Great place! A review of Le Meridien Cambridge - MIT
Hotel at MIT was fantastic! We booked on line for just under 100/nt. They gave us a gorgeous corner room with 2 huge windows. At first, our heat was broken, but they moved us into the same corner room - one floor below - when they realized that it wasn't a quick fix. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms were really nice - very boutique-hotel feeling, with modern furnishings. It was great to have a change from the usual cheezy hotel decor and to have some whimsy and creativity with the engineering photos and cartoons. The bathrooms were upscale too, with bowl sinks, and the Aveda ammenities were great. We asked for a refrigerator and they brought one up right away, no charge. The Star Market attached to the hotel and the free internet access/business room are two nice perks as well.
If I had to complain about something, there were 2 minor things - the h20 pressure in the shower could be kicked up a notch and the TV channels were lacking - things are bad when you find yourself watching 2 solid hours of Lizzie McGuire for lack of anything better. Those are totally minor issues though and a matter of personal preference as well.
As for the location, I see what people are saying, there is a Salvation Army nearby, and there are a lot of homeless people around. That said, there are also a lot of hip, young people milling the streets too. We walked to the T and back numerous times, including at 2 AM after New Years, and felt pretty safe. There were always two of us walking together though - for someone walking alone, I could see being a bit concerned. Overall, it seems like a nice area that is in the midst of a transition from a more downtrodden location to a happening, youthful scene. There were some cute restaurants and shops nearby, and some other nice conveniences, like a Walgreens and of course a Dunkin Donuts. The walk to the T was no more than 5 minutes, even with snow and ice, so it's really not bad at all.
We would definitely stay at the Hotel at MIT again.