Excellent. Just excellent. A review of Le Meridien Cambridge - MIT
This is located only one block from the main MIT campus, about eight stories high. I stayed for four nights (originally planned three but the snow had other ideas). My room was large, spacious, the furnishings and decor modern and in good/new condition, medium sized bathroom with full sized bath. Daily cleaning was prompt and immaculate. The whole hotel looks very posh, spacious and modern, both inside and out.
The staff are courteous, professional and friendly when appropriate. The bar and restaurant staff remembered me and my drink preferences. Not wanting to sound elitist, but it was also nice to visit a US hotel where everyone spoke fluent English rather than Spanish, and can joke and carry out casual conversation rather than being limited to orders and responses. The breakfast buffet is solid and plentiful, you can really set yourself up for the day with that- there's a dedicated egg chef who will cook eggs/omlettes any way you like on demand.
There is free wired and wireless internet everywhere. The wired internet runs at a speed WAY above broadband - the hotel must be jacked directly into MIT's backbone to achive these speeds; you can also request a public IP address when you log in. The wireless is a little slower, like normal home broadband. Most of the staff are MIT students so they understand what geeks like and dislike, and can also help out with basic tech problems (such as "can I borrow a crossover cable?"). There's also a rooftop garden and a gym (why? It's a hotel for geeks- who is going to use the gym or garden?)
I have to search hard for criticisms. There is only one bar/restaurant and the menu choices are limited, but what they do, they do well (the clam chowder is particularly good). The room service menu is also limited. Other than MIT there isn't a lot nearby; but it is about two blocks from a T-subway station which takes you into the heart of Boston in less than 15 minutes. There is also a convenient, clean but pricey mini mart next door.