensive. There is no bar but the Grafton St pub across the road was just fine!
Not too fancy and Not too shabby, almost, just right :)
I checked into the Inn at Harvard on the 18th of November and checked out on the 21st. My mother, who traveled with me, is a senior and was treated exceptionally well. She and I do not share rooms on trips, so I was very pleased to hear of the respect and courtesy shown to her by all of the hotel's staff. Initially, her room did not have a tub (only a shower,)the staff corrected this situation for her and helped her with many other minor problems.
Our rooms were very clean, and I am the type to look in the corners. I cannot attest to the condition of any rooms but ours; however, my bed was very comfortable; the carpet, tile, paint, and wallpaper were new-looking, and my room's view was of a quiet street. The furniture was rather masculine; Room #214 if you are interested. My mother's rooms, she had two, were both very feminine in design...I thought her beds were hard. #214's bed was quite soft.
This is not a party hotel or an upscale hotel. It is quite similar in design to a B&B. The dining area is in the hotel's center. The rooms wrap around and look down upon the dining area. Chess sets, oriental carpeting, and quiet guests were the setting for our stay.
My son, he attends Harvard Law, took us to the Charles, which is very grand. To tell the truth, I would rather have the simplicity, neatness, and understated sophistication of the Inn at Harvard. Coming from Florida, the Charles, albeit elegant, reminded me of the great hotel monstrosities that we have here. (Keep in mind, I didn't see the Charles's rooms).
Conclusion, the negative...Toliet flushing. The other review that complained about this problem is correct. Personally, I had ear plugs and we went on a weekend where the guests were few to none. I didn't hear conversation because there was none, but I did hear toliets flushing like crazy. Without ear plugs, I guess it could have been a total nightmare.
Warning: my husband and I stayed at the Harvard Square Hotel, near the Inn at Harvard, in October. UGH! It is worse than an interstate motel in the South. Actually, nothing is worse than that, but it comes very close.
Flush, flush, flush
We stayed at the Inn at Harvard for one night to visit relatives in Cambridge. The red brick building is about five stories high, on an island between two streets adjacent to the Harvard campus. There is a lobby atrium topped with a skylight at the center of the inn, with the rooms around the perimeter. When we arrived, we were told that the only room available with two beds was a second-floor interior room with a French door/window that opened onto the lobby atrium, and no outside window. I thought this might not be a good arrangement but accepted it as we needed a room with two beds. The room was very small, with barely enough room to fit the two full-size beds, a TV cabinet (containing a tiny 13" TV) a tiny desk and a stuffed chair. You had to close the closet door to get into the tiny bathroom.
Inside the room, you could hear the people in the lobby talking and when I looked out I saw a man sitting in the atrium staring into our room, so we kept the curtains drawn and window closed for the entire stay, so the (mostly recirculated) air in the room just came from one small vent. One of the main problems with this hotel is that the rooms have high-pressure flushing toilets, and you can hear the toilets flushing throughout the hotel. So just as I was going to sleep and drifting off, I would hear flush ... flush... and then just as I was going to sleep again, flush... flush.... It was the same in the morning, as other guests used the bathroom. Not very nice, I think you would agree!
The full-size (not queen-size) beds were pretty comfortable, and there was at least one pillow with a down/feather mix on each bed.
The hotel, which is supposed to be owned by Harvard University but managed by a private company unaffiliated with any chain, is very miserly with what they offered -- there were two bottles of Aquafina water on the desk with a sign that they were $4 each. Telephone calls were the most expensive I have ever seen in a hotel -- they have the audacity to charge $1 a minute for local calls and for calls to (800) numbers! (As you might expect, we used our cell phones for all calls to avoid paying these ridiculous charges.) The high charges continued at breakfast the following day, when we only had orange juice, a bowl of oatmeal each, some fresh fruit and tea -- the bill came to over $40, with a service charge added.
We had dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club, which is a nice privilege which can be extended to guests at the Inn, but the main dining room was noisy since they had a big alumni gathering going on and every table was full. The pumpkin soup with a pheasant dumpling was good but sweet, and one of the entrees we ordered, butterfish, tasted bad and had to be sent back to the kitchen. The lamb chops were excellent and tender, and came with string beans and a feta cheese pie. The hot souffle we had for dessert was nice and light. The host at the door was rude to us and the wait staff was young and inexperienced, but tried to please.
