Irving House

24 Irving St., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, USA

On a residential street three blocks from Harvard Square, this four-story gray clapboard guest house is a bargain. It has two small porches, hardwood floors, and Oriental carpets, making it homier than a hotel, and there's a real sense of conviviality among guests, mostly Europeans and visiting parents or professors. The inn maintains a giving library, which means you can take home that book you didn't quite finish. The small, superclean rooms are recently refurbished with bright new paint, flat-screen TVs, and original art. The limited off-street parking is a real coup in car-clogged Cambridge. So is the green and guilt-free solar thermal water-heating system. As a nice added touch, the Irving House will mail postcards anywhere free of charge.


  • free Wi-Fi
  • good location and price
  • coffee, tea, and pastries are available until 10 pm


  • parking spaces are first come, first served
  • some rooms with shared baths
  • four floors are not served by elevator


Phones: 617-547–4600 | 877-547–4600


44 rooms, 29 with bath
Rate Includes: Breakfast