Best Hotels for a Great Stay in Cultural Cambridge, Massachusetts

A stone’s throw away from Boston, the lively city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, stands out as the home of two of the U.S.’s (and world’s) most prestigious universities: Harvard and MIT. The campus population combines a youthful energy and diversity best embodied by the town’s different European-style neighborhoods, or “Squares.” Whether you visit for the history, the world-class museums and the food range, or simply to soak up the dynamic atmosphere and relive your student days, you may want to set up camp in one of these amazing hotels.

Harvard University Campus - Image by Hiraeth via Trover
Harvard University Campus – Image by Hiraeth via Trover

Central and affordable luxury at The Charles Hotel

With its great location next to the bustling Harvard Square and the Charles River and its well-priced deluxe touches, The Charles Hotel is an elegantly designed option in the heart of Cambridge. Channeling the city’s cultural vibe, it features a large library as well as original artwork throughout the premises. Guests can relax or blow off steam at the spa and fitness center or go out to explore the city’s monuments, including the nearby Brattle Theatre and American Repertory Theater.

American folk art-themed comfort at The Kendall Hotel

The Kendall Hotel is another establishment that offers high-end value for less. The colorful American folk art theme lights up the stylish, thoughtfully furnished rooms, and other perks include a generous breakfast buffet, an on-site café, and a large business center. The hotel is located right by the Kendall Square transit station for quick access to Boston, while top Cambridge attractions such as the Boston Harbor and the Museum of Science are just a short walk away.

Harvard Square - Image by EandJsFilmCrew via Flickr
Harvard Square – Image by EandJsFilmCrew via Flickr

Sweeping views and sophistication at the Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Cambridge

The Marriott’s Courtyard Boston-Cambridge enjoys an ideal location by the Charles River, close to MIT, Harvard, downtown Boston and the Logan International Airport. The hotel lets you make the most of this privileged setting with large glass windows in the rooms and an observation deck offering panoramic views of the river and the Boston skyline at its top. The sleek rooms are fitted with an HD TV screen, a writing desk, and a mini-fridge, while communal facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a market and two restaurants (including a sushi bar!). Whether you use the hotel’s shuttle, your own two feet, or the subway, you’re in a perfect position to tour nearby attractions such as the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science, the Boston State House, the USS Constitution, and Faneuil Hall.

Homely coziness at Harding House

Feeling more like a bed and breakfast than a classic hotel in its layout and atmosphere, the warm and welcoming Harding House lies in a peaceful neighbourhood 15 minutes from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Square, and the Semitic Museum. With free newspapers, all-day complimentary coffee and tea, themed room furniture, washers and dryers, a 24-hour reception, and of course a hearty breakfast served every morning, the friendly staff and comfy amenities pull all the stops to make you feel at home in this charming property.


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Hey, I'm Camille! I quit my life to travel the world in 2013 – and I haven’t stopped since! I have visited 40+ countries as a location-independent travel/lifestyle writer and digital marketer. I like hammocks, scooters, eating, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I was chosen as a top travel influencer by, and have co-founded Helipad Marketing to help travel & lifestyle brands soar with killer online marketing.

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