We paid $179 for our room for the one night, maybe you'll get a better deal. The Inn at Harvard is certainly conveniently located if you want to be right near the campus, but otherwise you'll probably do better elsewhere. If you do decide to stay here, try to get a room with a window facing outside on one of the higher floors, so perhaps the flush... flush... flush... noises from the other rooms won't be quite so loud.
A haven of style and brio
Stayed in the Inn at Harvard for two nights in June 2004. Arrived late (around 1.30 a.m.) the first evening and the night staff booked me into the hotel and guided me to my room within ten minutes of my arrival. The impressive service was a hallmark of my stay. On entering the room I noticed two large bottles of mineral water cooling in a couple of large ice buckets. Given my level of thirst at that point in time, the water was like a crystal clear pool in the midst of a desert. The following morning, a breakfast of fragrant coffee, delicious wheaten toast and a sumptuous plate of summer berries helped to negative the jet lag I had experienced after my trip from Ireland.
The room was beautifully maintained and the double bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. Great bathroom with a terrific power shower. The service was efficient at all times. When we informed the front desk staff that we needed to retrieve our car rapidly from the car park in order to travel to Logan airport, they facilitated us immediately. I find that if you are pleasant to people, nine times out of ten they respond positively. I try to avoid whinging most of the time because I know that it will almost inevitably elicit a negative response from the member of the hotel staff who has to listen to the complaining. Far better to achieve your end objectives by a combination of charm and reasonableness. I despair of supposedly intelligent people who spend their entire lives verbally bullying hotel staff whom they misguidely perceive as inferior to themselves. Bullying is unacceptable at all times. Criticism, complaining and whinging should, however, be reserved as a last resort to deal with recalcitrant people. But complaints were never necessary at the Harvard Inn : the employees of the hotel performed their duties with style and brio.
Harvard University is also a sight to behold. But I think it is mainly the preserve of the young students who populate its cobbled streets, lanes, libraries, residences and hostelries. It's a great place for the young (and possibly the young at heart). To be honest, however, I especially liked the fact that Cambridge itself was such a bookish town. If you love books, this is the place to be. The variety on offer is out of this world. I returned to Ireland with a suitcase full of books and mightily impressed with the high standard of American publishing !
Great Rooms and Location
The Inn at Harvard has one of the best locations in Cambridge just steps from Harvard Square. The room was nice with a queen bed, large shower, arm chair and desk. The hotel has a computer with internet access located in the lobby but no internet access in the rooms. One note of caution, I stayed in one of the rooms facing Harvard Square and the folks leaving the Grafton Street pub can be a little loud late at night. Overall this is a great hotel with an excellent location.
She deserves a facelift!
We recently stayed at the Inn during Harvard's reunion weekend, and were surprised that the hotel was not in better condition: lots of scratches on walls throughout the hotel, a less-than-professional paint job on the walls in our room; less than perfect towels and sheets, etc.
I was not impressed with the staff, but have no serious complaints. People were friendly enough, though not particularly service-oriented or professional. This was especially true of the valet, who was MIA when we arrvied and slow to retrieve our car when we left.
If you choose to stay at the Inn, you might want to avoid the rooms that face the Yard, unless you like to fall asleep to the sounds of drunken Bostonians leaving Grafton Street.
An excellent choice in Cambridge
We recently spent 4 nights at the Inn at Harvard, and I must say it was a delightful experience. The staff takes very good care of the guests with lots of help on negotiating the public transportation, sightseeing and general information tips. The rooms are lovely and very clean.
Housekeeping is superb and very attentive. My only complaint was the service in the restaurant which was spotty and often negligent. On more than one occasion, I actually had to ask the front desk if a server was available after waiting 1/2 hour in the restaurant. The restaurant prices are also a bit steep: $15+ for continental breakfast, though a cooked breakfast is just a bit more. However, it was a great hotel, and we will definitely return.
Inn at Harvard OK, but billed wrong
The Inn at Harvard is pretty comforable and well-located. I would not recomment the full-size beds for two people. Friendly service. The parking fee is expensive ($30/night), and they billed me incorrectly -- we had paid with Hilton points, but nevertheless they charged my credit card.